First Universalist Society in Franklin

P.O. Bos 316
262 Chestnut Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508/528-5348
Web address:

Contact Person:

Rev. Eric Cherry

Organization Description:

First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is a full-service, mid-size (200 adult), multi-staff UU congregation in the southwest suburbs of Boston. FUSF's history extends to 1856 when Franklin, MA was a center for Universalism including the site of the training school - now Dean College - for Tufts University.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Opportunities for student involvement are nearly limitless depending on the interests and skills of the field education student. Responsibilities in the following areas are likely:

Worship: Opportunities for assisting and occasionally leading worship services 3-4 times per month. Further opportunities for assisting and leading rites of passage and other worship gatherings throughout the year.

Faith Development: Assisting and leading faith development classes and other gatherings for adults, children and youth.

Social Justice: Engaging with our Social Justice Steering Team and at engaging deeply with at least one of our Social Justice initiatives.

Pastoral Care: Developing skill and ultimately providing pastoral care under the supervision of the minister and engaging in the church’s lay-ministry program.

Leadership & Administration: Exploring complexities and developing skills in providing ministerial support to a variety of Church Boards/Committees/Teams. Gaining familiarity with common congregational administrative areas, including Finance, Stewardship, and Communications.

Along with experiences in each of these general areas, one or two specific focus projects for long-term concentration during the internship will be selected early on, e.g. Youth Ministry Leadership, Welcoming Ministry.

Commute/Transportation Information:

The Town of Franklin and FUSF are on I-495 southwest of Boston. The Town is also served by MBTA commuter rail.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Racial Justice and Healing
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


Supervision will be provided by FUSF’s full-time parish minister, Rev. Eric Cherry. Weekly 1-hour supervision meetings will include theological discernment, leadership discussion, and preparation/de-briefing of field education experiences. The Minister, Student and all staff abide by FUSF’s Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual. The student will also work closely with the FUSF staff team.

Additional Information:

  • Number of Students: 1
  • Total Compensation: $6000.00
  • Type of Compensation: Direct Pay from Site
  • Additional Notes: The Field Education Student will be formally referred to as the “Ministerial Intern.” Informal references include: the Student Minister, Intern Minister and Ministry Intern.

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