Staff Blog

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

In the Interim: The Only Constant Is Change

Last Sunday our Music Director, Tyler Turner, shared his vision for music ministry at Follen. The vision he laid out is invigorating and inspiring and . . . not the same as it has been. Like Tyler, I’m learning a lot from the RE Action Team members, children, youth, and all of you about what … Continued

In the Interim: Families – of Birth and of Choice   

It’s nearly Thanksgiving time. I’m not sure how the days flew so quickly since I arrived at Follen on August 8 but suddenly, we’re into the official winter holiday season. Yikes. Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday for a lot of people, I think. The Norman Rockwell image of people gathered around a groaning table, smiling, … Continued

In the Interim: We Walk This Road Together

Last week was not, in my book, a good week. After the tension leading to this hugely important election, I will share that I, at least, did not see the ending I was expecting. It led to the Worst Birthday Ever and then, the reality began to really set in. But along with that came … Continued

In the Interim: “Winners and Losers”

I am writing this column on the Monday before the biggest election of my lifetime. On Wednesday, November 9, the day AFTER this biggest election, I will celebrate my birthday…a ‘major’ birthday, as they say, and I know that – even thought my husband and I have made a reservation at a very nice restaurant … Continued

In the Interim: Thoughts from Deborah Weiner, Interim DRE

We are heading into the final few weeks of what has been known, for years, as the Silly Season: the time when our country is focused on political campaigns and what both politicians and pundits are saying. I worked in local politics for a few years, when I was Director of the Department of Cultural … Continued

In the Interim: Thoughts from Deborah Weiner, Interim DRE

As some of you know, I am a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a strong Jewish culture – and family – behind me.  My father was raised an Orthodox Jew, and his very open-minded and loving parents decided, when he fell in love with a woman who was not of his faith, to maintain relations with … Continued

Susanne’s Blog: A Fire in My Bones

Tomorrow’s the last day of September and our theme of “Calling.” In her Ingathering sermon, Claire told the story of Jeremiah and the calling that was like “a fire in his bones.” That metaphor bowled me over. I know what that’s like, Jeremiah. I really do. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. Dear God, no! … Continued

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