General Interest

Summer Family Picnic and Movie Nights

This family film series offers an opportunity for families to maintain a connection with Follen over the summer and reinforce our shared values around diversity and inclusivity. Our aim is to present films that encourage conversation through a fun activity that broadens our views on the world. The chosen films reflect life experiences that may … Continued

In the Interim: It’s About Power

I returned from a week at Star Island both energized and exhausted.  I have gone to Star Island every summer since I was a baby.  I met my husband there when I was four;  twelve members of my immediate family have worked on the island.  The roots go deep. On Star I taught third and … Continued

How About Teaching RE This Year?

Have you thought of teaching religious education?  Are you finding yourself with an ’empty nest’ at home that needs a little energy from children or youth? Follen’s religious education program might be just what you need! Our religious education year is divided into two sessions (fall/winter and winter/spring). Each session, for a variety of age … Continued

July’s Theme: “Simplicity”

Worship Theme July’s Worship Theme is “Simplicity.” Suggested Community Reads Every month Amy Newmark and Jane Spickett suggest some books related to the worship theme. For those who would like to connect a bit more with the theme of “Simplicity,” here are this month’s selections: Ages 3-6 The Very Quiet Cricket          … Continued

In the Community: Learn About Islam

Tuesday, July 25, 7-9pm Temple Isaiah Temple Isaiah hosts an evening of learning about the Muslim faith (think interesting Islam 101 intro) and for hearing stories from individuals of their experiences being Muslim in Boston. At a time when so much of what we hear seems focused on what can divide us, we’ll focus on the … Continued

A Suggestion for Your Summer Reading

If you liked the sound of “intentionally and proactively antiracist” in the resolution that passed at Annual Meeting, but aren’t sure what that means for you, Follen’s library offers a place to start. The Follen Responds to Racism team added several excellent books on aspects of being a person of color, or a white person, … Continued

Try out the Lexington Interfaith Garden This Summer

Follen offers two volunteers twice a month during the growing season to help raise local produce for the Lexington Food Pantry with other faith communities. You don’t need to know anything about gardening, and children (roughly 5 and older) are welcome. Saturdays we walk the produce over to the pantry; that’s fresh! If you can … Continued

One-day or Short-term: Opportunities at the Urban Ministry

Saturday mornings, 10:30 am to 2 pm One-day: Help unload, package, and distribute fresh produce for Fair Foods. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s important. Short term: consider Jericho Road Roxbury, which partners the professional talents of volunteers with the specific needs of nonprofit organizations serving greater Roxbury to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the … Continued

Update on Plans for Music at Follen Next Year

With Tyler Turner’s resignation, the Follen leadership has asked Gordon Hardy, Aimee Fox, Rachel Hyde, and Sophie Evett to interview interim candidates with Rev. Claire for next year. This group comprises representatives from the Worship and Music Action Team, the Human Resources Committee, current and past Adult Choir members, and parents of choristers in the … Continued

In the Interim: What Have We Learned?

I flew back from New Orleans yesterday (I’m writing this message on June 28) tired, energized, my head filled with images, learning, ideas.  As I said to Rev. Susanne Intriligator, nearly every UUA General Assembly that I have attended (and I’ve been at a lot of them) has found me excited and optimistic when I … Continued