Our Sunday morning Worship Services start at 9 and 11 a.m., beginning with Morning Song.
Church-wide Theme for June: Community as Spiritual Practice
June 25: one service only at 10 a.m.: Join those of us going to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly in New Orleans this week with a recorded portion of GA we’ve selected to share in today’s worship service.
July 2: Travel as Spiritual Practice
Carleen Dowell and David Dickinson
Travel can engage us in a number of values that many consider spiritual: curiosity, adventure, exploration, cultivating connection with nature, and deeper empathy with diverse cultures and communities. Hear UU members share about how travel has enhanced their spiritual journey.
July 9: The Ghosts of Flesh and Blood (Dehumanization in Prisons)
David Phipps and Cynthia Stewart
Ghosts are memories, not flesh and blood – often forgotten and rarely encountered. People who serve long sentences in prison often begin to feel like ghosts to their families and communities. Today we will lift up stories of these ghosts of flesh and blood as we are reminded that family and community do not stop at the prison gate.
July 16: Bearing Witness
Bearing witness is more ancient than proving, an older song than analysis or argument, a way of ringing true. If there is no “On” or “Off” switch when it comes to our witness, what do we want our witness to look like? Who are the witnesses to whom we hope to be true? How do we bear witness to relationship (the kinship that enriches us) in a world that denies it at every turn? Guest speaker David Dark is the author of Life’s too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious and The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, among other titles. He teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women and in the College of Theology at Belmont University.
July 23: Food/Cooking as Spiritual Practice
Members Missy Jean and Casey Dailey
For many people, eating is one of the great delights of being alive. Every aspect of engaging with our food — from mindful planting to adventurous cooking and joyful savoring of a delicious meal — can be a special and even spiritual experience. In this service, we’ll hear from UU members about their personal connections between food and spirituality.
July 30: Radical Resilience
Worship Associate Rachel Rogers and Membership Coordinator Laurie Stevens
All of our lives present us with periods of intense change and difficult loss. These experiences offer us the opportunity to experience personal metamorphosis and to take stock of the strengths and resources we already possess. Join us as we discuss what “tools” we can keep in our toolkit to ready us for such times and take time to celebrate the innate aptitude for resilience we all possess.
Children’s Summer Fellowship
Programming for PreK through High School from May 28 until September 3 is as follows:
9 a.m.: Nursery.
11 a.m.: Nursery.
Rising Kindergarten-5th Grade
9 a.m.: Supervised activity.
11 a.m.: Worship service or nursery.
Rising 6th Grade-12th Grade
9 a.m.: Worship service.
11 a.m.: Worship service.
Contact us (see below) if you’d like to help with the worship service or greeters, or with rising kindergarten-5th graders.
Classes at 9 a.m. for preK through 8th grade and youth group for 9th through 12th grades will resume on Sept. 10.
If you have questions or concerns, or if you are rising 6th grade and above and would like to help:
Marguerite Mills, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
615-383-5760 ext. 304
Jonah Eller-Isaacs, Religious Education Administrator
615-383-5760 ext. 315
Youth Group on Summer Break
FUUN’s Youth Group does not meet over the summer. Youth programs will return in the fall on Sunday, Sept. 10, along with all of our Sunday morning Children’s Religious Education programs. Youth are encouraged to attend services while the group is on break.
All those in ninth–12th grades are welcome to attend Youth Group. The group meets September through May on Sundays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Youth Room, the lower level of FUUN’s administrative offices in Norris House, the colonnaded brick building near the corner of Woodmont Blvd and Stokesmont Rd. Join us in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the 11 a.m.
worship service – we sit together at the back of the short section closest to the piano and head to the Youth Room after the Story for All Ages.
Though the group does not meet over the summer, we’re already planning our sessions for the fall; anyone interested in joining the group or getting more information can contact me at REAdmin@firstuunashville.org or at the church office at (615) 383-5760 x.315. You can also visit the FUUN Family Welcome Table in the Social Hall on Sunday mornings.
–Jonah Eller-Isaacs, Religious Education Administrator
See also Sunday Services Visitor Information
Childcare is available in the Nursery for infants and Pre-K during the 9 a.m. service and for children up to 10 years old starting at 10:30 a.m. Click here to meet our childcare team.
From September to May, we have a robust Sunday School Program for Children (PreK through 8th grade) and Youth Group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.