Faith Development Current Offerings

Faith Development May 2017

 Faith development is the process—religious, spiritual, and/or otherwise—by which we make meaning in our lives. FUUN Faith Development supports and encourages this in three ways: with classes, nonviolent communication practice groups, and covenant groups.



Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available UNLESS otherwise indicated. If you have questions, please email

A Trekker’s Experience with Buddhism in Nepal
Wednesday, May 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Classroom A (main building)
Join David Dickinson as he shares experiences of his recent and rich trip to Nepal. This is a repeat—command!—presentation because so many of you expressed regret at not being able to attend last month, so here’s your chance!

Worship Workshop
Wednesdays, May 17, 24, and 21, and June 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Fireside Room (main building)
Participants in this workshop, facilitated by our lead minister, the Rev. Gail Seavey, and our Associate Minister for Music, the Rev. Jason Shelton, will explore the purpose, substance and style of Unitarian Universalist worship, and examine the roles of music, readings, meditation and prayer, sermons and liturgy, both as individual elements and as parts of the whole. This will be a creative, hands-on workshop. This class is prerequisite to becoming a worship associate, but anyone who is interested in the subject is welcome.


Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups

Anyone is welcome to drop in on a group to see what it’s all about. Email to inquire. Childcare is available UNLESS otherwise indicated.

Nonviolent Communication 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 versus wrong model to a compassionate and 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. There are currently the following groups:


1st and 3rd Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Fireside Room (main building)
The group is largely comprised of FUUN congregants, but is open to anyone. Contact Joanna Carnahan at the number in the FUUN directory for more information.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Alcott Room (Morgan House)
The group is largely comprised of FUUN congregants, but is open to anyone. Contact Alan Leiserson for more information.

2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30-8:15 p.m., Darwin Room (Morgan House)
This group is made up largely of non-congregants, but is open to anyone. Childcare is not available.


Covenant Groups
Several groups are currently meeting, some of which would be able to take a new member. There may also be an opportunity to start a new group. If you are interested, or if you have questions, please email


Covenant Groups are made up of five to 12 people, each led by a facilitator, which 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.

Marguerite Mills
Director of Lifespan Religious Education