First Universalist Society in Franklin

Commitment Statement–Our Second Home (2/5/17)

Why FUSF is Important to Us


Hi, my name is Monica Mathis.


And I’m Jimmy Vogel.


After finishing college, I immediately moved out here from Michigan. When I moved to Franklin I didn’t know anyone, and Jimmy wouldn’t be moving in for another few months. At first I tried meeting people through a 20- and 30-somethings social group on Meetup, but I had a hard time connecting with people there. After a week in Franklin, I decided to listen to my mom’s advice and visit the UU church down the street. As someone who was raised UU, I immediately felt at home here.


I left my job in Illinois to be with Monica not long after she moved out here. I grew up in a non-religious household, but I decided to keep an open mind and attend a service at FUSF. The sermon was thought-provoking, the music was beautiful and moving, and the coffee was pretty good too. I decided that I would come back again.

We have found FUSF to be a truly open and welcoming community. From the very beginning, everyone we’ve met here has been willing to help us make friends and get involved. It’s so easy here to participate in group activities like hiking and Circle Dinners and connect with people with shared interests.

Even though we’re new to the church and young adults, we’re still treated as important members of this congregation. We have also become good friends with other young adults we have met here.

Why It’s Important to Support this Religious Home Financially


I grew up in a small church. We didn’t have a lot of members or extracurricular activities, and money was always tight. While I love and miss my home church, FUSF has so much to offer its members. This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the congregation, and we want to keep what we have here going. We believe in supporting FUSF because it has become our religious home and we’d like to give back for all the help and support we have received.


We want to support the search for a new settled minister because part of what drew us here, other than the community, was the excellent minister. We want to make sure that we can choose a new minister that will rise to the same level without us having to worry about being able to provide a competitive salary.

A Vision for Our Community in the Future


At our age, it’s difficult to find where we fit in. Some of us are moving to new places, or moving back to old places, but friends and family may be somewhere else. As I mentioned in my Young Adult sermonette, we are in a kind of Young Adult Limbo. We’ve moved on from the college scene and can’t quite relate to those in college anymore. We also haven’t been an adult long enough or don’t have kids, so it’s difficult to relate to those now in our everyday life.


When we came here, we were lucky enough to find a small group of people our age who can relate to these feelings. Recently, we decided to form an official young adult group called 20s & 30s of FUSF. We’re currently making a website to try to reach out to more people like us, and we’re having more official meetings and get-togethers.

Our hope is that young adults in the greater Franklin area will turn to this place as somewhere they can find a community like we have.

We are committed to supporting FUSF because it has become our second home.

-February 5, 2017

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