Staff Blog

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

Susanne’s Transylvania Travel Blog

Follen Partner Church Trip to Transylvania 2017 (Above, from left: Sarah, Barbara, Megan, Akos, Jozsef, Sandor, Susanne, and Bela) Day One: Arrival in Afsofelsoszentmihaly After three flights across the Atlantic (overnight) and much of Europe, Sarah, Barbara, Megan and I arrive at Cluj-Napoca Airport feeling a little dazed and confused – and just praying that … Continued

Breakfast Dream/Excitement Dream?

Curiosity takes many forms, and one of them is wondering what’s going to happen next.  A quote, from “Winnie the Pooh” by AA Milne that I am fond of, has Pooh and Piglet walking down the road together.  Piglet asks Pooh, “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh, what is the first thing that … Continued

In the Interim: Beyond the Comfort Zone

Many years ago, my husband sketched a beautiful picture of our older daughter when she was a toddler.  She was standing in the door of the Star Island Chapel (a site that I hope some of you know) looking out at the island…really at the world.)  It’s a drawing about discovery, about wonder, about curiosity … Continued

In the Interim: Big Rush to the Big Easy

My life has been consumed with details surrounding the impending service learning trip that 25 Follen youth will be participating in, beginning on Easter Sunday (April 16).  I’ve heard a lot about previous trips and we have benefitted greatly for the experience and learning that has come from prior trips under the supervision of Ann … Continued

In the Interim: Spring Has Sprung

I don’t know about you, but I think that the coming of Spring brings excitement and maybe a little bit of dread as well.  I love that the days are getting longer, the sun brighter and higher in the sky.  Our sugaring season is nearly over (it was a good year for tapping trees, it … Continued

In the Interim: Come Anyway

In the Bible, the Song of Songs (verse 2) calls to us, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our … Continued

In the Interim: Cheerleading for a Cause

I know that you all think that my job is to be a cheerleader for our religious education team and our teachers, advisors, and mentors. Partly, I suppose, you are correct. I certainly want to support and encourage folks in any way I can, to help them be the best advisors and mentors and leaders … Continued

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