First Universalist Society in Franklin

What Moves Us-3-12-17

What Moves Us is looking at UU History through Famous UUs. This class takes place Sunday afternoons from 12:30 – 2 p.m.


  • On February 26, we began this series with a look at George de Benneville. For 20 years in France, the German States, and the Netherlands, and for more than 50 years in Pennsylvania, he preached the restoration of all human beings “without exception,” building religious communities united by fellowship and action rather than by church doctrine and creed. “Let us search ourselves well,” he said, “and test thoroughly what is within us, whether it degrades or elevates us.” The pathway to Universal Love begins here, he said.  George de Benneville appears in the Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography at .
  • March 12 – No Class
  • This Sunday, March 19, we’ll read a bit about Charles Chauncy, pastor from 1727 to 1787 at the First Church of Boston, the city’s oldest and most prestigious congregational church. He was also the leading defender of the religious interests and political power of Boston’s ruling elite merchant class against a rising tide of evangelical preachers of the Great Awakening. Chauncy refused to accept emotional conviction as the sole criterion and foundation for religious faith. The human mind, he insisted, must also give assent to the written word of God, and human behavior toward self and others must also be transformed. His rigorous use of reasoning to find, analyze, and explain the fundamental human elements entailed in spiritual experience is his legacy to us. You can read more about Charles Chauncy at

Readings and topics of conversation are provided during class. You’re welcome to drop in on any or all meetings. See you there!


George de Benneville – Cook Room

3/12     no class –  “Legalize Democracy” in the sanctuary


Charles Chauncy – Dean Room


Hosea Ballou – Dean Room


Margaret Fuller – Dean Room


no class

4/16     no class – Easter

4/23     Sophia Lyon Fahs – Dean Room


James Luther Adams – Cook Room


no class


Forrest Church – Cook Room

5/21     no class – Ferry Beach

5/28     William F. Schulz – Cook Room

6/4       Thandeka – Cook Room (after annual meeting: 1-2:30)

Alex Kinney and Judy Butler


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Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. Children and youth religious education 10 a.m.

phone: (508) 528-5348


Our Meetinghouse is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA.

Our mailing address is: PO Box 316, Franklin, MA 02038