Summer Song Sundays are lay led by members of the congregation. They are a time of sharing of stories from our experiences and life journeys. On June 23, Arleen Yeager will speak on Connections.
Summer Song Sundays are lay led by members of the congregation. They are a time of sharing of stories from our experiences and life journeys. On June 30, Thena Berry will speak on “Making the Music Beautiful.”
Sunday, July 7, 2019: Summer Song Sunday Speaker Charles Sumner, "Emancipation, Civil Rights and Senator Charles Sumner"
Summer Song Sundays are lay led by members of the congregation. They are a time of sharing of stories from our experiences and life journeys. On July 7, Charles Sumner will speak.
Summer Song Sundays are lay led by members of the congregation. They are a time of sharing of stories from our experiences and life journeys. On June 16 the Beloved Community covenant group will be hosting a Juneteenth Service. We didn’t have to write a sermon trying to convince others of the importance of anti-oppression work. Oppressed peoples have their own voices. All we have to do is listen. Come celebrate Freedom Day with an informative, performative, and engaging service centering the voices of Langston Hughes, Max Roach, and Abbey Lincoln as presented by Beloved Community Group.
Summer Song Sundays are lay led by members of the congregation. They are a time of sharing of stories from our experiences and life journeys. On June 9 Denise Graves will be speaking. In her talk entitled "10 Years too Late" congregation member Denise Graves will answer the question, "Are we each others keeper?"
We’ve all had those moments. The ordinary suddenly appears extraordinary. One minute the objects around us blend into the background, sit there as “things.” The next they come to life, so clearly carrying meaning and memory. What once seemed possessions, now somehow possess us. They are a part of us. And us them. All it takes is a different kind of attention for their appearance to change. When it happens, it’s beautiful.
Rev. Peter Connolly, "Gratitude As a Spiritual Practice"
Our youth and their mentors have prepared a special Coming of Age service for you. The youth will share their credos in a way that reflects each of their unique personalities. Come learn more about our coming of age youth - Zoe, Tim, Xander, Sam, Ian, Patrick, Imani, and Zachary. This Sunday we will also be celebrating our graduating seniors - Helena and Nissa! Our Annual Meeting starts at 12:15. Lunch will start at 12:30.
Rev. Sara Green is the UUA Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry Associate. Come hear this dynamic new voice in our denomination. “Love on the Front Lines”
Rev. Dr. Michelle Pederson, GNUUC Affiliated Community Minister
April 28, 2019: Mary Early-Zald, Ministerial Intern, "The Truths that Set Me Free: Lessons From Internship Year"
We have discussed the power of story to shape our perspectives before. This Sunday, Mary will share how GNUUC and Launch Pad have rewritten their narratives on her mind and heart, and in these ways lived into their roles as teaching communities.
Reverend Love is a Unitarian Universalist who feels her calling is to work towards love and justice. She was recently ordained by the Tupelo congregation in a cathedral of trees in her beloved Memphis.
Jesse Spencer-Smith, our canvassing chair, launches our annual pledge campaign on Sunday, April 14, with s service on Stewardship. The Pledge Drive is from Sunday, April 14, through Sunday, April 21.
Sunday, April 7, 2019: Rev. Carmen Emerson: Gratitudes and Hopes. Farewell Celebration following Service.
Join us in celebrating Rev. Carmen Emerson. Sunday, April 7, is her last Sunday at Greater Nashville UU. This special Family service reflects on our time together and our hope for the future. After the service is a farewell celebration. Remember this is pot luck Sunday.
March 31, 2019: Youth Group and Mary Early-Zald, Intern Minister, "Sit-ins to Walk-outs: The Youth are our Now"
Mary Early-Zald, Intern Minister, "Sit-ins to Walk-outs: The Youth are our Now."
Guest Rev. Doug Traversa speaks on “Life is Like a DVD.” Audio Available
Rev. Carmen Emerson - A (short) sermon on what it means to be part of a perfect family.
Rev. Emerson, “Their Bad Advice…” (Mary Oliver's poem, “The Journey”)
Rev. Carmen reflects on "Life in an Imperfect Family"
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019: Guest Speaker, Rev. Peter Connolly, "Building Community: Challenges and Rewards" Audio Now Available
The communities we live in and are a part of help shape who we are. What is our role in shaping healthy communities? Audio now available.
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?
During the Sunday 2/17/19 service about being Unitarian Universalist and crafting our elevator speeches to tell people our loves stories of being part of our UU faith community, we offered these lines for our collective elevator speech (granted, it needs to be a TALL building for this elevator ride). You asked for a copy - here it is - the story of a church that Love builds. -Rev. Carmen Emerson
Sunday, Feb 10, 2019
Rev. Carmen Emerson
“Trusting Each Other: The Practice of Covenant”
Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of Trust? In this service we will explore how we trust each other through the use of Covenants. Board committees, community team leaders, covenant group facilitators, and teachers - bring your group covenants to share during this service. We will be creating Fellowship Hall centerpieces with our words of trust.
Perched on the border between possibility and trust, we explore the lessons from our Unitarian ancestors about responding to fear with love and growth.
Rev. Carmen Emerson reflects on the Congregational Study Action Issue introduced to GNUUC during our January Family Service, "Democracy Uncorrupted."
For those of you who missed Rev. Carmen’s sermon "The Beginning of a Transition," we have recorded it and posted it on the website.
Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of Possibility?
Remembering & Imagining - Rev. Carmen Emerson and Denise Graves remember important people who died in 2018 (from GNUUC and also from the world), and what we might learn from them as we move forward into a new year.