Congregation News

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

RE-flections on Stewardship for Kids

RE-flections by Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education   We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. ~ Gloria Steinem   Children realize very early in life that money has value. They understand that getting a toy means that someone (often a parent) must spend money, or that they need to save … Continued

January Spiritual Exercise: Presence

The Artist is Present Resource: “The Artist is Present” by Marina Abramovic. Read more about Marina Abramovic’s career as an artist here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Abramović. Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided … Continued

See the New Community Center at Our Partner Church

Our Partner Church in Szentmihaly, Romania, proudly dedicated a totally refurbished Community Center on November 18, 2018 in honor of the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Hungarian Unitiarian Church. All the work was done by members of the congregation. View the beautiful meeting room and library as well as the center itself here. Dedication … Continued

The List: Anti-Racism Book (and Film) Group

The Follen Anti-Racism Book group has been reading and discussing books on the theme of race since the fall of 2015. Their reading list is an excellent resource for anyone ready to delve into this topic. There are some films mixed in as well. If you would like to learn more, you can contact Follen … Continued

December Spiritual Exercise: Wonder

Ordinary yet extraordinary wonders   What seemingly simple thing sustains your sense of reverence right now?   What ordinary object or relationship reminds you of life’s preciousness?   What is currently helping you not take things for granted?   Hopefully, these are easy questions for you. If not, figure out why and use this month … Continued

RE-Flections: Blessings for The Thanksgiving Table

As Thanksgiving approaches, Unitarian Universalist families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites: “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the love that surrounds us, we are truly grateful.” –Sarah Richards “Earth, who gives to us this food, Sun, who … Continued

RE-Flections: On Naming Gratitude

I’m a big fan of the NPR show “On Being” with Krista Tippett. Two years ago, singer Carrie Newcomer shared her poem “Three Gratitudes” on an episode. The poem starts with this: Every night before I go to sleep I say out loud Three things that I’m grateful for, All the significant, insignificant Extraordinary, ordinary … Continued

The Follen Library of the Future – Input Please!

The Follen Library of the Future: Please Share Your Thoughts With Us! The Follen Library Task Force is thinking about ways to revitalizevthe Follen Library once our construction project comes to a conclusion. While the room off the Community Center will look similar to what we had before, we felt this was a good opportunity … Continued