Congregation News

In the Interim: Thoughts from Deborah Weiner, Interim DRE

As some of you know, I am a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a strong Jewish culture – and family – behind me.  My father was raised an Orthodox Jew, and his very open-minded and loving parents decided, when he fell in love with a woman who was not of his faith, to maintain relations with … Continued

Volunteer Service Network Changes Leadership

A big Follen Thank You goes out to Amy Horsburgh  and Caroline Jacobs.  After a very successful tenure as the coordinators of the Volunteer Service Network (VSN), Amy and Caroline have passed on the mantle. Under their leadership the VSN implemented the use of the computer program Lotsa Helping Hands. In addition the number of … Continued

Members’ Blog: Fear Not!

How do you engage with October’s spiritual theme, “Fear”? Follenite Jane Spickett bravely steps up to start a series of blog posts from members about our monthly themes. Email DCE Susanne with your submissions.   Fear by Jane Spickett   The last leaf falls redefining beauty. Every year I resist the stark elegance of loss revealed. … Continued

Suggested Community Reads for October and “Fear”

Every month Amy Newmark and Jane Spickett suggest some books related to the worship theme. For those of you who would like to connect a bit more with the theme of “Fear,” here are this month’s selections: Adults My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock  Preschool – Grade 2 Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching (Laura … Continued

Susanne’s Blog: A Fire in My Bones

Tomorrow’s the last day of September and our theme of “Calling.” In her Ingathering sermon, Claire told the story of Jeremiah and the calling that was like “a fire in his bones.” That metaphor bowled me over. I know what that’s like, Jeremiah. I really do. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. Dear God, no! … Continued

Bernie Harleston Honored at Tufts

Follen’s own Bernie Harleston received one of Tufts University’s highest honors last Friday, when a dormitory was renamed for him in a festive dedication ceremony. Many Follenites attended. A pioneering African American academic and dean, he championed the rights of students of color to access higher education. Read “South Hall renamed Harleston Hall, honoring former dean” in … Continued

Plans Unveiled for Follen’s April 2017 Trip to Transylvania

In September 2014 Follen’s Partner Church Committee joyously hosted ten members from our Partner Church in Romania. Over a 25 year period more than 30 Follenites have visited our partners in Alsofelsoszentmihaly (AFSM). It is time for another visit. The Partner Church Committee has chosen the school vacation, April 13 to 23, 2017 to make it possible for families to join us. Additionally, we will offer high school students partial scholarships for this trip. … Continued

What’s Happening at Program Council?

Our worship theme this month is “Calling.” Although I’m a proud atheist, I have certainly felt called to service at Follen, as I think we really are only as strong as the willingness of our members to serve. Despite that, I am always more than a little shocked whenever someone at Follen asks me to … Continued

In the Interim: Thoughts from Deborah Weiner, Interim DRE

Today, in a staff retreat facilitated by a member of the excellent New England UUA regional staff, we talked about how long we have been at Follen Church. The answers ranged from 13.5 years to eight weeks – and I won the newbie prize. Eight weeks seems like nothing at all and yet, as I … Continued

East Village Fair, Sneak Peak and Cafe: Fun, Fun, Fun!

178th East Village Fair
Saturday October 1, 10am-3pm
Featuring children’s games, musicians, produce and a vast flea market, this year’s fair promises fun for all ages. For more info see East Village Fair.

Friday Night Fleas Sneak Preview and First Chance Cafe
Friday, September 30, 7-9pmCommunity Center and Anne Smith
A special “sneak peak” at the fleas, for Follenites only. (We will not be asking outsiders to leave, however, in keeping with our values as an open and friendly congregation.) After you’ve had a peak, join us upstairs in the Anne Smith Room for the annual First Chance Cafe. We’ll have luscious desserts, lovingly made by Follen’s best bakers and sweets-makers, plus hot cider, coffee and tea.  Also, watch for the Raffle Table that will be situated outside the First Chance Cafe.