First Universalist Society in Franklin

Transition Team

Transition Process and Listening Circles

The UUA has outlined steps for transitioning congregations. Some highlights of the process are below–our congregation is making good progress with the ministerial transition.

Members of the Transition Team are available to speak with congregants about the process at any time. Just ask!

The Transition Team and Rev. Jenny held Listening Circles during the Fall of 2016These small group conversations (10-15 people) allowed congregants to share their unique stories, sense of the congregation’s strengths, and opportunities for growth or improvement. Guiding Questions were provided, and every participant was given an opportunity to speak. The goal of these circles was not just for the Transition Team and Rev. Jenny to hear you, but also for you to hear from one another.

Some items to note:

  • During Circles notes were taken, but information was aggregated and no identifying information was recorded.
  • Circles were intended to be places where you could speak freely, and confidentiality was important.
  • The Team’s goal is to be as communicative and transparent as possible. We will be disseminating periodic updates on our work.

A summary of the Listening Circle feedback was presented to the congregation in January. If you missed that service, you can ask to see a written summary. Email or ask a Transition Team member for a copy.

Vision and Identity

On April 2, 2017, the Transition Team hosted the Sunday Service. They spoke about the importance of vision and identity. In order for FUSF to call its next settled minister, we need to understand our past and unique identity and be able to articulate our vision for the future.

During April, the Team also hosted several Visioning Circles.


Yours in Faith,

Karen Allard       Jeff Cerier           Alec Danz            Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert

Marjorie Roemer             Jerry Rubin         Judy Swaim        Joan Toye


June 2017 Update
May 2017 Update
April 2017 Update
March 2017 Update
February 2017 Update
January 2017 Update
December 2016 Update
November 2016 Update
October 2016 Update