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Name of Site Follen Church
Lexington, MA
Address 755 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420  
Phone 781-862-3805 
Website http://www.follen.org 
Site E-mail Address info@follen.org 
Size of Congregation 450 
Supervisor Name Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn 
Supervisor Phone 781-862-3805 
Supervisor E-mail claire.feingoldthoryn@follen.org 
Informational Contact Name Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn 
Informational Contact Phone 781-862-3805 
Informational Contact E-mail claire.feingoldthoryn@follen.org 
Focus General ministry 
Fulltime/Parttime Part Time 
Compensation $1,360 
Other Benefits Above compensation totals $13,600 for September to mid-June. Additional $2,000 annually for professional expenses. Possible negotiation of additional summer hours. 
Number of Months 10 
Start Date/End Date 9/1/2024  6/14/2026 
Site Description Founded by abolitionist Charles Follen in the 1800s, our congregation is healthy, vibrant, and engaged. Follen has a long tradition of being a teaching congregation. Our most recent internship offerings were in 2014-2016 and 2022-2024. Previous ministers Rev. Polly Guild and Rev. Lucinda Duncan also mentored interns. We are proud to have launched many UU ministers! After a capital campaign, an extensive building project, and the global pandemic, we are in a strong and creative place, and excited for the new ideas and skills an intern brings. We have a great deal to offer prospective interns. The congregation has about 450 adult members and Friends, and a sizable program for children and youth. Our music program has long been historically strong, and our Music Director, Chris Eastburn, has brought incredible new energy to it. We are proud of our ongoing commitment to justice work, one aspect of which can be seen in hosting a family of Afghan refugees in the former parsonage, the Marshman Center, next door to our main building. Our Director of Religious Education oversees well-developed religious education and youth programs. In addition we have active small group ministry, lay ministry and pastoral care outreach, and a strong commitment to spiritual development, as seen by many Follen members taking the UUA offering “Claiming our Spiritual Leadership.” More than half the congregation is involved in a covenant group or other spiritual support/affinity group. Given our roots in the abolitionist movement Follen continues to hold social justice work as a priority.  
Job Description What are you excited to learn? What are you good at? What do you want to try, experience, get better at? These are all conversations we will have to shape your Learning Agreement. Both the congregation and minister are excited to help the intern learn based on their needs, talents, and skills. There is plenty of ministry to do at Follen. We will be most interested in hearing what the intern feels passionate about, and what skills they wish to develop as they go through the ministerial credentialing process. We expect that any intern will desire a well-rounded experience as well as having a chance to delve deeply into certain tasks. We hope you will bring your fresh eyes and new ideas to us, so that we all can learn and change over the course of our relationship. The intern will practice all the arts of ministry, including (but not limited to): preaching and worship, social justice organizing and visioning, lifespan religious education, pastoral care and counseling, and administration and management. We expect this work will be both in person (Sundays as well as additional hours during the week, to be arranged with the supervisor) as well as offering some opportunities to work from home.  
Site Accessibility Follen Church is fully accessible. 
Application Procedure Please send Rev. Feingold Thoryn at claire.feingoldthoryn@follen.org the following items to apply for this position: A cover letter describing why you are interested in Follen, specifically, and your current learning goals; a resume; some worship elements you have created, including a homily or sermon; and contact information for two or three references. We will process these applications through rolling submission until February 28, 2024 with the goal of hiring an intern to begin September 2024. Applications will be reviewed by Rev. Feingold Thoryn, who will choose finalists to interview. The finalists’ names and materials will be shared with a selection team including the chair of the Worship and Music Action Team and a representative from our Human Resources committee. We will hold interviews in person.  
Additional Notes Supervisor: Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn was called as the parish minister of Follen Church in 2013. Claire is a lifelong UU who graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2006. Her ministerial internship was at Beacon Church in Summit, NJ and her Clinical Pastoral Education was served at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She served as the Associate Minister at First Parish in Lincoln, MA (UU/UCC) for seven years from 2006 through 2013. She was granted Final Fellowship in 2009. She has served in many denominational and collegial capacities including as a UU Ministers’ Association Good Officer and as a substitute panelist for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee seminarians. Rev. Claire is the Lecturer in UU Preaching at Boston University School of Theology and Harvard Divinity School.  
Application Deadline March 1, 2024 
Selection Date Rolling admissions