Congregation News

Leaders Blog: Turning Resolution into Action

At annual meeting in May, Follen made a striking commitment, a bold assertion: that we will become an intentionally and proactively antiracist congregation. How we will do that? Public witness, in the form of a banner affirming that black lives matter, dominated much of the conversation this spring. A subgroup composed of folks from the … Continued

Vivian Montgomery Named Interim Music Director

The search committee is delighted to announce that Vivian Montgomery will be joining Follen Church as interim music director, effective August 1, 2017, for one year. Vivian will direct the Adult and Youth choirs, and is involved in the search for an interim Children’s Choir director. Vivian comes to Follen with a wealth of experience … Continued

Summer Family Picnic and Movie Nights

This family film series offers an opportunity for families to maintain a connection with Follen over the summer and reinforce our shared values around diversity and inclusivity. Our aim is to present films that encourage conversation through a fun activity that broadens our views on the world. The chosen films reflect life experiences that may … Continued

In the Interim: It’s About Power

I returned from a week at Star Island both energized and exhausted.  I have gone to Star Island every summer since I was a baby.  I met my husband there when I was four;  twelve members of my immediate family have worked on the island.  The roots go deep. On Star I taught third and … Continued

How About Teaching RE This Year?

Have you thought of teaching religious education?  Are you finding yourself with an ’empty nest’ at home that needs a little energy from children or youth? Follen’s religious education program might be just what you need! Our religious education year is divided into two sessions (fall/winter and winter/spring). Each session, for a variety of age … Continued

July’s Theme: “Simplicity”

Worship Theme July’s Worship Theme is “Simplicity.” Suggested Community Reads Every month Amy Newmark and Jane Spickett suggest some books related to the worship theme. For those who would like to connect a bit more with the theme of “Simplicity,” here are this month’s selections: Ages 3-6 The Very Quiet Cricket          … Continued

In the Community: Learn About Islam

Tuesday, July 25, 7-9pm Temple Isaiah Temple Isaiah hosts an evening of learning about the Muslim faith (think interesting Islam 101 intro) and for hearing stories from individuals of their experiences being Muslim in Boston. At a time when so much of what we hear seems focused on what can divide us, we’ll focus on the … Continued

A Suggestion for Your Summer Reading

If you liked the sound of “intentionally and proactively antiracist” in the resolution that passed at Annual Meeting, but aren’t sure what that means for you, Follen’s library offers a place to start. The Follen Responds to Racism team added several excellent books on aspects of being a person of color, or a white person, … Continued

Try out the Lexington Interfaith Garden This Summer

Follen offers two volunteers twice a month during the growing season to help raise local produce for the Lexington Food Pantry with other faith communities. You don’t need to know anything about gardening, and children (roughly 5 and older) are welcome. Saturdays we walk the produce over to the pantry; that’s fresh! If you can … Continued

One-day or Short-term: Opportunities at the Urban Ministry

Saturday mornings, 10:30 am to 2 pm One-day: Help unload, package, and distribute fresh produce for Fair Foods. It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s important. Short term: consider Jericho Road Roxbury, which partners the professional talents of volunteers with the specific needs of nonprofit organizations serving greater Roxbury to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the … Continued