Worship: "It Takes Everyone" Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

Worship: "It Takes Everyone" Rev. Tandy Scheffler

This service is a celebration of what is possible when people with purpose and passion show up together to demand greater justice - whether forour planet, for our immigrant neighbors, for our public school children, or for campaign finance reform.

Lunch with the League: “US-Russian Relations: Looking beyond the Partisan Rhetoric”
Apr
18
11:30 am11:30

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.

 

 

 

 

Worship: "Celebration of the Young Child" - Christine Rehder
Apr
18
9:30 am09:30

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.

Covenant and the Reality of Evil
Mar
26
10:00 am10:00

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.

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

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.

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

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.

PFLAG Meeting - “A Conversation with Oak Ridge Police Chief James T. Akagi”
Mar
6
6:30 pm18:30

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.

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

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.

The ORUUC Rummage Sale! Come and get it!
Mar
4
9:00 am09:00

The ORUUC Rummage Sale! Come and get it!

Come to the "world famous" ORUUC Rummage Sale.  Lot's of great stuff for very little money!  We've got a little bit of everything so come on down and see what your heart desires and then buy it!

ORUUC Rummage Preview Sale!
Mar
3
6:00 pm18:00

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

Black History Month Film: “America Beyond the Color Line”
Feb
24
6:00 pm18:00

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.”

YOUTH MINISTRY WORKSHOP
Feb
24
Feb 25

YOUTH MINISTRY WORKSHOP

YOUTH MINISTRY WORKSHOP, OAK RIDGE, TN.

A workshop for Lay Leaders and Religious Professionals who work with youth ages 13-18

Leaders: Jonathan Rogers and Joy Berry Foster

February 24, 2017 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 25, 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

$60 per person. 10% discount for congregations sending 2+ people

Please send checks to:
Oak Ridge UU Church
809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

 

For more information or if you need child care contact Tandy Scheffler at tandyscheffler@gmail.com

Black History Month Film: “Let Freedom Sing"
Feb
17
6:00 pm18:00

Black History Month Film: “Let Freedom Sing"

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

On February 17 at OCBC, “Let Freedom Sing – How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement” is the selection. According to Marvista Entertainment, "They raised their voices in song against inequality and racism. There are dramatic first-person accounts by Mississippi Freedom Riders who sang to give themselves courage in the face of grave danger. There are artists and musicians whose songs inspired a generation to take up the struggle for civil rights and human rights throughout America and the world.” The film is narrated by Louis Gossett, Jr.

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.”

Black History Month Film: "Hidden Colors 2"
Feb
10
6:00 pm18:00

Black History Month Film: "Hidden Colors 2"

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.

The first two films will be screened in the ORUUC Social hall on February 3 and 10. The church is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike (near traffic light #2.)

On February 10 at ORUUC, “Hidden Colors 2”, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary will be shown. The film is about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment goes into topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more.

 

Black History Month Film: "13th"
Feb
3
6:00 pm18:00

Black History Month Film: "13th"

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.

The first two films will be screened in the ORUUC Social hall on February 3 and 10. The church is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike (near traffic light #2.)

On February 3 at ORUUC, the series will begin with the showing of “13th”, an American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The 2016 film is centered on race in the United States criminal justice system is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay argues that slavery is effectively perpetuated through mass incarnation.

On February 10 at ORUUC, “Hidden Colors 2”, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary will be shown. The film is about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment goes into topics such as the global African presence, the science of melanin, the truth about the prison industrial complex, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more.

 

World Interfaith Harmony Week Event
Feb
2
6:30 pm18:30

World Interfaith Harmony Week Event

The Oak Ridge Interfaith Partnership is inviting community members to come to an interfaith event where speakers from diverse traditions in our vicinity will respond to a single, two-fold question:

What is a central tenet of your religion or faith and what is a distinguishing aspect of your faith community?

Their presentations will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for dialogue and interaction. Our hope is to foster healthy relationships and understanding among members of different faiths in our community. Childcare will be provided.

Worship: "The Gaia Psalms" Kiya Heartwood
Jan
29
10:00 am10:00

Worship: "The Gaia Psalms" Kiya Heartwood

oming out of NASA scientist James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, which states that the Earth can be thought of as a self preserving, living organism, the Gaia Psalms by UU composer Kiya Heartwood provide an interactive worship experience intended to move the listener to both celebrate and reconnect as a member of the Earth's community. Join us as special guest artist Kiya Heartwood leads us in the Gaia Psalms.

Worship: "Change: Where Do We Start?"  Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Jan
22
10:00 am10:00

Worship: "Change: Where Do We Start?" Rev. Tandy Scheffler

Anyone who has ever really tried to change a bad habit, a dysfunctional family, or a life-draining addiction knows that change is not for the faint of heart. It is long, hard, grueling work. It is work not to be done alone. Today, we wrestle with change as a question of place. Where does true and lasting change begin?

Lunch with the League of Women Voters
Jan
17
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch with the League of Women Voters

Oak Ridge City Manager to speak on economic development at Lunch with the League

What the City needs to do to be competitive in today’s economic development market will be the topic of Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson’s presentation at the next Lunch with the League. The event will be held on Tuesday, January 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

In August 2010 Mr. Watson was selected as the City Manager of Oak Ridge after a 30-year career in local government. Prior to coming to Oak Ridge, Mr. Watson served as City Manager of six cities in Texas, Montana, and Arizona. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Public Administration.

 

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.

 

LWVOR is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of public policy through unbiased studies of public issues. Membership is open to both men and women. For more information, visit on line at lwvoakridge.org.

Worship: "Evolution's Arrow " - Rev. Jake Morrill
Jan
8
10:00 am10:00

Worship: "Evolution's Arrow " - Rev. Jake Morrill

On this day, we will welcome new members. We'll distribute the "reverse offering," sending gifts out into the community to be out to creative use. And we'll reflect on what it means to invest with no certain outcome. To plant seeds, not knowing what the spring holds. On this auspicious day, let's reflect on our relationship with mystery, and how we cast our line into it.