Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn

Living Dangerously

Safety is not guaranteed — for anything in this life. Every human being has fears: some large, some small. This Sunday, we’ll talk about how fear can hold us back, or help us move forward. Read/Download a PDF of “Living Dangerously”

We Are Not Free: Part 2

New Member Sunday! We will welcome Follen’s newest members, and Rev. Claire will preach the counterpoint to her sermon from April 2. Introit: No Name Choir Sings “Morning Has Come” Anthem: No Name Choir Sings “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel” New Member Welcome and Member Anniversary Recognition Reading and Sermon: “We Are Not Free, Part 2” … Continued

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!  

Spiraling Out

Rev. Claire closes out our month of Spiral by reflecting on how each of us can find our way to turning our attention, intention, and actions outward. What can one person do in the face of overwhelming injustice? Let’s “start close in” together. A PDF of the sermon is available. 09-30-18 Spiral Out in service to … Continued

The Power of Love

Power isn’t always might and brawn. There is a higher power to be found in love. Rev. Claire explores times that Love overcame all obstacles. Read a PDF of the sermon. 02-24-19 Power of Love sermon

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.

Secret Shadows

Hidden shame. Unspoken stories. Secrets have the power to change our lives, even if we never know about them. Rev. Claire will hold the shadowy, often painful power of secrets up to the light. We will include one of Claire’s favorite songs about holding a secret inside, sung by Ben Horsburgh and Venice Mountain-Zona.  

Memorial Day Weekend

Rev. Claire and Follen member David Armstrong will lead a short, contemplative service of guitar music and remembrance, in honor of Memorial Day weekend


How can we embrace the spiritual virtue of humility while still striving to better ourselves and humankind? The choir embodies simplicity in song with Shaker worship service music.