Faith Development

Faith development is the process–religious, spiritual, and/or otherwise–by which we make meaning in our lives. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (FUUN) Faith Development supports and encourages this in three ways:


For a look at current faith development offerings, please click here.


A wide variety of classes are offered throughout the year and are open to everyone; most meet on Wednesday evenings after our weekly Wednesday dinner.

We hope you will join us for a class and/or community. Class Times:

  • Wednesday evenings, 7 to 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted
  • Sunday mornings, when scheduled, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Childcare is available during both times. Both members and non-members are welcome, as well as
youth who wish to participate. Classes are free unless noted otherwise and an RSVP is only required
if specified. Please join us! For a look at current class offerings, please click here.

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Covenant Groups

Various times. Childcare is sometimes available.

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 such things as Generosity, Bitterness, Faith, Longing, or Racism. Covenant groups are an opportunity to listen and share with a subset of the congregation.

If you are interested in more information, or in the possibility of a late-forming group, please email

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Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups Non-violent Communication  Nonviolent communications Non-violent Communications

What is Nonviolent Communication?
Placing human needs front and center is the core insight around which everything in NVC revolves. This is the aspect of NVC that challenges prevalent theories of human nature; the entry point through which collaboration becomnonviolentes possible in groups; the engine of the kind of healing that happens through engaging with an empathic presence; the mechanism through which conflict mediation proceeds; and the path to personal liberation. As odd as it sometimes seems to some people, our own needs and longings, if we are not fighting them, are a source of strength and energy, not a weakness. It’s the innermost core of our being, the purest expression of our humanity, our open heart. If nothing else, it’s an opportunity to get to know ourselves more fully. – Miki Kashtan

Practice Groups
It takes more than reading a book or attending one workshop to be able to use NVC effectively in our lives. 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. That is the value of practice groups, where we can learn by experiencing the power of empathy and honest self expression in a safe place.

NVC practice groups are open to anyone, regardless of past experience here or elsewhere. Please email to inquire. There are currently three groups.

Five Practice Groups — meeting from September, 2016, through at least May, 2017. They are largely comprised of members of the church, but are open to anyone.

 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.

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 Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Fireside Room (main building)

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.

*There is an ongoing noontime group at Vanderbilt on Wednesdays and at Unity Church on Thursdays, both of which include one or more FUUN members. You’re welcome to join either at any time; please check for details.

*Monday evenings an ongoing NVC group meets at FUUN, and you can join it at any time; please check for contact info.

How can I learn more about NVC?

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook: A Practical Guide for Individual, Group or Classroom Study by Lucy Leu


NVC Nashville is delighted to be serving as a host site for “Mediate Your Life” (MYL), the intensive training program developed by two well-known NVC Trainers, John Kinyon and Ike Lasater, and presented by John Kinyon during the Nashville intensives. The first intensive begins in October 2015, followed by the two subsequent intensives in January and April 2016. For more info and to register click here.

Resources on the Web:

NVC Nashville is a diverse network of people and communities in Nashville and Middle Tennessee committed to learning, practicing and sharing Nonviolent Communication.
NVC Academy is an e-learning web site with materials featuring many certified NVC trainers.

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