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Susanne’s Transylvania Travel Blog

Follen Partner Church Trip to Transylvania 2017 (Above, from left: Sarah, Barbara, Megan, Akos, Jozsef, Sandor, Susanne, and Bela) Day One: Arrival in Afsofelsoszentmihaly After three flights across the Atlantic (overnight) and much of Europe, Sarah, Barbara, Megan and I arrive at Cluj-Napoca Airport feeling a little dazed and confused – and just praying that … Continued

Breakfast Dream/Excitement Dream?

Curiosity takes many forms, and one of them is wondering what’s going to happen next.  A quote, from “Winnie the Pooh” by AA Milne that I am fond of, has Pooh and Piglet walking down the road together.  Piglet asks Pooh, “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh, what is the first thing that … Continued

In the Interim: Beyond the Comfort Zone

Many years ago, my husband sketched a beautiful picture of our older daughter when she was a toddler.  She was standing in the door of the Star Island Chapel (a site that I hope some of you know) looking out at the island…really at the world.)  It’s a drawing about discovery, about wonder, about curiosity … Continued

In the Interim: Big Rush to the Big Easy

My life has been consumed with details surrounding the impending service learning trip that 25 Follen youth will be participating in, beginning on Easter Sunday (April 16).  I’ve heard a lot about previous trips and we have benefitted greatly for the experience and learning that has come from prior trips under the supervision of Ann … Continued

In the Interim: Spring Has Sprung

I don’t know about you, but I think that the coming of Spring brings excitement and maybe a little bit of dread as well.  I love that the days are getting longer, the sun brighter and higher in the sky.  Our sugaring season is nearly over (it was a good year for tapping trees, it … Continued

In the Interim: Come Anyway

In the Bible, the Song of Songs (verse 2) calls to us, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our … Continued

In the Interim: Cheerleading for a Cause

I know that you all think that my job is to be a cheerleader for our religious education team and our teachers, advisors, and mentors. Partly, I suppose, you are correct. I certainly want to support and encourage folks in any way I can, to help them be the best advisors and mentors and leaders … Continued

In the Interim: The Promise of the Spirit

Starting at 4 PM on any given Monday, I sit at my desk and hear children singing: rehearsal for the Junior Choir, conducted by Tyler Turner, begins with warm-ups, singing games, and then rehearsal of pieces the group is working on. Tyler’s really great at helping the children clap and stomp and count rhythms that … Continued

In the Interim: Navigating the Waters of Change

On Sunday, Feb. 12 as the snow piled down, nearly forty Follenites gathered in the community center with UUA Regional Staff member Hilary Allen to explore the different ways that congregations, and individuals in them, experience and navigate the waters of change. Some people find change exciting, and others resist or despise it. How the … Continued

In the Interim: Perpetual Anticipation

Like many of you, I suspect, I found myself glued to the television on Sunday evening, watching the Super Bowl. I am mostly a baseball nut, but I watched plenty of Yale football when I was growing up (the Yale-Harvard games were epic, and must-attend events when they were played at the Yale Bowl in … Continued