Follen Blog

Sabbatical: A Time of Rest

Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn In the first books of the Bible, God spends six jam-packed days in the throes of creation, and then on the seventh day, God rests. That rest must have felt pretty good, because later, God includes rest in the 10 commandments, created to help humans live good lives. The commandments tell … Continued

May Spiritual Exercise: Covenant

Revisiting Touchstones—and recommitting to them—in two parts. Part 1: Go back to your personal mission statement you created or chose in October. How well have you kept your promises to yourself? What has been especially hard? Easy? What would you change about it now? Part 2: Re-read Follen’s Behavioral Covenant: We, the members and friends … Continued

News from NOLA–FUUY in New Orleans

During April school vacation, twenty of our high school youth group members and four adult chaperones have gone to New Orleans to work on rebuilding projects and learning about social justice. Follow their adventures in the NOLA News Blog, written by Liana Raberg and Brian Sewell (left), FUUY Coordinators. Click on any photos to enlarge. … Continued

Volunteer at the Interfaith Garden

Spring is coming and plans are underway for the Lexington Interfaith Garden’s tenth year growing food for the Food Pantry. Follen joins 12 other houses of worship all growing season on Tuesdays at 4:30pm and Saturday mornings. No skill needed; a veteran gardener tells us what to do, and many families work together. Follen’s spring dates are: 4/20 … Continued

RE and Choir Registration for 2019-20

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT’S TIME FOR NEXT YEAR’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (AND CHILDREN’S OR YOUTH CHOIR) REGISTRATION! Registering early helps us plan programming and recruit adequate leadership. You can sign up and pay online, register in person at the RE Table on Sundays, or download a registration form and mail it to the church office … Continued

A letter from the minister of our Partner Church

Dear Follen Congregation! Dear Reverend Claire! I am very grateful that on this Sunday we have an opportunity to talk to each others’ congregations. We have in both congregations, members who before we came to serve knew each other and also others who only recently found out about this partnership. The relationship between the two … Continued

Introducing. . . Our Sabbatical Minister!

Meet Tom Schade   The Worship and Music Action Team and staff are delighted to announce that Rev. Tom Schade will serve as our sabbatical minister while Rev. Claire takes her leave this summer and fall.   Tom comes with a lot of experience in UU ministry. He served as a minister at First Unitarian … Continued

So many reasons to celebrate music at Follen!

  What excites you about the 2019-20 Follen music season?  A beautiful new rehearsal and performance space? The residency of vocal activist Melanie Demore in February and March? A baroque music service for advent with period instrumentalists? The “Bridges” Concert Series in the new space? Our services featuring Klezmer music? Follen’s traditional Christmas Eve service? … Continued

RE-flections on Easter

by Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education One of the many facets of Unitarian Universalism that I appreciate is that we have such a great deal of theological diversity, and yet we are called together in love and support as we figure out our ways of being present in the world.  That said, I have … Continued

April Spiritual Exercise: Scandal

Reflect and come to your group ready to share: what was something that was scandalous and shocking in your youth but now just…isn’t? When it comes to things like appearance, gender expression, sexual orientation, divorce, relationship choices, job choices, and many other things—what scandals do you remember from your earlier life that you have a … Continued