Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn

Flower Communion

Follen’s annual ritual that celebrates both the return of spring and the joy of living in community. Rev. Claire preaches on creativity. “God is not a thing, or a person: God is a VERB, God is something that has happened, is happening, and will happen again . . . God is spring — and God comes … Continued

Grace Happens

Rev. Claire and Interim DRE Deb Weiner will lead our two (9:30 and 11:30 am) multigenerational services on this month’s worship theme of “Grace.” What is grace? Is it something we do…see…or say? Our junior and youth choirs will sing “Amazing Grace.” Read/Download “Grace Happens”  

Ingathering: Two Services “Hand in Hand”

Our annual services of ingathering and homecoming! Rev. Claire will preach, and Rev. Susanne will lead us in prayer. We’ll honor the teachers in our religious education program, and celebrate community. Our music, led by new Music Director Vivian Montgomery, will be eclectic and excellent! Our worship theme this month is “Unlocked.” How does joining … Continued

Easter: Two Services

Easter Sunday falls on April Fools’ Day this year, and our services will be filled with joy, jokes, and juggling.  Our special Easter music, featuring the Children’s, Youth and Adult Choirs, includes Handel’s Messiah and The Decemberists’ “Don’t Carry it All.” Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote that “The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom … Continued

The Hunger for Peace

“No justice, no peace!” is the cry at marches and rallies. In a world so torn by so many kinds of conflict, suffering and strife, how can we find the peace we seek? Rev. Claire speaks on the hunger for peace in this 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. A PDF version of this sermon is … Continued


Rev. Claire will explore the June worship them of “Sabbath” as she prepares to go on sabbatical. Read a PDF of the sermon here. 06-02-19 Sabbath sermon

Join Us for Virtual Worship!

This Sunday, join us for a live-streamed, multigenerational, online Easter service, led by Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn and Director of Religious Education Beryl Aschenberg. There will be a Follen virtual choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” See Order of Service, Submit Joys and Sorrows


Where have you found sanctuary — in a loved one’s arms, under a blue sky, under a sheltering roof? How can we find sanctuary in the midst of this chaotic world?

Tough Love

“Love is not nice, it is often uncomfortable. It does not always make us feel good, it is inconvenient, it takes sides. Love is hard. Do it anyway.” — Rev. Annie Gonzelez Milliken. On this Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Rev. Claire will reflect on the meaning of love…true love…and what Love calls us towards.

Open the Door

Our faith calls us to a practice of openness: open to new people, ideas, and ways of being. But being open is hard! How can we get more open…to being open? Music Director Vivian Montgomery will lead the Adult Choir in dynamic pieces, and we will also commission our new team of lay ministers.