Members Blog

COG Blog: Weekly Updates on Construction

Thank you, Alice Dunn and Valerie Perkins, for your tireless work and your weekly updates! Click on any photos to enlarge. Also, you can check out photo galleries from Joe Turner here. October 17 Update from your Construction Oversight Group (COG) More and more finishes:  the cabinets are being installed! Here’s the view of the … Continued

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band

Transylvanian Hungarian Youth Folk Dance Troupe and Band

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm, First Parish Church, Concord

Free will donations are welcome at the door.

The Vadrózsák Néptánccsoport (Wild Roses Folk Dance Group), is a native Hungarian folk dance group from Székelykeresztúr, in the Transylvanian region of Romania. They will travel in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont, performing in colorful traditional costumes, as well as offering dance workshops. The group includes 17 dancers and musicians, 15 youth and two adults and are accompanied by the youth folk dance band “Lelkes Zenekar” (Enthusiastic Band).

The dances feature an exuberant display of intricate moves and patterns that invite participation. The live music is infectious and leaves the audience wanting to hear more. The members of the group are eager to share their excitement about their native dances and music with a New England audience. There will be several opportunities for instruction and workshops during their tour and each of the performances will be followed by an invitation to learn some simple dances.

Follen’s Partner Church Committee is organizing a car pool which will depart from Follen for the event. Contact Barbara Meikle (partnerchurch@follen.org) if you would like to join the group.

Coming Soon – A New Follen LIbrary!

A small team of library-loving Follenites has been working for over a year designing a newly-invigorated non-fiction circulating library for Follen. We are planning for a collection that supports the work of our Action Teams and aligns with the interests and concerns of our members. A year ago, we partially weeded the former collection and … Continued

Backstory of the Backdrop

Stephen Ervin Helps Us Dream Big FOLLEN 2019: The painted backdrop now in the chancel arch is a midwinter offering to the community, to try to share some of the vision of the epochal transformation of Follen Church now underway, and that will unfold in the next weeks, months, and years. The depiction of new spaces/activities … Continued

Members’ Blog: Gary Smith Says “Take Joy”

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet, within our reach, is joy. Take joy.” Take Thanksgiving Sunday, the 19th, nine days ago, at Follen Community Church in East Lexington. The second service is at 11:30 and we’re there a little after 11, and the doors to the sanctuary are closed, and … Continued

Member Blog: Pilgrimage to My Grandfather’s War

Our worship theme for June is “Pilgrimage.” Member Carolyn Kingston (left) shares a trip to France to explore her family’s history.  Major Edward B. Cole, U.S.M.C. June 18, 2017. Ninety-nine years ago today my grandfather, Major Edward B. Cole, U.S.M.C. finally succumbed to wounds he received at the Battle of Belleau Wood, a key battle … Continued

Members Blog: Barbara Meikle’s Pilgrimage to Transylvania

The spiritual exercise for June is “Pilgrimage” and Rev. Claire has given us a list of eight local sites that connect us to our UU history.  I was delighted to see that I have visited seven of those sites, some more than once, and only the Margaret Fuller House in Cambridge remains. Of even greater … Continued

Members Blog: Nancy McCarthy on Black Lives Matter

A Personal Point delivered at Follen on April 9, 2017. See video below.  Hi, my name is Nancy McCarthy, and I was in college when Ferguson happened. It would have been junior year, when I was abroad. Like many among us, I grew up in my good ol’ New England world, where racism happens inside … 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