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?

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.


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.

PFLAG Meeting - "Lady Valor"
Jan
9
6:30 pm18:30

PFLAG Meeting - "Lady Valor"

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments and a Movie - Everyone invited!
First United Methodist Church
1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN
Fellowship Hall - Use Vienna Road entrance
“Lady Valor”
"Lady Valor" is the story of a Navy Seal's transition.
Social time will start at 6:30, movie at 6:45.
The movie is 90 minutes long so we’ll adjourn about 8:15
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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: "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.

 

Christmas Eve Service and Cookie Potluck
Dec
24
4:00 pm16:00

Christmas Eve Service and Cookie Potluck

Please join us for for our Christmas Eve service.  We'll start with music in our sanctuary at 4 pm, followed by our Christmas Eve service at 5 pm and then enjoy the cookie potluck in our social hall (bring your favorite Christmas cookies to share) at 7 pm.

Worship: "The No-Rehearse Pageant" - Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Dec
18
10:00 am10:00

Worship: "The No-Rehearse Pageant" - Rev. Tandy Scheffler

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?

Lunch with the League: "The Future of DOE Waste Disposal in Oak Ridge"
Dec
6
11:30 am11:30

Lunch with the League: "The Future of DOE Waste Disposal in Oak Ridge"

Perspective on the Future Legacy of DOE Waste Disposal
in Oak Ridge

DOE's current proposal for a new disposal site for waste from ongoing cleanups, and some concerns that have been raised regarding the DOE proposal, will be the subject of Ellen Smith's presentation at the next Lunch with the League. The event will be held at 11:45 a.m. onTuesday, December6, in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. 

Smith is on the staff of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division. She is a member of the Oak Ridge City Council where she serves are Mayor Pro Tem. 

"Although I am employed by UT-Battelle at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I am not speaking as an ORNL employee. Instead, I am speaking as a citizen with a professional background in waste management and groundwater. I have been engaged with the topic of Oak Ridge waste for several decades from a variety of perspectives as a Lab employee, citizen, member of environmental advisory boards, and elected city leader," said Smith.

 Smith earned a master's degree in Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a bachelor's degree in geology from Carleton College - Northfield, Minnesota.

 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 Service: "How Healing Happens" - Rev. Jake Morrill
Dec
4
10:00 am10:00

Worship Service: "How Healing Happens" - Rev. Jake Morrill

When you skin your knee, healing starts almost at once. When you lose a loved one, the same is true. The process of love is always operative within and around us. But it can be harder to chart grief than a skinned knee. Let's talk about how we live through and survive what we never wanted. Let's talk about how healing happens.

Worship Service: "Feast and Famine" (Rev. Tandy Scheffler)
Nov
20
10:00 am10:00

Worship Service: "Feast and Famine" (Rev. Tandy Scheffler)

This Thanksgiving Sunday we partake of our annual bread communion and give thanks for the bounty in our lives. We also shine a light on lives lived on the margins of our culture, as we observe Transgender Remembrance Day, and hear from those who are standing firm at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

"What Prayer can Do"
Nov
6
10:00 pm22:00

"What Prayer can Do"

Sunday, November 6th, 10:00 AM Service

“What Prayer Can Do”     Rev Jake Morrill

Prayer is often seen narrowly, as making a wish and expecting it to be realized.  Or as talking to an imaginary friend. At least, these are things that a skeptic might say.  But is there a way to engage prayer from what some would call “post-critical naiveté?”  Let’s ponder prayer in a new light, and consider what it can and can’t do. 

As we do, we’ll clarify our own relationship to one another, and the cosmos.

 

Lunch with the League of Women Voters: “Human Sex Trafficking in Tennessee”
Nov
1
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch with the League of Women Voters: “Human Sex Trafficking in Tennessee”

Human sex trafficking has been defined as modern day slavery, a travesty that is hidden in plain sight. It happens in every zip code and crosses all socio-economic, educational, and racial lines. Tennessee is no exception. 

 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (T.B.I.) Special Agent-in-Charge Margie Quin will give her perspective on human sex trafficking in Tennessee at the next Lunch with the League on Tuesday, November 1. The program will be at 12 noon in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

 Quin will discuss what’s being done to combat human sex trafficking in Tennessee. “We’re working toward helping victims of trafficking and taking these predators off the streets,” said Quin.

 The US Department of Human Services defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.

 Quin received her B.S. in Criminology with a Minor in Communication from Auburn University and graduated from the 241st session of the F.B.I. National Academy. During her seventeen years with the T.B.I., her assignments include the Middle Tennessee Drug Division, Technical Services Unit and she was promoted in April of 2007 to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, housed within the Tennessee Fusion Center.

 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.

Concert: Love Has Broken Down the Walls: Celebrating LGBTQ Youth
Oct
25
7:00 pm19:00

Concert: Love Has Broken Down the Walls: Celebrating LGBTQ Youth

Love Has Broken Down the Walls: Celebrating LGBTQ Youth
Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 pm
Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church

 Celebrating LGBTQ youth in East Tennessee and beyond, the program will feature stories and music, including the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus, the MCC Knoxville Choir, the ORUUC Mighty Choir and Mighty House Band.

A $5.00 donation at the door will go to support the activities of the Gay Straight Alliances of Oak Ridge High School and Clinton High School.

"In the Beginning"  Rev. Jake Morrill
Oct
23
10:00 pm22:00

"In the Beginning" Rev. Jake Morrill

The Book of Genesis and the Gospel of John both put forth notions of how the world began.  In the last century, scientists have described another origin story, the Big Bang, that seems at odds with those familiar stories.  Sometimes, people assume that these contradict each other.  Do they?  As we contemplate the cosmos, how can faith and science be reconciled, and even strengthen one another?

 

Blossom Angel Fundraising Lunch and Plant Sale
Oct
9
11:30 am11:30

Blossom Angel Fundraising Lunch and Plant Sale

The ORUUC Blossom Angels group is hosting a fundraiser lunch to raise funds for the Blossom Center for Childhood Excellence.

The Blossom Center offers a “home-away-from-home” experience for children, whose parents are unavailable to care for them during any time of the day. Childcare is available around the clock (24/7)—including overnight care—all year round to enable parents to work second, third, and weekend shifts. Trained staff is on hand to provide care 24/7. Healthy home cooked meals are served all day long, in a clean and nurturing environment.

We will also be having a Plant Sale to raise funds for the Blossom Center.  Ourplant sale October 9th will benefit the Blossom Center for Childhood Excellence.  Do you have plants or pots you no longer want?  Do you divide your perennials and then have nowhere to plant them?  Donate them to our sale! We will also have manure donated from a farm and plants donated by local businesses. 

"Reparations"
Oct
9
10:00 am10:00

"Reparations"

Sunday, October 9, 10:00 AM
"Reparations" - Rev.Jake Morrill leading the service
The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is a time for atonement, for making peace with the Holy, with loved ones, with those who you’ve injured. What about a whole society? Many African-Americans, and their allies, advocate for reparations. And what about others, injured in the process of making America? Native Americans, for instance? How do we live ethically in relationship to the past? How, in light of our national promises, do we begin again?

"Individual & Collective Climate Solutions" prented by Mary Headrick
Oct
6
7:30 pm19:30

"Individual & Collective Climate Solutions" prented by Mary Headrick

Come hear Mary Headrick discuss
"Individual & Collective Climate Solutions"
Thursday October 6 at 7:30 PM

Climate activist Mary Headrick, M.D. will be coming to ORUUC to discuss the importance of both collective actions, and "next steps" attendees can take can take to effectively reduce our carbon footprint. 
Mary Headrick is a former Oak Ridger, ORNL computer scientist, physician and two time congressional candidate. She serves on the boards ofPhysicians for Social Responsibility - Tennessee Chapter, and the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club.

Her discussion is scheduled to take place after Pot Luck in the Social Hall.

“Planting Seeds: Wildflower Sunday” Rev. Tandy Scheffler
Oct
2
10:00 am10:00

“Planting Seeds: Wildflower Sunday” Rev. Tandy Scheffler

Sunday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM Service
“Planting Seeds: Wildflower Sunday” Rev. Tandy Scheffler
In this time of the Jewish new year, we take up the question, “What needs weeding
and what needs planting in our lives?” This service concludes in the church’s wildflower garden.  Everyone is invited to bring wildflower seeds to scatter. This first Sunday in October marks the beginning of our3rd year at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. We honor the occasion with new beginnings in our lives and in our garden.