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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, [link to previous blog post: https://firstuunashville.org/wp/index.php/fuun-hosting-same-sex-weddings-july-12th/] 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

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:

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).


FUUN Youth Group on Summer Break for July and August

Our Youth Group is on Summer Break for July and August.  While our formal meetings are on hold, we strongly encourage youth to attend services for further enrichment and to deepen their relationships with the greater congregation.

Youth in 9th through 12th grades are invited to join Youth Group for our meetings September through May. The group meets from 11 AM to 1 PM every Sunday in the Norris House Conference Room (on the lower floor below our church administration offices).

For more information on FUUN’s Youth Programs, please contact Jonah Eller-Isaacs at REAdmin@firstuunashville.org.

2015 GA Schedule and Workshops

Thursday, 6/25/15

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.

General Session
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Moderator Jim Key presides over the general sessions in which the business of the Association is conducted.
Over 100 workshops, lectures, panel presentations, film screenings, and worship services will be offered at GA. There will also be business and social justice hearings that will be of interest to GA delegates. Sadly, the ones listed below are the only ones available for offsite streaming:


10:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Program #1: Talk the Walk: Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith
UU College of Social Justice
Historical movements for justice have often been inspired and sustained by religious faith and practice. Ours is an activist faith, yet when we take action in the public sphere our religion is often invisible. How might we bring our own justice commitments into deeper conversation with our spiritual lives and learn to speak our convictions in the language of our faith?
Rev. Kathleen McTigue; Rev. Lindi Ramsden
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Program #2: GA Talks: Multigenerational Worship and Community Ministry
Young Adults @ GA
Come and participate in GA Talks! GA Talks, TED-style presentation designed to entertain, educate and inform, provide an opportunity to listen to stories and wisdom from fellow Unitarian Universalists. Today’s speakers are Rev. Christina Leone Tracy and Lincoln Statler. Hosted by Kenny Wiley and the Young Adults @GA community.
Rev. Christina Leone Tracy; Lincoln W. Statler; Kenny Wiley


3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Program #3: Choosing, Telling, and Bringing Stories to Life in Worship
Stories are a powerful tool in worship — especially multigenerational worship. Laden with images, metaphors, playfulness, and truth, story provides a common language and shared experience across different generations and theologies. More than just teaching story-telling skills, our workshop will focus specifically on how to integrate meaningful stories into worship.
Rev. Erika Hewitt; Becky Brooks
4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Program #4: Commit2Respond: Growing Young Adult Leadership for Climate Justice
UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
Join visioning conversations about how to empower or embody young adult leadership in climate justice organizing in our faith communities and at large. Leaders of the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network, who are putting faith into action to address the intersecting social and environmental struggles of our time, will facilitate the conversation. All ages welcome!
Aly Tharp; Tim DeChristopher; Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon; Elizabeth Mount


Friday, 6/2/15


8:45- 12:00 p.m.

General Session


1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Program #5: Accessibility & Inclusion Ministry: The AIM Program Experience
EqUUal Access
“We cannot transform the world and fulfill our call without drawing on the abilities of all in our midst.” The UUA and EqUUal Access have a new congregational certification program that helps! Hear from the pilot congregations and try some of the exercises. Imagine bringing this experience to your congregation!
Mark Bernstein; Suzanne Fast; Barbara Ceconi; Michael Sallwasser


3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Program #6: From iChurch to Beloved Communities
Join the conversation as a group of ten leaders address issues and challenges facing our faith communities in this time of uncertainty, scarcity and changing cultural identities. The panel/workshop will describe tipping points and turning points in the UU journey by sharing stories and ministries that are reshaping and sustaining our beloved faith for future generations.
Rev. Fredric Muir; Rev. Carlton Smith; Rev. Rebekah Montgomery; Rev. Terasa Cooley


4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Program #7: Class Diversity: Exploring our Past, Building our Theologies
Harvard Divinity School and UU Collegium
Join us as we explore class issues in Unitarian Universalist congregations. What insights and tools does our history offer as we seek to honor class diversity and work toward economic justice? What about our various theologies? What can class-inclusive theologies look like? Come share your experiences and ideas with this panel of historians and theologians.
Rev. Myriam Renaud; Rev. Sheri Prud’homme; Dr. Daniel McKanan; Rev. Mark Harris


Saturday, 6/27/15


8:15 – 12:00 p.m.

General Session (FUUN’s Doug Pastor-Crosby will be speaking at this session!)

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Program #8: Congregational Polity and the Myth of Congregational Autonomy
New England Region
Congregational polity is not fundamentally about autonomy or protecting individuals from spiritual coercion. This misunderstanding repels healthy people, weakens connections among churches, and perpetuates widespread suspicion about leadership. This workshop lays groundwork for a movement-wide re-covenanting process that could reunite the community of UU congregations.
Rev. Sue Phillips


3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Program #9: E-Giving – Contributions for the 21st Century

The Stewardship For Us Team and UUA Congregational Life
Relying on old ways to collect donations inhibits giving, doesn’t fit with how we actually handle money in 2015, and it really doesn’t work for Congregations and Beyond. You have a wide array of options! Come explore them, with costs and practical start-up information, for electronic giving.
Bill Clontz; Mark Ewert


Sunday, 6/28/15


11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

General Session


1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

General Session

Next week is our first annual Summer FUUN Camp!

Join us one night, or several nights, to explore the sacred elements of our world. Dinner is included. Sign up here:

Rev. Seavey’s 25 year ordination anniversary Announcement Summary: Join us to celebrate Gail’s 25 years in ministry on Sunday, June 21.

Join us for worship on Sunday, June 21, to celebrate Gail’s 25th anniversary of her ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. In her sermon, she will be reflecting on how things have changed in the last 25 years in the ministry. We wish to honor her for having reached this milestone and for having been chosen by her fellow UU ministers to preach at the worship service in which they honor all those who have reached 25 years in ministry.

Nashville Pride Booth

FUUN will have a booth at Nashville Pride and we need your help to staff the booth. Pride is Saturday, June 27th 2015.
Here are the times help is needed.
9AM-11AM, 11AM-1PM, 1PM-3PM, 3PM-6PM
If you can help cover any of these time slots it would be greatly appreciated. This is an excellent way to meet new people and talk about your UU faith. We will be sharing the booth with GNUUC and they will also help in staffing it. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please email lgbta@firstuunashville.org.
Thank You
Scott Weaver

PBS: “Shelter Me” Series Spotlights Nashville’s Crossroads Campus, Metro Animal Care & Control and Bonaparte’s Retreat


General Admission: $20 (+Belcourt Preservation Fee)
Click here to BUY TICKETS

Our PBS episode is ready for a screening!
Join us Thursday, June 4th at the Belcourt for a screening of our PBS: Shelter Me episode featuring the collaborative efforts of Crossroads CampusMetro Animal Care & Control and Bonaparte’s Retreat.
Unneccesary euthanasia is drastically improving in Davidson County thanks to partnerships such as ours, celebrate our success in animal welfare and join the party!
Doors open at 6 pm, screening at 7pm.
Your $20 ticket supports our animal adoptions efforts!

Get your tickets below!
Can’t make it but would like to contribute to Crossroads?
Donate here!

The PBS: Shelter Me series highlights the efforts of animal welfare organizations across the country who are trying to find homes for abandoned animals. Rather than focus on the sad, they celebrate the successes, and their Nashville episode celebrates the collaborative efforts of Crossroads Campus, Metro Animal Care and Control and Bonaparte’s Retreat.

Discover how Crossroads, Metro Animal Care & Control and Bonaparte’s have come together to find forever homes for our furry companions. Find out how three unique missions were able to find common cause and come together to combat pet overpopulation and high euthanasia numbers right here in Davidson County.

Enjoy tail wags, purrs and smiles as these animals’ journeys transform from homeless to hopeful. Your ticket purchase supports these efforts!


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