Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn

Christmas Eve Celebrations

Children-friendly Family Service, 4pm. Two Candle-lit Evening Services, 7:30 and 9:30pm. Enjoy the Christmas story in readings and song. All welcome. Let Follen lift your spirit!

The Others

Spiders and heights are one thing. What do we do about our fear of our fellow humans? Rev. Claire will reflect on some of the walls that stand between us, and how we can break them down. Also: special collection for Haiti. Read/Download sermon “The Others”

The Ordination of Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick

It’s Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick week! On Saturday at 4 pm, we will ordain former Follen intern Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick into the Unitarian Universalist ministry. We all look forward to calling her Rev. Hillary the next day, Sunday June 18, when she leads us in our first summer service.

From Loneliness to Solitude

Rev. Claire returns to the pulpit, introducing January’s theme of “Solitude.” We’ll explore the differences between loneliness, isolation, and solitude.

Cherish and Endure

“Actions speak louder than words.” “Deeds not creeds.” During this month’s worship theme of “Identity,” Rev. Claire will contemplate the complex nature of who say we are — who we want to be — and what we do. Read/Download “Cherish and Endure” Watch Sermon: “Cherish and Endure”   “I Am Willing”

Flower Communion

Join Rev. Claire and the Youth and Junior Choirs for our annual Flower Communion — two services at 9:30 and 11:30am. Bring a flower!   The Youth Choir sings “Tink of Me”: Rev. Claire celebrates Flower Communion:  

From Solitude to Connection

In the words of Hannah Arendt, “living together with others begins with living together with oneself.” In this month of “Solitude,” on this weekend where we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how do we turn from the peace of solitude to the passions and pains of connection?

Get Lost

photo of Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn

“If you find a compass, smash it,” says our reading for this multigenerational service.  As we say farewell to our departing high school seniors–and farewell to our beloved retiring music leaders Thomas and Holly Stumpf–what words of wisdom can we share for the road ahead? All ages welcome!

Take Heaven!

Join Rev. Claire and Follen member and violinist David Hobbie for a service of beauty, peace, and joy. Plus: Religious Education Special Program – storyteller Kemp Harris in the Waldorf School Auditorium. Read/Download “Take Heaven!” Reading and Sermon Watch Claire’s reading and sermon: Watch violinist David Hobbie play selections from “Chaconne” from Partita No.2 In … Continued


We begin this month’s worship theme of “Pilgrimage” by dedicating some of the babies who have been born in our community this year. Rev. Claire will preach on the strange, funny, and powerful story of Pentecost, and what it can mean for us today.

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