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|
|Sat||Feb. 3||Making Mother’s Day Cards **||12:30-4 p.m.||Pasto-Crosby Home|
|Sun||Feb. 4||NVC Practice Group||10:30 a.m.-noon||Fireside Room|
|Wed||Feb. 7||Change Management and You *||7-8:30 p.m.||Classroom A|
|Sun||Feb. 11||Event Planning 101||10:30-noon||Classroom A|
|Wed||Feb. 14||NVC Practice Group||7-8:30 p.m.||Palmer Room|
|Sun||Feb. 18||Change Management and You *||10:30-noon||Classroom A|
|Sun||Feb. 18||NVC Practice Group||10:30-noon||Fireside Room|
|Wed||Feb. 21||Lisa Dordal’s Mosaic of the Dark||7-8:30 p.m.||Fireside Room|
|Wed||Feb. 21||Making Suncatchers **||7-8:30 p.m.||Pasto-Crosby Home|
|Wed||Feb. 28||NVC Practice Group||7-8:30 p.m.||Palmer Room|
* The Wednesday and Sunday sessions are the same; choose whichever one best fits your schedule.
** Childcare is not available. Please note that classes meet at a member’s home. See below for more information.
Covenant Groups meet on various days and at various times, often in participants’ homes. Please email email@example.com for information.
Various days and times, as indicated. Childcare is available UNLESS otherwise indicated.
Sunday, Jan. 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 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.
February 2018 Classes
Herb Fair Class: Making Mother’s Day Cards
Saturday, Feb. 3, 12:30-4 p.m., Pasto-Crosby home
Join Lisa Pasto-Crosby, Heather Moreno, and Patricia Uherova to make Mother’s Day cards. These were a big hit last year, so the goal is to have a good supply ready for this year. All materials provided, no experience necessary. Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org, or get her contact information from the membership directory, to get directions to her home. Childcare is not available.
Change Management and You, Part I (rescheduled from original date of Jan. 24)
Both sessions are the same; choose which date/time best works for you:
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Classroom A (main building)
Sunday, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Classroom A (main building)
Change is inevitable. In fact, this class changed—which is to say it was rescheduled after having to cancel it last month. 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.
Event Planning 101 by Sara Green
Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m-noon (Classroom A)
If you’re new to FUUN and have big ideas for how to make this community better but don’t know where to start, this class is for you. When members join FUUN, we proclaim that we are a new and different church because of the new people we welcome into the fold, but the logistics of that can be complex. This class will help you understand the different pieces and parts of hosting an event or convening a group at FUUN. Facilitated by intern minister, Sara Green. (And stay tuned, Sara will be doing more in the future… maybe even something about chanting for social justice… )
Lisa Dordal Shares Readings From Her Book, Mosaic of the Dark
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Fireside Room (main building)
Lisa Dordal will read and discuss poems from her recently released book, Mosaic of the Dark. Lisa’s book explores issues related to faith and sexuality, and addresses the psychological harm that can arise from restrictive societal expectations for women. As the speaker in her poems examines her own early experiences as a closeted lesbian trying to fit her life into the prescribed script of heterosexuality, she grapples with her mother’s possibly non-heterosexual orientation and eventual death from alcoholism. In the end, the speaker successfully sheds familial and cultural expectations in favor of her true self and, in the process, experiences a spiritual re-visioning that allows her to move beyond the confines of a male-centered Christianity to a more expansive, mystical way of experiencing the divine. Q & A to follow reading. If you wish, Lisa’s book may be purchased through Amazon, and she may have copies for purchase during this reading.
Herb Fair Class: Making Sun Catchers
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Pasto-Crosby Home
Meet at Lisa Pasto-Crosby’s home to make sun catchers with Lisa, Heather Moreno, and Patricia Uherova. A new item this year, the sun catchers are made with dyed botanicals that will not fade in the light. All materials provided, no experience necessary. Contact Lisa at email@example.com, 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.
Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups
Anyone is welcome to drop in on a group to see what it’s all about. Email firstname.lastname@example.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 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. There are currently two 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., 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.
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 email@example.com.
Covenant Groups are made up of five to twelve 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.
Director of Lifespan Religious Education