Staff Blog

“Where I’m From” Poems

The following is a “Community Poem” woven together from the responses of the Follen community to the question “Where Are YOU From?” after hearing poems from Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn, DRE  Beryl Aschenberg, Youth Advisory Committee Vice-Chair Lila Sandler, and the original “Where I’m From” poem written by George Ella Lyon which inspired this project. … Continued

Report from Worshipful Witness

“This is who we are.  This is what we do.  We stand for justice.” Last Sunday, Follen pulled off a powerful in-person Worshipful Witness for Justice and a beautifully complementary online Zoom worship service at the same time. While worship online has become part of Follen’s weekly routine in the COVID era, the impetus for our … Continued

Letter from Linda Hein, Business Manager

September 10, 2020 Dear Follen Community, Well, it’s been six months since you’ve heard anything from the office! It’s been a very strange six months, but I thought I would start the church year off with an update on what’s been happening here in this beautiful, remodeled building! That said, I must offer my apologies, … Continued

DRE RE-flections: Why Teach in RE?

We want YOU to Teach RE in 2020-2021 Do you believe our values are needed more than ever these days? Do you care about the well-being of our children and youth? Do you have a little capacity? Are you able to use the internet with some ease? If you answered YES to any or all … Continued

June Spiritual Exercise: Fire

June – Fire “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” –Albert Schweitzer Reflect on a person who rekindled your spark when you needed it the most. Is … Continued

Follen Family RE: May

Ideas for Follen Kids: 31 Ideas for 31 Days in May Looking for ideas of fun things to do as a family or for your kids? This month’s theme is Rituals. Here’s a list for daily activities for the month of May. We hope you’ll find some inspiration, and do any that you choose with … Continued

May Spiritual Exercise: Ritual

May– Ritual Your ritual this month is one of gratitude and mindfulness. At sunrise—if you are an early bird—or sunset, if you prefer—take a moment to look at the sky. Stop the hustle and bustle and go outside if at all possible, for at least one brief minute. Breathe. Look at the sun rising or … Continued

RE-flections: Why Bring Your Children to Online Church?

from Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education I’ve heard some parents say that they are giving their children a “pass” on Sunday mornings during Virtual Church. That’s often been the case in Unitarian Universalism, even when we were offering children Sunday School in our buildings. I used to joke that UUs didn’t believe that they … Continued