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. The latest photo gallery from Joe Turner shows the eye-catching run-off tanks! August 15 Update from your Construction Oversight Group (COG) Hello from … 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

Construction and the Heritage Fund: Nancy Sofen’s Personal Point

Twenty years ago this spring as a new member of Follen, I was asked to join the Buildings and Grounds Committee. There I found my people: those who create and care for physical spaces as an expression of how they value the people and activities that use those spaces. I later served on the Construction … 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

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

Members’ Blog: Fear Not!

How do you engage with October’s spiritual theme, “Fear”? Follenite Jane Spickett bravely steps up to start a series of blog posts from members about our monthly themes. Email DCE Susanne with your submissions.   Fear by Jane Spickett   The last leaf falls redefining beauty. Every year I resist the stark elegance of loss revealed. … Continued