Congregation News

RE-flections: Talking to Children about Race

TIPS FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND RACISM From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education   One of the things that attracted me to Follen Church was the commitment to become an “intentionally and proactively antiracist congregation.” Years of living in Milwaukee, WI- named the most segregated city in the United States- has convinced … Continued

Seeking Mission Trip Advisors for 2019-21

Do you enjoy working with smart, energetic, and selfless people? Would you like to pay forward the investment others have made in you? Do you want to have more fun than you’ve had in awhile? YOU ARE IN LUCK! We are looking for two adults to help organize, plan, advise on, and attend the annual … Continued

RE-flections on Stewardship for Kids

RE-flections by Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education   We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. ~ Gloria Steinem   Children realize very early in life that money has value. They understand that getting a toy means that someone (often a parent) must spend money, or that they need to save … Continued

January Spiritual Exercise: Presence

The Artist is Present Resource: “The Artist is Present” by Marina Abramovic. Read more about Marina Abramovic’s career as an artist here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramović. Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided … Continued

See the New Community Center at Our Partner Church

Our Partner Church in Szentmihaly, Romania, proudly dedicated a totally refurbished Community Center on November 18, 2018 in honor of the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian Unitiarian Church. All the work was done by members of the congregation. View the beautiful meeting room and library as well as the center itself here. Dedication … Continued

Food For Thought with Chuck Collins

Enjoy supper and an enlightening presentation from author Chuck Collins!

We are living in a period of extreme wealth inequality. What are the rules and narratives that hold inequality in place?

What can we do individually and as a community to reverse inequality?

Chuck Collins is director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of “Born on Third Base” and “Is Inequality In America Reversible?”

Childcare can be arranged by emailing Melissa Hawkins at childcare@follen.org with notice no later than Monday, January 14

Raising White Kids Workshop

Raising White Kids: Building Skills for Raising Anti-Racist Children

Thursday January 24, 7-9pm
Social Hall, Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln St., Lexington

Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America, offers guidance and strategies for navigating our racially divided world with white children. This workshop will begin with a summary of Harvey’s central ideas, followed by smaller group practice sessions. Reading the book ahead of time is helpful but not necessary. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary: FRR@follen.org. Sponsored by Follen Responds to Racism and Temple Isaiah.

FUUY Coffee House

“COME ONE, COME ALL, TO THIS YEAR’S FUUY COFFEE HOUSE ON JANUARY 25TH, 7-9PM AT FIRST PARISH OF ARLINGTON”

 

Feeling bummed that the Holiday festivities are over and looking for a little fun and excitement while also supporting a great cause? Well then have we got the event for you and your family. (Children ages 10+ will enjoy this Coffee House, and are heartily welcome to attend)

 

The Follen UU Youth (FUUY) are inviting you and your family to their annual Coffee House fundraiser to raise money for their April service learning trip to New Orleans! This year FUUY youth are helping to organize their trip and have selected the local Non-Profit Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO) as their partner service organization to engage with service work that includes local construction projects as well as cultural speakers. The service learning trip is a great opportunity for youth to get outside their daily routine, extend their comfort zone, and put into practice the UU principle of social justice. The youth have chosen to return to New Orleans and continue the work of rebuilding post Katrina, yes, believe it or not there is still much service work to do in this iconic American city, and we cannot make this trip happen without support from community members like you.

 

Join FUUY for a chance to eat great food, sip delicious coffee/tea, and enjoy their many musical and acting talents while in the company of good friends and supporting a great cause! Tickets will be available for purchase in advance as well as at the door.

 

Details:

When – Friday January 25th from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where -First Parish UU Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

What – An Amazing set list comprising musical performances, skits, displays of talents, and Trivia!

Tickets – Adults: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; Children 10+: $5

For advance ordering, go to the online form.

 

Light refreshments will be available for purchase once inside and served by our friendly youth!

 

We’ll See you There!”

 

The List: Anti-Racism Book (and Film) Group

The Follen Anti-Racism Book group has been reading and discussing books on the theme of race since the fall of 2015. Their reading list is an excellent resource for anyone ready to delve into this topic. There are some films mixed in as well. If you would like to learn more, you can contact Follen … Continued

December Spiritual Exercise: Wonder

Ordinary yet extraordinary wonders   What seemingly simple thing sustains your sense of reverence right now?   What ordinary object or relationship reminds you of life’s preciousness?   What is currently helping you not take things for granted?   Hopefully, these are easy questions for you. If not, figure out why and use this month … Continued