Faith Development Current Offerings

Faith Development August 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.

 

Classes

Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available UNLESS otherwise indicated.

Herb Fair Workshop: Pressed Flower Bookmarks
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7-8:30 p.m., Classroom A (main building)
Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby, Patricia Uherova and Heather Moreno to make pressed flower bookmarks for the Holiday Fair. These bookmarks always sell at a fast pace, so we need to have a large quantity of them ready for the Fair. We pressed lots of new flowers and leaves this summer, so be prepared to invent some new designs. All materials are provided, no experience is necessary.

Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups

Email nvc@firstuunashville.org for more information.

Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups are open to anyone, regardless of past experience here or elsewhere. To change one’s mindset and habit patterns from a right vs. 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.

Covenant Groups

Email covenantgroups@firstuunashville.org for more information.

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.

 

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Everything starts in September: Sunday school (PreK through 8th grade), Youth Group (9th-12th grade), Covenant Groups, Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups, and a very special Wednesday night class. Here’s how to register…

Sunday school (PreK-8th grade)
Starts September 10.
Takes place during the 9 a.m. worship service.
Visit the table in the social hall on Sunday mornings, or register online.
(PreK includes 4-year-olds and those who are 3-years-old by Sept. 1.)

Youth Group (9th-12th grade)
Starts September 10.
Takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Visit the table in the social hall on Sunday
mornings, or register online.

 

Covenant Groups
Start in September.
Take place at various times and in various locations.
Visit the table in the social hall on Sunday mornings, or register online.

 
NVC Practice Groups
Start in September.
Take place at various times and in various locations.
Visit the table in the social hall on Sunday mornings, or register online.

 

And a very special Wednesday night class:

The Soul of Money
Facilitated by Bob Day, Chair of the Resource and Development Council, this will be a book group or class about The Soul of Money, a book by Lynne Twist, that invites you to examine your attitudes about money, your relationship with money and its role in your Life. Do you approach life and money from scarcity or from sufficiency? How can you align your use of your money with your deepest values and accomplish your most cherished goals.

For over 40 years, Lynne Twist has been a fundraiser with The Hunger Project and global activist for a variety of causes. Check out her work at www.soulofmoney.org. You can also request a free seven step Guide to Free Yourself from Money Stress.

We are considering using this book as the basis for a Faith Development class or book group, or even an all-church read, depending on interest. If you would be interested in exploring the options, please RSVP to mmills@firstuunashville.org. The plan is to complete the sign-up in August and start the group in September or October. We may even be able to find money in the budget to buy several copies of the book for participants to use.

 

For more information about any of these programs, contact
Marguerite Mills, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, at mmills@firstuunashville.org or 615-383-5760 ext. 304.