Staff Blog

In the Interim: Thoughts from Deborah Weiner, Interim DRE

As some of you know, I am a lifelong Unitarian Universalist with a strong Jewish culture – and family – behind me.  My father was raised an Orthodox Jew, and his very open-minded and loving parents decided, when he fell in love with a woman who was not of his faith, to maintain relations with … Continued

Susanne’s Blog: A Fire in My Bones

Tomorrow’s the last day of September and our theme of “Calling.” In her Ingathering sermon, Claire told the story of Jeremiah and the calling that was like “a fire in his bones.” That metaphor bowled me over. I know what that’s like, Jeremiah. I really do. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. Dear God, no! … Continued

Spiritual Exercise for June: Sanctuary

Choose a place you can visit easily, every day. Maybe it is your backyard; maybe it is a spot by the Charles River, or a bench along the bike path. Maybe it is the Follen sanctuary. Maybe it is your very own bed. Go to this place every day — for a week, or hey, try the whole month! — … Continued

Claire’s March Post: Wake Up!

Dear Follen, This month’s theme is not just a word; it is an imperative! “Wake Up!” What does that mean to me? Well, I was inspired first by Easter, which is early this year, March 27. The Easter story is one of waking up from darkness and death into world full of love and miracles. What are the … Continued

Susanne’s Blog: Everything Is Change

Can it really be just a coincidence that the worship theme for the first full month I’m in my new job here with you at Follen is Change? I mean, really? We are talking about change at a moment when absolutely every element in my life is enduring a massive shift? What kind of cosmic … Continued

Claire’s February Post: Change

Dear Follen, During our multigenerational service this month, I shared a reading by Robert Fulghum. He tells a story about two young guys who are given an extra-credit challenge by their philosophy professor: Do something unique and memorable – not dangerous or foolish, but something creative, inventive and instructive. Write it up and explain what was learned and how … Continued