Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn

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


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.

The Spiral Staircase of Faith

Rev. Claire will speak on the September worship theme of “Spiral.” Our relationship to religion and spirituality is not one-directional. Where does your spiral staircase lead? A PDF of the sermon is available. 09-16-18 Spiral Staircase of Faith


Rev. Claire explores the December worship theme of “Wonder.”   Read a PDF of the sermon here. 12-09-18 Wonderful Silence service

Who Needs You?

What do you do when you get multiple calls in different directions? What if you have to decide between calls — say, between parenting and justice work? This week Rev. Claire looks at the story of Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp, Unitarian heroes who saved thousands — at great personal cost. Read/Download “Who Needs You?” Reading and Sermon from … Continued