Youth and Young Adult Ministry Position

We are seeking a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry who is primarily a facilitator of community and able to seek out and launch opportunities for our youth and young adults to grow in relationship with God, themselves, and each other.  A full job description with a typical year in the life of this person can be found here..

Welcome Emily! Emily Joy Allison-Hearn is originally from central Illinois, but has been living in Nashville for five years. She grew up in a ministry family and holds a degree in Christian theology and apologetics. She previously worked as the communications coordinator for local homeless outreach organization Open Table Nashville and now joins Second Presbyterian as our office assistant. Emily also teaches yoga at various YMCAs and studios around Nashville, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and spending time with her partner and her dog Harley

You’re invited to a science and religion event at Vanderbilt: “Exploring Who We Are: Public Engagement on Human Evolution”

On Tuesday, March 19 at 4:00pm, Briana Pobiner, a paleoanthropologist with the Smithsonian Institution, will give a keynote address about creatively educating the public about human evolution, and fostering dialogue between scientists and people of faith. Our associate pastor Nolan Huizenga will respond with remarks after the keynote, followed by a question and answer session. The event is 4:00-5:30pm, with reception to follow, in the VU Student Life Center, Ballrooms A&B.

For a printable "Lent Reflection-Action Calendar” click here

Of the 6.3 billion tons of plastic produced around the world 9 percent has been recycled, 12 percent incinerated, and 79 percent are still with us in our streams, landfills and oceans. This Lent, the Environmental Stewardship Team invites you to tread more lightly by cutting down on your plastic use. Use the Lent reflection-action calendar to prepare for the Lent and Easter season, reflect, and to find ways to reduce our single-use plastic footprint. A plastic fast is a way to be mindful of our consumption, while creating more mindful behaviors to continue throughout the year.

Dancing on the Edge Women’s Book Group: All are welcome for fellowship and discussion in the Second Cafe each second and fourth Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.

Second Stages, the Youth's yearly fundraiser, is coming up on April 7th! We are actively seeking donations for the silent auction portion of the evening. We really hope to pack our auction tables with handmade items like knitting, woodwork and photography, curated gift baskets, event tickets, dinner experiences and services like yardwork, cooking lessons and babysitting. If you have items to donate or just have questions, please see Vicky Graham ( or Carly Misenheimer ( We’ll be collecting items on Saturday, March 30th from 9am to noon in the cafe.

Adult Education on March 24, 31: Aaron Stauffer (member of Session) is a Ph.D. candidate in theology and ethics at Union Seminary in New York, and he will lead classes on the Listening Project, and the connections between Reformed Christian practices and community organizing. Community organizing is one of the most successful traditions of political practice by religious institutions. But what is the relationship between Christian religious practices and community organizing, more specifically our Reformed heritage and contemporary political practice in organizing? These sessions will focus on the practice of the relational meeting, on the Listening Campaign at Second, and on the strategy of “agitation.” Scriptural stories and examples of Reformed theology will ground our conversations, as participants will also get a chance to try out these practices themselves.

Adult Education on March 24, 31, April 7, 14: Men’s Bible study classes on Romans led by Jonathan Thorndike, Professor in the Honors Program at Belmont. We would like to use this 4-week study to form a deeper community of men of all ages at Second. Romans is regarded as the pinnacle of Paul’s theology and very influential in the militarized culture of the Roman Empire. The historian Suetonius mentions an edict of the Emperor Claudius in 49 CE ordering the expulsion of Jews from Rome involving a dispute in the Jewish community over the definition of Jesus as the Messiah, which Paul addresses. March 24: Romans Chapters 1-4; March 31: Chapters 5-8; April 7: Chapters 9-12; April 14: Chapters 13-16. We will meet upstairs in the Education Wing.