Ministers and Staff
Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn, Parish Minister (781-862-3805 x1002, 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.
Linda Hein, Business Manager (781-862-3805 ext. 1005, email@example.com)
Vivian Montgomery, DMA, Director of Music (781-862-3805, x1003, 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 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.
Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education, Credentialed (781-862-3805, x1004, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andy Wells-Bean, Membership Coordinator (781-862-3805, x1001, email@example.com)
Before joining Follen, Andy worked as a progressive organizer across the country on political and nonprofit campaigns. Building community, including recruiting and supporting volunteer leaders have all been a cornerstone of his work, then and now. Because he travelled widely, Andy has been an active member of a wide range of UU communities, ranging from tiny rural fellowships to 600 and 1400 person congregations. Andy, his wife Rev. Angela Wells-Bean, and their dog Stella, live just down the road in Burlington.
Liana Raberg, Youth Programs Coordinator (FUUY@follen.org)
Liana Raberg is Follen’s Youth Program Coordinator. She works closely with FUUY, Follen’s high school youth group. Liana grew up in Lexington and is a longtime Follenite. She participated in the RE, choir, and youth group programs herself. Liana has worked with FUUY since 2016 and is dedicated to maintaining a group that values youth voices and leadership, friendship, and UU values. As a former FUUY member herself, Liana loves the opportunity to spend time with youth and enjoy the wonderful spirit of FUUY. Liana is currently working on her master’s in social work at Boston College.
Jimmy McFeeley, Sexton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Laura VanderHart (email@example.com) is the Communications Coordinator. She does the weekly newsletters, orders of service, and updates to follen.org.
Laura grew up in the DC area. She and her family moved to Belmont in 2010, where she serves on the PTA board 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. She lives in Belmont with her husband and two kids.
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 now lives in Colorado near family.