Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn, Parish Minister (781-862-3805 x202, minister@follen.org)

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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Reverend Susanne Skubik Intriligator, Director of Community Engagement (781-862-3805, ext. 201, dce@follen.org)

joeturnermeSusanne is here to help you connect with all the great people, ideas, and groups at Follen and within Unitarian Universalism. Contact her with any queries related to communications, membership, committees — or just to say hello and get acquainted.

Raised Catholic in Michigan, Susanne became an active UU in the 1990s, while working at Ms. Magazine in New York City. She then earned a Masters of Divinity from Harvard and was ordained as a minister in 1999. Later, while living in Wales with her husband James (a professor there) and their three kids, she earned a PhD in community development via digital media. She lives in Lexington.

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Tyler Turner, Music Director (781-862-3805 ext. 206, musicdirector@follen.org)

new-headshot-organTyler is passionate about sharing music with others as a conductor, music educator, and keyboardist. He believes that music is a pathway for all to discover the sacred and deeply engage with the Seven Principles of our tradition.

Tyler attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, earning a BA in Music and Educational Studies. In 2012, Tyler graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a EdM in the Arts in Education. Tyler is currently studying for his Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University.
Tyler is originally from McMinnville, Tennessee and currently resides in Worcester, MA. He also serves as the Choral Director at Natick High School where he conducts four ensembles.


 

Deb Weiner, Interim Director of Religious Education (781-862-3805 ext. 204, dre@follen.org)

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Deb is a certified interim religious educator and lifelong Unitarian Universalist focused on helping congregations in transition infuse health and vitality into their religious education programs and their congregational systems.  Deb is a candidate for the UUA’s Religious Education Credentialing Program and co-teaches the UUA’s Interim Religious Leader training.  She is the co-author of a book project, funded by the Liberal Religious Educators Association 21st-Century Fund and the UU Sunday School Society, called In Liminal Time:  Transitional Religious Leadership in Progressive Faith Communities. She is a founder of the Guild of Interim Religious Educators (GIRE) and (on the musical side) is the Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN).

Deb is a longtime Lexington resident along with her husband, Ben Soule, a licensed contractor and woodworker. They have two young adult children and, when not in UU congregations, can be found singing or performing on stage somewhere in the greater Boston area.

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Sarah Garner, Church Administrator (781-862-3805 ext. 205, sarah.garner@follen.org)

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.


 

Jimmy McFeeley, Sexton 781-862-3805 ext. 205

 


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.