Members Blog

January Letter from Coordinating Team

January 2023 Greetings from the Follen Coordinating Team! We are Nick Hart and Jen Vandiver, (President and Vice President of the Program Council), Lisa Snellings and Anne Kelly (Chair and Vice-Chair of Parish Board), and Reverend Claire Feingold-Thoryn. We hope Follenites had a restful and peaceful holiday season. The first real snow of the winter … Continued

December Letter from Coordinating Team

December 2022 Dear Follen Members and Friends, Our multigenerational services in December were dazzling with spectacular music and inspiring words as we prepared to lose the darkness and find the returning light of the new year. Our sincere thanks to Chris, Shaylor and all the choir members, soloists and musicians at Follen who have filled … Continued

Report Back from CityReach

Youth Overnight to CityReach December 2022  from Nick Hart, Adult Chaperone On the evening of December 2, 13 Follen youth and three adult chaperones ventured into downtown Boston to participate in the City Reach program. City Reach is a program that gives young people the opportunity to learn first hand about homelessness from people who … Continued

Partner Church Helping Ukraine Aid Efforts

Here is a note from Rev. Jozsef at Follen’s Partner Church about the way they are participating in efforts to help Ukraine. From Rev. Jozsef: “I have just been sent a report on aid and transport in Ukraine. If you would like to send it to the committee and church members.” Dear friends, dear siblings … Continued

Centering Resources from Lay Ministry

Greetings from the Lay Ministry team! Every month the Lay Ministry team and Rev. Claire meet on Zoom. We try to take the pulse of the congregation, see how world events and the pandemic are affecting our faith community, and wonder how we can be helpful. (What we do NOT do is discuss those with … Continued

Letter from Coordinating Team: Music Program Guidance Document!

It’s Here:  Follen’s Music Program Guidance Document! The Coordinating Team is delighted to share with you the Music Program Guidance Document prepared by Music Program Steering Committee (MPSC) members David Jacobson, Ching Lai, Maureen Markelz and Jen Vandiver. Back in the fall, the Parish Board selected these thoughtful individuals to develop a vision, mission, and … Continued

Nominating Committee News

Nominating Committee Announces Leadership Slate The Nominating Committee announced its candidates for leadership positions for the 2022-23 church year, to be voted on at the annual meeting May 25. Jen Vandiver is the nominee for vice president of Program Council, succeeding Nick Hart, who will be the candidate for president. Anne Kelly is the nominee … Continued

Claiming Our Spiritual Leadership–a Class for ALL

Calling All Spiritual Leaders — Meaning Everyone This winter, explore “Claiming our Spiritual Leadership” (COSL), a structured, facilitated, online class for self-study and small-group discussion of course materials. Explore how our own and others’ inherent (perhaps latent) gifts can help create, sustain, and restore Beloved Community. Independent study and four group meetings will require about two … Continued