First Universalist Society in Franklin

Youth Religious Education

 youth raise awareness of a social justice issue

Pre-teens and Teens Explore their Unitarian Universalism through Lively Discussion and Activities

The Religious Education Curricula for the 2016-17 Year Are Below:

Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker and The Fifth Dimension 

Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker uses true stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, role-plays, games, and a program-long justice project to feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds.
[Teachers: Doug Randall, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Bill Callahan, Maura O’Brien]

The 5th Dimension is a social justice curriculum based on the ground-breaking television series The Twilight Zone. Students watch episodes of the classic 1960’s show created by famous Unitarian Rod Serling. Discussions and activities examine the social issues that are just as relevant today.
[Teachers: Cheryl Magadieu, Monica Mathis]FUSF Senior Youth

Coming of Age for Grades 9–10

The UU child’s religious education culminates in Coming of Age, a year-long exploration of personal beliefs and faith identity. Students and their adult mentors participate in workshops, community service projects, and educational field trips. Each youth writes a credo, or personal belief statement, and presents it to the congregation in a special service in May.
[Leaders: Sonya Roberts, David Kassay]
Click here for the Coming of Age Meeting Schedule for 2016-17

Leadership Track for Youth

High school youth and young adults are encouraged to participate in congregational life in whichever area calls to them; spiritual development, community leadership, or social justice. 

For more information on volunteering, please see Four Year Leadership Track for Youth.

Other Religious Education Groups, Activities, and Opportunities for Youth:


Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7th–9th graders is a fact-based, comprehensive sexuality education program, with up-to-date developmentally appropriate information. It is led by qualified, trained facilitators. [OWL 7-9 Leaders: Kathleen Kassay, Jon Weismoore, Kiwi Stalley]

OWL for 4th–6th graders is a one-semester course focusing on the changes and challenges faced by emerging adolescents, guiding youth in their early steps toward making healthy and responsible decisions in their relationships. [OWL 5-6 Leaders: Maddy Bellino-Rivera, Brian Arffa]

 Junior (grades 7-8) and Senior (grades 9-12) Youth Groups

These groups have been running for many years, and are a vital part of the youth experience at FUSF. These are social groups, and provide our pre-teens and teens with opportunities to deepen their connections with each other.

NEW! View photos from the recent Sr. Youth Group-led Sunday service.


Click links below to navigate to our other Religious Education programs:

Children’s Religious Education (infant to grade 6)
Adult Faith Development (ages 18+)