Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn, Parish Minister (781-862-3805 x202,

Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn has been serving Follen since September 2013.

Rev. Claire was raised Unitarian Universalist and grew up in the Washington, DC area. She studied religion at Swarthmore College and received a Masters of Divinity from Harvard in 2006. Before coming to Follen, she served First Parish in Lincoln, MA. She lives in Lexington with her husband and two daughters.

Rev. Claire is available for pastoral appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays, usually a few weeks out from the request. Mondays are reserved for staff supervision and worship planning, Fridays are reserved for sermon writing, and Tuesday is her day off. Email her directly to make an appointment.

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Vivian Montgomery, DMA, Director of Music (781-862-3805, ext. 206,

Vivian comes to Follen after 4 years as Director of Music at the UU Church of Medford. Before that, she was Music Director at First Parish in Needham from 2003 to 2012.

Vivian has directed baroque opera, orchestras, and choirs throughout the US, and is co-director of the Boston-based baroque orchestra, Eudaimonia, A Purposeful Period Band.

For 25 years, she has explored women’s musical lives in earlier centuries, recently as a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, and on a 2014 Fulbright in the UK.

Vivian is an award-winning harpsichordist and fortepianist on the Early Music Faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is an avid writer of both scholarly articles and personal essay, and is also an accordion player, leading the klezmer band Shir Chutzpa at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland. She lives in West Medford with her husband, composer John Morrison, and her whacky dog Bindi. Her spirited (and wildly musical) offspring is at Haverford College.


Sarah Garner, Church Administrator (781-862-3805 ext. 205,

Sarah GarnerSarah Garner began working as Follen’s Church Administrator in 2003 after eleven years in arts and educational non-profit organizations. She feels fortunate to work with wonderful colleagues and values the kindness and optimism that characterize Follen life. Sarah and her husband, John Niles, live in East Lexington, where they raised their two children.

Coming in August:

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Faith Formation

Andy Bean, Membership Coordinator

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Laura VanderHart ( is the Communications Assistant. She coordinates communications with weekly newsletters, orders of service, and

Laura grew up in the DC area in a family with Midwestern roots. She and her family live in Belmont, where she serves on the PTA boards at her sons’ schools and is a Town Meeting Member. Laura has been a French teacher and has advised student publications. She is grateful to be at Follen, working with an excellent staff and a church membership that seeks social justice.

Rev. Lucinda Duncan, Minister Emerita

Lucinda Duncan JTThe Reverend Lucinda Duncan was Follen’s Senior Minister for eighteen happy years, 1993-2011.

She graduated from Lawrence University with a major in third-world political science, served as a Peace Corps volunteer with her husband Bob in Honduras, raised three sons, and served UU congregations in Concord, Jamaica Plain and Cambridge. She earned a Masters in Religious Education from Meadville Lombard and her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in West Concord with her puppy Bosun.