NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION PRACTICE GROUPS
NVC 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/wrong model to a compassionate, 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. The number of groups will depend on the number of people signing up. The times for the meetings will depend somewhat on people’s preferences.
Registration was ongoing as the newsletter went to press, so please refer to the website current information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
What are covenant groups? Groups of five to 12 people, each led by a facilitator, 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 will close on September 15 – some groups are already full, so if you are interested, please email email@example.com or call Meghann Robern, FUUN Ministerial Intern, at 615-383-5760 ext. 316 as soon as possible.
7-8:30 p.m., childcare is available.
September 9, 16, 23, 30 – Fireside Room (main building)
This four-week class, led by the Rev. Gail Seavey, is for anyone who has asked, “How can I help?” when a friend or family member is, for example, in the hospital or experiencing a difficult transition such as the death of a loved one. It will cover the ministries of visiting, listening and sending cards. This class, which uses How Can I Help by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, is open to all who are interested. Additionally, it is required of anyone considering joining the FUUN lay ministry team, and will include discerning one’s gifts for lay pastoral ministry. Call Rev. Gail if you have any questions.
Making Journal Covers
September 16 – Classroom A (main building)
Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby and Paige DeBenedittis to make the covers of our small journals for both the Holiday Fair and the Herb Fair, with marbled paper and pressed botanicals. Lots of new flowers, and people to help you learn. All supplies are provided, no previous experience is necessary. These journals are a great small present, and sell out every year, so come and help us build up our stock. All supplies included, no experience required.
There are no Sunday classes this month.
12:30-4 p.m., childcare is not available.
Making Botanical Glass Ornaments
September 12 – Pasto-Crosby Home
Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby to make glass holiday ornaments for the December Holiday Fair. This is a fun project that we’ve done before, but if you are a newcomer, you’ll find it easy to learn. We have lots of new flowers and an excellent supply, thanks to help from Heather Moreno this summer. All supplies included, no experience required. See the church directory for Lisa’s contact information or email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions to her home.