Mother Goose
Apr
18
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. ORUUC 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike

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Worship:  "Doing What Scares You" Rev. Jake Morrill
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Doing What Scares You" Rev. Jake Morrill

"Living things tend to love homeostasis (not changing). But, if we're going to stay fresh? If we're going to stay alive? We're going to need to learn to do what we haven't done before. Whether this is continuing on after the loss of a loved one, or facing a difficult diagnosis, or making a career change, or saying a difficult truth, this life will ask us to do what scares us. So, how do we do it? How do we marshall the wherewithal to take that big leap? On this Sunday, let's reflect on what we're up against in our own lives, and how we might do what scares us.

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Mother Goose
Mar
7
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. ORUUC 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike

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PFLAG
Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

PFLAG

PFLAG will meet Monday, Jan. 14 at First United Methodist Church, Choir, room at 6:45 social time, 7 pm meeting.  The topic will be ‘LGBTQ Community Connections’ with representatives of several organizations present, including the Gay Men’s Chorus.  Park in lot closest to Turnpike, go in lower office entrance.” 

 

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Lunch With the League
Dec
4
11:45 AM11:45

Lunch With the League

Speaker: Stephen Lyn Bales, Senior Naturalist, Ijams Nature Center.
Topic: "Natural Beauty and the Interaction of Flora and Fauna at Ijams Nature Center."

The public is invited, and no reservations are necessary. Lunches are provided on a first-come basis for $8 or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP: “Weaving a New Vision"

 When Dr. King spoke of the Beloved Community, he had in mind a particular picture of what society could look like. But, even as his own vision evolved over his own public life, so, too, has the vision of the Beloved Community evolved in the years after his death. What is the Beloved Community in our time? How might it expand even more? And, through all of the change, what holds it all together?

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Trunk or Treat at ORUUC
Oct
26
1:30 PM13:30

Trunk or Treat at ORUUC

Our annual trunk or treat event will be held this Sunday, October 28th beginning at 1 pm. We will be offering games, crafts and prizes along with trunk or treating. The youth will be selling lunch for your convenience. New this year: we will have supplies available @ noon to decorate the cars. We will have a donation bin available in the church lobby in the weeks leading up to the event to collect costumes and prizes along with candy and decorating supplies. If you would like to participate please don't let any financial concern stop you. This event is open to everyone! Please contact Whitney Cole at 865-394-0625 with any questions or concerns regarding this event. We hope to see you there!

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Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: “The Paths of Life”

The spiritual journey can be understood as a dance moving in and out of four mystical paths, each with their own gifts: awe and wonder; letting go; creativity; compassion and justice. These "cycles of life" are born out of the seasons of the planet and remind us that there is a time for everything and that fluctuations of the spirit are part of being human. Can we accept the Holy invitation to move fully into all the rhythms of life? 

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Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP "Creation as Blessing"

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
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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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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  “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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