Our Ministries

Our ministries enable us to implement our mission in our congregation, community, country, and the world. They are a reflection of who we are as a congregation.

Our Mission

Love Transforms. Embody Sanctuary. Champion Justice.

The transforming power of love is our core belief.
We embody a sanctuary of compassion, integrity, and respect.
We champion justice, equity, and peace.

Help Us Make It Happen

If you are interested in joining one of the ministry teams below, see the contact below. Some teams meet monthly, some quarterly, and some online. We have many ways to make it happen. For contact info, see the Breeze Member Database.

If you are not a member of the congregation, contact Kris Thresher, our Administrative Assistant or Rev. Carmen Emerson. See Contact Us.

 
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Worship & Music

worship & Music Arts

Worship Contact: Rev. Carmen Emerson
MUSIC Contact: Fran Gebuhr

Sunday Mornings are a foundation for the rest of our programs and mission. Our 11am worship services challenge our thinking, comfort our hearts, and inspire us to action.

Story Tellers

Contact: Jennifer Cates-Seidel

Our Story Tellers group creates amazing stories, puppet shows, songs, and more for the Event for All Sages time during Sunday morning worship. Join us to share your creative story telling skills!
We meet on 2nd Sundays, 9:30 - 10:30 in the Sanctuary.

GReeters

Contact: Pam Dematteo-Linn

Our Greeters welcome us to service each Sunday, distributing Order of Services, helping with name tags, and collecting the offering. Join us to greet old friends as well as meet new people!


 

REligious Education and COvenant Groups

CovenANT gROUPS

Contact: Rev. Carmen Emerson
 

Joining a Covenant Group is a great place to get to know other people and yourself. In a Covenant Group, groups of 10-12 people meet regularly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics. 

RELIGIOUS Education(RE)

Adult RE contact: Rev. Carmen Emerson
Children's RE contact: Kristin Reveal

Spiritual growth is a lifelong pursuit. We’re here to learn and grow, the ultimate goal of which is the cultivation of our souls, the unfolding of our powers and capacities as human beings. 


 

Community, Fellowship, Caring

Sunday Lunch

Lunch Coordinators: Denise Graves, Judy Goetz, Sarajane Powell

We support one another through community and fellowship. Join us weekly for lunch after the service, monthly for a Movie/Game/Art/Coffee House night, or for special annual events.

Membership & Community

Joining Questions: Rev. Carmen Emerson
 

Are you interested in becoming a member? Arrange a meeting with our minister, Rev. Carmen Emerson. Also, consider joining the Starting Points introductory class. (See Adult RE.)

Congregational Caring

Pastoral care: Rev. Carmen Emerson
Caring Contact: Kris THresher

We take care of each other. If you know of someone who needs pastoral care, contact Rev. Carmen. If you know of someone who needs a meal or ride contact Kris Thresher. (See Contact Us.)

Aesthetics

Contact: Lenore Vanderkooi
Flowers contact: Arlene Yeager

We find beauty in art and have a long tradition of rotating art displays in the hallway. For information, contact Lenore V. To donate towards flowers for Sunday Service, contact Arlene.

Building & Grounds

Contact: Caren Spencer-Smith
 

We are fortunate to have amazing facilities for our sanctuary, fellowship hall, and religious education. If you are interested in helping maintain and improve our facilities or grounds, contact Caren!

Still Springs Park

Garden/Trail Contact: Mary Hinton
Playground Contact: Nathanael Reveal

We have taken great care to create a beautiful Still Springs Park! Still Springs Park includes a memorial garden, trail, meditation area, and playground. 


 

Social Justice, Outreach, Hands On Service

Social Action Team

Contact: Doug Luckes & Nancy Colowick

Our Social Action ministry serves as a catalyst for peace and social justice within our fellowship, the Metro Nashville area, our country, and the global community.

Share the Plate

Contact: Doug Luckes & Nancy Colowick

The Share the Plate program splits all cash and checks with the memo "Share the Plate" between the congregation general fund and a non-profit organization. 

Room at the Inn

Contact: Jesse Spencer-Smith

GNUUC provides dinner, a warm place to sleep, breakfast, and a lunch bag to eight homeless guests every month here at our church as part of the Room in the Inn program.

NOAH

Contact: Doug Luckes & Nancy Colowick

Greater Nashville UU has been a long time participant in Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH). NOAH gives voice to traditionally marginalized people. 

Hands-On Service

Contact: Rev. Carmen Emerson

Join us for community service projects. Volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank, Cumberland River Compact, Habitat, and more! Ideas for group service? Contact Kathy!

Poor PeoplE'S Campaign

Contact: Doug Luckes & Nancy Colowick

We are participating in the Poor People's Campaign, which challenges the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation & the nation's distorted morality.


 

Financial Sustainability

Pledge Support

Contact: Jesse Spencer-Smith

In order to sustain our mission we count on your support. Please consider pledging financially. Your contribution is tax deductible.  To fill out a pledge card, contact Jesse.

endowment Gifts

Contact: Jesse Spencer-Smith

There are many ways that you can make a legacy gift or bequest to the congregation that has been a part of your life. Endowment Gifts are unique acts of love and faith. To learn more contact Jesse.

Restricted Fund Donations

Contact: Kristin Reveal

Donate to one of our special use funds. Fund include the Continguency Fund, Building Capital Fund, Youth Scholarship Fund, Larry Romans Leadership Fund, Memorial Garden Fund and Playground Fund. 

Annual Auction

Contact: Kristin Reveal

Our largest fundraiser of the year, our Anual Auction, is March 2.  This fun filled evening is family friendly and childcare is provided.  Bid on art, event tickets, social events, and more!

Kroger Cards

Contact: Kris Thresher

Kroger will donate a percentage of what you spend to Greater Nashville UU. To make it happen, request a special Kroger Card that is linked to GNUUC from Kris Thresher. (See Contact Us.)

Amazon Smiles

Contact: Kristin Reveal

Learn how Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to us. Shop at smile.amazon.com with "GNUUC - Greater Nashville UU Congregation" as your charity.


Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups are discussion group that are set up and hosted by members of the congregation. 

CREDO Discussion Group

Contact: Charles Sumner

Weekly CREDO Discussion Group - Sundays, 9:30-10:45. A current events discussion group that meets before the Sunday service.

Book Discussion Group

Contact: Lenore Vanderkooi

Book Discussion Group - Monthly, 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm. Guests bring snacks, hosts provide beverages.

Next meeting: 

Book Group will read and discuss Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild.  Dan C. hosts the discussion on October 25 at 7:00.  A finalist for the National Book Award, and New York Times Best Seller, the book is based on five years of immersion reporting among Tea Party loyalists in Louisiana.  “Anyone who wants to understand modern America should read this captivating book.” —Robert B. Reich.  Host provides beverages and guests bring snacks to share.  Everyone welcome.


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