Rev. Tom Schade


We welcome the start of our Follen church year! Rev. Tom Schade has some experience with a church building project. The last month was the worst, a vivid reminder that the church was not the building, but the community. His sermon? “The Hardest Part.” Adult choir will sing! Read about how “It Could Always Be Worse!” … Continued

The Transformation

If you walked into a Unitarian or Universalist church in the early 50’s, and then again in the late 80’s, you would not think it was the same religion. What happened? Children and Youth Choirs sing, and children will join for the first part of the service. Read a PDF of the sermon here: And Then … Continued

Giving Thanks- A Service for All Ages

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, we’ll give thanks for this community, for the bounty of this season, for the blessings of this earth, and for love, given and received. Children, youth, and adults are invited to this special multigenerational service, with music from all three choirs. Worship leaders: Rev. Schade, Beryl Aschenberg, Vivian Montgomery Read … Continued

Advent Is All About Hope and Change

Rev. Schade will conclude his sermon series, bringing our UU history up to date in the 21st Century. Coincidentally, we are in an Advent period: a time in which we anticipate great changes: changes that we only dimly see. Our faith leads to hope, and away from fear. Music from the beloved Montgomery Morrison Duo. … Continued

The Importance of Preparation

Chickens and Eggs. The changing culture and the changing church. How can they best relate? No Name Choir sings; songs include an Alleluia from the Taizé tradition and an Amen from South Africa. And, the debut of an Italian harpsichord! Read a PDF of the sermon here: Preparation Matters PDF

Return of the Preacher’s Kid

Rev. Tom Schade was a child at Follen — his father, Rev. Bob Schade, was Follen’s minister 1947-1951. Tom grew up to become a UU minister too, and served the First Unitarian Church in Worcester. We are excited to welcome Tom back to Follen and hear his dynamic preaching. Read/Download Tom Schade’s “From Religious Freedom … Continued


Rev. Tom Schade, our Sabbatical Minister will introduce himself and his one recurring sermon. (Every minister has one they preach over and over again with different examples. His is the “Power of Today.”) Music: Shaylor Lindsay, piano.

Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

Let’s look at Liberal Religion in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. What remains of that era? Read a PDF of the sermon here: Marching to the Beat of A Different Drum

In Rhythm with the Times

For a brief period after merger in 1961, Unitarian Universalism’s optimism matched the spirit of the era. It didn’t last forever. The Adult Choir introduces a powerful statement of faith: Mark Miller’s stunning setting of words scratched on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany by a Jew hiding from Nazi persecution. Read a … Continued