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.

 

Lunch with the League of Women Voters
Feb
7
12:00 pm12:00

Lunch with the League of Women Voters

Lunch with the League 11:45, lunch; 12–1. Speaker: Diane Ward, Vice President for Student Learning, Roane State Community College. Topic: “The Success of Middle College at RSCC and Area High Schools.”

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.

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.