Congregation News

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

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: 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