Staff Blog

Sabbatical: A Time of Rest

Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn In the first books of the Bible, God spends six jam-packed days in the throes of creation, and then on the seventh day, God rests. That rest must have felt pretty good, because later, God includes rest in the 10 commandments, created to help humans live good lives. The commandments tell … Continued

May Spiritual Exercise: Covenant

Revisiting Touchstones—and recommitting to them—in two parts. Part 1: Go back to your personal mission statement you created or chose in October. How well have you kept your promises to yourself? What has been especially hard? Easy? What would you change about it now? Part 2: Re-read Follen’s Behavioral Covenant: We, the members and friends … Continued

News from NOLA–FUUY in New Orleans

During April school vacation, twenty of our high school youth group members and four adult chaperones have gone to New Orleans to work on rebuilding projects and learning about social justice. Follow their adventures in the NOLA News Blog, written by Liana Raberg and Brian Sewell (left), FUUY Coordinators. Click on any photos to enlarge. … Continued

Introducing. . . Our Sabbatical Minister!

Meet Tom Schade   The Worship and Music Action Team and staff are delighted to announce that Rev. Tom Schade will serve as our sabbatical minister while Rev. Claire takes her leave this summer and fall.   Tom comes with a lot of experience in UU ministry. He served as a minister at First Unitarian … Continued

RE-flections on Easter

by Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education One of the many facets of Unitarian Universalism that I appreciate is that we have such a great deal of theological diversity, and yet we are called together in love and support as we figure out our ways of being present in the world.  That said, I have … Continued

April Spiritual Exercise: Scandal

Reflect and come to your group ready to share: what was something that was scandalous and shocking in your youth but now just…isn’t? When it comes to things like appearance, gender expression, sexual orientation, divorce, relationship choices, job choices, and many other things—what scandals do you remember from your earlier life that you have a … Continued

A Message from our Minister Emerita

Hello all you dear folks who are leading Follen this year, I wanted you to know that I have recently decided to give $6,000 to Follen Church to underwrite Vivian Montgomery’s Urban Church Music Friendships Initiative. I’ve been following the budget belt-tightening worries and – because I care so much about helping all of our … Continued

RE-flections: FUUY Trip to City Reach

Follen Youth Participate in Homelessness Awareness/Service through Boston’s City Reach Program   On the second weekend of March 2019, 14 youth members of the Follen UU Youth (FUUY) Group, along with their Youth Program Coordinators and the Director of Religious Education, made their way to Boston to participate in the City Reach program, sponsored by … Continued

March Spiritual Exercise: Humility

Humble Practices Identify one way this month to be “uniquely humble.” The options are endless: ·         Spend an hour one evening looking up at the stars and contemplate how small—and how lucky—you are; ·         Rather than giving your coworkers advice, humbly ask your coworkers for advice, for a change; ·         Take a risk and humbly … Continued

RE-flections: Talking to Children about Race

TIPS FOR TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT RACE AND RACISM From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education   One of the things that attracted me to Follen Church was the commitment to become an “intentionally and proactively antiracist congregation.” Years of living in Milwaukee, WI- named the most segregated city in the United States- has convinced … Continued