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Wednesday Night Dinner at 6 p.m. in the FUUN Social Area

Adult meals: $8; youth 11-17: $5; children 3-10: $3; children 2 and younger are free.

4/16/14 Menu: chicken stir fry, rice, and dessert





Call for Nominations for FUUN Leaders

At the annual congregational meeting in June, the congregation will elect representatives to the following positions:

Program Council Chair (Board of Directors)

Treasurer (Board of Directors)

Operations Council Chair (Board of Directors)


Nominating Committee

Parish Minister’s Advisory Committee

Associate Minister for Music’s Advisory Committee

Safe Congregation Panel

Nominating will also recommend new chairs for the Adult Religious Education, Caring, and Fellowship Committees.

Other positions may open up; the most current list of open positions will be posted here.

If you have an interest in serving in one of these positions or you wish to recommend someone else, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Cindi Brown – chair, Carol Bapty, Jack Bleik, Lawanna Edwards, Bill Latimer, and John Mott, or email nominating@firstuunashville.org.

Dining Out For Life – April 22

LGBT+Allies invites you to enjoy an evening with friends, good food, and a great cause. Yes, it’s that time of year again: time for the annual Dining Out for Life event which benefits Nashville Cares, happening Tuesday, April 22. We are hosting at a new location this year: the Copper Pony Grille, 2209 Murfreesboro Pike, in the Nashboro Village area. We will be getting together at 6 p.m. This is a family friendly restaurant, joining Dining Out for Life for the first time and they are very excited for us to be there!  Reservations are requested at dofl@firstuunashville.org or stop by the coffee sales table to register. C.J. Wilson and Sandy York will join Richard Bird as your hosts at the Copper Pony.

For those in attendance, there will be a drawing for five tickets to see the Nashville Sounds on the date of your choice!

Faith Development Workshop: April 25-26

Facilitated by Thandeka, the UU Church of Chattanooga will be presenting a faith development workshop, “Practicing the Heart of Our Liberal Faith: Love Beyond Belief,” on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., and Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required, and the fees are $20 before April 20 and $30 after that date. There are scholarships available.

Friday’s session, Discernment and Analysis of Personal Experience as the major source of our Unitarian Universalist Faith, will explore personal and collective practices that open our hearts and our minds to insights beyond traditional religious beliefs. Saturday’s session, Exploring Personal Experience as the major source of our Unitarian Universalist Faith, will test the insights and conclusions gained from Friday’s session by putting them into practice.

The Rev. Dr. Thandeka is a theologian, journalist, Emmy award-winning television producer, and congregational consultant and organizer.

For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit www.uucc.org.

Easter Egg Hunt

Bring your baskets! There will be an Easter Egg Hunt between services on Easter Sunday, April 20. Parents, please plan to accompany your children.

Special Service: Maundy Thursday Communion and Foot Washing

Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m.

Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 374 Hicks Road, Nashville, TN 37221

The Rev. Gail Seavey and interim minister Rachel Lonberg

This service combines Gail’s past experience ministering to an historic Universalist church and Rachel’s experience connecting the ministry of Jesus to her previous work for reconciliation and peace in Eastern Europe. The Universalist communion is served at an open table, at which all are welcome.

FUUN Passover Seder: Friday, April 18

Join us on Friday, April 18 at 5:45 p.m. in the social area for our Passover Seder. The Passover Seder is an ancient Jewish tradition that recounts the Israelites’ flight from bondage in Egypt and celebrates freedom. The Seder is both a service and shared sumptuous meal, and includes music, prayer, interactive reading, a special game for children, and one of the greatest stories of all time. We are delighted that once again Natalie Hafner will be our chef and musical accompaniment will be provided by Holly and Barry Tashian and friends. We encourage families with children to attend, as the goal of the service is to share and pass on this story and celebrate freedom and the overcoming of oppression.

Reservations and payment will be accepted after Sunday services from March 23 through April 6 and can also be reserved by calling the FUUN office at (615) 383-5760 during office hours (see below). Prices are $16 for adults, $8 for children under 12 years of age, with a maximum price per nuclear family of $45. A vegetarian option is available. Please register early so that we know how much food to prepare. For questions, or to offer your help, email seder@firstuunashville.org.

FUUN office hours – Monday: closed; Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Town Hall with UUA Moderator Jim Key on May 3

Safety Net, an action team of Social Justice, is delighted to invite you to a town hall with Jim Key, the UUA’s  Moderator and Board Chair.

  • When: Saturday, May 3, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sanctuary
  • Childcare will be provided

Jim has been working closely with Safety Net since we launched a petition on change.org a year ago to “Open a national conversation on clergy misconduct.” The UUA Board has made improving the response to clergy sexual misconduct a highest priority for this year. Jim plans to report to us on the Board’s work on this and plans for GA and into the future.

We encourage all of you to submit questions in advance. They don’t have to be about misconduct. We suspect Jim will be relieved to have some questions on other topics too. He especially loves to talk about governance. Please contact any member or email ministry@uusafety.net with your questions.

What is Safety Net?

For those wanting to know more about us, our goal is to work in a positive way to effect much-needed change in the policies, procedures and attitudes surrounding clergy sexual misconduct in Unitarian Universalist congregations. Most of our work has been on developing model policies and procedures for congregations. We use our congregation as a laboratory — and work with the Board and a few committees, particularly the Committee on Ministy.

We have also worked with some other UU congregations that are uncovering a history of clergy sexual misconduct. Our vision is that Unitanian Universalist Association of congregations will be safe at every level from misconduct

Members have a broad range of expertise in this area.

  • The Rev. Gail Seavey has had many experiences as an “after pastor.”
  • Tim Tohill has been president for 20 years of Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center.
  • Nancy Stott is a licensed psychologist who screens Methodist ministers.
  • Tim Kiernon works professionally with perpetrators.
  • Doug Pasto-Crosby has been a church leader in this area for many years and was here in 1993.
  • Sara Plummer, our chair, was also here in 1993 and served on the “Board from hell” during our most difficult years.
  • Tedra Walden is at Vanderbilt on the psychology faculty and represents newer members to our congregation
  • Anna Belle Leiserson was the complainant in 1993 and served on the Rev. Fred Muir’s Safe Congregations Panel.
  • The Rev. Jason Shelton is very involved with Beloved Community work and has connected the dots with Safety Net’s mission — in particular spearheading the petition.

We are deeply grateful to the strong support of Social Justice — in particular Susan Johnston, Greg Miller and Susan Davis.

For more information please see our website at uusafety.net.


Adult Religious Education – April 2014

Classes meet on Wednesday nights 7:00-8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Child care is available. The schedule is subject to change; please check this page for the most current information.

Join us for fellowship before Wednesday night classes! Our fellowship dinner begins at 6 p.m.


Nonviolent Communication for Parents

April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11—Palmer Room (Morgan House) and April 20 ONLY—Emerson Room (main building)

Imagine having the family communication and parenting skills you need to strengthen family connections and truly make the most of your limited time together. And imagine moving beyond behavior management with your children, to create a home environment grounded in emotional safety and trust. Join Linda Ray Miller for this six-session series about Compassionate (aka Nonviolent Communication or NVC) Parenting. Participants must commit to attending all six sessions, and the class will be closed as of the second session.


Worship Workshop

April 2, 9, 16, 23—Fireside Room (main building)

Participants in this workshop, led by our senior minister, the Rev. Gail Seavey, and our associate minister for music, the Rev. Jason Shelton, will explore the purpose, substance and style of UU worship, and examine the roles of music, readings, meditation and prayer, sermons and liturgy, both as individual elements and as parts of the whole.  This will be a creative, hands-on workshop.  This class is a prerequisite for becoming a worship associate, but it is not required that you become one if you take the class.

Packaging Pressed Flower Products for the Herb Fair

April 2—Classroom A (main building)

The Herb Fair is drawing near and it is time to start packaging the wares! Please join Lisa Pasto-Crosby and Paige DeBenedittis for an evening filled with fellowship and product packaging.  Many hands make light work! There is rumor that there may be an offering of cookies.

Plant Propagation, Growing Herbs and Their Uses

April 9—Classroom A (main building)

Herb expert, Sara Plummer will be sharing her wealth of knowledge (and some of her recipes) about growing and using herbs, as well as, protecting them from disease and insects.  This class is a “must attend” for the gardening, cook and herb enthusiast(s)!

BBC Book and Movie Discussion-The Children by David Halberstam

April 16—Classroom A (main building)

Join the Beloved Community Committee to view A Force More Powerful, a 2001 PBS documentary about non-violent struggle in the 20th century, followed by a discussion of The Children, a history of the civil right movement, by journalist David Halberstam. Both works tell the story of the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins of 1959, and both focus on a group of young African Americans who attended the Reverend James Lawson’s workshop for nonviolent demonstrators in Nashville, then went on to play active roles in the civil rights movement. You do not have to have read the book to enjoy the discussion, but we highly recommend the book…it’s a terrific read! Discussion will be led by Ann Wheeler and Tanya Surawicz.

Beat Your Heart Out!

April 16 and 23—Alcott Sitting Room (Morgan House)

Come beat your drum and discover the joy of making music with your friends. This class is a great introduction for folks who are curious about drumming or for experienced drummers looking to make new friends. The focus of this class will be on basic techniques, rhythmic patterns, and communicating with one another through the medium of music. Participants are encouraged to bring drums(s), however, you do not need to bring a drum to participate! Join Matt Smyth and Bill Taylor for a night of drum pounding fun!


Documentary Screening: “Before God: We are All Family”

Saturday, April 5—5-7 p.m., Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike)

By Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a story of reconciliation between LGBTQ individuals and their Latin family members, part of HRC’s current campaign A La Familia, which promotes full inclusion of LGBT people within Latin communities, using the core Latin touchstones of faith and family. Discussion following with HRC personnel and members of different Nashville communities about our experiences of sexuality, faith, and family. Food and beverages as well! Please RSVP to andrea@conamerias.com.

Church Spring Picnic on May 4

Our annual church spring picnic will be on May 4 after church from 1 to 3 p.m. at Edwin Warner Park (Site 4). This site has a small playground and is close to bathrooms, the Little Harpeth River, and a hiking trail. The Fellowship Committee will provide chicken (baked and fried), potato salad, beverages, and paperware. Participants should bring a side dish and your favorite games or sports equipment. Wading shoes are suggested for anyone playing in the creek.

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) is the Share the Plate Recipient for April

FUUN is a member of Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), an interfaith, multiracial coalition of congregations and community organizations working to build a powerful social justice movement in Nashville . Our action team leads FUUN in organizing and collaborating for social and economic justice within our congregation and among diverse communities in Nashville . Your generosity will help cover our member dues.

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