Social Justice Action Teams

Social Justice at FUUN includes several Action Teams, any of which would love to hear from you if you have questions or would like to be involved. Team leaders are listed under each group, and may be contacted through the generic address or using the church directory.

Habitat for Humanity – Works with other congregations annually in the Fall through the Unity Build. Habitat provides the life changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Construction training is provided for those who wish it, or you may choose to help with food preparation for the workers. In addition, there are opportunities to interact and teach partner families, coach new families on budgeting, provide child care at homeowner meetings, work in Habitat Stores, or assist with administrative work in the central office. For more information, contact Carleen Dowell or Suzanne LeBeau at (habitat@firstuunashville.org). Also see http://www.habitatnashville.org/.

LGBT+Allies – This dynamic team actively participates in local political actions, Dining Out For Life, Nashville Pride and the local AIDS walk, educational programs within our congregation, social events, and more. We are not currently having monthly meetings. We do have events throughout the year. Please check the Blog and Newsletter for these events. For ongoing information join our Yahoo group at fuunfriends-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Or contact Scott Weaver (LGBTA@firstuunashville.org).

Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) – is an interfaith, multiracial coalition of congregations and community organizations working to build a powerful social justice movement in Nashville. NOAH engages ordinary people to address issues affecting their community. NOAH is also an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation, an international network of organizers, clergy and lay people, providing leadership, training and support for community organizing.

NOAH will lead FUUN in organizing and collaborating for social and economic justice within our congregation and among diverse communities in Nashville, and find common interests across all ages, races, religions, and income groups in order to shape the future of our city for the benefit of all. Contact Greg Easterly, Vicki Stinnett, or Gail Seavey, or email socialjustice@firstuunashville.org

Palmer Lecture SeriesRev. Palmer was named Minister Emeritus of FUUN in 1979 in recognition of his work as our first called minister. To further honor his legacy the church began an ongoing lecture on human rights issues with the mission to engage speakers of recognized stature and appeal to a wide audience in the Nashville Area. This team is involved in the planning process for the lecture each year.

Room in the Inn – FUUN feeds and shelters eight homeless men two Fridays per month during the winter, in our Morgan House facility. Volunteers are needed for a number of well-defined roles, including hosting, preparing meals, doing laundry, and more. This is an effort that some shy away from, but which nearly all of us who participate find rewarding and enlightening. If you have not volunteered before, you will be placed with others who are experienced. Contact Phil Vest or Sara Plummer (riti@firstuunashville.org). Also see http://www.roomintheinn.org/

Safe Haven – 2015 marks the 25th year that the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville has been supporting the Safe Haven Family Shelter. Volunteers from FUUN and GNUUC provide the meal for 30-40 family members on the third Tuesday of every-other month. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. Providing a variety of comprehensive services, Safe Haven aims to empower individuals in need to reach self-sufficiency. In 2014, Safe Haven provided shelter for 60 families—-66% of the families served could not have been served at another program. They provided 35,000 bed nights, and 4 of their clients are enrolled in college. 84 percent of families leave the shelter with employment and housing. They are working with landlords to provide more affordable housing, partnering with agencies to give long-term support for families, and increasing community-wide efforts to serve families in need.
See http://safehaven.org for additional information about the shelter.
If you would like to help provide a meal, please contact Pat Lynch (SafeHaven@firstuunashville.org).

Safety Net – Works in a positive way to effect change in the policies, procedures and attitudes surrounding clergy sexual misconduct in Unitarian Universalist congregations. For more information, see http://www.uusafety.net/. Contact Sara Plummer or use the contact page on the Safety Net web site. To view the Listening Project report, click here.