Congregation News

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

RE News This Week

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Tonight, January 11, 6:15pm, Anne Smith Room One-Room Schoolhouse Sunday, January 14, 10:30am, Community Center led by Jody Gray Linden and friends FUUY  Sunday January 14, 6:30pm, Follen Community Center Coming of Age  On overnight retreat at Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA, January 20 and 21 FUUY and CityReach: Your Donations Needed Our … Continued

New Follen Directory — via Email PDF or in Breeze

The Winter 2018 Follen Directory is available by email from Sarah Garner: sarah.garner@follen.org. Or, create an account on Breeze, Follen’s online database, to see member photos, check your contact info, volunteering dates, pledging.

FUUY To Participate in CityReach:  Your Donations are Needed!

We’re pleased that, as part of Follen UU Youth (FUUY)’s engagement in study of anti-racism and mental illness, a group of our youth and advisors will participate in the Boston Common Cathedral CityReach program on February 9 and 10.  This program, which helps participants learn about poverty, homelessness and mental illness, asks participating groups to … Continued

In the Community: Soup for Syria, Coffeehouse in Belmont

Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington will host a special event on Saturday, February 3, at 6:00pm to benefit the Syrian American Medical Association.  Soup for Syria will be a benefit supper offering soups from around the world and will feature a presentation from the Syrian American Medical Society. Come in from the Winter Cold for an … Continued

In the Interim: The Best Day in the Year

It is early in this new year, and the media is filled with ads declaring all that we ‘should’ be doing:  losing weight, going to the gym, finding out about our genetic background, taking a trip, running for political office, and on and on. I have never been a person to make New Year’s resolutions:  … Continued

Black Lives in History Film Series

Follen Responds to Racism resumes its showing of films depicting Black lives.  This winter we will focus on films based on historic events and/or people. James Baldwin says that “the fact that white Americans, have not yet been able … to face their history, to change their lives – hideously menaces this country.  Indeed, it … Continued

RE News this Week

OWL (Our Whole Lives) CANCELLED for January 4.  We’ll try again on January 11 at 6:15pm in the Anne Smith Room. Middle School Youth Group Planning team meets on January 5 at 7pm in the Anne Smith Room. Coming of Age Field trip to the UU Urban Ministry Saturday, January 6.  Cars depart Follen at 9:15am and will return to Follen at … Continued