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NOAH Training Event!

Free Workshop on Faith-based Community Organizing
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 9am-3pm
Belmont United Methodist Church
2007 Acklen Ave, Nashville

TN UUs are invited to attend this event, sponsored by
NOAH – Nashville Organized for Action and Hope.

Come learn how to build powerful organizations for social change!

The workshop will be led by veteran trainer and community organizer Greg Galluzzo, who was Barack Obama’s mentor and supervisor when Obama was a community organizer in Chicago.

To RSVP or for more information contact Greg Easterly at noah@firstuunashville.org


First Hike Scheduled for Outdoor Fellowship Group

For the Beaman hike, meet in the church parking lot on October 24 at 9:15; we leave at 9:30 sharp. Or meet us at the park at 10:00 am sharp. More information to follow, including which parking lot we will meet at.  Rain date Sunday October 25, time tbd. Contact outdoors@firstuunashville.org.

Men’s Group meeting Oct. 4

The FUUN Men’s Group meets Sunday, Oct. 4, from 6-8pm in the Fireside Room. All FUUN men are welcome. In addition to our personal check-ins last time, we discussed Finnish education, hybrid cars, and aspects of male/female psychology. Next time? Come explore with us. Bring beverages or food if you want.

We need more walkers for our FUUN team AIDS Walk.

We would love to have a big team of walkers for this years Nashville AIDS Walk. Did you know you can sign up as a virtual walker and still collect pledges? This is a fun family event. It is also great exercise. Please click the link below and join out team today. We do have pledge envelopes at the Social Justice table at church if you would like to collect cash or check donations.

This years walk will be held at Public Square Park located at 1 Public Square, Nashville TN 37201, October 3rd with registration at 10 AM and the walk at 11 AM. You can join our team at http://www.nashvilleaidswalk.com/fuun.

Information is available at the Social Justice table. We need help planning this and help with the booth. If you can help, or have any questions, please email lgbta@firstuunashville.org

Thank You

Scott Weaver

Prayer Service for Barry Focuses on Less Fortunate

September 25, 2015 – The Tennessean

The following is an excerpt from the article by Joey Garrison

635787743374129258-PRAYER-001 Nashville leaders of different faiths kicked off Mayor-elect Megan Barry’s inauguration day on Friday morning at an interfaith service where they prayed for justice and peace, the least fortunate and guidance from the city’s next mayor.

“We pray for justice for every single person who literally makes this city,” Seavey said. “Lead us not into temptation — the temptation to only see those who are profiting the most in this city. Open our eyes and awaken our consciousness to the least of our workers who do the most. Those who risk their lives to keep us safe. And those whose lives our risked with unsafe, unlawful working conditions, standing under every crane in this city.”

To read the full article, see http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2015/09/25/prayer-service-barry-focuses-less-fortunate/72794780/

Time for the Herb & Craft Fair

Volunteers are needed to help create the unique products that make the Herb & Craft Fair such a popular and successful fundraiser. See samples, ask questions and find out how you can participate by visiting our table in the social area after either service on October 18. Contact Ginger Brown at herbfair@firstuunashville.org for more information.

Robert C. Palmer Lecture on Human Rights – Sat. Oct.17

The Robert C. Palmer Lecture on Human rights will be Saturday night October 17 in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Boulevard. The Palmer Lecture is named in honor of Reverend Robert Palmer, minister of FUUN from 1954 thru 1970. The lecture was established in 1983 to honor his work as a social activist on several fronts, most notably during the Civil Rights Movement. Our speaker this year is Dr. Lisa Guenther, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of The Gift of the Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction (2006), and Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives (2013), as well as journal articles, opinion pieces, and blog posts on mass incarceration and the death penalty for publications such as The New York Times, Aeon, Truthout, and New APPS.  Most recently, she is a co-editor of Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration.  As a member of the R.E.A.C.H. Coalition, she facilitates a weekly discussion group with men on Tennessee’s death row.

The title of her speech is “Tennessee’s Nuclear Industrial Prison Complex.” Here is a short abstract “In Trousdale County, just 50 miles north of Nashville, a huge private prison is being constructed by Corrections Corporation of America at the foot of a mothballed nuclear reactor.  What is the meaning of this site for the past, present, and future of Tennessee?  What can we learn about the disaster of mass incarceration from a philosophical reflection on the nuclear/industrial/carceral complex that is emerging in our midst?  And what possibilities for resistance and transformation remain in the wake of this disaster?”

The lecture will begin at 7PM. Child care will be available. Admission is free.

Like last year, a pot luck dinner will be served before the lecture. The dinner begins at 5:30 PM in the Social Area. Participants are asked to bring an entrée, salad or dessert that serves 8-10. Including a label with ingredients in your dish would be appreciated. The Palmer Lecture Action Team will provide fried and baked chicken and drinks. There is no charge for admission. All are invited.

Additionally this year we are having the Palmer Human Rights and Social Activism Book Fair. The Book Fair will also take place in the Social Area from 10AM-4PM on the day of the lecture, October 17. Many titles will be available in nonfiction, fiction and biography. The Book Fair is a fundraiser for the Palmer Lecture and the other Social Justice activities at the church.

For directions go to http://www.firstuunashville.org.
Direct questions to palmerlecture@firstuunashville.org.

Food Table Needs Donations

Do you have a secret skill or passion for cooking you are dying to share with others? Or are you looking for a simple and easy service opportunity? Each Sunday the Food Table provides breakfast items, snacks and drinks donated by volunteers. The funds raised help fund youth camper scholarships to The Mountain and the Church groups working the table.  Feel free to cook something, buy something (double bonus if you use your Kroger card) or bring leftovers from a party and drop it off at the food table before the first or second service. For more information please contact Bruce Baker at foodtable@firstuunashville.org.

Share The Table

“Share The Table” is a new fundraising opportunity for groups or committees within the church to fulfill a service opportunity and make money for your group or committee. Each group will have an opportunity to share in the proceeds from the Food Table by volunteering to staff the table. Groups or committees can sign up for 1 or 2 monthly shifts out of the year. The first month to sign up will be for October 2015. If you would like to sign up or find out more information, contact Skip Rudsenske fundraising@firstuunashville.org.

Campus Preparedness is looking for Ready Responders!

The Campus Preparedness Committee will host two informal informational meetings on October 4 to discuss the Ready Responder Team. If you are looking for a new way to engage with your spiritual community, have strong people skills with a desire to help in an emergency, have ever wondered what the Ready Response Team is, or just want to learn more about Campus Preparedness, please consider joining us either between services or directly following second service; both meetings are to be held in the Emerson Room. If you are unable to attend, but are interested in some additional information, please contact the committee by email at campusprep@firstuunashville.org.

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