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-2121990818_w_200_h_200_t_635763930749615169.jpegDon’t forget to send in your donation to the UUSC (http://www.uusc.org/welcome-to-guest-at-your-table) for the Guest at Your Table campaign. Or you can give  your donation to Bruce Baker, who can be found at the food table most Sundays, and he’ll send it in for you.

-from the Committee for the Larger Faith


Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

Love in all its forms—Will Habitat be your Valentine?

Every year the Habitat Action Team raises money for its Fall Unity Build. We like to do this in a fun community-building way, so we put on a delicious dinner with wonderful entertainment by our very talented members, and we host an art auction featuring our own FUUN artists. The Valentine Dinner will be Saturday, Feb.13 at 6 pm. Shari Tisch will return to FUUN to be our chef. Sheri DiGiovanna will organize a Valentine Variety Cabaret including Valerie Martin, Scott Weaver, among others with Tom Surface on guitar. Suzanne LeBeau will organize an art auction including many of FUUN’s talented artists.

FUUN Habitat showWe charge $25 a ticket to cover our costs and raise money for the Habitat Unity Build. Tickets will be on sale beginning Jan. 3 at the Social Justice table every Sunday until sold out. Will you be our Valentine and join us for this fun-filled evening and help out a great cause? Bring your sweetie, your friend, kids or your own sweet self. Half of the money raised by the food table in January will also go to Habitat. If you can’t attend, you can donate food for the food table or sponsor a builder (we need to raise $300 per builder) by donating directly at the Social Justice table. See the invite on page 8.

Carleen Dowell and Suzanne LeBeau, team leaders

 


Christmas Eve Services

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols (Thursday Evening)
5:30 p.m. Family Celebration: All congregation Christmas pageant, child dedication, family choir and candlelight
9 p.m. Music Celebration: Lessons and carols with choir and candlelightjoys and concerns


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Mid-Year Congregational Meeting will be 9am, Sunday Jan 10

Note Time Change! Our mid-year congregational meeting will be Sunday, Jan.10 at 9 a.m. We are holding the meeting in lieu of our early worship service, just like we did in June. On that Sunday there will be one worship service, which will be at 11 a.m. An activity for PreK-5th graders will be provided during the 9 a.m. meeting. This timing appears to make it easier for many members to be there. Our attendance at the June meeting was up significantly from previous meetings. The congregation will be asked to vote on a few recent candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee and to vote on an adjustment to the budget. Information for the meeting is posted here. Please plan to attend.


Faith Development – January 2016

 

Faith development is the process—religious, spiritual, and/or otherwise—by which we make meaning in our lives. FUUN Faith Development supports and encourages this in three ways: with classes, nonviolent communication practice groups, and covenant groups.

 

CLASSES

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available UNLESS otherwise indicated.

Not My Life

Wednesday, January 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Social Hall (main building)

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month for which the FUUN Social Justice Committee — in collaboration with Ten Thousand Villages and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF — will host a screening of Not My Life, a film by Worldwide Documentaries. The film’s website tells us:

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

“Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children,” says the film’s director, Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer, “and yet no one knows this is happening. We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.”

Challenging though it may be, Not My Life‘s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Those who advocate for slavery victims are growing in numbers, and are increasingly effective. At this crossroads for the defining human rights issue of our time, Not My Life tells us, as the late Jonathan Mann said, “We can no longer flee, no longer hide, no longer separate ourselves.”

Making Bookmarks and Cards

Saturday, January 9, 12:30-4:00 p.m., Pasto-Crosby home

Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby and Paige DeBenedittis to make bookmarks and cards to sell at the Herb Fair. This is a fun project that we’ve done before, but if you are a newcomer, you’ll find it easy to learn. There are lots of new flowers and an excellent supply, thanks to help from Heather Moreno. All supplies are included, no experience is necessary. See the church directory for Lisa’s contact information or email herbfair@firstuunashville.org for directions to her home. Childcare is NOT available.

Making Square Magnets

Wednesday, January 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Classroom A (main building) 

Make square magnets—which are a new item this year!—with Lisa Pasto-Crosby and Paige DeBenedittis. These are large enough to make a small scene, or small flowers in a basket.  Lots of new flowers, and people to help you learn. All supplies are provided, no experience is necessary.

Modern Day Abolitionists in Tennessee

Wednesday, January 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Fireside Room (main building)

We continue to lift up Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a presentation by Stacy Elliott of End Slavery Tennessee. Yes, it’s a problem here, too: in 2011, 85 counties reported at least one case of human trafficking and 4 counties reported 100+ cases, and 94 children are trafficked in Tennessee every MONTH. End Slavery Tennessee works in training and education, aftercare for survivors, and prevention. They spread the vision and passion to stand and act as modern day abolitionists. Join us to learn more about the issue, including ways you might get involved.

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION PRACTICE GROUPS

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available.

Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups are open to anyone, regardless of past experience here or elsewhere. To change one’s mind set and habit patterns from a right vs. wrong model to a compassionate and connecting model takes practice. To connect empathetically with others, and with oneself, takes practice. To begin to live in the world we dream about takes practice.

Anyone is welcome to visit an NVC Practice Group. Please email nvc@firstuunashville.org to enquire. There are currently three groups:

First and Third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Palmer Room

Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Palmer Room

First and Third Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Fireside Room

COVENANT GROUPS

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is sometimes available.

Covenant Groups are made up of five to 12 people, each led by a facilitator, which meet twice a month, usually in participants’ homes, for the purpose of supporting individual spiritual growth and deepening a sense of community among participants. Each session gives participants an opportunity to reflect with one another on an engaging topic, which might include: Generosity, Bitterness, Faith, Longing, Racism, etc. Covenant groups are an opportunity to listen and share with a subset of the congregation.

Registration is now closed, but if you are interested in more information, or in the possibility of a late-forming group, please email covenantgroups@firstuunashville.org or call Meghann Robern, FUUN Intern Minister, at 615-383-5760 ext. 316.

COMING SOON!

Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators

Who’s excited to TALK TO THEIR KIDS ABOUT SEX?!? If you have reservations about The Talk, join Josh Robern on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., in February. Together, you will explore the sometimes confusing worlds of human sexuality, child rearing, everyday social justice, UU spirituality, and where they intersect: the birds and the bees.

Retirement Planning

The FUUN Endowment Trust is sponsoring a presentation on Wednesday evening, March 30, by expert consultant, Mr. Zach Glaser of The Glaser Group (SunTrust Investment Services). Do you know what is and is not important when it comes to planning for your future retirement? If you are already retired, what are the wisest choices you can make in managing your ongoing retirement? What to do about health care in the changing landscape of health insurance? What about inflation? How to balance Social Security, Medicaid, and/or Medicare benefits? Please plan to join us for answers to these and other questions.

 

 

 

 


Yuletide Celebration at FUUN

From the Sanctuary of Light Committee

yuleUpcoming Events

Sunday, Dec. 20

2 p.m. Hanging of the Greens (Social Area)

3:30 p.m. Yule/Winter Solstice Celebration –

The Birth of the Light (Morgan House)

A Family Friendly Afternoon of Yuletide Celebration

With Sanctuary of Light (FUUN’s chapter of CUUPs-Unitarian Universalist Pagans), Sunday, Dec. 20: 2-5 p.m.

2 p.m. Bringing in the Greens (Social

Area): Please bring evergreen and holly boughs, gardening or work gloves and willing hands. We will cut boughs, assemble them into hanging sprays with wire and holiday bows, and then hang them in the sanctuary. Bring some extra boughs and ribbon to make some for your home!

3:30 p.m. We will join with S.P.I.R.A.L. (Serving Pagans in Religion and Life) for a potluck dinner followed by the Yule ritual (Morgan House).

 


Webinar: Faith Response to the Anti-Muslim Movement- December 7th, 4 PM ET

Hello all,

The anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant movement is taking advantage of the fear stoked from recent attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad. Governors are trying to reject Syrian refugees and Congresspeople are passing policies that would discriminate on grounds of nationality and religious background.

The response from faith communities to offer a prophetic witness of welcome will be a critical piece in our movement for immigrants’ and refugee rights. On this webinar we will discuss strategy and messaging to respond to the organized anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant movements.

Please join: Interfaith Immigration Webinar on a Faith Response to the Anti-Muslim Movement- Monday, December 7th 4 PM ET

Speakers:

Jen Smyers, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Church World Service- Immigration Refugee Program

Terri Johnson, Executive Director, Center for New Community

Catherine Orsborn, Campaign Direct or, Shoulder to Shoulder

RSVP at this LINK

For Audio Visual:http://join.me/faith4immigration

Thanks

Rev. Noel Andersen

 


A People’s Guide to Nashville

Dear colleague,

This email is an invitation to join us in launching A People’s Guide to Nashville, an alternative guide to the city. This guide, which will exist in print and online, will serve as an educational tool about the movements towards social justice in Nashville, with entries submitted by people, like you, who have lived through and led these efforts.

Please join us at the Curb Center at Vanderbilt, on Friday, December 11th at 5:00 pm as we celebrate the launch of this exciting project. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be opportunities to see sample entries and learn more about how community members can get involved.

Please distribute this message through your networks to others who may be interested–a downloadable poster is here. There are many stories – from the past and present – that are too often veiled, forgotten, or ignored. This guide presents an opportunity for the people of Nashville to write their history, and highlight places of significance and resistance in their communities.

Feel free to contact us for additional information. We look working with you on A People’s Guide to Nashville!

Respectfully,

James Fraser, Learotha Williams, Jr., and Amie Thurber (Editorial Team)
Ryan Schooley and Mike Thompson (Project Interns)

 

Directions and Parking for the Curb Center at Vanderbilt

Street parking is available on 18th Avenue. Vanderbilt lots are free for VU permits after 3pm; nearest Vanderbilt lots are 82, 77, and 76. If anyone should have difficulty or needs assistance walking, you are welcome to park in the semi-circle right in front of the Curb Center. For directions, click here.

For a look at the downloadable poster, see: launch_poster


Faith Development – December 2015

Faith development is the process—religious, spiritual, and/or otherwise—by which we make meaning in our lives. FUUN Faith Development supports and encourages this in three ways: with classes, nonviolent communication practice groups, and covenant groups.

CLASSES

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available UNLESS otherwise indicated.

Making Pressed Flower Jewelry

Saturday, December 12, 12:30-4 p.m.—Pasto-Crosby Home

Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby and Paige DeBenedittis to try some new jewelry techniques working with flowers that have interesting shapes and colors—you don’t want to miss this class! As always, all supplies are included and no experience is required. See the church directory for Lisa’s contact information or email herbfair@firstuunashville.org for directions to her home. Childcare is NOT available.

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION PRACTICE GROUPS

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available.

Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups are open to anyone, regardless of past experience here or elsewhere. To change one’s mind set and habit patterns from a right vs. wrong model to a compassionate and connecting model takes practice. To connect empathetically with others, and with oneself, takes practice. To begin to live in the world we dream about takes practice.

Anyone is welcome to visit an NVC Practice Group. Please email nvc@firstuunashville.org to enquire. There are currently three groups:

First and Third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Palmer Room

Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Palmer Room

First and Third Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Fireside Room

COVENANT GROUPS

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is sometimes available.

Covenant Groups are made up of five to 12 people, each led by a facilitator, which meet twice a month, usually in participants’ homes, for the purpose of supporting individual spiritual growth and deepening a sense of community among participants. Each session gives participants an opportunity to reflect with one another on an engaging topic, which might include: Generosity, Bitterness, Faith, Longing, Racism, etc. Covenant groups are an opportunity to listen and share with a subset of the congregation.

Registration is now closed, but if you are interested in more information, or in the possibility of a late-forming group, please email covenantgroups@firstuunashville.org or call Meghann Robern, FUUN Intern Minister, at 615-383-5760 ext. 316.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

Not My Life

A documentary about slavery in our time, to be followed by a question and answer session.

Wednesday, January 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Social Hall

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month for which the FUUN Social Justice Committee  in partnership with Ten Thousand Villages and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host a screening of Not My Life, a film by Worldwide Documentaries. The film’s website tells us:

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering.

“Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children,” says the film’s director, Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer, “and yet no one knows this is happening. We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.”

Challenging though it may be, Not My Life‘s message is ultimately one of hope. Victims of slavery can be set free and go on to live happy and productive lives. Those who advocate for slavery victims are growing in numbers, and are increasingly effective. At this crossroads for the defining human rights issue of our time, Not My Life tells us, as the late Jonathan Mann said, “We can no longer flee, no longer hide, no longer separate ourselves.”


Tennessee Citizens Rally and Vigil for Refugees

Tennessee Citizens Rally and Vigil for Refugees

Monday, November 23, 2015
6 pm
Legislative Plaza, Nashville

Governor Haslam has made a statement asking the federal government to not send Tennessee any Syrian refugees until the state has more input. However, with the trend of anti-refugee legislation that has already been passed in our state, we need to show our legislature that we stand with and support these refugees in need. I ask you to stand with me. I would like to get a group of like-minded, compassionate people together who will march on our Legislative Plaza and tell lawmakers that “Nashville welcomes Refugees!” We are such a diverse and beautiful community. Let us not give in to the fear which dehumanizes and alienates. Let us stand boldly with love and compassion.

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1645689735670901/


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