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)
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.
Shaylor Lindsay, Music Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shaylor is very excited to be expanding her role at Follen this year! While she has been the Adult Choir accompanist for over 15 years, and will continue in her role as pianist for the church, she will now be bringing her organizational experience as well. Outside of Follen, Shaylor teaches piano at her home studio in Lexington and at the Waring School in Beverly, where since 1981 she has also conducted a high school-age Madrigal group, coached chamber ensembles, taught music theory and appreciation, as well as helped organize school curriculum and performances. When she’s not teaching or making music at Follen, you may find Shaylor singing with the Concord Chorus, or participating with the Lexington Music Club.
Molly McGuire, Children’s and Youth Choirs (email@example.com)
Starting her third year at Follen, Molly will be working with the Children’s and Youth Choir as interim music director. Her interest in choral education began a few years ago as she worked with VOCES8 in England to help carry out their various educational outreach programs.This work evolved into her involvement with Quintessence: Choral Festival of the Southwest as a teaching artist last summer with the adult and youth program. In her own time, she teaches voice lessons to students of all ages. Molly loves working in many different styles, from jazz to musical theatre to classical, as she believes the creative possibilities in all styles of music are endless!
Kurt Pfrommer, Music Producer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Liana Raberg, Youth Programs Coordinator (email@example.com)
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.