Worship: "Ways of Not Knowing"
Aug
20
10:00am10:00am

Worship: "Ways of Not Knowing"

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

"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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00am10:00am

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
10:00pm10:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
11:30am11:30am

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
9:30am 9:30am

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
10:00am10:00am

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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Worship: When We Gather Together: Fashioning an ORUUC view of covenant
Mar
12
10:00am10:00am

Worship: When We Gather Together: Fashioning an ORUUC view of covenant

(Daylight Savings time starts so set your clocks)

Led by David Savoie

When a small group of ORUUC congregants came together to create our own unique congregational covenant in January 2015, the diversity of language, theologies and backgrounds in our congregation, as well as our history, Vision, Mission and Goals, all gathered together asking for a voice in our statement of relationship. One way to understand Covenant in the abstract is to consider what it means for us right now here in Oak Ridge Tennessee.

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Lunch with the League of Women Voters
Mar
7
11:30am11:30am

Lunch with the League of Women Voters

Director of Alternatives to Incarceration to speak at Lunch with the Lunch

 

The community is invited to learn about Alternatives to Incarceration, a program in Anderson County designed to save taxpayers money by reducing jail overcrowding while helping inmates by providing a variety of work, vocational training, and counseling services.

Director Mary Ann Young will provide an overview of the program at the next Lunch with the League on Tuesday, March 7. The program will be held at noon in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. 

Young took over the reins of the program in February 2015. Born and raised in Anderson County, she is a graduate of Clinton High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Cumberlands, formerly known as Cumberland College located in Williamsburg, KY.

In 1987, she moved to California where she lived for over twenty years in the Sacramento area. She spent the last twelve years of her time there working for the California Department of Justice (CDOJ) and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Her experience included working within the Criminal Intelligence Bureau at CDOJ to being a part of rehabilitation services at CDCR. Young said it is because of her unique working background that she has a healthy respect for both sides of the spectrum when it comes to dealing with offenders.

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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PFLAG Meeting - “A Conversation with Oak Ridge Police Chief James T. Akagi”
Mar
6
6:30pm 6:30pm

PFLAG Meeting - “A Conversation with Oak Ridge Police Chief James T. Akagi”

Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Social Hour: 6:45 Meeting: 7 - 8 pm


Everyone invited
Grace Covenant Church
320 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN
Fellowship Hall


“A Conversation with
Oak Ridge Police Chief
James T. Akagi”

Following his introductory remarks, Chief Akagi
will answer questions and discuss issues
of concern to the group.
.

The Oak Ridge Chapter of PFLAG meets monthly, rotating the venue among local churches: First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Grace Covenant, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist, and the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge.

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Worship: "As Smart as an Ant Farm"
Mar
5
10:00am10:00am

Worship: "As Smart as an Ant Farm"

This month, we're exploring the theme of covenant.  To live in covenant is not to experience the strictures of a "contract," but to enjoy the spaciousness and grace of a wider reality, that holds love in place.  This way of life is similar to a kind of adaptive, systemic process called "emergence."  Emergence can be observed in slime-mold, ant colonies, and yes, in congregations.  As we explore this wondrous interdependence, we'll also hear from artist Carl Gombert, who created the beautiful mural in our Social Hall.

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ORUUC Rummage Preview Sale!
Mar
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

ORUUC Rummage Preview Sale!

Planning to attend the "World-famous" ORUUC Rummage Sale?  Want to get in on best items? Then... you need to come to the Preview Sale on Friday evening.  All prices are doubled from what the prices will be on Saturday for the Regular Sale, but the bargains are still there for the taking.  Let's face it, you can't buy it on Saturday at the Regular Sale if someone else bought it on Friday evening at the Preview Sale

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Black History Month Film: “America Beyond the Color Line”
Feb
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Black History Month Film: “America Beyond the Color Line”

In honor of Black History month, Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC) and Oak Valley Baptist Church (OVBC) will partner to host a film series on Friday evenings in February. The selected films cover a wide range of African American stories and cultures. These events are free and open to the public. All events will begin with light refreshments at 6 pm with screenings starting promptly at 6:30.

OVBC will host the final two screenings in the Fellowship Hall on February 17 and 24. The church is located at 194 Hampton Rd in Oak Ridge.

On February 24 at OVBC, the final film in the series will be “America Beyond the Color Line” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. “The evolution of African American society has split into two distinct communities, the privileged and the disenfranchised,” said Gates. Through numerous personal interviews he examines the past, present and future of black/white race relations in the USA.”

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