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Faith Development – June 2015

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

Annual Leadership Orientation
June 24, 7-8:30 p.m. – Capek Room
(Morgan House)
Calling all leaders! The annual Leadership Orientation is being offered to all current and new leaders, as well as anyone interested in learning more about how our church works. At this orientation, the Leadership Development Committee will provide you with vital information to help you navigate your role as a leader and gain a deeper understanding of the structure of FUUN. It is designed for board members, elected committee members and appointed committee chairs, but is open to anyone who would like to attend. Participants will hear presentations about the church structure, timeline, communication process, location of important information such as bylaws, policies and job descriptions, and other nuts and bolts of the church. We strongly encourage all leaders to take advantage of this opportunity to assist you in carrying out the important work you will do this year. Childcare is available.

SUNDAY CLASSES

Annual Leadership Orientation
June 14, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. p.m. – Fireside Room
(main building)
See Wednesday, June 24, above for description. Childcare is available.

 

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION PRACTICE GROUPS

What is Nonviolent Communication (NVC)?

Placing human needs front and center is the core insight around which everything in NVC revolves. This is the aspect of NVC that challenges prevalent theories of human nature; the entry point through which collaboration becomes possible in groups; the engine of the kind of healing that happens through engaging with an empathic presence; the mechanism through which conflict mediation proceeds; and the path to personal liberation. As odd as it sometimes seems to some people, our own needs and longings, if we are not fighting them, are a source of strength and energy, not a weakness. It’s the innermost core of our being, the purest expression of our humanity, our open heart. If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to get to know ourselves more fully. – Miki Kashtan

It takes more than reading a book or attending one workshop to be able to use NVC effectively in our lives. That is the value of practice groups, where we can learn by experiencing the power of empathy and honest self expression in a safe place. Our practice groups meet:

First and third Sundays
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Fireside Room
(main building)
Childcare is available.

Second and fourth Wednesdays
7-8:30 p.m. – Alcott Room
(Morgan House)
Childcare is available.

Second and fourth Mondays
6-8:15 p.m. – Darwin Room
(Morgan House)
Childcare is not available.

See individual listings for childcare availability. All groups are open to new members; email nvc@firstuunashville.org for more information.


Board Talk-Back Session

Got questions for the Board? Members of the Board of Directors will be available May 31, 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room to answer questions about board activities and decisions. This session comes one week before the Annual Congregational Meeting, and we welcome your questions about the budget, bylaws, nominations, etc. Please check the FUUN website–Members Only–for the Documents for June 2015 Annual Meeting.


Denise’s Ordination: This Saturday, May 23, 2:00 p.m!

The Worship Committee is thrilled to announce that, together with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, we of FUUN will be ordaining longtime member and Membership Coordinator Denise Gyauch this spring.

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Service starts at 2:00PM
Reception to follow

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville
1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN, 37215

We absolutely guarantee a good time. Highlights include:

– Peter Mayer (really — THE Peter Mayer) singing twice in the service
– Anthems by the joint Huntsville and FUUN choirs
– A sermon by Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association professor at Harvard (and an old friend of Denise’s)

Would you like to contribute time or food? We would be delighted. We are hoping for a large and jubilant crowd, so the more helping hands the merrier. Opportunities include reception set-up, bringing finger food, feeding the choirs, contributing a box of wine, and so on.
Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4caba62aabf58-denise

Questions: Please call Ordination Team chair Anna Belle Leiserson at 615-383-2041.

Most of all, please join us! That’s Saturday, May 23rd, starting at 2:00 PM in the FUUN sanctuary.

Anna Belle Leiserson


Church Leadership Positions – Call for Nominations

The Nominating Committee is developing a slate of candidates for leadership positions in the church, and we are seeking help from the congregation. At the annual meeting on June 7, the congregation will elect representatives to the following positions:

Vice President/ President-Elect (Board of Directors)
Resource Development Chair (Board of Directors)
Secretary (Board of Directors)

Parish Minister’s Advisory Committee
Associate Minister for Music’s Advisory Committee

We are also seeking chairs for the following committees: Faith Development, Caring, Communication (co-chair), Facilities, Fellowship, Fundraising (co-chair), Membership (co-chair), Stewardship (co-chair), and Finance.

Other positions may open up; please keep checking the church blog for the most current list of open positions. If you have an interest in serving in one of these roles, or you wish to recommend someone else, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee (Cindi Brown – chair, Clark Moore, Carol Bapty, Jack Bleik, Lawanna Edwards, Bill Latimer, Sharon Ruiz) or send an email fo nominating@firstuunashville.org


Annual Congregational Meeting… It’s for All Ages!

This important meeting is Sunday, June 7, at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will not be a 9 a.m. worship service that day (but the 11 a.m. service will take place as usual). Regular childcare for infants through PreK will be available in the Nursery. 

Kindergarteners through 5th graders will join us for the beginning of the meeting, just as they do for the beginning of worship services, after which we will sing them out to Classroom A. While you are in the sanctuary exercising our 5th Principle – the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large – Kindergarteners through 5th graders will be engaging in their own democratic process, creating art and making decisions about what will be on our brand new bulletin board in the social hall. 

Meanwhile, there is much for you to do: vote on the slate of candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee, to vote on the budget, hear a report from the Sustainable Finance Innovations Task Force, hear about the grants awarded by the Trust, and learn who earned the Virginia Grantham Award for Service.

Please do attend – as a family!


Volunteers Needed to Help Run and/or to Provide Food

We need more volunteers to assist or provide food one Sunday per month for the food table. The Food Table generates funds for the Mountain Camp Scholarship Fund, LBGT, and the Prison Ministry. If you are interested, please contact the office or Foodtable@firstuunashville.org.


Karaoke Fundraiser for FUUN Youth Group May 2nd!

Please join the FUUN Youth Group Saturday May 2nd from 7-10 pm in the FUUN Social Area for their first-ever Karaoke fundraiser. Love karaoke? You can bid for the chance to sing your favorite song! Hate karaoke? You can bid to force someone else to sing and they’ll have to outbid you to avoid it! All proceeds from the event will support programs for next year’s Youth Group, including field trips, guest speakers and regional conference attendance. Questions or song requests? Email Religious Education Administrator Jonah Eller-Isaacs at REAdmin@firstuunashville.org.


Annual Congregational Meeting: June 7th at 9 a.m.

Please join our annual meeting to vote on issues such as budget, by-laws changes and key volunteer positions. We will only have one service on June 7th, at 11:00 a.m. This new time for the congregational meeting is being piloted to see if we can meet the needs of more members of our congregation. Childcare will be available for ages 0-4. Activities are planned for elementary school age children. All children will start out in the meeting and then move on to their rooms. Materials for the meeting will be online a few weeks in advance of the meeting. A board talkback session will be held between services on May 31st; if you would like detailed discussion of the budget please bring your questions. Please be in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. on June 7th when we count members to be sure that we have a voting quorum.


Annual Leadership Orientation Dates Set!

Calling all leaders! The annual Leadership Orientation is being offered to all current and new leaders, as well as anyone interested in learning more about how our church works. At this orientation, the Leadership Development Committee will provide you with vital information to help you navigate your role as a leader and gain a deeper understanding of the structure of FUUN. It is designed for board members, elected committee members and appointed committee chairs, but is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Participants will hear presentations about the church structure, timeline, communication process, location of important information such as bylaws, policies and job descriptions, and other nuts and bolts of the church. We strongly encourage all leaders to take advantage of this opportunity to assist you in carrying out the important work you will do this year.

The Leadership Orientation will be offered twice; each session will be the same, so you only need to choose one. The first will be Sunday, June 14, from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room, and the second will be Wednesday, June 24, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. in the Capek Room. Come learn about the nuts and bolts of your important role in the upcoming church year. Child care will be available for both sessions.


Faith Development – May 2015

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

7-8:30 p.m., childcare is available.

Worship Workshop
May 6 & 13 – Fireside Room
(main building)

Participants in this workshop, facilitated by our lead minister, the Rev. Gail Seavey, and our associate minister for music, the Rev. Jason Shelton, will explore the purpose, substance and style of Unitarian Universalist 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.

SUNDAY CLASSES

There are no Sunday classes this month.

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION PRACTICE GROUPS

See individual listings for childcare availability. All groups are open to new members; email nvc@firstuunashville.org for more information.

First and third Sundays
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Fireside Room
(main building)
Childcare is available.

First and third Wednesdays
7-8:30 p.m. – Alcott Room
(Morgan House)
Childcare is available.

Second and fourth Wednesdays
7-8:30 p.m. – Alcott Room
(Morgan House)
Childcare is available.

Second and fourth Mondays
6-8:15 p.m. – Darwin Room
(Morgan House)
Childcare is not available.

 


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