General Interest

Life-Planning for Adult Children with Special Needs 

Tuesday evenings starting January 17, 2017 The Caring Congregation Committee will be offering an 8-session educational supportive workshop that covers the multiple aspects of Long-term Planning for an Adult Child with Special Needs.  Series includes a speaker on legal/financial aspects as well as a presentation on community resources and care management. Please contact Sharon Cerny or Jim Herzig, or email if … Continued

Religious Education This Week

Programs this week: On Sunday, we will gather (two services!) to enjoy stories of generosity and cooperation along with music of the junior, youth, and senior choirs.  Don’t miss it – there will be fun and faith exploration for all.  Our nursery will be open (welcoming a slightly-extended age cohort of children through age 5) … Continued

Lexington Interfaith Garden: No Drought of Follen Volunteers

The Harvest Comes Home This year, the Lexington Interfaith Garden harvested 1,740 pounds of fresh produce (and occasional flowers) for people who sought help from the Lexington Food Pantry. In its seven years, the garden has donated over 5 tons of produce, in 44 varieties, through the collective efforts of 14 local houses of worship. … Continued

It’s Time for the Giving Tree

Send a Gift to a Child in Need Each year, members and friends of Follen generously commit to giving gifts to young people in need during the holiday season. This year we will again be supporting four organizations: Department of Children and Families in Arlington, which supports and protects children from neglect and abuse Department of Youth … Continued

Members Blog: Story Time in Trumpland

Novelist and Follen member Rachel Hyde (right) offers a reflection on November’s Worship Theme, “Story.” I sit here, just after the election, struggling to write something related to this month’s worship theme, but I feel blocked, my words shocked out of me. These lines from the Act I finale of “The Pirates of Penzance” keep running … Continued

The Christmas Trees Are Coming!

Join the 64-year-old Follen tradition and sign up to sell trees or to help set up the trees for sale. It’s a great activity for couples or for the whole family. Kids are always welcome. Ask a friend to sell trees with you! And be sure to come pick out a beautiful tree to brighten … Continued

Dream BIG Committee Recommends Capital Campaign 

The Capital Campaign Exploratory Committee this week recommended that Follen launch a $1.5 to $2 million capital campaign with universal access as the top priority. Program Council will consider the recommendation at its December 5 meeting. Read a summary of the Capital Campaign process or read CCEC’s full report to Program Council. 

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: 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