Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP "The Beauty of Belief" Jane Flanagan

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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Mother Goose
Jun
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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PFLAG
Jun
18
6:45 PM18:45

PFLAG

Pride History at ORUUC Social Hall

Social time 6:45; Meeting 7-8

(Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).  We are friends and families—straight allies—of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender.  We meet monthly, rotating among 4 churches and the synagogue, 2-3 times a year at ORUUC. We advance equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through support, education, & advocacy.

 

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Mother Goose
Jun
14
10:30 AM10:30

Mother Goose

At Oak Ridge Public Library

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
May
1
11:45 AM11:45

Lunch With the League

“Understanding Jerusalem:  The Holy City and Why It Matters” at next Lunch with the League
The speaker for “Lunch with the League” on Tuesday, May 1,  will be Erin Darby, assistant professor of Religious Studies at The University of Tennessee.  Her presentation will introduce attendees to the modern history of Jerusalem and explain its political, cultural and religious significance, including its role in regional and international conflict.  She was scheduled to speak at the January 16 meeting, which was cancelled due to inclement weather. 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.  Darby is also co-director of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan, and leads the UT Dig Jordan study abroad program.  An expert in the archaeology and texts of the Middle East, she has traveled extensively in the region, conducting research in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus and Syria. Darby is a founding member of the Partnership for the Academic Study of Early Judaism, the East Tennessee Hebrew Reading Group, the Annual Arab Fest Cultural Fair, and the Tennessee Initiative  for Middle Eastern Studies. 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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The Art Gallery at ORUUC
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

The Art Gallery at ORUUC

The Art Gallery at ORUUC will present an exhibit of paintings by James F. Norris, opening Saturday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. with a reception and gallery talk.

James Norris was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota.  His father, a large animal veterinarian and rancher, introduced Jim to the beauty of the prairie and the Badlands, along with the horses and livestock typical of that lifestyle. His mother's interest in painting was also instrumental to his development. Two pieces by Jim's mother, Betty, Lone Tree and Portrait of a Woman, will be shown in this exhibit:.

Jim received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from South Dakota State University. He continued his studies at the Colorado Institute of Art and Platt College.

Subject matter for most of Jim's art comes from traveling the hills and prairies of the American West. Photographs or sketches of compelling subjects are transformed into watercolor, oil paintings, and acrylics at his home studio.

Since moving to Oak Ridge in 2016, Jim has been inspired by the rural scenery of the Southeast. He is particularly fond of depicting the character of older barns found in the area, some of which will be on display.

The exhibit will run through mid-June, and is open to the public 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.

 

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Lunch with the League of Women Voters
Mar
6
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch with the League of Women Voters

“The State of the Oak Ridge School System” topic of next Lunch with the League

Dr. Bruce Borchers, superintendent of Oak Ridge Schools, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 6, Lunch with the League program.  His presentation will provide an update on the school system and changes that have been implemented since his last address to the League.  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.

Borchers has served as Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent since 2013.  He began his career as an elementary physical  education teacher in Sioux City, Iowa.  He later worked as an assistant principal and principal in Iowa City and Mankato, Minn., and as an associate superintendent of secondary schools for the Anoka-Hennepin, Minn. School District. Prior to coming to Oak Ridge, he was superintendent of the Rockwood (Missouri) School District.

Borchers received masters’ degrees in educational administration and secondary guidance counseling from the University of S. Dakota and Wayne State College, respectively.  He holds a Ph.D. degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Lunch with the League is a public 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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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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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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  “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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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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"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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