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December Spiritual Exercise: Wonder

Ordinary yet extraordinary wonders   What seemingly simple thing sustains your sense of reverence right now?   What ordinary object or relationship reminds you of life’s preciousness?   What is currently helping you not take things for granted?   Hopefully, these are easy questions for you. If not, figure out why and use this month … Continued

RE-Flections: Blessings for The Thanksgiving Table

As Thanksgiving approaches, Unitarian Universalist families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites: “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the love that surrounds us, we are truly grateful.” –Sarah Richards “Earth, who gives to us this food, Sun, who … Continued

RE-Flections: On Naming Gratitude

I’m a big fan of the NPR show “On Being” with Krista Tippett. Two years ago, singer Carrie Newcomer shared her poem “Three Gratitudes” on an episode. The poem starts with this: Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud Three things that I’m grateful for, All the significant, insignificant Extraordinary, ordinary … Continued

RE-Flections from the DRE

I remember my first visit to a Unitarian Universalist church. Just taking the step to walk into a “church” felt gutsy to me. I had grown up Jewish, married a Catholic, and felt like an agnostic. I wanted my children to have the opportunity to experience the richness that participation in a faith community can … Continued

RE Teachers Give Us Their Gifts

  At the start of the church year, our RE class leaders were invited to consider the gifts each of them bring to our young people whom they engage with at Follen. When children come to Follen Church, they experience a wide variety of connection with adults. Whether it is in the classroom, in multigenerational … Continued

October Spiritual Exercise: Touchstones

Find your purpose Who do you want to be? What characteristics do you wish to embody and what life goals are ahead of you? This month, create a mission statement and find a way to read/reflect on it every day. Approach #1: Don’t worry…the internet can help you figure it out. This online program helps … Continued

Religious Education That’s Transformational: Register Your Kids

In just the few short weeks that I’ve been here, I’ve heard over and over again that your children are stressed. Lexington (and the surrounding area) is a great place to raise a family, and the school systems ranks high on the list for why many people want to live here. But there is a … Continued

A Letter from Our New Director of Faith Formation

Meet Beryl Aschenberg Greetings! My name is Beryl (rhymes with “Cheryl”) Aschenberg, and I am delighted to be joining Follen Church as your new Director of Faith Formation. I look forward to a long and mutually fulfilling relationship with the members of this community as we explore dimensions of religious living and learning together. I … Continued

Seen and Unseen – More Reflections from the Big Easy

This is a special blog post about the just-concluded Follen youth service learning trip to New Orleans, LA. During Follen’s week in New Orleans I kept reminding myself that there were learnings everywhere.  There were things that were obvious: the multicultural community in which everyone lives, the different pace of life, the differences between being … Continued

In the Interim: Adventures in the Big Easy

Note:  Deb Weiner’s series of reflections on the tasks of interim religious leaders and the congregations they serve will continue next week. We landed at Louis Armstrong Airport on Saturday in the middle of a huge storm – tornado warnings in the area, torrential rain, a real soaker.  But all was well as Follen’s service … Continued