General Interest

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

All I Want for Christmas/ Hanukkah Is a Can of Beans?

(To donate at church on January 8) Yes, put a can of beans on your holiday wish list in preparation for Follen’s January Can Drive. You “can” be a real human “bean” and help stock local food pantries. On the following three Sundays in January, bring tuna fish, peanut butter, and then pasta. But start the … Continued

Help the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Fight Back!

Information from the LDBPI The Peace Institute needs your support to fully restore the line item for survivors of homicide victims (4513-1098) in the state budget after Governor Baker made significant cuts. This funding from the state budget includes money we need for staff salaries so we can continue to be there for families when they … Continued

Members Blog: Possibility

Follen Member and artist Cristina Burwell continues our Members Blog. She writes on December’s worship theme, Possibility.  I have always thought that in The Great Scheme of Things, opportunities were placed in front of us, and it was our human responsibility to stay vigilant to spotting them and doing something about them. I still believe … Continued

In the Interim: Pieces of a Life, Hung with Ribbons

Last Saturday night, Ben and I put up our Christmas tree. We got it – as always – from Follen’s lot. This was the first year that our younger daughter, Abby, wasn’t with us for this ritual. (She’s arriving home from New Orleans on December 23- way too late to be putting up the tree … Continued