Staff Blog

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

In the Interim: The Promise of the Spirit

Starting at 4 PM on any given Monday, I sit at my desk and hear children singing: rehearsal for the Junior Choir, conducted by Tyler Turner, begins with warm-ups, singing games, and then rehearsal of pieces the group is working on. Tyler’s really great at helping the children clap and stomp and count rhythms that … Continued

In the Interim: Navigating the Waters of Change

On Sunday, Feb. 12 as the snow piled down, nearly forty Follenites gathered in the community center with UUA Regional Staff member Hilary Allen to explore the different ways that congregations, and individuals in them, experience and navigate the waters of change. Some people find change exciting, and others resist or despise it. How the … Continued

In the Interim: Perpetual Anticipation

Like many of you, I suspect, I found myself glued to the television on Sunday evening, watching the Super Bowl. I am mostly a baseball nut, but I watched plenty of Yale football when I was growing up (the Yale-Harvard games were epic, and must-attend events when they were played at the Yale Bowl in … Continued

In the Interim: Let Go and . . .

For years, I’ve heard that old phrase, “Let Go and Let God.” I always thought that this was a nice, neat way of saying, “I can’t make this thing come out the way I want to, so I’ll just release it into the air. And whatever happens, will.” Well, I suppose it might be comforting … Continued

In the Interim: As to the Meaning of Words

  We are nearly to the mid-point in winter – at least, according to my spouse. On January 31, Ben always says, we are halfway through the winter and on February 15, Ben reminds me, “Winter’s back breaks.” As a religious educator, I know that these are the times when historically, religious education attendance for … Continued

In the Interim: To Build the Common Good (and Make Our Own Days Glad)

Perhaps you are familiar with the hymn, “For all That is Our Life,” which is in our grey UUA hymnbook. The song calls us to “build the common good…and make our own days glad.” It might be more challenging, right now, to see how to get to that ‘common good’ that the song talks about. … Continued

In the Interim: When All This is Over, What Matters?

  On my desk is a quote that a close friend attached to a napkin, when Ben and I visited for dinner one night. The evening was lovely, and the friendship we have with these folks is enduring. But the quote, written on construction paper in gold letters, is what remains. It reads, “When all … Continued

In the Interim: Food for the Heart and the Soul

It’s funny how the winter holidays happen. It’s like a locomotive, gaining speed around each turn, careening along until – sometimes — I feel mowed down by the long lists I carry around while I try desperately to check off things. And no matter what I do, the list keeps getting more things added and … Continued

In the Interim: Pieces of a Life, Hung with Ribbons

Last Saturday night, Ben and I put up our Christmas tree. We got it – as always – from Follen’s lot. This was the first year that our younger daughter, Abby, wasn’t with us for this ritual. (She’s arriving home from New Orleans on December 23- way too late to be putting up the tree … Continued

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