General Interest

Secret Weapon? Thinking About Political Polarization

photo of Follen Community Church Congregation on Sunday

In a recent poll Americans declared political polarization our number social problem. In my sermon last week — see the video or read the text of “Secret Weapon?” —  I started with a reference to that poll, and then I explored research about the development of human moral reasoning and its theological and social implications. … Continued

In the Community: Master Singers, Vance Gilbert

Master Singers of Lexington: Hello Goodbye Saturday March 3, 8pm First Parish Lexington Read/Download flyer for Master Singers Vance Gilbert in Concert Saturday March 16 8pm, Winchester Unitarian Society Singer/Songwriter Vance Gilbert in Concert in Winchester, March 16  Unitarian Society presents celebrated singer, songwriter, and performer Vance Gilbert in concert, March 16, 8:00 p.m., in the … Continued

The Interim Leader’s Tasks:  Mission

Last week, as I began this series of blogs on the work of interim religious leaders and specifically, my work here at Follen in religious education, I wrote about Heritage (coming to terms with history).  This week, I continue the series with an exploration of the second interim task:  Mission, or “Evolving a Unique Religious … Continued

March’s Worship Theme: “Prophecy”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:  “Every man is hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person, whatever he says has an enhanced value.” Spiritual Exercise Reflect: Who has been a prophetic oracle to you? Whose voice has influenced, and thus, predicted your future? Is it still doing so?  

In the Community: Easter Eggs, Criminal Justice, Homelessness, White Supremacy Film Series

Free Pysanky (Traditional Egg Decorating) Workshops Monday Evenings Before Easter 7:30-9:00pm, First Church UU Billerica February 19 and 26 March 5, 12, 19 and 26. You are invited for some hands-on time creating beautiful decorated eggs to keep or to give away. This traditional art brings people together for creative play, spiritual healing, and community. Read/Download … Continued

The Interim Leader’s Tasks:  Heritage

As I write this, we’re being ‘teased’ by the weather:  it’s 75 degrees outside, the sun is shining, and our bodies are yearning for spring.  Or at least, mine is.  And today, I can believe that it is spring. Tomorrow will be a different story (rain and perhaps snow on the way) but I’ll take … Continued

RE Search Update

What’s Going On with the Search for a Director of Faith Formation? Wait, I thought we were hiring a Director of Religious Education. What is a “Director of Faith Formation” anyway? Why did we change the name? Don’t worry dear congregants, let us explain. Faith Formation is the direction many UU churches are going these … Continued

In the Community: Immigration Stories, Hospice Choir, Coffee House,Mental Health Event

Immigrant Stories: Oral History Project Invitation to Participate Cary Memorial Library, Lexington Cary Library is creating a video-based oral history project titled Immigrant Stories of Lexington, and is seeking individuals who are willing to tell their stories about coming to the United States and share their thoughts about life in Lexington. More information here: “Beneath the … Continued

In the Interim: Transcendent Achievements

I find it pretty easy, in year 2 of the current presidential administration, to fall into moments of not only deep concern but near-despair.  Never did I imagine how much damage could be done to so many parts of our country’s structure in such a short time.  Never did I conceive of how much disrespect … Continued