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RE-flections: What do people in your church believe?

RE-flections from Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education As Unitarian Universalists, we are often asked to explain our beliefs and values to curious friends and family, and sometimes even to folks we don’t know that well. As difficult as this might be for adults, it is even more of a challenge to children. And believe … Continued

October Spiritual Exercise: Faith

October Spiritual Exercise: Faith   Let’s reflect on a very personal component of faith. Have you ever had a mystical experience? An experience, most likely quite brief, in which you felt something like: one-ness, connectedness, euphoria, deep joy, deep peace, epiphany, ecstasy, flight, presence, understanding, communion with God, ultimate reality, oceanic feeling? (To list just … Continued

One Music Maker’s Musings: Truth-Telling at the AAUUM

from Director of Music Vivian Montgomery More on the Surprising Truth-Telling at the AAUUM in Denver The Association of UU Music Ministries (which used to be UU Musicians Network) held its conference in Denver in late July. In my last entry, I talked about the twisting and turning process of proposing, justifying, and presenting a … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes: 10/6/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at follen.org.  Music Notes for October 6: Today, the Adult Choir introduces a powerful statement of faith: Mark Miller’s stunning setting of words scratched on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany by a Jew hiding from … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes: 9/29/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at follen.org.  Music Notes for Sept. 29: Today’s music features “Holy Ground,” a setting of a Woody Guthrie text by the Klezmatics’ Frank London. These lyrics, echoing Jewish mysticism, can be traced to the unusual collaborative relationship Woody … Continued

One Music-Maker’s Musings: Baroque and Belonging

from Director of Music Vivian Montgomery Welcome to the first iteration of what’s likely to be somewhat meandering travels through topics related to musical life, sometimes that of Follen Church, sometimes specifically of me, sometimes of our society or other cultures (like the past, for instance). In coming weeks, I’ll be posting writings on the … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes: 9/22/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at follen.org.  Music Notes for Sept. 22: Today the Adult Choir regales us with two contemporary songs rooted in early American traditions: New England Folk composer Peter Amidon’s setting of Tennyson’s “Crossing The Bar” and the boisterous shape-note … Continued

From Rev. Tom: Book Recommendations

Thank you all for the interest you have expressed in the history of Unitarian Universalism since the end of World War 2. It’s an exciting story, and while some parts are difficult to hear, on the whole it is kind of inspiring. I thought that I would pass along the information for two of the … Continued

Help Wanted: Hosts, Coffee

Help Out with Coffee Hour! Love Coffee Hour? Join us as a Kitchen Elf and help make it happen! Follen is providing the food, but we need help with setup and cleanup. Questions? Ready to sign up? Email Jenny Marshall at coffee@follen.org. Become a Host! Do you like to meet new people? Do you think Follen has a … Continued

September Spiritual Exercise: Return

Regret; repent; return; renew; and begin again. In honor of the Jewish holy time of Rosh Hashanah, beginning this month on September 29, have an encounter with the ritual Tashlich, Hebrew for “cast off.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashlikh.   You can do this ritual on your own, or with your covenant group. (Rev. Claire does it with her … Continued