Congregation News

RE-Flections: On Naming Gratitude

I’m a big fan of the NPR show “On Being” with Krista Tippett. Two years ago, singer Carrie Newcomer shared her poem “Three Gratitudes” on an episode. The poem starts with this: Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud Three things that I’m grateful for, All the significant, insignificant Extraordinary, ordinary … Continued

The Follen Library of the Future – Input Please!

The Follen Library of the Future: Please Share Your Thoughts With Us! The Follen Library Task Force is thinking about ways to revitalizevthe Follen Library once our construction project comes to a conclusion. While the room off the Community Center will look similar to what we had before, we felt this was a good opportunity … Continued

Follen Photo Collage 2018

Jim Fesler created this work of art entitled “Follen Photo Collage 2018.” Come to the Marshman Center to see this piece, and many others, up close.   > Click on below image to see an enlargement of it. > Click the back arrow in your web browser to return to this page.  

Follen’s Annual Meeting

Save the Date: Follen’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 in the Sanctuary immediately after service. Anyone who wishes to vote at Annual Meeting must be a member or must have become a member before Friday, April 5, 2019. For membership information please contact Andy Wells-Bean at

RE-Flections from the DRE

I remember my first visit to a Unitarian Universalist church. Just taking the step to walk into a “church” felt gutsy to me. I had grown up Jewish, married a Catholic, and felt like an agnostic. I wanted my children to have the opportunity to experience the richness that participation in a faith community can … Continued

RE Teachers Give Us Their Gifts

  At the start of the church year, our RE class leaders were invited to consider the gifts each of them bring to our young people whom they engage with at Follen. When children come to Follen Church, they experience a wide variety of connection with adults. Whether it is in the classroom, in multigenerational … Continued

October Spiritual Exercise: Touchstones

Find your purpose Who do you want to be? What characteristics do you wish to embody and what life goals are ahead of you? This month, create a mission statement and find a way to read/reflect on it every day. Approach #1: Don’t worry…the internet can help you figure it out. This online program helps … Continued

Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace-Sign Up to Ride the Bus

Once again Follen will participate in the Louis D Brown (LDB) Institute’s Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.

This is a pledge walk that benefits the difficult and courageous work LDB does all year long. The walk is held on the morning of Mother’s Day.

We will provide bus transportation leaving from Lexington High School at 8:45am to ride to the Madison Park High School mid-way starting point then leaving City Hall Plaza at 11:30 or so to arrive back in Lexington by noon. Please use the bus sign-up page below to reserve your space on the bus. One person can sign up for the whole family.

We will be joined this year by some walkers from First Parish Lexington. Also please be sure to register for the walk and make a donation at From the home page, click “Get Involved” on the menu bar at the top of the page. On the next screen do not click Register but scroll down to the List of Teams. On this page, again don’t click the register button but scroll down to Search Fundraisers, enter Follen in the Name box then click Search. When the Follen photo appears, click on the purple REGISTER TO WALK button. You can make a donation even if you are not planning to walk.

For more information and maps for the walk itself you can click on the ABOUT link from any page on the web site. You can also make a donation even if you are not planning to walk. We can’t promise a sunny day but we can promise an opportunity to take part in a unique and inspiring event. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Cassells by email at

Greetings from Our Friends in Transylvania

I had the pleasure of staying in Transylvania this summer with the family I know best from our Partner Church. Though my visit was short, only 4 days, as always with my visits, now my third, I learn something new each time about their generosity, their struggles and fears, their devotion to our congregation and … Continued

Get to Know the Interfaith Garden

We need workers Saturday October 27 at 8:30-10 am behind First Parish Lexington. How about you? Follen provides two garden workers bimonthly during the growing season, joining 14 houses of faith to pool their labor and grow fresh food for the Lexington Food Pantry.   If you are willing to try it (no skills needed) contact … Continued