General Interest

The Interim Leader’s Tasks within a Congregation:  Leaving Well

This week, we conclude our exploration of the tasks of interim religious leaders and the congregations they serve, as they go through the interim period.  We’ve had five weeks of focus on the work of the congregation during the interim period:  an examination of the congregation’s Heritage (coming to terms with history), Mission (developing a … Continued

In the Community: Lexington Goes Purple for Alzheimers

Lexington Goes Purple June 9 Lexington Goes Purple Saturday June 9 to raise awareness and honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and those who have experienced firsthand the impacts of the disease. The Longest Day is a tribute to caregivers and those facing Alzheimer’s. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and on or around the summer … Continued

May’s Worship Theme: Beyond

This month’s worship theme embraces the human hunger for more. UU theologian, Henry Nelson Wieman, once referred to this pull as “The Divine Lure.” What do you yearn for? This exercise helps us pay attention to what what we yearn for and what is luring us—divine or otherwise. The instructions are simple.  For a week, … Continued

RE News This Week

Coming of Age Retreat Saturday April 28, 10am, to Sunday April 29, 3pm For youth and mentors at Follen and Friendly Crossways Retreat Center. RE Classes  Sunday April 29, 10:30am, Assigned Classrooms Final in-class religious education programs of the church year for Nursery – Grade 8 FUUY  Sunday April 29, 6:30-8:30pm, Community Center Looking Ahead: Flower Communion: Two … Continued

Are You Having Trouble Getting the Follen Email News Consistently?

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Fix-it How-tos: 1. Make sure you’re subscribed. Go to and click on “News” in the blue bar along the top. Pull down to “newsletter” and subscribe there. 2. In your email program, be sure to set a filter to accept mail from In a Gmail inbox, for example, in a bar along the top, … Continued

Congregational Read: Between the World and Me

Start Reading Now; Discussions in June This spring, perhaps for the first time, Follen undertakes a shared congregational read. The Social Justice Action Team and Follen Responds to Racism request that you pick up Ta Nehisi Coates’s outstanding Between the World and Me, which Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison called required reading. Spare copies to share in the … Continued

Seen and Unseen – More Reflections from the Big Easy

This is a special blog post about the just-concluded Follen youth service learning trip to New Orleans, LA. During Follen’s week in New Orleans I kept reminding myself that there were learnings everywhere.  There were things that were obvious: the multicultural community in which everyone lives, the different pace of life, the differences between being … Continued

Ask Reverend Claire: Your 36 Questions

At last Sunday’s annual Question Box service, attendees wrote down and submitted their questions, and in place of a sermon, Rev. Claire answered them in real time. View the video here. In case you were wondering, 36 questions were submitted, but we only had time to address 11 of them. Below, you can read them all, … Continued

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