Mother Goose
Dec
21
10:00 AM10:00

Mother Goose

We promote positive parent/child interaction through traditional rhymes, circle games, musical activities and simple play. We promote language and early brain development. We provide a meeting place and fellowship for caregivers of young children, especially those new to the community and far from home. Mother Goose is both joyful and nurturing. We interact with people in the time of life when they have young children or are grandparents of young children. Nothing is charged for Mother Goose; it is freely and lovingly offered to all comers. 1 st & 3rd Thursdays, 10 a.m.

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Worship: "The Time of Dying and Borning: A Celebration of Life" Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Dec
31
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "The Time of Dying and Borning: A Celebration of Life" Rev. Tandy Scheffler

Play Your Way to Okay

As we take up March’s theme of resilience, we start by exploring the role of playfulness in bouncing back from Life’s challenges. What is the role of play in your life? How might play help you to be more okay with Life? How playful are we as a congregation?  How might we play our way into even more purpose and passion at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike?

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ORUUC Holiday Craft Fair
Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

ORUUC Holiday Craft Fair

 

Calling All Crafters!

The time is drawing near for our annual ORUUC Holiday Craft Fair!  This year’s event will take place on Sunday, December 10th from 11a-4p.  Registration is now available, and booth spots are $35, with limited spaces available.  Contracts must be paid and returned in order to secure your spot.  We will begin to open up registration to the community on October 16th, so please do not hesitate.  Email ORUUCCraftFair@gmail.com or call Amber White (865) 223.3734 for more information.

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Mother Goose
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Mother Goose

We promote positive parent/child interaction through traditional rhymes, circle games, musical activities and simple play. We promote language and early brain development. We provide a meeting place and fellowship for caregivers of young children, especially those new to the community and far from home. Mother Goose is both joyful and nurturing. We interact with people in the time of life when they have young children or are grandparents of young children. Nothing is charged for Mother Goose; it is freely and lovingly offered to all comers. 1 st & 3rd Thursdays, 10 a.m.

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Worship: “The Guest House” Rev. Jake Morrill
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: “The Guest House” Rev. Jake Morrill

"The 13th century Muslim poet, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, writes, ""This being human is a guest house.  Every morning, a new arrival.""  The human condition, he proposes, is deep enough to welcome all manner of human experience.  More literally, our ORUUC church building is a guest house for all manner of human experience.  As a congregation, we're stewards of this gift.  Stewardship is not only an operational question; it's a spiritual one.  In this month of exploring the theme ""giving and receiving,"" we look toward a congregational vote on the question of providing sanctuary for those facing deportation.  If the congregation voted ""yes,"" there would be serious consequences.  If the congregation voted ""no,"" there would be serious consequences.  There are options other than ""all in"" or ""all out.""  It's a complex question, worthy of considered decision.  So, this morning, we'll reflect on our mission, our building, and the question before us.
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Lunch With the League
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch With the League

Marc DeRose, will be the guest speaker at Lunch with the League on Tuesday, October 17.  His presentation will center on Explore Oak Ridge's responsibility for maximizing the economic impact of visitors to Oak Ridge.  Explore Oak Ridge was formerly known as the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. The meeting will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

DeRose, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, holds a bachelor's degree in biology and environmental science from Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, and a master's degree in biology and quantitative genetics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  He spent more than 15 years as a professional rowing coach at the junior, NCAA, national and international levels.

He and his wife, Shannon, live in Oak Ridge, with their two daughters.

Lunch with the League is a public service program open to the community.  Membership in the League of Women Voters is not required and there is no cost to attend.

The presentation will begin at 12:00 noon.  Lunches are provided by The Soup Kitchen and are available at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come basis for $8, or you may bring your own.  Coffee and tea are provided.

The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, a nonpartisan political organization for men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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"Chasing Coral" - A NETFLIX environmental documentary
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

"Chasing Coral" - A NETFLIX environmental documentary

Beneath the waves, coral reefs are dying on a massive scale. These scientists and filmmakers are fighting to stop it.

rom the producers of Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral documents coral bleaching around the world. To showcase the phenomena, the team invented the first time-lapse camera designed exclusively for coral bleaching events.

The filmmakers, along with biologists, divers, and coral nerds, battle the elements and suffer technical malfunctions to capture the awe-inspiring footage.

Through this film, director Jeff Orlowski hopes to spread a visual message of what is happening beneath the surface of the ocean.

Often, when ocean temperatures rise, corals expel the algae living in their tissues and turn white. After the algae leaves, the coral is still alive, but more susceptible to disease and death. Scientists call this phenomena coral bleaching.

Runoff and pollution, extremely low tides, changing ocean temperatures, and overexposure to sunlight have been shown to cause the phenomena. The filmmakers believe human intervention can help clean up our oceans and limit coral bleaching events.

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Worship: “As the Deer Longs for Running Streams: Water and Our Search for Meaning”
Aug
6
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: “As the Deer Longs for Running Streams: Water and Our Search for Meaning”

“As the Deer Longs for Running Streams: Water and Our Search for Meaning”
David Ensley & Rev. Jake Morrill

Annual ORUUC Ingathering and Water Communion

Our annual service welcoming our community back from summer will feature activities involving water and other elements as we engage in “holy commotion” together.  If you have collected water from a source meaningful to you during the year, now is the time to bring it!

 

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Worship: "How We Learn"
Jul
30
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "How We Learn"

"How We Learn"


Led by multiple ORUUC-ians
On this last Sunday before the school starts for public school students, let's reflect on learning. Memories of school days and stories about teachers who mattered. Also, everyone is invited to bring an implement symbolizing their daily work lives--a backpack, maybe, for students, a planner for adults, perhaps--so that, whether you are starting school or continuing some other undertaking, we can offer a blessing to the efforts up ahead.

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Worship: "Ways of Knowing: Gather the Spirit" - Amanda Weatherspoon
Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Ways of Knowing: Gather the Spirit" - Amanda Weatherspoon

As Unitarian Universalists, we put more stock into the "here and now" rather than in a distant and unknown after life. However, we gravitate towards the "Beloved Community" which can easily become our substitute for the afterlife. How can we move into the Beloved Community of the here and now? How do we gather ourselves and our spirits for the times ahead? What do we need in our toolkit as we travel our paths as individuals and in community?

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Worship: "Rainbow Spirits"
Jun
25
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Rainbow Spirits"

Rainbow Spirits

What began as an of resistance in June 1969 has blossomed into a worldwide celebration of the amazing diversity of human sexuality and gender expression. From ancient stories of gender-fluid, shape shifting trickster deities to the sacred space held by Native American Two Spirits, from those still forced to hide their true selves to the contestants in Ru Paul's Drag Race, LGBTQ humanity is a tapestry of many colors. As Pride Month comes to a close, we'll celebrate with all the colors of the rainbow.

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Worship: "A Different Way of Knowing" Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "A Different Way of Knowing" Rev. Tandy Scheffler

What do people say that they know something in their bones? In this month of exploring spirit and soul, this service will take up mystical experiences and what it means to know that which is beyond knowing. Join us as we explore this paradox with open minds and guidance from American Franciscan friar, mystic, and author Richard Rohr.

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Worship:  "Discernment"
Jun
11
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Discernment"

One of the great spiritual practices is that of discernment.  When we want to do more than to leap to an answer, when there are many variables in play--and when we're not sure--we can enter into discernment.  But how do we do that in a way that's not merely stalling and procrastinating?  How do we do that as part of a group, like a congregation?  Well, ORUUC has a decision before it in the next few months: whether or not to become a Sanctuary congregation, part of the Sanctuary movement supporting people in this country without documents.  There will be different perspectives, different factors, and a lot of listening asked of all of us. So, we'll use that actual question that will be put before us as an opportunity, on this Sunday, to reflect on the process of collective discernment.

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Worship: "Sacrifice" - Rev. Jake Morrill
May
28
10:00 PM22:00

Worship: "Sacrifice" - Rev. Jake Morrill

Sunday, May 28th, 10:00 AM Service

“Sacrifice”     Rev Jake Morrill

This Memorial Day Sunday, we'll widen the lens out from the service and sacrifice of the military fallen to reflect on sacrifice as a spiritual theme for us all.  Sacrifice is a theme in many religions.  But we live in a secular culture that disdains it, wholesale.  How can we understand and be in relationship with sacrifice, in our lives?  How can sacrifice enrich us?

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2017 ORUUC Auction! Don't Miss this!
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

2017 ORUUC Auction! Don't Miss this!

EVERYONE is  invited to the “Step into Auction” Church Fundraiser

With an arm’s long list of unique items and services that includes a guided llama walk in the Smokies, a fly fishing lesson/excursion, cooking lessons, an airplane ride, getaways, wine pairings and ethnic dinners, a back porch summer soiree on the river that will feature a trout dinner, works by local artisans among the offerings up for bid, the “Step into Auction” promises to be a fun filled evening.

The entire community is invited to attend the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC) and Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship fundraiser on Friday, May 19 from 6pm to 9:30 pm in the Social Hall of ORUUC located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Entry is $5 for adults. Children are free.

Music from ORUUC’s own “Bifolkals” will kick off the evening. Then it’s on to hors d’oeuvres, magic performed by Nick Roberts, door prizes and silent and live auctions. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds raised from the live and silent auctions will help support various ministries of ORUUC and Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  

Auctioneer Bear Stephenson will be on hand to lead the Live Auction. Bear’s knack to engage and energize attendees always adds loads of fun and fellowship to a fundraiser event.

The 2017 ORUUC Auction Booklet and images of many of the items to be auctioned can be found at http://www.oruuc.org/gallery-of-auction-items/

For more information call the ORUUC office at (865) 483-8375.

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Lunch with the League: “US-Russian Relations: Looking beyond the Partisan Rhetoric”
Apr
18
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch with the League: “US-Russian Relations: Looking beyond the Partisan Rhetoric”

“US-Russian Relations: Looking beyond the Partisan Rhetoric”

 Dr. Michael Fitzgerald, Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee will speak on US-Russian Relations at Lunch with the League on Tuesday, April 18, at noon in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The church is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Dr. Fitzgerald served on the faculty of the University of Missouri prior to joining UTK in 1978. He received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation from the Honors College at Western Michigan University in 1969, he served in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division during which he received two Bronze Star Medals for meritorious service.

"Relations between the United States and the Russian Federation steadily have declined over the past two decades. Tensions between the world's most prominent nuclear powers have risen to levels unseen since the worst days of the Cold War. A survey of the causes and contours of the deteriorating current impasse in US-Russian relations leads to the conclusion that we are well into a second Cold War fraught with all the uncertainty and danger that defined the first. Effectively dealing with Putin's geopolitical strategy to, once again, make Russia internationally relevant requires realistic thinking about Russian history, culture, and politics," said Dr. Fitzgerald.

His latest book, Out of the Cold: The Cold War and Its Legacy was published in 2014. Dr. Fitzgerald has taught and contributed to numerous courses related to US relations with Russia, among them War and Peace in the Nuclear Age, Post-Communist Governments in Eastern Europe, and Authoritarianism in the Post-Soviet Era. He currently is studying world public opinion about US leadership in global affairs---focusing on the implications of rising anti-Americanism, especially in Russia.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Lunch with the League is open to the public. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed. Box lunches will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come basis for $8, or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.

 

 

 

 

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Worship: "Celebration of the Young Child" - Christine Rehder
Apr
18
9:30 AM09:30

Worship: "Celebration of the Young Child" - Christine Rehder

April 30 is our annual Celebration of the Young Child service.  Each year use this time to honor our young people and their caregivers for the gifts they bring to our lives.  We also solemnly reflect on our communal obligations to the health, safety, and hospitality of EVERY child in our community.  The Children's Choir will perform music and lead hymns and Spirit Play will perform the Story for All Ages. Also included are a testimonial from a foster parent, a Child Dedication, and a special recognition of one our leaders.

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Covenant and the Reality of Evil
Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Covenant and the Reality of Evil

Sunday, March 26, 10:00 am

As we continue to explore covenant, this week, we'll look at the historic, theological dimension of the term, looking at covenant as the nature of the relationship between God and humanity.  A classic theological problem is "theodicy": how to understand God's goodness and power, in light of the presence of evil.  Either God is not all-powerful, or God is not all-good, or evil is not truly evil are some of the unsatisfying ways that this has been resolved.  Let's see what we think, as we gather this Sunday.

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