"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.
"Reduced to Joy" - Rev. Tandy Scheffler
“Getting to Know You
Monday, August 1, 2016
Social Hour: 6:45 Meeting: 7 - 8 pm
Grace Covenant Church
320 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN
"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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
"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
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.
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.
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.
Lunch with the League
Maestro Brian Salesky
Executive Director and Conductor
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
Note: No food or beverages allowed in sanctuary
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?
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.
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.
Morning Session: 10 to 11 am
Afternoon Session: 3:30 to 4:30
Roane County Executive to Speak at Lunch with the League
Ron Woody, Roane County executive, will be the guest speaker at Lunch with the League, Tuesday, April 19. The program will begin at 12 noon in the social hall at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Woody will address issues of importance to the county such as where your tax dollars go, problems the county has solved and problems it is still facing, according to information provided by his office. Among the topics he will address or update in his presentation, "The State of Roane County," are education, property appraisal, business recruitment, development of tourism, and funding of public services.
What happens in Roane County is of importance to Oak Ridge since a significant portion of Oak Ridge is located in Roane County, and present and future planning affect the lives and wellbeing of these residents and, consequently, all of Oak Ridge.
Woody has served as county executive since 2010. From 2003 to 2010, he was a county government consultant with the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.
Woody began his service in county government as administrative assistant to the Roane County executive between 1983 (soon after graduating from Tennessee Technical University) and 1985. He continued to advance and gained extensive experience in positions of increasing fiscal responsibility.
He is a native of Roane County, growing up on River Road south of Kingston in the Luminary Community, where he and his family still live.
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, first served basis for $8, or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.
For information, please visit on line at lwvoakridge.org, or call 865-693-6286.
Morning Session: 10 to 11 am
Afternoon Session : 3:30 to 4:30
Prices are double during the presale.
It's time to clean out your closets, get crafty, or donate some time to the yearly ORUUC Auction on April 1. The Silent Auction will start at 6 PM with entertainment and snacks. The Live Auction will start at 7:30 PM with auctioneer Bear Stephenson. Bidding on Silent Auction items will start on March 21.
We need donations of new or gently used items, homemade crafts, or your time and skills whether that be with computers, or hiking, or baking, etc. Give a lesson, or a party, or an excursion. Attached is the donation form to fill out and return to the office by march 14.
Please submit your donations no later than March 14 if they are for the auction so we can get them in the Auction booklet. The Auction Donor form can be found HERE.
Gather in the Memorial Garden to remember those who have died, and to greet the new day.
Rev. Jake preaching
Percussion ensemble Heritage O.P. and the First UU Nashville Adult choir have joined together to present an evening of music that will make your spirit sing and your body groove! Heritage O.P. (organic percussion) has a vision to heal and unite, believing that music is truly the healing force of the world. The groups will present a suite of newly-composed music for chorus and percussion, and then break into an all-out dance party!
Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door, with a $3 discount for students and seniors. There is a $0.50 surcharge for credit card purchases. Online tickets sales will be available at Will Call on the night of the event. Click HERE to order your tickets now.
Event will be held on Friday, March 18 at 7:30pm at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church: 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN.
Questions? Contact the ORUUC Office at (865) 483-6761.
Session one 10:00
Session two 3:30
"The Resilient Heart"
(Daylight Savings: Clocks "Spring" Forward!)
The wars of the last decade have fueled research into effective therapy for trauma. This, in turn, has led to insight about resilience. What is true for a human entering combat is true for a person wading into love, or healing from loss. There is the injury. And there is also resilience. What does resilience tell us about healing? What does it tell us about our human lives?