Staff Blog

April’s Worship Theme: Mercy

A favorite Bible verse of many Unitarian Universalists is this one from the book of Micah: “And what does God require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8 Reflect: What does it means to love mercy? How might you show a love of mercy … Continued

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

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 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

In the Interim: Patience

“Patience” is the title of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta that Follen’s youth and children will perform this year.  But it’s also about an attribute that I don’t have enough of sometimes:  the ability to let it be, to step back and take a breath, to wait for something to evolve. Earlier in my life … Continued

February’s Worship Theme: “Secrets”

Our worship theme for February 2018 is “Secrets.” Spiritual Exercise Contemplate, and discuss with loved ones and your covenenant group this question: What is the difference between privacy, secrecy, and confidentiality? And, if you believe in God (or something like God—Spirit of Life, Love, the Universe, Ground of Being…), do you have any secrets from … Continued

In the Interim: The Big Sick

As many of you know, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from Follen for the last ten days or so, as I recover from a total knee replacement (left knee – the right one was done about six years ago).  As the fog of surgery and painkillers clears, I’ve been regaining energy and … Continued