Worship: "Resilience in a Time of Climate Change" Rev. Laura Bogle
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Resilience in a Time of Climate Change" Rev. Laura Bogle

The past few years many environmentalists have turned their attention to “climate resilience.”  Assuming that climate change is already happening and is accelerating, how might we adapt and create new ways of being that protect the most marginalized and endangered?  What might climate resilience in East Tennessee look like?  What are the spiritual and community resources we need?

 

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Lunch with the League of Women Voters
Feb
20
11:45 AM11:45

Lunch with the League of Women Voters

Speaker: Susan Moore, Regional Program Manager, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.
Topic: "Preventing Child Abuse in Oak Ridge and Anderson County".

 

The public is invited, and no reservations are necessary. Lunches are provided on a first-come basis for $8 or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.

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Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "What is Resilience?" Ed Brock

"Everyone at some point in their life – and most likely many times during their life time – will need resilience in response to some challenge. The challenge could be physical, emotional, dealing with relationships, loss of a loved ones or any number of other possibilities. How we respond to life challenges- whether with or without resilience – can have a big impact on our lives. Each of us will also be called upon to support the resilience of others.
While studying resilience, I discovered that it has specific qualities,  and that by allowing these qualities to guide our behavior, we can become more resilient.
This Sunday I will explore some basic characteristics of resilience. 
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Mother Goose
Feb
15
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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Lunch With the League
Feb
6
11:45 AM11:45

Lunch With the League

Speaker: Mark Watson, Oak Ridge City Manager.
Topic: "State of the City of Oak Ridge".

The public is invited, and no reservations are necessary. Lunches are provided on a first-come basis for $8 or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.

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 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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Worship: "Sound Theology for Unsound Times" Rev. Chris Buice
Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Sound Theology for Unsound Times" Rev. Chris Buice

The Zen tradition asks unanswerable questions like, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" and reminds us that "Our words are a finger pointing to the moon not the moon itself." This Sunday we will explore the theology that is deeper than words and felt profoundly in silence in an interactive service where you will be invited to sing along. We will explore the sounds that can connect us to each other and the Earth when words fail us.

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Mother Goose
Feb
1
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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  “The Courage to Love”
Jan
21
11:00 AM11:00

“The Courage to Love”

There will be no worship held in Oak Ridge today.  Please join in worship with our sibling congregations and our national UUA Board and President in Knoxville."

          WHERE: Rothchild Event Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville

          UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray preaching, Rev. Jason Shelton leading music.
         Worship with hundreds of area UUs.  All-ages worship *and* childcare available.
        Share food and fellowship, and check out informational exhibits following worship.
        Open to the public – invite a friend!

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WORSHIP "Long Haul Resistance" Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Jan
7
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP "Long Haul Resistance" 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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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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"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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