Worship & Music Arts at Greater Nashville UU
Worship is a communal and intentional event.
We gather together to hold up those things of ultimate worth, meaning, and value.
Sunday worship services are the congregational communal event for individuals searching for connection to one another, and to the wholeness and possibilities known by many names, including Love.
Sermons, music, stories, readings, and meditations are intended to open our minds and hearts that we may be reasoned thinkers and compassionate doers in service to love, mercy, and justice.
Our ritual of sharing joys and sorrows allows us to bear witness to the stories of our lives.
Soul Matter Themes
Greater Nashville UU is part of the Soul Matters Sharing Circle Network. Each month introduces a new theme that we explore together. The theme is introduced in the Family Service on the 1st Sunday of the month.
Remaining 2019 Soul Matters Themes
April: Wholeness: The practice of repairing what is broken and knowing we are enough
May: Curiosity: The practice of moving from fear to open-heartedness
June: Beauty: The practice of savoring life’s gifts
2019-2020 Soul Matters Themes
Upcoming Worship Services
The Truths that Set Me Free: Lessons From Internship Year.
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! Stay after lunch - our Annual Meeting starts at 12:45.
Recent Worship Services
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.
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.
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"
Family Service: What does it mean to be a people of Journey? Come prepare to share:
A JOURNEY YOU WANT TO SHARE: A time when you found your way; a time when you helped another find their way...
A QUEST: A time of discovery for you, what did you learn that surprised you? (a new skill, a new idea, a new friend)
A RETURN: What did “coming home” mean to you?
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
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.
Join the Worship & Music Arts Team!
The Worship and Music Arts Team plans the elements of the worship service. We meet Quarterly.
Roles and Contacts:
Service Coordinators: Jesse S.
Family Services: Kristin R.
Time for All Sages: Jennifer C.
Music: Fran G.
Tech Crew: Steve G.
Greeters: Jenny G.