Staff Blog

In the Interim: The Bridge

Last Sunday I had the honor of co-officiating the worship service where we honor the congregation’s graduating seniors.  Not all of them spoke to us, but the six who did – Robin Armstrong, Tyler Carruthers, Elias Carver, Adam Harrington, Skyler Kropper, and Liam Wurtz – shared reflections that were heartfelt, expressive, and full of love … Continued

In the Interim: Planning Mode

In the religious education office, it’s operetta time and the building is crackling with the youthful energy that comes from this creative annual undertaking.  On Sunday we will officially wish our seniors safe travel as they head to summer jobs, hiking the Appalachian trail, exploration of the world, or resting up for the Next Big … Continued

In the Interim: The Path to Tomorrow

Even though the weather doesn’t show it, we’re headed into summer and in a few weeks, we’ll mark the ‘official’ end of the regular church year and the beginning of a slower, reflective time.  Although the prevailing behavior in many Unitarian Universalist congregations was to shut the doors in the summer time (and, some suggested, … Continued

In the Interim: Coming of Age

My “most favorite” Sunday of the year is Coming of Age Sunday.  The two services Follen had on May 21st were joyful and filled with the beliefs and learnings our fourteen Coming of Age program graduates held in their minds and hearts.  They blessed us with their vision, their hopes for the future, their connection … Continued

Follen Staff Perspectives on Black Lives Matter

At Follen’s Annual Meeting on May 24, The group Follen Responds to Racism will offer a resolution, “Advancing Follen Church as an Antiracist Congregation.” The resolution affirms that Follen will commit work proactively, internally and in the wider world, to support racial justice and the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, to include hanging a banner. … Continued

In the Interim: Intention and Reality

A long time ago, when I was working for the Unitarian Universalist Association, I facilitated a workshop on congregational growth and outreach for UU churches in the Detroit, MI area.  There were a lot of people in the room, including some people of color.  One of them was a longtime UU, an elderly African American … Continued

In the Interim: Busy, Busy Bees

It’s spring, and it has turned into a time of incorporating ‘lasts’ and spring rituals of the year into the ongoing rhythm of the congregation…final Coming of Age retreat; FUUY warm-up bike ride to Kimball’s Ice Cream stand; final classroom religious education programs for the year; and LOTS of preparation for Operetta. The Emerson/Alcott room’s … Continued

Brian Sewell’s Lessons Learned in NOLA

On April 23 I wrapped up my fifth service trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina happened nearly 12 years ago and Follen has been sending groups down there for every one of those years. It’s part of what makes me so proud to be a part of this community – our commitment to social … Continued

In the Interim: Celebrations of Spring

I have returned to Follen Church following a whirlwind, amazing trip to New Orleans with 25 of our Follen youth and our chaperones.  The weather was mostly good (albeit hot), spirits were mostly high, and much was learned and accomplished.  And with April vacation over, we return to spring and end of the year milestones … Continued

Deb’s Update — The 2017 New Orleans Service Trip

  It’s hot. That is no news, of course. It is warm in The Big Easy. But the Follen youth on this service learning trip – all 25 of them – are doing great work out in the middle of an Esplanade in Gretna. Working with the NOLA Tree Project, they are raking mulch and … Continued

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