General Interest

Travel Blog: Follenites on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage

About 10 Follenites are now (October 21-28) on the Living Legacy Civil Rights Pilgrimage though the South. Follen member Dottie Vacca shares updates from the road: Saturday and Sunday: Birmingham, Alabama Greetings from Birmingham. We arrived Saturday to a welcome orientation and dinner and conversation. Here is a subgroup (left) on Sunday morning as we prepared … Continued

In the Community: Civil Rights Film, Confederate Monuments, Story Slam! and music

Civil Rights Film at Cary Library Saturday, October 21, 11:00am, Cary Memorial Library, Lexington The award-winning documentary film Passage At St. Augustine tells the story of the 15-month battle that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It is a thoughtful point of departure for a constructive and candid conversation about race, history … Continued

In the Interim: #MeToo

This week’s news cycle has focused (at least to some considerable degree) on producer Harvey Weinstein and his deplorable behavior…which now apparently extends to his brother and threatens to close down one of the most powerful entertainment production companies in Hollywood.  It didn’t seem to matter that several actresses (Rose MacGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow) named … Continued

DRE Search Committee Named

Working with the RE Action Team and Nominating Committee, Follen’s Program Council is delighted to announce that a search committee has been formed to find and hire our next Director of Religious Education. We are planning on commissioning the committee at the October 22 Sunday Service. Members are: Lisa Levey Janet Lane Ann Bobo Lynn Arenella Adria … Continued

In the Community: A Play, A Film, Local Volunteers Needed

  Welcome to Leith: White Supremacy Challenged in Small-Town America Friday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM, First Parish UU Bedford Welcome to Leith is an award-winning important film about how a white supremacist tries to take over a small town in North Dakota.  As his behavior becomes more threatening, residents wrestle with democratic principles as they try to get rid … Continued

In the Interim: Look! A Linotype!

For years there has been a joke in my husband’s family which involves a linotype, a now-outdated machine used for setting type on printing presses and at newspapers.  Not a lot of people knew what linotypes were, and the name was such that it was easy to distract someone by shouting out that phrase to … Continued

Follenites Invited to 450th Anniversary Celebration in Transylvania

Celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Unitarian Church. Join the Roots Pilgrimage, July 9-17, 2018, sponsored by the UU Partner Church Council (UUPCC) and the Hungarian Unitarian Church. The invitation to participate in the 8-day program is also extended to members of Kings Chapel, First Parish in Weston, UU Society of Wellesley Hills and First … Continued

Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts Is Coming

A update from Lori Kenschaft of the Mass Incarceration Working Group at First Parish UU, Arlington, MA: Some degree of comprehensive criminal justice reform is very likely in the next few months.  The question is how much. The State Senate is expected to vote on its omnibus bill, S.2170, sometime in the next two weeks, … Continued

In the Community: Peter Mayer, Black Women and White Women

  Peter Mayer “Blue Boat Home” Concert Saturday, October 28 at 7:30pm, First Parish in Concord “Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the … Continued

In the Interim: Days To Remember

It was 24 years ago today that my baby girl Abby was born. (See her at right, in this recent photo with my husband Ben and me.) It was a beautiful early fall day, much like today – blue sky, pleasant temperature, just about perfect.  The doctors had warned me that if she didn’t show up … Continued