Members & Friends: Together We Grow - Make a Pledge to Greater Nashville UU

Our Annual Canvassing Drive is April 14 - April 21. In order to sustain our mission we count on your support! Please consider pledging financially. Your contribution is tax deductible. Our Pledge Drive goal is $121,000. We can make this happen - make a pledge now. Click to read a message from Jesse Spencer-Smith, our Pledge Coordinator, and to fill out the Online Pledge Card.

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We are Celebrating Membership in March!

In March we are celebrating our membership in Greater Nashville UU Congregation!

Each Sunday, March 10 - March 31, we will be taking updated photos for our Breeze Membership Directory in the entryway. Come by and get a photo of yourself and your family. We will send you the high resolution digital photo for free.

Look for the “draft” copy of the Membership Directory at lunch and make sure your information is correct!

Look for the sign-up sheet for new hard copy Directories that will go our after our Canvassing drive in April. They will be spiral bound and cost $10. If you would lke a PDF copy, it will be free. Of course, you can look up members any time in the Breeze Online Membership Directory.

During your March covenant groups, team meetings, and RE classes, take a group photo. On March 24, immediately after the service, we will take an updated congregation wide photo in from of our Rainbow flag. We will be making a photo album of these photos.

Learn how to get a log into Breeze, our Membership database. In Breeze you can look up photo numbers and emails, fill out reimbursement forms, and even donate money to the congregation. Jesse Spencer-Smith will be available during lunch in March to get you a Breeze invite and make sure you are able to log in.

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Important Auction Information

To go to the Auction Website: Click Auction Website


To see the live online catalog: Click Online Auction Catalog

Use it to browse items before the auction, pre-bid on items, or pay the Buy-It-Now price to purchase the item or event right now!

To register as a bidder: Click Register As Bidder

Registering as a bidder does not require you to purchase tickets to the live Auction, so if you know you will be out-of-town, this is a good option.


Saturday, March 2, 2019, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM at Greater Nashville UU Congregation, 374 Hicks Road, Nashville, TN 37221


Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

To purchase tickets online: Click Buy Admission Tickets.

Admission tickets (include appetizer buffet) are:

  • Adult Tickets: $10/adults and teens

  • Child Ticket: $5/children (ages 5 - 12)

  • Free Ticket: children 4 and younger are free


Your ticket includes an appetizer buffet. Child friendly options are available in the Kids Zone.


Kids will have supervised play in the RE building with crafts, movies, and more!

Please contact Kristin Reveal or Kris Thresher if you have any questions.

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Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 - Your UU Elevator Speeches

The time has come to hear your UU elevator speeches. Last March Rev. Carmen talked with us about our elevator speeches: in the span of an elevator ride, how might we tell another person about Unitarian Universalism -- and more importantly, what it means to be a practicing Unitarian Universalist?

A reminder of the prompts we considered together:

  • My deepest, non-negotiable values...

  • That for which I am most grateful...

  • My pressing concerns...

  • My unanswered questions...

  • My deepest yearnings...

  • My stead inspirations...

  • My connections to awe, wonder and curiosity...

  • I am a Unitarian Universalist because...

  • Being a Unitarian Universalist has made a difference in my life in this way...

Remember that the only disqualifier is, "UUs can believe whatever they want to..."

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Kris Thresher
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, 1:00pm-2:30pm - Concert: Arunesh Nadgir Solo Piano Program

Arunesh Nadgir will be playing a piano solo concert on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 from 1pm-2:30pm in the sanctuary. Please join us after lunch for this afternoon of music.

Praised for his passionate, sensitive, and thoughtful musical style, pianist Arunesh Nadgir has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, and Jordan Hall, and has participated in several international music festivals including the Millennium International Piano Festival, The Moulin d'Ande Festival, and the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival. He has been heard on Nashville's WPLN as well as on WNYC in live radio broadcasts. Highlights from this past season included a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals in Tennessee and Michigan, and a performance with the Grammy-nominated ALIAS chamber ensemble in the world premiere of John Marvin's Sonata for Oboe and Piano. An accomplished teacher, Nadgir is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Middle Tennessee State University. He also maintains a private piano studio and is the President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association. He has previously held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music where he was an Instructor of Primary and Secondary Piano and the Teaching Assistant to Professor Natalya Antonova, New England Conservatory's Preparatory and Continuing Education Departments, Point CounterPoint, The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Palisades School of Music. His students have won prizes at pre-college and college level music competitions including the Wagner College Young Musicians Competition, the University of Rochester Concerto Competition, and the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artists Competition. Nadgir began taking piano lessons at the age of seven with Michael Thomopoulos and later studied under Wha Kyung Byun, Robert McDonald, and Natalya Antonova. He has performed in master classes conducted by many world-renowned musicians including Julian Martin, Joseph Kalichstein, Roger Tapping, Pamela Frank, and Daniel Pollack. Nadgir holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music.

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CRE: Toy and Book Drive Please bring donations by Sunday, December 23, 2018

During the month of December the Children’s Religious Education program is having a Toy & Book Drive to update some of our toys, books, and other resources in the RE building.

We are asking congregants to purchase two of the items so that we can donate the second item to a program that has fewer resources than we do. We have chosen to donate the duplicate items to Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School due to the low-income historically black population it serves, the growth it has shown in the past year, and the historical significance of the area.

How to participate

  1. Choose a book or toy from cards on the garland in the Fellowship Hall.

  2. Either:

    • Purchase 2 copies of the item directly from a store of your choice.
      Here is an Amazon Wish List of the items. If you choose to purchase directly from the list, please let Kristin Reveal know so that she can remove the card from the garland before the next Sunday.

    • Write a check made out GNUUC with “Toy Drive” in the memo for 2 times the amount on the card. Give the card and check to Kristin to purchase the item for you from our Amazon Prime account tax free with free shipping.

  3. Bring items in by December 23.

About Napier Enhanced Option Elementary School

Napier Elementary is a Title 1 Elementary School named after black businessman and politician James Carrol Napier. The school is located just south of downtown Nashville, adjacent to Metropolitan Development and Housing Authorities J.C. Napier Homes. The school serves approximately 400 low-income students, Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth, and their families through academic, social-emotional and community initiatives. The average income of families in the area is $18,000 and over 90% of the children qualify for free and reduced lunch. Reports show thezone represents a quarter of the county’s overall violent crimes, including nearly half of its homicides and a third of its robberies. [Note this does not compensate for disproportionate policing practices.]

Within this environment rests Napier Enhanced Option Elementary. Previously on the state’s priority school list, Napier was able to pull itself off the list this academic year through intentional school-wide initiatives lead by the MNPS Schools of Innovation Office and through the efforts of the school principal, Watechia Lawless, and staff. The school is dedicated to its vision of working together to inspire leaders, learners and high achievers. To achieve this, the faculty and staff work to build a mutually respectful environment, provide student centered rigorous instruction and engage with community partners.

All duplicate items purchased for GNUUC RE will be donated directly to Napier Elementary for use in the school. Our goal is to provide the school with the kind of open-ended, diverse materials that we value for our own children, but may not be readily available and provided to the students at this school. If you would like more information about Napier, please speak to Michelle McGonagle, who was assigned as a teacher at Napier Elementary from September 2017 to November 2018.

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Group Acts on Legislation

Several groups will be planning actions on legislation (particularly separation of church and state and related issues) in the next few days.  If you need more details you may contact Charles Sumner.

  • Sat. Dec. 1, 10:30am-2pm, Tennessee Public Education Coalition at TEA Second Avenue.  Amy Frogge featured.

  • Mon. Dec. 4, 7:00-8:30pm, Americans United (others invited) hosts legislative staff person from Washington, Shoney's private room, White Bridge Road.

  • Sun. Dec. 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Sunday Assembly hosts leaders of secular organizations hear speaker and to work toward progressive legislation.  West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike

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Kris Thresher