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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)


Associate Minister for Music’s Advisory Committee

Safe Congregation Panel

Nominating will also recommend new chairs for the  Caring, and Fellowship, Fundraising, and Worship Committees, as well as for the Committee for the Larger Faith.

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.

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.

4/23/14 Menu: chicken salad, tuna salad, fruit, and dessert





Adult Religious Education- May 2014

Classes meet on Wednesday nights 7-8:30 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.

Click here for April’s class schedule and check out our summer offerings here.


Grown-up Show and Tell

May 25—Fireside Room (main building)

Remember Show & Tell when you were young? Well, it’s time for grown-up show and tell! Bring your special photos, letters, and/or family heirlooms and share your story or come and listen to others. Join Deborah Wilbrink, a personal historian and member of the Association of Personal Historians as she leads us through this event. It is sure to evoke laughter, tears and memories!


Can the Urban Lifestyle Be “Green”?

May 7—Fireside Room (main building)

Please join John Harkey as he explores what green means in an urban setting, looking at energy use in the context of home (heating and cooling), transportation, food, trash, fun, babies, nature and work. He will help us explore basic questions such as: does it make a difference given that there are a billion people in China trading their bikes for cars? Participants need only bring themselves, their ideas, and willingness to think!                                      

Kindred Spirits: A Deeper Look at Beethoven and Hendrix

May 21—Fireside Room (main building)

Ludwig Van Beethoven and Jimi Hendrix, kindred spirits born two centuries apart, were both driven to voice a kind of music never heard before. Both men devoted their lives to finding ways to express their inner voice, often forced into radical innovations to do so. These innovations, the power of new thinking and the unbridled passion of their works caused powerful and lasting paradigm shifts in music. Join Ginni Davenport and learn more about the connection between these two watershed musicians: Beethoven, the father of popular music, and Hendrix, the liberator of the electric guitar.

Grown-up Show and Tell

May 28—Fireside Room (main building)

Remember Show & Tell when you were young? Well, it’s time for grown-up show and tell! Bring your special photos, letters, and/or family heirlooms and share your story or come and listen to others. Join Deborah Wilbrink, a personal historian and member of the Association of Personal Historians as she leads us through this event. It is sure to evoke laughter, tears and memories!

Senior High Sunday School in May

Ninth through 12th graders are invited to join Jessie Stein and Chris Martin for class on May 4 and 11. Come at 11 a.m. for the beginning of the worship service and head out for the Youth Room after the Time for All Ages.

May 18 is the annual multigenerational Religious Education worship service; there will be no class, but the youth will be part of the service!

Beginning May 25, there will be no Sunday morning programming for youth until the academic year starts up again in August.

If you’re interested in the FUUN Youth Group, see their schedule for May here.

Youth FUUN in May

All youth in ninth through twelfth grades are welcome to participate in youth programming. Get information on the Senior High Sunday School class here.


Sundays, 6-8 p.m., Youth Room (aka Norris House conference room)

May 4—Making memories with Virginia Moreland. We’ll put old and new photos into a collage to decorate the youth room. Bring any photos you might have, too.

May 11—No youth group. Treat your moms like royalty!

May 18— Oooohhmmmm, ohm. Come meditate with Dawn Thornton.

May 25—No youth group. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.


Saturday, May 3

location and time to be determined*

How long will it float? Help the middle school Sunday school class with the launching of their cardboard boat. Last year’s big lesson was that the boat did hold two people, BUT it did not hold four! What will this year’s lesson be? *Check the youth Yahoo group or email slebeau@firstuunashville for updated information.

Friday, May 9, 5 p.m. – Saturday, May 10, 3 p.m.

Montgomery Bell State Park

Get ready for S’mores and Hiking as we spend the night at the Montgomery Bell Lodge. (Paperwork required. Please see Yahoo group.)

Monday, June 2, 4-8 p.m.

Viridian rooftop pool and Laser Quest on 2nd Avenue

Finish off the year with swimming at the highest pool in Nashville followed by a few games of Laser Tag at Laser Quest. (Paperwork required. Please see Yahoo group.)

Adult Religious Education- Summer 2014

Get Ready for Some Summer Reading!

Adult Religious Education will continue during the summer with book clubs and game nights. The first three Wednesdays of June, July, and August will be book club nights. The fourth Wednesdays will be game nights, and July’s fifth Wednesday will be either another game night or a ritual from FUUN’s Sanctuary of Light group. More details will follow in coming months, but to whet your appetites, here are the three great books we’ll be reading:


JUNE: The Giver, by Lois Lowry

Would there have been a Hunger Games or a Divergent without The Giver? The 1994 Newbery Medal winner, this haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life Assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. (And the movie is coming out in mid-August!)


JULY: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver

The author and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.


AUGUST: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt

As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.


The Adult Religious Education Committee will have lending copies of all books, so cost need not be a consideration for any who wish to participate.

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!

Town Hall with UUA Moderator Jim Key on May 3

Jim KeySafety Net, an action team of Social Justice, is delighted to invite you to a town hall with Jim Key, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA)  Moderator and Board Chair, and the Rev. Sarah Lammert, Director of  UUA Ministries and Faith Development.

  • 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.

In recent month’s Sarah has partnered with Jim, in particular identifying gaps in their processes.  She is a last-minute-addition to the town hall and we are delighted she is joining us.

Jim and Sarah plan to report to us on the Board and staff 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 and Sarah will be relieved to have some questions on other topics too. Jim 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.


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.

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.

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