Upcoming Events

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FUUY Coffee House



Feeling bummed that the Holiday festivities are over and looking for a little fun and excitement while also supporting a great cause? Well then have we got the event for you and your family. (Children ages 10+ will enjoy this Coffee House, and are heartily welcome to attend)


The Follen UU Youth (FUUY) are inviting you and your family to their annual Coffee House fundraiser to raise money for their April Appalachian Service Trip! This year FUUY youth are helping to organize their trip and have selected the Appalachian South Folklife Center as their partner organization to engage with service work that includes local construction projects as well as an introduction to the cultural, historical and recreational aspects of Appalachia. The service learning trip is a great opportunity for youth to get outside their daily routine, extend their comfort zone, and put into practice the UU principle of social justice. We cannot make this trip happen without support from community members like you.


Join FUUY for a chance to eat great food, sip delicious coffee/tea, and enjoy their many musical and acting talents while in the company of good friends and supporting a great cause! Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online.



When – Saturday, January 25th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where -Follen Community Center

What – An amazing set comprising musical performances, skits, displays of talents, and Trivia!

Tickets – $10 per adult; $5 for kids ages 10-18 ($15for adults at the door)


Light refreshments will be available for purchase once inside and served by our friendly youth!


We’ll See you There!


Sing with the No Name Choir

Sunday January 26, 9am rehearsal, 10:30 service

No Name Choir, our boisterous pick-up group, will sing Sunday, January 26, 10:30 am! Come early to the sanctuary at 9am to join in the joyful noise. If you want music and recordings in advance, contact Director of Music Vivian Montgomery (musicdirector@follen.org). This is the perfect opportunity for all ages to join together in song!

Antiracism Book Group

Fascinating fiction about life as a slave seen through the eyes of contemporary young black woman. Kindred by Octavia Butler is our book for the January Follen Antiracism Book Group which will meet on January 26 at 6:30 pm in Marshman. All are welcome.

Fellowship Dinner

You are Invited!

Follen Fellowship Dinner Saturday, February 1

Please join us at Follen’s annual Fellowship Dinner, being held Saturday, February 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in our new Community Center.

The fellowship dinner is a wonderful opportunity for us to relax, have a great meal, and enjoy one another’s company. A dinner of chicken and Howie Bernstein’s famous pulled pork or Erin Malone’s fabulous Mac and Cheese as a vegetarian option will be provided.

Melanie DeMore will be joining us as she begins her music residency and will be leading us in song. There will also be a short program about our stewardship plans for 2020-2021.

Please bring a dessert, wine, or beer. Families are welcome with childcare provided.

Please RSVP by Thursday, January 30.

Questions? You can write Alison Harvey at stewardship@follen.org.

Auditions for The Gondoliers

Sunday February 9, 12-3pm

Start-up for Follen’s annual Gilbert & Sullivan operetta is NOW! This year’s production will be The Gondoliers, directed by Sara DeLong, with performances on June 12 and 13. Auditions for lead roles will be held on Sunday, February 9, 12-3pm and are open this year to all members of Follen’s Youth Choir, grades 6-12 (with larger leads going to older members). All Follen youth and their friends, age 6+, are wanted for the chorus – participation in the Children’s or Youth Choir is required, since rehearsals for choruses will be starting SOON. Stay tuned next week for more info – contact Music Director Vivian Montgomery with questions.

Follen is hosting the Story Slam!


The Story Slam is UU Mass Action‘s annual fundraising event (like “The Moth”). Come for a night of fun and support UU justice building in Massachusetts at the same time! This is an evening not to be missed! Come hear all-star storytellers (including Reverend Claire and resident artist Melanie DeMore) with voting on the best story. This year’s theme is: Taking a Chance on Love.

The event is on Saturday, February 8 from 7-9 at Follen Church. The tickets are $25.

We would like this to be a community building event for Follenites. We can arrange carpooling and cover the cost of the ticket for those who request it. Any additional donations beyond ticket cost will go to pay for the ticket of a fellow Follenite that expresses the need and any remainder will go to UU Mass Action.  We hope you will sit with your longtime friends but also mix it up and make some new connections from Follen. The catch is tickets are limited and sell out quickly so you need to purchase a ticket here.

We hope you will join us and join the planning committee which will meet early next year.  Please contact Karen Gray Carruthers at karengraycarruthers@gmail.com if you need financial assistance or want to join the committee (or I’ll track you down).

FOLLEN AFTER DARK is sponsored by the Social Justice Action Team.

Stick-Making and Pounding Workshop

Melanie with Gullah Sticks

Gullah* Stick-Making and Pounding Workshop
Led by Vocal Activist Melanie DeMore

Sunday February 2, 2:30-6:45pm
UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury

Open to ALL age 11 and older, registration required, capacity limited.
Suggested registration fee $15 (materials and food), payable at the door.

Register online here or by calling Bithyah Israel, UUUM Social Justice Fellow at 617-318-6010.

The Gullah Stick Workshop is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry (Roxbury), The Music Friendship Initiative of Follen Church (Lexington), and Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy (Roxbury), with support from the UU Funding Program.

Melanie DeMore is a San Francisco Bay-area composer, song-leader, and activist. As part of her expansive residency with Follen Church and Hamilton-Garrett Music & Arts Academy in early February and late March, she will help us build connections and community through the dynamic rhythmic heart of the Gullah tradition. In the words of Melanie, we will “turn the place into a living, breathing drum.”

Want to go beyond the workshop by joining Melanie’s Freedom Land stick-pounding chorus, or finding out more about our whole musical collaboration with Melanie? Go to follen.org for residency information and links to videos!

UU Urban Ministry
10 Putnam St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
Tel: 617-318-6010

* The Gullah are African-American people of the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry and Islands, also called Geechee. Gullah is a term that was originally used for their creole dialect of English, but over time it’s come to refer to their distinctive ethnic identity as a people. The Gullah people have been able to preserve much of their African cultural heritage because of climate, geography, cultural pride, and patterns of importation of enslaved Africans.


Join Our Choirs!

Combined Youth and Children’s Choirs

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm. Until the Community Center is done, we will meet at the Sacred Heart Lower Level (until construction is complete). New members are welcome!

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Adult Choir. 

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir

Children’s Choir (any and all grades 1-5) is on Mondays 4:00-4:45, starting Monday, September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Sunday, September 15, 12-12:45pm, Marshman Conference Room.

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Children’s Choir. 

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, starting on Monday September 16, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level (until construction is complete).

Introduction Session:

Monday, September 16, 6:15-7:15pm, Sacred Heart, after first rehearsal

(RSVP to musicdirector@follen.org for pizza.)

Read letter from Vivian Montgomery, Director of Music, for more detailed information about Youth Choir. 

Choir Connection Time (LIMBO)
Note that this fall we’ll have a 30-minute Choir Connection Buffer 4:45-5:15, for which all choir kids are encouraged to be present. This is a time that we’ll bring together members of both choirs for such special activities as creating a choir covenant, working on solo and small group pieces, playing instruments, or just hanging out and playing games!

Come January, this connection time will be used for working on choruses for our operetta, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to have a lead in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir for the year.

Please get in touch with Director of Music Vivian Montgomery if you’re interested in joining any choirs or if you have questions – . Looking forward to seeing you all soon for another big year of singing and playing!



Parking, Access, and Safety During Construction

Update from COG (Construction Oversight Group)

Never fear, Follenites! Despite outward appearances, you will be able to get into the Sanctuary during construction!


All the regular lots will be available and we will set aside the Mass Ave. spaces in front of Follen for folks with limited mobility. You can park along the fence on the Waldorf drive, but there won’t be a sidewalk, so take care. Please don’t park on Barnes Place (behind Marshman) – we are keeping the contractors from parking there and ask that you don’t either, at any time. Our neighbors there already have a lot to put up with!
A note about Follen’s parking lot:  please do not park there on weekdays between the hours of 7 and 5.  At those times Waldorf teachers use the left side, and our contractors need the right side available on very short notice for staging equipment and materials.  Feel free to use the lot in the late afternoon, evenings and weekends.
Since parking will be limited at Follen, if you have ever thought about biking to church, this fall would be a great time to try!


The walkway up to the Sanctuary front entry will be compacted dirt, until paving can go in. It will be safe for walking and for walkers. While we have a temporary ramp up to the Marshman floor level, for access to the offices, meeting room and accessible bathroom, we will not be able to have a temporary ramp into the Sanctuary right away. We will have a charming Port-a-Potty to the left of the entry, and of course, there will be bathrooms in the Waldorf School, where we will be having Hospitality Hour!


Please do not go through the fencing and into the construction site…however tempting! It is an active site and we don’t want to slow down our contractors by asking to give tours. We COG folks all have to wear hardhats and close-toed shoes just to have our site meetings: there are too many dangerous conditions to allow tours yet


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