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From Rev. Tom: Book Recommendations

Thank you all for the interest you have expressed in the history of Unitarian Universalism since the end of World War 2. It’s an exciting story, and while some parts are difficult to hear, on the whole it is kind of inspiring. I thought that I would pass along the information for two of the … Continued

September Spiritual Exercise: Return

Regret; repent; return; renew; and begin again. In honor of the Jewish holy time of Rosh Hashanah, beginning this month on September 29, have an encounter with the ritual Tashlich, Hebrew for “cast off.”   You can do this ritual on your own, or with your covenant group. (Rev. Claire does it with her … Continued

Vivian’s Music Notes: 9/15/19

Director of Music Vivian Montgomery’s Music Notes are published in the weekly order of service and here at  Notes for September 15: Today, the Adult Choir shares Alex Rowley’s lush setting of Campion’s “Tune Thy Music to Thy Heart”, an invitation to: “…sing thy joy with thanks, and so thy sorrow. Though Devotion needs … Continued

From Rev. Tom: Upcoming Sermon Series

While I am your sabbatical minister I plan to preach a series of five sermons about the history of liberal religion in the USA since the end of World War 2. While many Unitarian Universalists have explored the riches of Unitarian history in the 19th Century, we have not talked about our more recent history … Continued

RE-flections from the DRE

From Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education What is it that we want for our children?? As parents, that discernment is a driving force in the choices we make every day. And as a religious community, we are asking the same question. After all, it’s a tough world out there… but it is also a … Continued

From Rev. Tom: Covenant with Follen

Rev. Tom pledges his best efforts at leading worship at Follen Community Church under the terms of his contract. He will provide suitable pastoral care within the time limits set by his contract. You should contact him through the Lay Ministry team. He will not be providing institutional leadership for Follen, except as needed in … Continued

June Spiritual Exercise: Sabbath

A yearning within reach Sabbath is, quite simply, a day of rest, when you put down “duty” and pick up “joy.” Give yourself at least one—if not many—sabbath days this month. What if you started each day saying yes to the yearning of your heart? Would you spend more time outside? Would you rest in … Continued

Follen Question Box Service

I love Question Box Sunday. Below is the list of questions, some from adults, some from kids! To see my answers to the first ten questions, watch the video here! Answered: What about Follen keeps you up at night? Before you were a minister, why did you go to church? How do you define “prayer”? … Continued

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