Rev. Susanne Intriligator

Changing the Narrative

To resist — and ultimately to dissolve — the politics of fear and anger, we need to build a new narrative for the future. And we start by telling the truth about the past. Join us for a sermon based on death row attorney Bryan Stevenson’s work and his recent challenge to all UUs. Read/Download the reading … Continued

Cultivate Hope

How do we stay strong for the long haul? Join Susanne for the last sermon in her series, “Four Tools To Change the World,” based on death row attorney Bryan Stevenson’s recent challenge to Unitarian Universalists. Read/Download the reading and sermon “Cultivate Hope”  

Unlock Your Heart

On Rosh Hashanah, faithful Jews examine their relationships, atoning for mistakes and misdeeds. This Sunday Rev. Susanne will preach on love, marriage, friendship, and family — and how we can renew and revive our deepest connections. Read/Download “Unlock Your Heart”

Mission Impossible

From its very beginnings, Follen Church has struggled with controversy — where is the line between religion and politics? Can we take a stand if it costs us members? Rev. Susanne looks back to look forward. Read/Download “Mission Impossible”    

Tipping the Balance

Are you “juggling” priorities or “walking a tightrope” in your career?  Or do these crazy circus-skills metaphors just make you feel more stressed out? Let’s talk about how to live full, rich, varied and happy lives, despite all the demands and distractions of our busy world. Rev. Susanne opens our month on the Worship Theme of “Balance.” Read/Download … Continued

Secret Weapon?

As the mid-term elections approach, Rev. Susanne invites us to pause and re-consider how we engage in political conversations. What role does morality play? Can we learn to speak a moral language that resonates with a wider audience? Read/Download a PDF of “Secret Weapon?”  

A Way Forward

In these dangerous times, who can see a way forward? We’ll look at two modern-day prophets, faith leaders who are casting a vision of hope, building a movement across lines of faith, race, and class. They are showing us how to grow a Revolutionary Love, for ourselves, for others — and even for our opponents. Read/Download the reading, sermon, and … Continued

Mercy Within Mercy Within Mercy

How is mercy different from forgiveness or kindness? The Christian mystic Thomas Merton said that mercy is not an intellectual deduction; it is a happening. Mercy is “an event in which God reveals God’s self to us in redemptive love and in the great gift which is the outcome of this event: our mercy to others.” … Continued

Hospitality As a Spiritual Practice

How do you welcome the stranger — at work, at home, at church? How does our practice of hospitality demonstrate our belief in the worth and dignity of every person? We’ll look at ways to share Follen’s life-giving message with visitors, friends, and the wider world. Read/Download Susanne’s Hospitality Sermon.    

Crossing the Divide

After a month of Fear, we face the coming election — and after that, the holidays with our families. How do reach out, with courage, across our differences? How do we heal our nation and our relationships? Read/Download “Crossing the Divide”