General Interest

In the Interim: When All This is Over, What Matters?

  On my desk is a quote that a close friend attached to a napkin, when Ben and I visited for dinner one night. The evening was lovely, and the friendship we have with these folks is enduring. But the quote, written on construction paper in gold letters, is what remains. It reads, “When all … Continued

Scholarship Donors Needed for Our Partner Church Students

József Dimeny, our Partner Church’s minister, and Bela Domokos, their lay president, recently sent Follen’s Partner Church Committee the list of students eligible for scholarships. The leadership in Alsofelsoszentmihály determines which students are eligible for what level of scholarship. The students who are sponsored agree to do some service for their congregation, and to communicate their thanks to … Continued

Fight Food Insecurity this January

We CAN Do It! (Start with a donation after church on January 8) The Social Justice Action Team is asking Follenites to support a January Food Drive every Sunday this month by bringing a specific item to church for delivery to local food pantries. This Sunday, be a real human “bean” and drop off a can of beans at … Continued

Partner Church Delegation Welcomes You

Last chance to sign up for April Transylvania trip Sarah Richards, Barbara Meikle, Megan Lancaster, and Susanne Intriligator will represent Follen when they visit our Partner Church in Transylvania from April 12 to April 23. The delegation will be hosted by our Partner Church friends during the Easter weekend and then travel to Unitarian sites of … Continued

In the Community: Forgiveness, Jewish Songs, Obama

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Workshops (Values over Violence) Newton Group Mondays, beginning January 9, 2016 (with a break on MLK Day), 7pm – 9pm Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve St, Newton, MA 02465 Values over Violence Program The Values over Violence program offers a fresh approach to violence reduction. This program is occurring in two different settings, one urban … Continued

In the Interim: Food for the Heart and the Soul

It’s funny how the winter holidays happen. It’s like a locomotive, gaining speed around each turn, careening along until – sometimes — I feel mowed down by the long lists I carry around while I try desperately to check off things. And no matter what I do, the list keeps getting more things added and … Continued

Leaders Blog: Pledging As a Spiritual Exercise

Chris Farnham (right, with his family) is Follen’s 2017 Stewardship Chair. He wrote this essay as a Personal Point, and he gave it in a worship service two years ago, on January 11, 2015. Chris’s words touched many listeners, and several asked for a copy. It’s worth revisiting during Stewardship season. Hello, my name is Chris Farnham, husband to … Continued

A Capital Campaign for Follen

At its meeting on Monday evening, December 4, Program Council authorized a $1.5 to $2 million capital campaign for Follen with universal access as the top priority. Brad Howe, who served as leader for the last two capital campaigns, was unanimously elected to chair the new effort. A full committee will be formed shortly. Read … Continued