General Interest

A Glimpse of Life at Our Partner Church

Jozsef Dimeny, minister at our partner Unitarian congregation in Transylvania, sent this email to Follen’s Partner Church Committee on November 5, 2016: Our congregational life is going well. Each month there is a fairly big holiday event. The last Sunday in September we celebrated our autumn Thanksgiving, when we took communion at the worship service … Continued

In the Community: Refugees, Music, Thanksgiving

Oriana Consort (with Tyler Turner) Friday November 11, 8pm, St John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain Follen Music Director Tyler Turner will be performing, as well as our alto and bass soloists. For more info: www.orianaconsort.org. Epp Sonin (781 861 9074 or 781 696 9947) has tickets available for either concert. 2016 Minns Lectures: Sources of a Global … Continued

In the Interim: “Winners and Losers”

I am writing this column on the Monday before the biggest election of my lifetime. On Wednesday, November 9, the day AFTER this biggest election, I will celebrate my birthday…a ‘major’ birthday, as they say, and I know that – even thought my husband and I have made a reservation at a very nice restaurant … Continued

What Do I Say to My Kids About This Election?

Resources for a Post-Election Time of Confusion and Anxiety – for all ages compiled by Deborah Weiner, Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Education This is a confusing and difficult time for religious liberals, for people of faith, for parents – and for children and youth. Your Follen ministry team encourages you to talk about the … Continued

Can You Lead a Craft or Play Carols?

Volunteers needed (both adults and youth) to lead a craft, assist at the craft tables, or play piano music for Follen’s Winter Holiday Crafts Party on Saturday, December 3rd, 9-Noon. If interested, email Karen Scopetski or call 781-646-4110.

In the Interim: The Big Questions

November 1, 2016 On October 20 I boarded a plane for San Diego, CA to attend the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Fall Conference – the meeting of Unitarian Universalist professional religious educators. Despite the lovely grounds of the resort the conference was held at, we were closed inside a windowless ballroom for four intense … Continued

Parish Board: Taking the Long View

You may not be aware of the fact that the records of Follen Church are housed at the Harvard Divinity School’s library, as part of its mission to document the founding and development of Unitarian Universalist congregations. I spent a couple of hours there this week, reading through the earliest of our records from the … Continued

Building and Grounds Action Team: Keeping Follen Standing Strong

Adding to Alex Bromley’s recent post about the workings of Program Council, Chris Walters now expands our Leaders Blog to include reflections on the work done by Follen’s 7 Action Teams.  The Follen octagon is the oldest standing church structure in the Town of Lexington, and it is the Buildings and Grounds Action Team’s responsibility … Continued

In the Community: Sustainability, ArtWalk, Coffeehouse, Cohousing

Art Walk Lexington Call for Artists Artists are being sought to submit their two, or three-dimensional works for display in retailers windows along Massachusetts Ave. Lexington is again having its ArtWalk this November from the 8th – 28th, with a Gallery Night and curator-led tour in Lexington Center on November 10th. Artwork will be displayed … Continued

What’s Clucking with Kiva?

Supporting Marie Jeannine, and More on November 6 Marie Jeannine, a single mother of six from Madagascar (see photo), makes her living raising chickens. Through Follen’s Kiva Program, we made a loan to this active and resourceful woman to buy 100 chicks and their feed. Hers is just one of the almost 1,000 loans we’ve … Continued