Faith Development Current Offerings

Faith Development — October 2017

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

 

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

 

Holy Listening
This class originally scheduled for Wednesdays in October has been postponed.
This four-week class—led by the Rev. Gail Seavey and our new Assistant Minister Holly Mueller—is for
anyone who has ever asked “How can I help?” when a friend or family member is in the hospital or experiencing a difficult transition such as the death of a loved one. It will cover the ministries of visiting, listening, and being fully present to yourself and others. This class is for all who are interested, and it is required for anyone considering joining the lay ministry team.

 

Herb Fair Class: Making Coasters & Bookmarks
Saturday, Oct. 14, 12:30-4 p.m., Pasto-Crosby home
Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby, Heather Moreno, and Patricia Uherova to make coasters, some with a holiday theme. You will also be making bookmarks, since they are always in demand. The coasters are a bit more challenging, but after making a bookmark or two, you be ready for a coaster. All materials provided, no experience necessary.
Contact Lisa at herbfairclasses@thefuun.org, or get her contact information from the membership directory, to get directions to her home. Childcare is not available.

 

Herb Fair Class: Making Bookmarks
Saturday, Oct. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Classroom A (main building)
Amazingly, we sell about 150 bookmarks every year. So join Lisa Pasto-Crosby, Heather Moreno, and Patricia Uherova to increase this year’s stock. They are a fun and easy project, although you can also challenge yourself. There are lots of new materials, due to Heather’s diligence this past summer. Come join the fun.

 

 
Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups
Anyone is welcome to drop in on a group to see what it’s all about. Email nvc@firstuunashville.org 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 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. There are currently two groups both of which are largely comprised of FUUN congregants, but are open to anyone:
1st and 3rd Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Fireside Room (main building)
Contact Joanna Carnahan at the number in the FUUN directory for more information.

 

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Palmer Room (Morgan House)
Contact Alan Leiserson at board@nvcnashville.org for more information.

 

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 have questions, please email covenantgroups@firstuunashville.org.

 

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 topics such as generosity, bitterness, faith, longing, or racism. Covenant groups are an opportunity to listen and share with a subset of the congregation.

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.

 

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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.