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Tennessee Citizens Rally and Vigil for Refugees

Tennessee Citizens Rally and Vigil for Refugees

Monday, November 23, 2015
6 pm
Legislative Plaza, Nashville

Governor Haslam has made a statement asking the federal government to not send Tennessee any Syrian refugees until the state has more input. However, with the trend of anti-refugee legislation that has already been passed in our state, we need to show our legislature that we stand with and support these refugees in need. I ask you to stand with me. I would like to get a group of like-minded, compassionate people together who will march on our Legislative Plaza and tell lawmakers that “Nashville welcomes Refugees!” We are such a diverse and beautiful community. Let us not give in to the fear which dehumanizes and alienates. Let us stand boldly with love and compassion.

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Black Lives Matter Banner

Black-Lives-Matter-640x480The Beloved Community Committee proposed a  question during the reflection time following the Black Lives Matter worship service. What do you think about posting a banner on our church property that says “Black Lives Matter”? We had great discussions that spanned the range of taking it on the road to worry about repercussions. The committee that is working on the programming for Martin Luther King Day would like to focus on the Black Lives Matter theme and will invite local groups to come to FUUN to share programs about what is happening in Nashville. Our hope is that we can place a Black Lives Matter banner on our property in support of this event. We would like to offer the congregation an opportunity to express any concern or support in this effort. Please come to the Thoreau room at 10:15 on Sunday, Dec 6, if you would like to discuss the banner at FUUN with members of the MLK planning committee. If you are not able to attend and still want to express your opinion email to beloved@firstuunashville.com

Urban Hike November 21, 10 a.m.

Join Steve Jones and Emily Cathcart for an “Urban” hike on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. The hike will meander through downtown Nashville for 4-5 miles at an easy-going pace with plenty of stops to take in the sights and rest, and maybe a snack at Farmer’s Market.  For anyone wanting a shorter walk, there will be opportunities to double-back.

downtown-nashville-linda-montesanoMeet at church at 9:30 a.m. to carpool downtown, or meet at 10 a.m. at Cumberland Park. This new water-themed park is at the southeast foot of the Shelby Pedestrian Bridge. You can park right next to the park for free at Nissan Stadium, Lot R just underneath the bridge. Raindate: Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. meet at church, or meet at 1:30 p.m. at Cumberland Park. To get more info, to confirm your attendance, or to get on the email list for the hiking group, email Outdoors@firstuunashville.org.


Portara Concert directed by Jason Shelton

Ever since the first humans came into consciousness, we have looked to the night sky with a sense of awe, terror, and wonder. The mysteries of the stars have been the stuff of myth and legend, and artists have tried to capture their meaning from the moment we first learned to express ourselves. This concert, On a Starry Night, is an attempt to connect to that larger stream of creativity that has found inspiration in the beauty of the heavens. As this is our December performance, the concert naturally includes music inspired by the star of Bethlehem that marked the place where the infant Jesus lay. But we’ll also sing music drawn from classic and contemporary musings on the stars which remind us that wonder is not bound by season or doctrine. Those twinkling beacons may be the most universal point of reference imaginable.

starry nightFeaturing interpretations of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” by the first graders of Glendale Elementary School.

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. at FUUN
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m.at Belle Meade United Methodist Church

This will be my first concert since being appointed Interim Artistic Director of Portara, and I would be so thrilled to see you at one of our concerts!


Please let us know you’re coming!

https://www.facebook.com/events/890766217637146/ (Dec 5)

https://www.facebook.com/events/852432221522428/  (Dec 6)

-Jason Shelton, Associate Minister

Foster Child Angel Tree Program

FUUN congregants have the opportunity to make the holidays a little brighter this year for children in foster care. Davidson County Community Advisory Board (DCCAB) is pleased to announce the annual Foster Child Christmas Program for 2015.angel tree The Department of Child Services (DCS) in Davidson County currently has 500 foster children from newborn to 18 years in a variety of placements and unable to spend Christmas with their families. DCCAB is sponsoring an “angel tree” for these children and this year First UU Nashville has the opportunity to participate in this program. Please stop by the Social Justice table for more information on how to help fulfill the holiday wish list for one or more of these special children.

Focus Groups Forming

The Strategic Planning Committee has completed our Needs Assessment, and are moving forward coordinating Focus Groups to gain congregational input. The Focus Groups will be guided by three themes that emerged from the Assessment: Leadership/Shared Ministry, Nurturing Spiritual Growth, and Engaging in the Larger Community. There will be multiple opportunities to participate, and congregants are encouraged to attend one or more Focus Groups to share your vision for our future. Stay tuned for announcements on times and dates for these meetings. -Ibba Surface

Who are We and from Where do We Come?

mapThe map on the bulletin board will help the Strategic Planning Task Force answer those questions. If you haven’t put your dot on, please do so soon. We want you and your location included! -Ibba Surface

Interfaith Climate Vigil

All Are Invited

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 pm, Belmont United Methodist Church sanctuary, 2007 Acklen Ave, Nashville, corner of 21st Ave South and Acklen Ave in Hillsboro Village.

Interfaith Lithurgy and witness to the urgent need to reduce climate change globally. Leaders from several faith traditions will offer prayers and readings from sacred texts calling for responsible stewardship of the earth.
After the vigil, there will be a silent candlelight witness on the sidewalk outside the church.
Prior to the vigil: The vigil is one of many actions across the U.S. It coordinates with the December United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. At 6:00 pm, prior to the vigil on Dec. 3, there will be a computer live connection from Paris for face-to-face dialog with Nashvillians who are there to observe the talks. This will take place in Parker Hall, which is downstairs in the main church building; enter from Acklen Avenue.
Parking: For parking suggestions, go to http://www.belmontumc.org/index.php/guest-and-visitor-information , then select “Click here to see a diagram of other available parking…”
Sponsor: Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light; Co-sponsors: The Creation Care Ministry of the Nashville District of the United Methodist Church; The Lay Franciscan Prayer Group of Nashville; Outreach Committee of Belmont United Methodist Church; The Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign.” For more information, contact: Dan Joranko, (615) 430-2455, nashvillecreationcare@gmail.com

Global Climate March

Global Climate March

Saturday, November 28, 11:00 am

In front of Hillsboro High School, 3812 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN

We will meet in front of Hillsboro High School and march up and down Hillsboro Road handing out fliers and engaging people in conversations about climate change. Join us!

For more information contact:
Jim Wohlgemuth

Holiday Poinsettia Fundraiser

poinsettiasIt’s time to purchase your holiday Poinsettias. Besides being a beautiful addition to your home for the holidays or a lovely gift, your purchase financially supports the Church. This year you may purchase a plant to be placed in the sanctuary for the month of December. If you would like to do this in honor or in Memoriam of a friend or loved one, the person’s name will be listed in the order of service.

To pre-order your poinsettias, or for more information, you can see Roger Layman at the Holiday Craft Fair table in the social hall between Sunday services during the month of November.

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