General Interest

Appreciating Hillary

As most of you know, our wonderful intern, Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, has finished her two-year internship with us, and will begin as the Director on Lifespan Religious Education at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. But first, she is leading six services at Follen, from Sunday, June 26 through Sunday, July 31. Hillary has touched many of … Continued

Mental Health Help

Follenite Melinda Burri sends a notice about a peer education class starting this fall, for family members of people with mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family to Family course provides a broad perspective and is designed to help parents, spouses, siblings and adult children better understand and support their loved ones living with … Continued

Thank You from the Women’s Lunch Place

In June, Follenites contributed $2,069 through our Share the Plate to the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston, which provides services—including a record 85,575 meals last year—and support to Boston’s most vulnerable women in a safe, welcoming community. In a letter of appreciation, Executive Director Elizabeth Keeley thanked Follen for its commitment to WLP and its essential … Continued

Gov. Baker Supports Transgender Rights — Thanks to Follen!

Along with our Social Justice Action Team, Follenites Maureen Mulhern and Stan Griffith have worked tirelessly to support human rights protections for transgender Bay Staters. On July 9, when Gov. Charlie Baker signed landmark legislation, Stan and Maureen were there (close enough to snap this photo)! Congratulations to Massachusetts! And Thank You to Stan, Maureen, and our … Continued

Follen Blesses the Animals

Sixty-five humans — plus a good number of dogs, a cat, and a gekko — attended Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick’s July 10 Blessing of the Animals service in the Community Center. To see a short video of the final blessing go to Blessing the Animals        

Summer Services: A Great Success!

Follen’s first-ever Summer Services are off to a flying start: 94 attended the first one, 75 came to the second one, and 47 people attended last Sunday. 47 on July 4th weekend! Congratulations to Hillary, who is preaching most of the summer, and to the hardworking Worship and Music Action Team, who dreamed up this scheme and … Continued

Second Summer Service: 75 Attend

Hillary challenged us: “Where does your compassion start and where does it end? Find those edges, know them, hold them, converse with them. Really.” Read more about the June 26 worship service.

Restoration and Summer Showcase at the UUUM

Series celebrates music, art, and culture in Roxbury Events will take place even as major work continues refurbishing the meetinghouse’s exterior. This Sunday soprano Juana Monsalve from Colombia sings Latin Folk music accompanied by guitar and percussion at 4 pm. Children will enjoy “Mum Bets World,” on Wednesday, July 20, 2 pm, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Intensive Community Program Strings Chamber Concert, Thursday, … Continued

The First Summer Service: A Great Success!

A group of youth sang a wonderful song, Rev. Claire prayed for Orlando, and 95 people came! “Coffee Hour” officially became “Lemonade and Cookies Outside in the Shade Hour.” To watch the video go to Sanctuary.