Staff Blog

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

In the Interim: What Have We Learned?

I flew back from New Orleans yesterday (I’m writing this message on June 28) tired, energized, my head filled with images, learning, ideas.  As I said to Rev. Susanne Intriligator, nearly every UUA General Assembly that I have attended (and I’ve been at a lot of them) has found me excited and optimistic when I … Continued

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

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