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Seen and Unseen – More Reflections from the Big Easy

This is a special blog post about the just-concluded Follen youth service learning trip to New Orleans, LA. During Follen’s week in New Orleans I kept reminding myself that there were learnings everywhere.  There were things that were obvious: the multicultural community in which everyone lives, the different pace of life, the differences between being … Continued

In the Interim: Adventures in the Big Easy

Note:  Deb Weiner’s series of reflections on the tasks of interim religious leaders and the congregations they serve will continue next week. We landed at Louis Armstrong Airport on Saturday in the middle of a huge storm – tornado warnings in the area, torrential rain, a real soaker.  But all was well as Follen’s service … Continued

Rev. Susanne Will Be Moving On This Summer

She Is the Candidate for Minister at a Local UU Church My Dear Follenites, These two years among you have been a been a privilege and a time of deep learning and professional development for me. You have given me support and courage to step fully into my vocation for ministry, and I am so grateful. As … Continued

The Interim Leader’s Tasks within a Congregation: Joining the System

For the last five weeks I’ve written about the work of interim religious leaders and have covered the work of the congregation during this transitional time.  In case you missed these reflections, we’ve explored the ways in which the congregation examines its Heritage (coming to terms with history), Mission (developing a unique identity), Leadership (and … Continued

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