General Interest

Preach It! A Sermon Creation Class with Rev. Claire

Sermon Writing Class with Rev. Claire Has life taught you some hard-won lessons? Do you have a story to tell? Has your spiritual life grown and deepened over the years? Have you ever watched someone preach and thought “I could do that!” or “I could never do that!” This class is for you! Rev. Claire … Continued

Youth and Children’s Choir Prep for Music Service

Follen Youth and Children’s Choir Members! You are an essential part of the Urban Church Music Friendships Initiative. In our collaboration with Roxbury’s Hamilton-Garrett Music & Arts Academy Choir, we’ll be singing songs that highlight racial injustice, civil rights protest, the African-American spiritual tradition, and the universal quest for freedom. For this inspiring undertaking, you’ll … Continued

Invite a Friend to be in Iolanthe Chorus

Do you have a friend who would like to be in the chorus for Follen’s production of Iolanthe?   We’re inviting members of the extended community to participate!   Kids 7-18 can be a fairy or a peer in this year’s operetta – they need to be able to attend our Monday 4:45-5:15 rehearsals (starting … Continued

Urban Church Music Friendships Initiative

Do you know about Follen’s exciting Urban Church Music Friendships initiative? Under the leadership of Director of Music Vivian Montgomery, with support from all corners of the community, we are forging collaborations with Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury, Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy, Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain, and other institutions, in order … Continued

RE-flections: FUUY Trip to City Reach

Follen Youth Participate in Homelessness Awareness/Service through Boston’s City Reach Program   On the second weekend of March 2019, 14 youth members of the Follen UU Youth (FUUY) Group, along with their Youth Program Coordinators and the Director of Religious Education, made their way to Boston to participate in the City Reach program, sponsored by … Continued

February Spiritual Exercise: Power

You have the power   The instructions for this exercise in willpower—the power of your will!—come from the spiritual teacher, Ram Dass. In his book, Paths to God: Living The Bhagavad Gita, he writes:   “If you want to play a little bit with a renunciation practice, pick some desire that you encounter every day. … Continued

RE-flections: Talking to Children about Race

TIPS FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND RACISM From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education   One of the things that attracted me to Follen Church was the commitment to become an “intentionally and proactively antiracist congregation.” Years of living in Milwaukee, WI- named the most segregated city in the United States- has convinced … Continued

RE-flections on Stewardship for Kids

RE-flections by Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education   We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. ~ Gloria Steinem   Children realize very early in life that money has value. They understand that getting a toy means that someone (often a parent) must spend money, or that they need to save … Continued

January Spiritual Exercise: Presence

The Artist is Present Resource: “The Artist is Present” by Marina Abramovic. Read more about Marina Abramovic’s career as an artist here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramović. Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided … Continued

See the New Community Center at Our Partner Church

Our Partner Church in Szentmihaly, Romania, proudly dedicated a totally refurbished Community Center on November 18, 2018 in honor of the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian Unitiarian Church. All the work was done by members of the congregation. View the beautiful meeting room and library as well as the center itself here. Dedication … Continued