Congregation News

In the Interim: Patience

“Patience” is the title of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta that Follen’s youth and children will perform this year.  But it’s also about an attribute that I don’t have enough of sometimes:  the ability to let it be, to step back and take a breath, to wait for something to evolve. Earlier in my life … Continued

In the Community: Traces of the Trade, #MeToo, Arlington EATS

Traces of the Trade Film and Discussion Wednesday February 7, 7pm, Community United Methodist Church, Wayland Read/Download flyer for Traces of the Trade Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives Tuesday February 13, 7pm, Lexington Depot Read/Download flyer for Tainted Witness Arlington EATS annual fundraiser Saturday March 10, 7pm, Arlington Town Hall Silent … Continued

February’s Worship Theme: “Secrets”

Our worship theme for February 2018 is “Secrets.” Spiritual Exercise Contemplate, and discuss with loved ones and your covenenant group this question: What is the difference between privacy, secrecy, and confidentiality? And, if you believe in God (or something like God—Spirit of Life, Love, the Universe, Ground of Being…), do you have any secrets from … Continued

In the Interim: The Big Sick

As many of you know, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from Follen for the last ten days or so, as I recover from a total knee replacement (left knee – the right one was done about six years ago).  As the fog of surgery and painkillers clears, I’ve been regaining energy and … Continued

In the Community: Vagina Monologues, the Civil War, Roxbury Defenders

“The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3, 7:30pm, First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist This 20th Anniversary performance is to benefit “New Beginnings Reentry Services, Inc which supports formerly incarcerated women to successfully navigate the complex challenges of reentering their communities. Tickets are $15 at the door.   “Growing Up with the … Continued

Celebration Sunday a Big Success!

To everyone who pledged at Celebration Sunday – thank you!  We received 57 pledges totaling $81,712 at the two services. While we are well on our way, we need everyone’s pledge.  If we have not heard from you by tomorrow a steward will be contacting you. In the coming year we need to: 1)      Welcome a new … Continued

Thank You from Hancock and Puerto Rico 

In November, Follen raised $3,656 to support Lexington Unites for Puerto Rico, a drive to collect funds and goods to help families devastated by hurricanes. Lead organizers Hancock Church sent a thank you card last week: “Your donation and the generosity of many others made it possible for us to send a 45-foot container filled … Continued

In the Community: Requiem for the American Dream

Noam Chomsky’s “Requiem for the American Dream” Thursday, January 25, 7pm, First Church Belmont Following this extraordinary 75-minute documentary, which shows how the concentration of wealth and power has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class, we will have a discussion moderated by State Senator, Will Brownsberger, who cares deeply … Continued

Volunteer Service Network: Thank You!

In 2017, 42 members of Follen’s Volunteer Service Network supplied: 88 meals 10 rides, and household help to 16 people or families Thank you to the helpers: Nancy Alloway Debbie Bassett Kathy Blake Susan Brefach Sally Cassells Catherine Collins Jane Current Linda Dacey Laura Dickerson Denise Dracup Alice Dunn Marlene Ellin Edie Engel Anne Englehart Jim … Continued

Support a Woman Now in Sanctuary 

Sign up to Help Bedford UU Church Host a Refugee   Last year, Follen voted to join the Sanctuary movement, to protect and to stand with immigrants facing deportation. Now our neighbor church, which is actually housing a grandmother seeking asylum, needs our support: active sanctuary requires 24-hour accompaniment. Can you take a shift? Email Anne … Continued