Congregation News

March Spiritual Exercise: Humility

Humble Practices Identify one way this month to be “uniquely humble.” The options are endless: ·         Spend an hour one evening looking up at the stars and contemplate how small—and how lucky—you are; ·         Rather than giving your coworkers advice, humbly ask your coworkers for advice, for a change; ·         Take a risk and humbly … Continued

The Operetta Needs You

Calling all Follenites! The Operetta Volunteer Crew needs you. Whether you like to build, paint, sew, cook, write, draw, proofread, organize, take photos, make props, sell tickets . . . the list goes on and on. Producing the operetta is a true community effort, and a great way to connect with fellow Follenites of all … Continued

FUUY Has a “Go Fund Me” for NOLA

The FUUY Mission Trip to NOLA is coming up in April. Want to donate to the Youth Mission Trip fund? You can contribute electronically through our “Go Fund Me” Account!

Preach It! A Sermon Creation Class with Rev. Claire

Sermon Writing Class with Rev. Claire Has life taught you some hard-won lessons? Do you have a story to tell? Has your spiritual life grown and deepened over the years? Have you ever watched someone preach and thought “I could do that!” or “I could never do that!” This class is for you! Rev. Claire … Continued

Youth and Children’s Choir Prep for Music Service

Follen Youth and Children’s Choir Members! You are an essential part of the Urban Church Music Friendships Initiative. In our collaboration with Roxbury’s Hamilton-Garrett Music & Arts Academy Choir, we’ll be singing songs that highlight racial injustice, civil rights protest, the African-American spiritual tradition, and the universal quest for freedom. For this inspiring undertaking, you’ll … Continued

Invite a Friend to be in Iolanthe Chorus

Do you have a friend who would like to be in the chorus for Follen’s production of Iolanthe?   We’re inviting members of the extended community to participate!   Kids 7-18 can be a fairy or a peer in this year’s operetta – they need to be able to attend our Monday 4:45-5:15 rehearsals (starting … Continued

Urban Church Music Friendships Initiative

Do you know about Follen’s exciting Urban Church Music Friendships initiative? Under the leadership of Director of Music Vivian Montgomery, with support from all corners of the community, we are forging collaborations with Charles Street AME Church in Roxbury, Hamilton-Garrett Music and Arts Academy, Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain, and other institutions, in order … Continued

Donations for City Reach

Members of FUUY (Follen UU Youth) group will be heading to Boston to volunteer with City Reach in early March and need your help with collecting items for distribution. Please bring your donations to church on Sundays (leave in the vestibule) or to Marshman during the week. City Reach is an outdoor church for people … Continued

February Spiritual Exercise: Power

You have the power   The instructions for this exercise in willpower—the power of your will!—come from the spiritual teacher, Ram Dass. In his book, Paths to God: Living The Bhagavad Gita, he writes:   “If you want to play a little bit with a renunciation practice, pick some desire that you encounter every day. … Continued

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