Ministers and Staff
Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn, Parish Minister (781-862-3805 x202, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Reverend Susanne Skubik Intriligator, Director of Community Engagement (781-862-3805, ext. 201, email@example.com)
Susanne 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.
Vivian Montgomery, DMA, Director of Music (781-862-3805, ext. 206, vivian.musicdirector
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 new 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.
Deb Weiner, Interim Director of Religious Education (781-862-3805 ext. 204, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Sarah Garner, Church Administrator (781-862-3805 ext. 205, email@example.com)
Sarah 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
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 a journalism teacher; she has always been fond of communication. 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
The 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.