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Our Whole Lives Classes Coming this Fall

Our Whole Lives –or OWL- is our Unitarian Universalist sexuality education program. It helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

We will offer the following programs this year:

Kindergarten-First Grade
An orientation for both parents and children followed by eight sessions for children.

*Please note – due to our delayed schedule, this class will be open to children entering FIRST or SECOND GRADE, i.e., those eligible for LAST year’s class. Children starting Kindergarten this fall will be able to join the class as 1st Graders in the 2016-7 church year.*

Fourth-Fifth Grades
An orientation for both parents and children followed by eight sessions for children.

*Please note – due to our delayed schedule, this class will be open to children entering FIFTH or SIXTH GRADE, i.e., those eligible for LAST year’s class. Children starting 4th Grade this fall will be able to join the class as 5th Graders in the 2016-7 church year.*

There is a great deal more information, and we will be following up with those who registered for religious education last year, or who let us know this year that they are interested. If you have any questions, or if you want to be sure you’re on the list, please contact Religious Education Administrator Jonah Eller-Isaacs at REAdmin@firstuunashville.org or (615) 383-5760 x.315.

Important Safe Congregation Announcement!

The Safe Congregation Panel is hosting three community conversations to discuss a sensitive issue regarding a former FUUN member’s ability to participate in events on the church campus:

  • Sunday, August 16th at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room,
  • Wednesday, August 19th at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room,
  • and Sunday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in the Palmer Living Room

See the Members Only section for more information (in the last document on the list).

Please plan to attend one of these conversations.

Get out and vote from NOAH

Voter Registration and “Get Out The Vote”!

  •  NOAH has designated 3 dates as NOAH Days:  July 22nd, July 27th and August 1st.  We hope you can choose one of these dates as your GET OUT date, but you are free to choose whatever date(s) will work for you. 
  • We hope to make July 22nd an especially visible day for NOAH, as early voting is held at the Howard Office Building (700 Second Ave South), and we plan to promote the voting power of NOAH as we swarm the polls with NOAH stickers on our shirts. If you want NOAH stickers, contact Benny Overton at 615-315-1549; rboverton@comcast.net.

News from NOAH


FUUNs Rev Jason Shelton, Greg Easterly and Vicki Stinnett will be on the program!
Join us at this public meeting where candidates campaigning for Metro Council Districts 23, 25, &  34 will
be asked to address:
• Affordable Housing and Gentrification
• Criminal Justice
• Economic Equity and Jobs
• District Specific issues
Monday, July 20 at 6:30 P.M.
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
Meet and Greet from 8 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
District 23 includes Hillwood, Hill Place, West Meade and surrounding areas.
District 25 includes Hillsboro, West End, Woodmont, Lombardy, Battlemont, Glen Echo, Glandale Park, Burton Hills, and surrounding areas.
District 34 includes Green Hills, Forest Hills, Burton Valley, Tyne Meade, and surrounding areas.

You’re Invited to QUEEN of HEARTS Coffeehouse Concert

Join us Friday, July 17, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (CDT)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215

$15.00 in advance/$20.00 at the door (20% of all ticket sales will be donated to FUUN).

Click the link below for advance tickets:

News From NOAH

Candidates in Metro Districts 23, 25, 34 have agreed to participate in a public meeting on Monday, July 20 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church located at 4800 Belmont Park Terrace from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and a “meet and greet” time. The meeting is sponsored by NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope). FUUN, located in District 25, is an active member of  NOAH and supports NOAH’s focus on affordable housing and gentrification, criminal justice, jobs and economic equality. At the meeting candidates will be asked to address these issues and any issues of special interest to the three districts; time will be given for questions from the audience.

Besides Woodmont, District 25 includes Hillsboro-West End, Glen Echo, Burton Hills and surrounding areas. District 25 candidate Russ Pulley is unopposed, but FUUN members are urged to attend the meeting in support of NOAH issues and to get to know your new representative. Candidates in District 23 (includes Hillwood, Hill Place, and West Meade) are Thom Duffel, Mina Johnson, Tim Lee, and Jim Roberts. Candidates in District 34 (includes Green Hills, Forest Hills, Burton Valley, and Tyne Meade) are Steve Butler and Angie Henderson.

Carleen Dowell

Habitat For Humanity Build

Our annual Habitat build date is Sept 13. We need 15 builders and three people to assist with making and serving lunches for the builders. Sign ups sheets are available at the Social Justice table during July. Help us build a house for a deserving family!


FUUN is throwing a wedding 7/12!

You may have heard that, as part of the UUA’s #JUSTMARRIAGE celebration of marriage equality, we’re throwing a wedding on 7/12.
As you’ve probably seen, we’re offering free weddings to same-sex couples that are interested. To throw the best wedding possible, we need help:


  • Flowers. We would love if someone could donate flowers to decorate the sanctuary and social area.
  • Decorations and tableware.
    • Tablecloths
    • Trays and plates for serving.
    • Paper products (plates, napkins, utensils, cups).
    • Punchbowls.
  • Food. An assortment of finger-foods to serve for the reception. We would love for folks to bring some to share on Sunday morning for the event in the afternoon. Some suggestions:
    • If you come to 9am service, bring something sweet, i.e. cut fruit or bite-sized desserts.
    • If you come to 11am service, bring something savory, i.e. tea sandwiches,cheese, or cut veggies.
    • If your food needs serving utensils, please provide them.
    • Sign up at the Social Justice table after services on 7/5 or e-mail wedding@firstuunashville.org
  • Friendly faces to help host, serve, and celebrate.


If you have help to offer or any questions, please e-mail wedding@firstuunashville.org

FUUN Offices closed Friday, July 4th

If you have a pastoral care need or emergency, please email Layministry@firstuunshville.org or to report issues regarding FUUN’s facility or grounds, please contact Campusprep@firstuunashville.org.

FUUN Hosting Same Sex Weddings July 12th!

For more than thirty years, Unitarian Universalists have been celebrating, honoring, performing, and recognizing same-sex marriages around the country. It seems only fitting that we cap these three decades of solidarity with an event that speaks to our principles, offers public witness to our values, and celebrates the groundbreaking reality that equal marriage has become the law of the land.

To that end, First UU is participating in #JustMarriage – a nationwide celebration of marriage equality – by hosting a wedding for any same-sex couple that chooses to participate. Our celebration will take place on Sunday, July 12, at 12:30 P.M. If you would like to be part of the celebration, or know someone who would, please contact Rev. Jason Shelton as soon as possible (music@firstuunashville.org).


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