Upcoming Events

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Share the Plate for Our Partner Church

More than 30 Follenites have visited Alsofelsoszentmihaly, Follen’s partner church village in Transylvania, Romania. We would be happy to answer questions about the village, our Unitarian partners, and the daily discrimination they face both as ethnic Hungarians and as a religious minority in Romania. Please visit our display at Coffee Hour to deepen your understanding. We will have a Share the Plate for our Partner Church on November 18.

About the photos
: These were taken by a member of our congregation who was on a pilgrimage to our partner village in Transylvania. Here’s what a website had to say about the imagery:
“When you visit a Transylvanian Unitarian church you will not see any crosses or pictures of Jesus because the tradition is clear that Jesus was not God. “Egy Az Isten” (pronounced edge oz eeshten) – God is One – is carved over almost every door. The religious symbol is not the Flaming Chalice, though because of the international connections through the Partner Church Program and the International Council of Unitarian and Universalists, many, if not most, Transylvanian Hungarians recognize the Flaming Chalice as a Unitarian symbol. The symbol for Hungarian Unitarians, both in Transylvania and in Hungary, is the dove and the serpent, reminding people to be wise as the serpent and gentle as the dove. It is a symbol far older than the Flaming Chalice.”


Anti-Racism Book Group

Anti-Racism Book Group Sunday November 18, 6;30-8pm, Marshman. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism is a much anticipated new book from teacher Robin Diangelo, who brilliantly explains racial tension among white people. Our Anti-Racism Book Group is reading this book for our November 18 discussion. Read the book! Join our discussion in the Marshman Conference Room.

Operetta Mischief Group

OMG, the Operetta Mischief Group Is Nearly Here!

Tuesday November 20, 5:30-6:45pm
Sacred Heart Parish Center Lower Level

OMG starts a week from Monday, with PIZZA PROVIDED!!!  It’s open to all Follen youth, ages 8-18, whether you’re participating in our June operetta or NOT. Join in youth-led gabbing about, riffing on, adding to the story line, the cultural history, the songs, the stereotypes, and the humor of our upcoming G&S show Iolanthe. For the first meeting, we’re going learn about the story and characters, find the most ridiculous things, and act them out. Then we’ll mess with the words in one of the choruses to see whether it EXPLODES!  Please RSVP to Follen’s Director of Music Vivian Montgomery at , so we know how much pizza is needed.  Can’t make it on November 5? We’ll meet about every other week through April, sometimes on Monday, sometimes on Tuesday.

Interested, curious, or confused? Talk to Vivian. And invite your friends!

Lexington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Attend and/or Sing!

Lexington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday November 20, 7:30pm, Hancock United Church of Christ
See flyer about this Lexington interfaith tradition open to all.

Can You Lend Your Voice to the Interfaith Choir for Thanksgiving?
Hancock Church is hosting this year’s Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m. They would like to invite all Follen singers to join in an interfaith choir for the evening. The pieces chosen are easily singable on the spot with no music purchase necessary: Nick Page’s “There’s Honey in the Rock”  (click for download) and “Hineh mah tov” to learn that evening, gathering at 6:30 to rehearse. Please contact Hancock Director of Music Mark Morgan at mark.morgan@hancockchurch.org if you’ll be joining, and if you have any questions.

Join the Follen Klezmer Band

Sunday December 2, 10:30am, Sanctuary

We need all sorts of instrumentalists (guitar, accordion, mandolin, bass, violin, drums, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, whatever) to join with Vivian’s band Shir Chutzpa for the second annual latke-themed Klezmer service on Sunday, December 2. Rehearsal is on Wednesday, November 28 8-9:30pm and 9am on December 2 before the 10:30 service. Parts and playlist will be available in a Dropbox folder or can be printed and left for you to pick up. Please contact Director of Music Vivian Montgomery with inquiries and to say you’ll be part of the band. All are welcome!

The Christmas Trees Are Coming!

Join the 64-year-old Follen tradition and sign up to sell trees or to help set up the trees for sale. It’s a great activity for couples or for the whole family. Kids are always welcome. Ask a friend to sell trees with you!

And be sure to come pick out a beautiful tree to brighten your own home.

Learn more about Follen’s Christmas tree traditions.

Selling trees

You can join in the fun by signing up for a two-hour selling slot any day from December 1 to Christmas Eve.  

The hours are:

Saturdays: 9am – 8pm
Sundays: 12pm – 8pm
Tues-Fri: 3pm – 7pm

(Closed Mondays except for Christmas Eve)

If you have not sold trees before and would like an experienced partner the first time, add yourself to the second seller line, with someone you would like to get to know better. It is especially helpful to have an extra person on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when it gets really busy.

Setting up trees

We also need help unbundling the trees, setting them on racks and pricing them. You can help set up December 1, 9am-12pm. Kids 8 and up can help by tying on tags. Bring them along!

Any questions? Email Kim Vandiver at trees@follen.org

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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Alice and Valerie

Join Our Choirs!

Adult Choir

Adult Choir is open to everyone. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Sacred Heart Lower Level, with September 9 as our first Sunday singing. New members are still welcome!

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 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

Youth Choir (any and all grades 6-12) is on Mondays 5:15-6:15, both starting on Monday September 10, in Sacred Heart’s Lower Level.

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, Iolanthe, so it will be required of all operetta participants. Remember, in order to participate in the operetta, you need to be in Children’s or Youth Choir.

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!

Adult Choir Calendar 2018-19

Children’s and Youth Choir Calendar 2018-19

Need to Schedule a Meeting?

Follen has the use of meeting rooms at the Sacred Heart Parish Center Mondays through Thursdays and the Waldorf School on Sundays, in addition to one meeting room in the Marshman Center every day.


Meeting and event leaders should contact Sarah Garner, Church Administrator, to reserve space at Sacred Heart or Waldorf: sarah.garner@follen.org or 781-862-3805 ext 1005 (note new ext). Sarah will email instructions for access to each location after a reservation is on the calendar. Please be aware that space is limited and we have an obligation to follow each organization’s rules, so any groups who have an option to meet in someone’s home should try to do so.


Audio/visual equipment is not available at either Sacred Heart or Waldorf, and Sacred Heart will not have wifi. If you have A/V needs, Jimmy McFeeley might be able to take Follen’s portable equipment to your meeting location with sufficient advance notice.