Faith Development January

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.

FAITH DEVELOPMENT AT A GLANCE 
DAY DATE NAME TIME ROOM
Sat Jan 6 Making Pressed Flower Cards * 12:30-4 P-C Home
Sun Jan 7 NVC Practice Group 10:30-noon Fireside
Wed Jan 10 Holy Listening  (1 of 4) 7-8:30 Fireside
Wed Jan 10 NVC Practice Group 7-8:30 Palmer
Wed Jan 17 Holy Listening (2 of 4) 7-8:30 Fireside
Wed Jan 17 Making Bookmarks * 7-8:30 P-C Home
Sun Jan 21 Creation Care  (1 of 2) 10:30-noon Classroom A
Sun Jan 21 NVC Practice Group 10:30-noon Fireside
Wed Jan 24 Holy Listening  (3 of 4) 7-8:30 Fireside
Wed postponed Change Management and You 7-8:30 Capek Room
Wed Jan 24 Travels with Laurel 7-8:30 Classroom A
Wed Jan 24 NVC Practice Group 7-8:30 Palmer
Sun Jan 28 Creation Care  (2of 2) 10:30-noon Classroom A
Wed Jan 31 Holy Listening  (4 of 4) 7-8:30 Fireside

 

Covenant Groups meet on various days and at various times, often in participants’ homes. Please email covenantgroups@thefuun.org for information.

* Childcare is NOT available. Please note that classes meet at a member’s home. See below for more information.

 

CLASSES

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

Herb Fair Class: Making Pressed Flower Cards
Saturday, January 6, 12:30-4 p.m., Pasto-Crosby home
Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby, Heather Moreno, and Patricia Uherova to update the card series. 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.

 

Holy Listening
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., January 10, 17, 24, 31, Fireside Room (main building)
This class, with Lead Minister Gail Seavey and Assistant Minister Holly Mueller, is for anyone who has asked, “How can I help?” when a friend or family member is, for example, 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 sending cards. This class, which uses How Can I Help by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, is open to all who are interested. Additionally, it is required of anyone considering joining the FUUN lay ministry team, and will include discerning one’s gifts for lay pastoral ministry. Contact Rev. Gail if you have any questions.

 

Herb Fair Class: Making Bookmarks
Wednesday, January 17, 7-8:30 p.m., Pasto-Crosby Home
Meet at Lisa Pasto-Crosby’s home to make bookmarks with her and Heather Moreno, and Patricia Uherova. 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. Please note that this class is at the Pasto-Crosby home, not the church.

 

Change Management and You, Part I
Wednesday, postponed [new date tba], 7-8:30 p.m., Capek Room (Morgan House)
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it happens quickly, other times slowly. Some things are predictable, some are not. FUUN’s future is sure to be full of change and we all need to understand the organizational dynamics that are at work as we become the congregation we wish to be. Join Gail Sphar and Rob Connor, of the Leadership Development Committee, for this first of a two-part look at how individuals and groups respond to change and how leaders can be better prepared to deal with the emotional, organizational and logistical dynamics ahead.

 

Travels with Laurel
Wednesday, January 24, 7-8:30 p.m., Classroom A main building)
The Reverend Laurel Cassidy is our affiliated community minister who works with Doctors Without Borders, as well as a nurse and an expert in helping people through trauma. Much of her time is spent traveling to work with refugee populations. She will talk about “ life in a tent and tukul in South Sudan, as well as a spin through Jordan.” This is Unitarian Universalism far, far beyond our walls, and promises to be a rich experience.

 

Creation Care
Sundays, January 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Classroom A (main building)
Join the Reverend Paul Slentz and Dan Joaranko, Pastor for Creation Care and Environmental Justice and Coordinator of Creation Care Ministries for the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, respectively, to share stories and connect to resources and best practices that might help us to better care for the earth and her inhabitants. (See below for presenters’ bios.)

January 21:  Earth care as a matter of faith/moral conviction. What are the experiences, sacred texts, values that can serve as a foundation for an ethic of caring for the planet and all living things?

January 28:  Threats to the Earth and solutions. This session will especially look at the climate crisis and responses that are possible in the personal, institutional, and public policy realms.

The Rev. Paul Slentz helped to start the Creation Care Ministry of the Tennessee Conference of the UMC and serves on its Steering Committee. He was appointed Pastor for Creation Care and Environmental Justice in both 2016 and 2017. Paul has a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt and served as pastor of Sixty-First Avenue UMC, a low-income congregation in the Nations neighborhood of West Nashville, from 1997 to 2015. He has also been extensively involved with justice work around both environmental concerns and the homeless.

Dan Joranko is the Coordinator of the Creation Care Ministries for the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He also serves as co-coordinator of the Nashville Chapter of Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light and also is the conveyor of the Climate Nashville organization. Dan has a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and currently teaches at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

 

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION PRACTICE GROUPS
Anyone is welcome to drop in on a group to see what it’s all about. Email nvc@thefuun.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:

1st and 3rd Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 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., Palmer Room (Morgan House)
The group is largely comprised of FUUN congregants, but is open to anyone. Contact Alan Leiserson at the number in the FUUN directory 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 if you have questions, please email covenantgroups@thefuun.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 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

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