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Community Conversations Hosted by Safe Congregation Panel

We gather in safe and compassionate community, seeking our spiritual truths. We affirm our interdependence, celebrate our differences, and create a thoughtful and harmonious voice for liberal religion. Through the practice of the principles of our faith, we promote social, economic, and environmental justice and continue our legacy of respect and acceptance. We covenant together in a spirit of love and freedom.                                ~ FUUN Covenant, adopted June 13, 1999

Charles Maguire, a prior member of FUUN, was banned from the campus in 2007 for inappropriate behavior. He has since become a member of Greater Nashville UU Church (GNUUC), and with congregational support and professional help has had a good relationship with that congregation. He has contacted FUUN requesting reconsideration of the ban so that he can attend events here. The Safe Congregation Panel has considered the request carefully, communicated with the FUUN board, contacted members of GNUUC about his behavior, and met with him. We feel it would be reasonable to try to craft an appropriate covenant which would allow Mr. Maguire to visit our church. To this end, community conversations have been scheduled for 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 to discuss what should be included in such a covenant, and to get congregational feedback on the issue.

Please know that the Safe Congregation Panel and Charles Maguire agreed together to the wording and distribution of this announcement.

Faith Development – September 2015


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 nvc@firstuunashville.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 covenantgroups@firstuunashville.org 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.

Holy Listening
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 herbfair@firstuunashville.org for directions to her home.

Dinners for 9

Dinners for Nine is FUUN’s dinner group program, a great way to connect with others in the FUUN community. Groups are put together based on interests and proximity and meet monthly. Each dinner is hosted by a different person who provides an entrée; other members bring side dishes. Then you are ready for an evening of great conversation and great food! Sign up online (preferred) no later than Sunday September 13 using the Dinners for Nine registration form here. (You can also sign up in the social area on August 30, September 6 and 13.)

Register for Covenant Groups Today!

What Are Covenant Groups? Groups of 5-12 people that meet twice a month, usually in participants’ homes, for the purpose of supporting individuals’ spiritual growth and deepening a sense of community among the group’s participants. Every group is led by a facilitator. Each session gives participants an opportunity to reflect with one another on an engaging topic. Examples of session topics might include: Generosity, Bitterness, Faith, Longing, Racism, etc… Covenant Groups are an opportunity to listen and share with a subset of the congregation.  Click here to sign up. If you have questions, please email Covenantgroups@firstuunashville.org or call Meghann Robern, FUUN Intern, at 615-383-5760 ext. 316.

Fundraising Committee Formation

The fundraising committee is seeking new members. This committee is advisory in nature and will meet on the first Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes, to discuss ways to strengthen the fundraising efforts of the Church. There are no requirements for membership except interest and the volunteer time is limited to the monthly meeting. To volunteer or find out more information please contact the fundraising chair Skip Rudsenske at fundraising@firstuunashville.org.

Beloved Community Gathering

The Beloved Community Committee will provide an opportunity to gather with fellow UU’s this Sunday morning August 23, in the Fellowship Room between the worship services (10:15-11) to reflect on the experience of attending the NOAH mayoral candidates forum last Sunday. We hope that sharing our feelings of multicultural experiences in the community will enhance its meaning to our spiritual development. Come tell us how it affected or changed how you look at politics, religion, community, or even yourself.

Carleen Dowell

Join Us for a Celebration of FUUN Staff and a Picnic!

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, August 23, when First Unitarian Universalist Church will host a celebration of the staff, including a picnic following the 11 a.m. service. We will recognize the anniversaries of our Senior Minister, Gail Seavey; Minister of Music, Jason Shelton; Pianist, Susan Snyder; Director of Religious Education, Marguerite Mills and Membership Coordinator, Denise Gyauch.

September Share the Plate

Crossroads Campus serves at risk young people and finds homes for abandoned dogs and cats. Both the young people and the animals are at a crossroads; the young people facing poverty and homelessness and the animals facing euthanasia. Both may be burdened with histories of abuse and neglect, but integrative programs move them toward loving and successful futures. For the young people, that means nurturing positive relationships, preparing them for the workplace, and providing safe, affordable housing. For the animals, it means placing them in loving, forever homes. Crossroads is unique because the needs of both populations are integrated by promoting positive interactions between person and pet.

Important news from NOAH.


NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope)

Nashville’s downtown has a new convention center, a new baseball stadium, new hotels, expensive new condos and apartments, and new entertainment options for tourists. But what do YOU need?


It’s time that we ALL have a seat at the table, deciding about the future of our city!

NOAH’s Public Meeting with Mayoral Candidates:

“A Seat at the Table”

Sunday, August 163:00 PM

Temple Baptist Church [NEW LOCATION]

(3810 Kings Lane – See map.)


It’s time that we ALL have a seat at the table, deciding about the future of our city! NOAH conducted a powerful public meeting in February, with over 1800 people, presenting our issues. All the Mayoral Candidates committed to work with us on these issues, if they are elected. (News articles and video here.) We have followed that up with smaller public meetings that have engaged candidates for Metro Council in 15 of the 35 districts.

We intend to cap all of these efforts by conducting a second public meeting with the two mayoral candidates who will be in the September runoff election. This second meeting will be on Sunday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m.at Temple Baptist Church (3810 Kings Lane). NOTE THE NEW LOCATION! Register your attendance at www.tinyurl.com/noahtn. We want to impress upon the two candidates that NOAH is a serious player in shaping public policy that will benefit all the people. The candidates have already seen and responded to NOAH’s position papers. We want to push them to clarify their positions around our issues. We want a minimum of 1000 people at this event. We have to finish the race we have begun!


For information, call 615-905-6624 — or email info@noahtn.org.


Now is the time to sign up for the 2015 Nashville AIDS Walk.

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 will be available at the Social Justice table. We need help planning this and help with the booth. If you can help please email lcbta@firstuunashville.org
Thank You
Scott Weaver

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