ORUUC Rummage Sale - Main Event
Sep
17
9:00 am09:00

ORUUC Rummage Sale - Main Event

It's time for the ORUUC Rummage Sale!  Saturday, September 17, from 9 am to 2 pm is the main sale.  As always, there will be lots of great bargains in our sale.  If you want to get an early shot at these bargains, check out the "Early Bird" sale on Friday, September 16

There wouldn’t be a Rummage Sale without your generous donations! But you can help us greatly reduce work for our volunteers by allowing us to decline some items that we cannot sell in our sale. Your help is needed to dispose of severely damaged items or anything that is wet from rain or floods, etc. with your trash, recycling or hazardous waste service...

Things we are unable to accept:

  • Anything that is wet from rain or floods, etc. or otherwise damaged.

  • Combustible fuel in any tanks or containers

  • Mattresses

  • Console stereos or TVs, big projection TVs, or any that are older than 5 years, are not working, and those missing knobs  or buttons

  • Child car-seats

  • Baby cribs with a sliding side rail

  • Building materials, including paint and carpet remnants

  • Auto parts

  • Large appliances such as dishwashers, stoves and refrigerators, etc.

  • Pianos or organs

  • Slate-top pool tables

  • Safety helmets, including baseball, football, and cycling helmets

  We’ll gratefully accept the following items in resalable condition:

  • Clothing & Linens: Washed, no tears, no stains, no mildew, no strong odors from cigarettes, pets or moth-balls. It would be helpful to fold clothing and put in clean trash bags.

  • Upholstered Furniture, Area Rugs: No significant tears or stains, no mildew or strong cigarette/pet odors.

  • Wood or Solid Furniture: Not broken or badly dented or water damaged, not missing any vital parts. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable.

  • Televisions: Flat screens, still in good working condition, less than 5 years old, with no missing nobs or buttons. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable. No big projection TVs or consoles.

  • Electronics: Still in good working condition stereo components and speakers, computers only with flat screen monitors.

  • Appliances: Only small, still in good working condition such as toasters and microwave ovens, mixers, etc. No missing knobs or buttons. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable.

  • Miscellaneous Items: Toys, tools, music instruments, patio furniture and décor items, knickknacks, books (no school textbooks or magazines please,) artwork, clean area rugs, dishes, pots/pans, shoes, antiques, and jewelry.

 
Thank you for your generosity and efforts to help our volunteers!

ORUUC Rummage "Early Bird" Sale
Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

ORUUC Rummage "Early Bird" Sale

It's time for the ORUUC Rummage Sale!  The Preview Sale on Friday provides our "early bird" buyers to get first crack at the many wonderful items on sale.  The Preview Sale starts at 6 pm on Friday, September 16.  All prices are doubled during the preview sale.

There wouldn’t be a Rummage Sale without your generous donations! But you can help us greatly reduce work for our volunteers by allowing us to decline some items that we cannot sell in our sale. Your help is needed to dispose of severely damaged items or anything that is wet from rain or floods, etc. with your trash, recycling or hazardous waste service...

Things we are unable to accept:

  • Anything that is wet from rain or floods, etc. or otherwise damaged.

  • Combustible fuel in any tanks or containers

  • Mattresses

  • Console stereos or TVs, big projection TVs, or any that are older than 5 years, are not working, and those missing knobs  or buttons

  • Child car-seats

  • Baby cribs with a sliding side rail

  • Building materials, including paint and carpet remnants

  • Auto parts

  • Large appliances such as dishwashers, stoves and refrigerators, etc.

  • Pianos or organs

  • Slate-top pool tables

  • Safety helmets, including baseball, football, and cycling helmets

  We’ll gratefully accept the following items in resalable condition:

  • Clothing & Linens: Washed, no tears, no stains, no mildew, no strong odors from cigarettes, pets or moth-balls. It would be helpful to fold clothing and put in clean trash bags.

  • Upholstered Furniture, Area Rugs: No significant tears or stains, no mildew or strong cigarette/pet odors.

  • Wood or Solid Furniture: Not broken or badly dented or water damaged, not missing any vital parts. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable.

  • Televisions: Flat screens, still in good working condition, less than 5 years old, with no missing nobs or buttons. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable. No big projection TVs or consoles.

  • Electronics: Still in good working condition stereo components and speakers, computers only with flat screen monitors.

  • Appliances: Only small, still in good working condition such as toasters and microwave ovens, mixers, etc. No missing knobs or buttons. Minor dents or scratches are acceptable.

  • Miscellaneous Items: Toys, tools, music instruments, patio furniture and décor items, knickknacks, books (no school textbooks or magazines please,) artwork, clean area rugs, dishes, pots/pans, shoes, antiques, and jewelry.

 
Thank you for your generosity and efforts to help our volunteers!

Sunday, August 28, 10:00 AM "Practicing Joy"  - Rev. Jake Morrill
Aug
28
10:00 pm22:00

Sunday, August 28, 10:00 AM "Practicing Joy" - Rev. Jake Morrill

Maybe it seems that joy comes unbidden: a wave of delight, like the weather, or a bird that happens to land on our shoulder.  But what if we had more choice, with relation to joy?  What if we had some say in how much joy we could feel?  What if joy wasn't something that happened to us, but something we might practice?  Come one, come all.  Let's reflect on this delicious possibility together!

Aug
14
10:00 pm22:00

Intrinsical of the Whimsical” Jon Coffee, TVUUC Ministerial Intern

A man walks into work and asks why the flags are at half-staff today. One of his co-workers says, “Take your pick.” In the face of so much pain and suffering in the world, joy can seem hard to come by. Or maybe even irreverent.
But deep down in each one of us, there is a still small voice of a child looking for a little whimsy.
Ministerial candidate Jon Coffee will be exploring the implications a little dose of whimsy might have
for our personal (and maybe even our spiritual) lives.

PFLAG Meeting - "Getting to Know You"
Aug
1
6:45 pm18:45

PFLAG Meeting - "Getting to Know You"

PFLAG MEETING
“Getting to Know You
and some
Brainstorming”

Monday, August 1, 2016
Social Hour: 6:45 Meeting: 7 - 8 pm
Everyone invited
Grace Covenant Church
320 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN
Fellowship Hall
 

Reduced to Joy
Jul
31
10:00 am10:00

Reduced to Joy

"Reduced to Joy" - Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Poet Mark Nepo's 2013 book of Poetry, "Reduced to Joy," speaks of joy as a lifelong process of elimination. What gets in the way of knowing joy in your life?  Where are you stuck in the muck, lost on the pathway to Joy. Come explore Joy, with the help of Mark Nepo. 

"Bringing it Home" - Thoughts from General Assembly
Jul
24
10:00 am10:00

"Bringing it Home" - Thoughts from General Assembly

"Bringing it Home"
Every June, Unitarian Universalists from around the country gather by the thousands for General Assembly, or "GA."  National issues and inspiring ideas engage and uplift folks who go.  On this Sunday, let's hear from some folks who are back from GA, with words of hope and challenge from our siblings in faith.

"Non-violent Communication"
Jul
17
10:00 am10:00

"Non-violent Communication"

Today, for the second week in a row, we'll practice community-building skills instead of gathering for regular worship.  The skill for this week will be non-violent communication.  For years, members of ORUUC have used "NVC," also called "Compassionate Communication," and there has been a "Compassionate Communication" practice group.  The concepts of how to speak passionately and forcefully--without violating another person, or without hurting them--is core to how ORUUC has remained healthy amidst so much change. Come on this Sunday to learn, or to freshen up your understanding of, Non-violent Communication.  You'll have a chance to practice, and will meet at least two new people.  All are welcome!

"One on One Conversations"
Jul
10
10:00 am10:00

"One on One Conversations"

Sunday, July 10, 10:00 AM
"One-on-One Conversations" Rev. Jake Morrill, facilitating
This morning, instead of worship in the Sanctuary, we'll gather for something different in the Ten O'Clock Hour in the Social Hour.  One-to-One conversations are the building block of community organizing.  It is, quite, simply, a short one-to-one conversation with another person.  But what's important to learn about is the purpose of that conversation.  What's important to learn about is the context, within community organizing and justice-making.  If ORUUC's community was trained up and practicing weaving community, within the congregation, and throughout all of Oak Ridge, through one-to-one conversations, what might be planted, grow, blossom, and flourish among us?  Come for this experiential session, in the place of worship, and you can count on meeting at least two new people!

Art Display Reception - Suzanne Jack
Jul
8
5:30 pm17:30

Art Display Reception - Suzanne Jack

An exhibit of the diverse works of art created by Knoxville artist Suzanne Jack will open on July 8 at ORUUC's Art Gallery.   Refreshments will be served at a reception staring at 5:30 pm. The artist will discuss her displayed paintings starting at 6 pm. The public is invited and entry is free. The exhibit of Ms. Jack's works at ORUUC will run through the end of August and may be viewed during the hours of 9-5 Monday-Friday and 9:30-12 Sunday each week.

Suzanne Eberle Jack is a national award winning artist whose artistic sensibilities capture the beauty and spirit of nature through dynamic energy, luminous light and a vivid color palette. Published in the 2006 spring edition of “Pastel Journal,” her art work has been purchased by corporate collectors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Opryland and Tennessee Valley Authority as well as by private collectors.

Ms. Jack shares her inspiration, “A joyful heart flows from a spirit nourished by understanding one’s emotions, character and passions.” Her paintings and pastels communicate her reverence for nature and a fascination with timeless beauty.

The artist and former art educator graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Art Education. She later earned a Master's Degree in Art Education at the University of Tennessee.

Her work has been exhibited at Vanderbilt and Ohio State University Clubs, the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN and the 18th International Pastel Exhibition in Seattle as well as numerous other locations. Gallery showings include Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Blue Spiral Gallery in Ashville, Art Access of Bexley, Ohio and Art Market Gallery in Knoxville.

Planning is underway for exhibits in the ORUUC Gallery through September 2017. For artists interested in a showing contact Nancy Starr at starroakridge@gmail.com or call 865-483-8684.

For more information on the event call ORUUC at (865) 483-6761. To learn more about the artist go on line to suzannejack.com.

Revel in Diversity: Rainbow Camp 2016
Jun
19
10:00 am10:00

Revel in Diversity: Rainbow Camp 2016

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?

Rainbow Camp
Jun
13
Jun 18

Rainbow Camp

Rainbow Camp provides opportunities for children of diverse backgrounds to come together for fun, fellowship, and learning. 

Click here for Registration and Consent Form

Click here for Application for Counselor and CIT

Click here for Rainbow Camp Brochure

Invitation to the Feast
Jun
12
10:00 am10:00

Invitation to the Feast

"Invitation to the Feast."

Sunday, June 12, 10:00 am

An old Jewish joke says that all Jewish holidays can be boiled down to the idea, "They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat."  Feasting as a ritual way to punctuate life is a phenomenon in most religious traditions.  But "the feast" is also a way to talk about the vision of our faith, what we've been aiming for all along.  On this Sunday, let's feast on the vision that lures us forward with anticipation.

When Democracy Blooms
Jun
5
10:00 am10:00

When Democracy Blooms

When Democracy Blooms
Sunday, June 5 10:00 am
Rev. Jake B. Morrill

Recently, Jake took part in a two-day conversation at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, on the topic of faith and democracy.  As we celebrate our annual Flower Communion, we will also imagine our common public life in full bloom.

May
29
10:00 am10:00

The Warrior Code

Rev. Jake Morril, preaching
On this Memorial Day Sunday, as we honor the fallen, let's revisit the draw to military service.  Often, it's described as a will to power.  But what of its means of enacting traditional values, what you might call a warrior code.  And if we recognize that, how can we find our footing in the liberal faith to both support warriors, to support freedom, and also to work for a world of peace?  Our complex ethics will allow us to give full honor to those who have served and have fallen.

May
22
10:00 am10:00

Milestones:Rites of Passage

Rev. Tandy Scheffler, preaching
What do we at ORUUC ask our children to know and understand at what age? This day, we honor those children in the congregation who have completed a Milestone this year. Milestones are this church's homegrown rites of passage for young people: "Welcoming" for Kindergarteners, "Journeying" for Fourth Graders, and "Coming of Age" for High Schoolers. Each Coming of Age youth will share a personal "This I Believe" testimonial.  

LWV
May
17
12:00 pm12:00

LWV

Lunch with the League

Maestro Brian Salesky

Executive Director and Conductor

Knoxville Opera

will present a History of Opera

Accompanied by Opera Singers

Tuesday, May 17

Noon to One

Unitarian Universalist Church Sanctuary

809 Oak Ridge Turnpike

Open to the public - no reservations required

Box lunches - first come, first served

11:15 - 12:00

Social Hall

Note: No food or beverages allowed in sanctuary

 

 

 

May
15
10:00 am10:00

Family Traditions: Good, Bad, and Otherwise

Rev. Jake Morrill, preaching
Reunions, holidays, get-togethers, birthday parties.  Those times when we gather with those who formed us, and who we have formed.  How can we draw on these times for their gifts without letting them drive us around the bend?

Holocaust Remembrance Day
May
8
4:00 pm16:00

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Special Opportunity!  Save the Date!!

Holocaust Remembrance Service, May 8, 4 – 5:30p.m.

Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge (JCOR), 101 Madison Lane

Community-wide event, offered by ORUUC and JCOR

 

Everything about the Holocaust goes against everything I know as a mother.

Everything ORUUC and JCOR have done to bring Holocaust Remembrance to the Oak Ridge Community aligns with everything I hold dear as a mother.

 

Make this Mother’s Day connect you to all Mothers and all Mothers’ Children.

Make this Mother’s Day inspire you in ways Mothers Day founder, Unitarian Julia Ward Howe, envisioned (World Peace.)

 

Invite lots of other Mothers and their families.

Let’s fill the synagogue

While we fill our minds and hearts

with fierce commitment to build a world

where no Mother’s child is in Harm’s Way. Ever. Again.

 

May
8
10:00 am10:00

May 8, 2016 "In a Line of Begats

Rev. Jake Morrill, preaching
In a society that encourages us to imagine ourselves as self-created, we understand that we follow in a long line.  In this month that we explore the theme of "tradition," what does it mean that as individuals we live in this life, like figures in the Bible, as one link in a long line of begats.