Staff Blog

In the Interim: Look! A Linotype!

For years there has been a joke in my husband’s family which involves a linotype, a now-outdated machine used for setting type on printing presses and at newspapers.  Not a lot of people knew what linotypes were, and the name was such that it was easy to distract someone by shouting out that phrase to … Continued

In the Interim: Days To Remember

It was 24 years ago today that my baby girl Abby was born. (See her at right, in this recent photo with my husband Ben and me.) It was a beautiful early fall day, much like today – blue sky, pleasant temperature, just about perfect.  The doctors had warned me that if she didn’t show up … Continued

Short Bursts of Sound

There’s just so much music here! And the beautiful thing is that music often speaks for itself. But there’s also so much to say about it – our worship music, what happens in rehearsals, how we work together to imagine the musical expression of ideas…And then there’s everything that happens outside of Follen but still … Continued

October’s Worship Theme and Spiritual Exercise: “Mission”

Our theme for October is “Mission.” So I suggest, as a spiritual exercise, that you read Follen’s mission statement: “Reach out and welcome all, experiencing difference as opportunity; Pursue our spiritual paths independently and in fellowship, sharing our quest for understanding, wonder, and meaning; Commit ourselves to justice, service, and increased harmony with nature through … Continued

In the Interim: The Chalice Children

Last Sunday, after I had made my rounds to religious education classrooms to check in on folks, I was working in my office when a bunch of small people appeared at the door.  It was the PreK/K class along with their leaders, Paula Jaraush, Kristina Robinson, and Tuna Chatterjee.  They are engaged in a curriculum … Continued

In the Interim: Dreaming

  There is no escaping it:  while the calendar says it’s still summer (and the temperatures as well) vacation’s over, back to school and back to work have descended, and your ministry and support staff at Follen Church are fully back to work and preparing for Sundays through September and well into the fall and … Continued

September’s Worship Theme: “Unlocked”

September 2017 Worship Theme: Unlocked Our worship theme this month was the brain child of Follen member Andrea Paquette, who is a member of the Worship and Music Action Team (WMAT). “Unlocked” can mean so mean things: freedom, liberty, a new beginning, an achievement reached, a new possibility uncovered. Locks are symbols of promises and … Continued

In the Interim: Not in Our Town

On Saturday, as I tried to prepare for a class I’m teaching, I found myself instead glued to my computer screen as I watched a group of religious leaders, along with author Cornel West, slowly make their way, arms linked, down the streets of Charlottesville, VA.  The live Ustream feed on Facebook showed them lining … Continued

In the Interim: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

During the last week of July I was in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC participating in the Unitarian Universalist Musician Network annual conference.  I have been part of UUMN for twenty years or more, first as the UUA liaison to that organization; later as part of the publishing team that developed the publications “Singing the … Continued

In the Interim: It’s About Power

I returned from a week at Star Island both energized and exhausted.  I have gone to Star Island every summer since I was a baby.  I met my husband there when I was four;  twelve members of my immediate family have worked on the island.  The roots go deep. On Star I taught third and … Continued

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