Congregation News

RE-Flections: On Naming Gratitude

I’m a big fan of the NPR show “On Being” with Krista Tippett. Two years ago, singer Carrie Newcomer shared her poem “Three Gratitudes” on an episode. The poem starts with this: Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud Three things that I’m grateful for, All the significant, insignificant Extraordinary, ordinary … Continued

RE-Flections: Blessings for The Thanksgiving Table

As Thanksgiving approaches, Unitarian Universalist families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites: “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the love that surrounds us, we are truly grateful.” –Sarah Richards “Earth, who gives to us this food, Sun, who … Continued

Share the Plate for Our Partner Church

More than 30 Follenites have visited Alsofelsoszentmihaly, Follen’s partner church village in Transylvania, Romania. We would be happy to answer questions about the village, our Unitarian partners, and the daily discrimination they face both as ethnic Hungarians and as a religious minority in Romania. Please visit our display at Coffee Hour to deepen your understanding. We will have a Share the Plate for our Partner Church on November 18.

About the photos
: These were taken by a member of our congregation who was on a pilgrimage to our partner village in Transylvania. Here’s what a website had to say about the imagery:
“When you visit a Transylvanian Unitarian church you will not see any crosses or pictures of Jesus because the tradition is clear that Jesus was not God. “Egy Az Isten” (pronounced edge oz eeshten) – God is One – is carved over almost every door. The religious symbol is not the Flaming Chalice, though because of the international connections through the Partner Church Program and the International Council of Unitarian and Universalists, many, if not most, Transylvanian Hungarians recognize the Flaming Chalice as a Unitarian symbol. The symbol for Hungarian Unitarians, both in Transylvania and in Hungary, is the dove and the serpent, reminding people to be wise as the serpent and gentle as the dove. It is a symbol far older than the Flaming Chalice.”


Anti-Racism Book Group

Anti-Racism Book Group Sunday November 18, 6;30-8pm, Marshman. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism is a much anticipated new book from teacher Robin Diangelo, who brilliantly explains racial tension among white people. Our Anti-Racism Book Group is reading this book for our November 18 discussion. Read the book! Join our discussion in the Marshman Conference Room.

The Follen Library of the Future – Input Please!

The Follen Library of the Future: Please Share Your Thoughts With Us! The Follen Library Task Force is thinking about ways to revitalizevthe Follen Library once our construction project comes to a conclusion. While the room off the Community Center will look similar to what we had before, we felt this was a good opportunity … Continued

Operetta Mischief Group

OMG, the Operetta Mischief Group Is Nearly Here!

Tuesday November 20, 5:30-6:45pm
Sacred Heart Parish Center Lower Level

OMG starts a week from Monday, with PIZZA PROVIDED!!!  It’s open to all Follen youth, ages 8-18, whether you’re participating in our June operetta or NOT. Join in youth-led gabbing about, riffing on, adding to the story line, the cultural history, the songs, the stereotypes, and the humor of our upcoming G&S show Iolanthe. For the first meeting, we’re going learn about the story and characters, find the most ridiculous things, and act them out. Then we’ll mess with the words in one of the choruses to see whether it EXPLODES!  Please RSVP to Follen’s Director of Music Vivian Montgomery at , so we know how much pizza is needed.  Can’t make it on November 5? We’ll meet about every other week through April, sometimes on Monday, sometimes on Tuesday.

Interested, curious, or confused? Talk to Vivian. And invite your friends!

Lexington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Attend and/or Sing!

Lexington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday November 20, 7:30pm, Hancock United Church of Christ
See flyer about this Lexington interfaith tradition open to all.

Can You Lend Your Voice to the Interfaith Choir for Thanksgiving?
Hancock Church is hosting this year’s Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m. They would like to invite all Follen singers to join in an interfaith choir for the evening. The pieces chosen are easily singable on the spot with no music purchase necessary: Nick Page’s “There’s Honey in the Rock”  (click for download) and “Hineh mah tov” to learn that evening, gathering at 6:30 to rehearse. Please contact Hancock Director of Music Mark Morgan at if you’ll be joining, and if you have any questions.

Follen Photo Collage 2018

Jim Fesler created this work of art entitled “Follen Photo Collage 2018.” Come to the Marshman Center to see this piece, and many others, up close.   > Click on below image to see an enlargement of it. > Click the back arrow in your web browser to return to this page.  

Join the Follen Klezmer Band

Sunday December 2, 10:30am, Sanctuary

We need all sorts of instrumentalists (guitar, accordion, mandolin, bass, violin, drums, flute, clarinet, sax, trumpet, whatever) to join with Vivian’s band Shir Chutzpa for the second annual latke-themed Klezmer service on Sunday, December 2. Rehearsal is on Wednesday, November 28 8-9:30pm and 9am on December 2 before the 10:30 service. Parts and playlist will be available in a Dropbox folder or can be printed and left for you to pick up. Please contact Director of Music Vivian Montgomery with inquiries and to say you’ll be part of the band. All are welcome!