Worship: "Sacrificial Giving Part 1: Saying No to Sarificial Suffering" - Rev. Laura Bogle
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Sacrificial Giving Part 1: Saying No to Sarificial Suffering" - Rev. Laura Bogle

Some of us carry the legacies of sacrificial theology that has done real harm to us or to people we love. Does sacrifice really serve the flourishing of life or simply cause suffering?  Who in our society is asked to sacrifice the most, and on whose altar?  How do we say ‘no’ to sacrifice that causes suffering?

 

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Book Discussion
Oct
20
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion

“Faith for the UnBeliever” 

Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Oct. 20 @ 11:30am Smith Life Event Center
Unitarian Universalism as a whole has sometimes been described as theologically agnostic. What does it mean to have uncertainty at the center of our faith? How do we live a life of wondering, while also having a grounded faith of substance? Join us as we discuss the book “Faith for the UnBeliever” by Daniel Chesney Kanter
August 25 – Faith and Belief (Forward-p. 14), September 15 – Trust (pp. 15-36), September 22 – Loyalty (pp. 37-48), & October 20 – World View and Becoming Faithful (pp. 49-end).
Please RSVP to Facilitator: Rev. Laura Bogle lbogle@uuma.org
Our FUUF library has several copies to loan. Can also be purchased at: www.uuabookstore.org

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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP: "Sacrificial Giving Part 2: A Radical Yes" Rev. Laura Bogle

The leader of the United Farmworkers Union Cesar Chavez wrote, “it is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of humanity is to sacrifice ourselves for something higher–that which we believe in and love deeply.”

Each one of us every day makes sacrifices big and small for others.  Our interdependence with all of life means we can’t escape that our lives are actually upheld by the labor of others as well as the lives of plants and animals and the energy of the sun and earth.  Our Unitarian Universalist values ask us to be mindful of what we are sacrificing and what we are asking others to sacrifice.

What sacrifices are life-giving and rooted in love of self and others? What are you willing to risk to say ‘yes’ to something bigger than yourself?  

 

Musician – David Dunkirk

Invitation to Generosity – Jennifer Spirko

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Foothills Fall Frolic
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Foothills Fall Frolic

Frolic for a cause! Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is teaming up with Family Promise of Blount County for an afternoon of music, finger foods and fun, featuring a lineup of performers that will culminate in a concert by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. You can also look forward to a silent auction for an enticing array of goods and services!

Tickets are $20 for ages 16 and up and $5 for ages 5-15, with a maximum of $50 for a family. (Children under 5 get in free.) All proceeds, from admission and the auction (after costs) will be divided 50/50 between Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Family Promise of Blount County.

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/523974154838490/  

To purchase tickets directly online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foothills-fall-frolic-tickets-71519517803

To donate an item, service, or event to the silent auction: https://forms.gle/GPnJFK3zUyeuDyaR7 

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Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Development: The Immigration Experience

A Journey of Belonging: A UU Exploration of  the Immigrant Experience

Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, & Jan. 7 @ 6:00pm FUUF Habitat Office
Sessions will draw on local stories, discussion, art, guest speakers, film, and music as we explore the immigrant experience. Topics include: why people leave their home countries, what it’s like living in the shadows in the U.S., how women and children face additional threats, basic immigration terms and policies, how to talk about immigration justice across differences and from a UU faith perspective, pathways to action, and concrete opportunities to show up in solidarity with local immigrants. 

Sessions are stand-alone and open to adults and children, middle grades and up. Information: brewer.sherry@gmail.com or crystal.colter@maryvillecollege.edu

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Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Development: The Immigration Experience

A Journey of Belonging: A UU Exploration of  the Immigrant Experience

Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, & Jan. 7 @ 6:00pm FUUF Habitat Office
Sessions will draw on local stories, discussion, art, guest speakers, film, and music as we explore the immigrant experience. Topics include: why people leave their home countries, what it’s like living in the shadows in the U.S., how women and children face additional threats, basic immigration terms and policies, how to talk about immigration justice across differences and from a UU faith perspective, pathways to action, and concrete opportunities to show up in solidarity with local immigrants. 

Sessions are stand-alone and open to adults and children, middle grades and up. Information: brewer.sherry@gmail.com or crystal.colter@maryvillecollege.edu

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP Rev. Chris Battle

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October 6 – Worship – Rev. Chris Battle – Worship Coordinators – Jennifer Spirko & Karen Reed

Rev. Christopher R. Battle, Sr., is a native of Cincinnati, OH. 

He presently serves as Lead Pastor of the “Underground”. A fellowship that believes that the church was intended to be a mission, rather than an institution. Church was not meant to be an address on the map, or an appointment on the calendar, but rather it is who we are. The Underground is our attempt to recapture that intent. We don’t think our job is to “invite folks to church,” but rather to be the church wherever we have the passion and the opportunity to be.

He is the Farm Operator of BattleField Farm. An Urban Farm dedicated to fighting food insecurity in East Knoxville.

He is married to the former Julia Tomma Buckner and they have eighteen children.

 

Musician – Jan Coe

Invitation to Generosity – Rob Spirko

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Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Development: The Immigration Experience

A Journey of Belonging: A UU Exploration of  the Immigrant Experience

Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, & Jan. 7 @ 6:00pm FUUF Habitat Office
Sessions will draw on local stories, discussion, art, guest speakers, film, and music as we explore the immigrant experience. Topics include: why people leave their home countries, what it’s like living in the shadows in the U.S., how women and children face additional threats, basic immigration terms and policies, how to talk about immigration justice across differences and from a UU faith perspective, pathways to action, and concrete opportunities to show up in solidarity with local immigrants. 

Sessions are stand-alone and open to adults and children, middle grades and up. Information: brewer.sherry@gmail.com or crystal.colter@maryvillecollege.edu

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Book Discussion
Sep
22
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion

“Faith for the UnBeliever” 

Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Oct. 20 @ 11:30am Smith Life Event Center
Unitarian Universalism as a whole has sometimes been described as theologically agnostic. What does it mean to have uncertainty at the center of our faith? How do we live a life of wondering, while also having a grounded faith of substance? Join us as we discuss the book “Faith for the UnBeliever” by Daniel Chesney Kanter
August 25 – Faith and Belief (Forward-p. 14), September 15 – Trust (pp. 15-36), September 22 – Loyalty (pp. 37-48), & October 20 – World View and Becoming Faithful (pp. 49-end).
Please RSVP to Facilitator: Rev. Laura Bogle lbogle@uuma.org
Our FUUF library has several copies to loan. Can also be purchased at: www.uuabookstore.org

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Book Discussion
Sep
15
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion

“Faith for the UnBeliever” 

Aug. 25, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Oct. 20 @ 11:30am Smith Life Event Center
Unitarian Universalism as a whole has sometimes been described as theologically agnostic. What does it mean to have uncertainty at the center of our faith? How do we live a life of wondering, while also having a grounded faith of substance? Join us as we discuss the book “Faith for the UnBeliever” by Daniel Chesney Kanter
August 25 – Faith and Belief (Forward-p. 14), September 15 – Trust (pp. 15-36), September 22 – Loyalty (pp. 37-48), & October 20 – World View and Becoming Faithful (pp. 49-end).
Please RSVP to Facilitator: Rev. Laura Bogle lbogle@uuma.org
Our FUUF library has several copies to loan. Can also be purchased at: www.uuabookstore.org

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Sep
3
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Development: The Immigration Experience

A Journey of Belonging: A UU Exploration of  the Immigrant Experience

Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, & Jan. 7 @ 6:00pm FUUF Habitat Office
Sessions will draw on local stories, discussion, art, guest speakers, film, and music as we explore the immigrant experience. Topics include: why people leave their home countries, what it’s like living in the shadows in the U.S., how women and children face additional threats, basic immigration terms and policies, how to talk about immigration justice across differences and from a UU faith perspective, pathways to action, and concrete opportunities to show up in solidarity with local immigrants. 

Sessions are stand-alone and open to adults and children, middle grades and up. Information: brewer.sherry@gmail.com or crystal.colter@maryvillecollege.edu

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Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Cosmic Imperfection" Juniper Stinnett

July 7 – Worship – “Cosmic Imperfection” – Juniper Stinnett – Worship Coordinator – Beth Bannock
 Juniper Stinnett has been an influential force within Knoxville’s trans community since coming out 7 years ago. She is a member of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church where she serves as Youth Program’s Coordinator, an occasional guest musician, and as of August 2018, a sponsored seminarian attending Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago where she is pursuing her Masters of Divinity in order to live out her call to the ministry. Juniper is a former vice president of the Knoxville Trans Empowerment Project, the recipient of the 2018 Community Shares “Artist of Change” award, and a member of the TRUUsT (Trans Unitarian Universalists Together) steering committee.

Musician – Hannah White

Acting as Board Member on Duty – Kathie Shiba

Musician – David Dunkirk

Board Member on Duty – Beth Bannock

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FUUF Annual Plant Sale
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

FUUF Annual Plant Sale

New Life!  Fertility!  Rebirth!


Do you (or your family, friend, or neighbor) have a favorite plant that you would love to share with someone else?  What about that plant that is in desperate need of division and repotting?  Or have you sown so many seeds that you would be willing to share because there’s no way you can use that much basil?  What about an extra set of gardening tools you bought on sale but have never used?  Sounds like you have some potential donations!!

Help Support the inaugural FUUF Spring Plant Sale fundraiser!

We will be having a Spring Plant Sale on June 2, 2019 in conjunction with the annual Flower Ceremony.  We are asking for donations of plants and plant-related items from our members and friends for the sale.  The money raised from the sale of the donated plants and plant-related items goes to support the congregational ministries and mission. 

If you would like to make a plant or item donation for the sale, please notify Michael Hatcher at mlhatcher2017@gmail.com no later than Sunday, May 26th so we can have an idea of the number of items to expect.  Additional information will be sent out via email and posted on Facebook for those making donations, such as dates, times, information needed, etc.
If you have items to donate, please make sure they meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Plants should be alive and healthy (expected to stay alive, disease-free)

  • Non-living items (books, pots, tools, etc.) should be in good condition

Let’s share the bounty of Spring with each other!

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May
26
3:00 PM15:00

FUUF Film Series

1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville (Behind Southland Books)
THE BIRD AND THE BOOK
‘IKIRU’
Written and Directed by Akira Kurosawa
This month’s selection:
Join us as we explore and discuss a variety of outstanding films.


Synopsis from IMDb:  Kanji Watanabe is a civil servant. He has worked in the same department for 30 years. His life is pretty boring and monotonous, though he once used to have passion and drive. Then one day he discovers that he has stomach cancer and has less than a year to live. After the initial depression he sets about living for the first time in over 20 years. Then he realizes that his limited time left is not just for living life to the fullest but to leave something meaningful behind.
 
This film has received acclaim as a masterpiece of cinema from numerous critics and has a 100% positive rating from critics at the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes
 
Rating: Not Rated (This film is suitable for all ages)       Run Time: 143 minutes
 
The intention of this series is to provide the possibility for members of our congregation to experience a story together through the medium of film and, afterward, reflect, analyze, criticize, and otherwise express our reactions in an atmosphere conducive to spiritual growth.
 
Following the film there will be a brief discussion. Beverages will be available for purchase.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT DAVID BUTCHER at davidb4444@yahoo.com

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Upstander Training

 1039 Hampshire Dr. (Habitat Professional Building)

Have you ever encountered harassment or bullying but didn't know how to help? Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) teaches skills to be an Upstander instead of a Bystander.

FUUFers get first dibs at a limited number of slots.

Registration is required before April 1st.  Please register here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2S7X2VT

Sponsored by Blount County SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)

Learn more about SURJ https://blountcountysurj.weebly.com/

Email SURJ blountcountysurj@gmail.com

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Becoming an Activist
Mar
24
11:30 AM11:30

Becoming an Activist

Activism is much more than marching and protesting in the streets. Making the change you want to see in the world means finding the perfect match between your gifts and the needs of the world.

Join us for a workshop focused on finding your personal activism path. Using activities, exercises, and feedback you will

-      Find your passion for activism.

-      Identify the skills and knowledge you have for making change.

-      Understand your motivation and how it affects your activism.

-      Find activism that makes an impact on your cause.

 

Terri Lyon, facilitator, earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A licensed Psychologist, she is a Contributing Faculty member at Walden University, where she teaches in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Her career experiences range from government survey researcher to training manager at a Fortune 500 company. She has presented her work at academic, psychology, apprenticeship, and business conferences. She is treasurer of a federal credit union and a professional arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau.

 

Animal, environmental, and consumer activism are her focus.


Questions? Contact Kathie Shiba, kathie.shiba@gmail.com, 865.387.7681

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Meditation Group
Mar
21
5:15 PM17:15

Meditation Group

Come as frequently as you like for our weekly Centering Prayer meditation practice -- 20 minutes of reading, followed by 20 minutes of silence. Coffee and snacks are available afterward. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Sue Neustel @ sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105

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Mar
17
11:30 AM11:30

Third Sunday Brunch

Every third Sunday of the month you are welcome to join a group of FUUF friends who enjoy going out to eat together. The chosen location is the Pearson Dining Hall on the campus of Maryville College. Because this Hall is basically in the center of campus, the parking lots that allow us to park as Visitors will require a fair amount of walking. The cost of the Brunch is $8.50 per person which includes various food stations like pizza, salads, hot meals with veggies, and desserts. This is a " low key " activity and no notification is necessary. Simply show up after church service. For more information, or if you would like to follow us for your first time, please call Karen Withers at 740-8111 or Christy Walsh at 379-7904.

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Meditation Group
Mar
14
5:15 PM17:15

Meditation Group

Meditation Group: Every Thursday, 5:15 -6:00p at St. Andrews Episcopal Church

Come as frequently as you like for our weekly Centering Prayer meditation practice -- 20 minutes of reading, followed by 20 minutes of silence. Coffee and snacks are available afterward. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Sue Neustel @ sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105

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Meditation Group
Mar
7
5:15 PM17:15

Meditation Group

Come as frequently as you like for our weekly Centering Prayer meditation practice -- 20 minutes of reading, followed by 20 minutes of silence. Coffee and snacks are available afterward. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Sue Neustel @ sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105

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Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

FUUF Film Series

THE BIRD AND THE BOOK
 1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville (Behind Southland Books)

 Join us as we explore and discuss a variety of outstanding films.
 ‘DOUBT’
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis

Synopsis from IMDb:  It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. 

Rating: PG-13          Run Time: 1 Hour, 44 minutes
The intention of this series is to provide the possibility for members of our congregation to experience a story together through the medium of film and, afterward, reflect, analyze, criticize, and otherwise express our reactions in an atmosphere conducive to spiritual growth.
Following the film there will be a brief discussion. Beverages will be available for purchase.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT DAVID BUTCHER at davidb4444@yahoo.com

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Book Discussion
Jan
13
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion

All are welcome to join us as we discuss the book “An African American and Latinx History of the US” by Paul Ortiz. Ortiz presents an intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights spanning more than 200 years. Inclusive and timely, this is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists, revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the US today. In February or March (TBD), FUUF will join other UU congregations to visit The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL, which uses interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terror lynching, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system.
Dr. Frances Henderson, Assoc. Professor of Political Science at Maryville College, will lead our discussion..
 

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"Dessert & Dialogue"
Jan
6
12:15 PM12:15

"Dessert & Dialogue"

After the First Sunday potluck, newcomers and anyone else interested, are invited to join Rev. Laura and others for this small-group opportunity to ask questions, learn more about FUUF and each other.  Please RSVP to Christy Walsh at 865.809.7012.
 

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Meditation Group
Jan
3
5:15 PM17:15

Meditation Group

Meditation Group: Every Thursday, 5:15 -6:00p at St. Andrews Episcopal Church

FUUF’s Meditation Group is partnering with the Centering Prayer group at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Centering prayer is a catholic form of meditation that includes using a sacred word like a mantra.  All are welcome to bring his/her own contemplative practice as we share space and share silence together.  There will be signs to lead people to the room.  For more information, contact Sue Neustel at sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105.

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Meditation Group
Dec
27
5:15 PM17:15

Meditation Group

Meditation Group: Every Thursday, 5:15 -6:00p at St. Andrews Episcopal Church

FUUF’s Meditation Group is partnering with the Centering Prayer group at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Centering prayer is a catholic form of meditation that includes using a sacred word like a mantra.  All are welcome to bring his/her own contemplative practice as we share space and share silence together.  There will be signs to lead people to the room.  For more information, contact Sue Neustel at sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105.

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Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

FUUF Film Series

The Bird & Book

1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville

“UMBERTO D.”

 

The Italian Neo-realist masterpiece, directed by Vittorio de Sica, is suitable for all ages and runs 1 hour, 29 minutes.  Following the film there will be a brief discussion.

 

Review from IMDb:  This is storytelling at its simplest and most beautiful. An old man – his sole companion, a dog – tries to survive on a fixed, tight income while being mistreated by his landlady. De Sica brilliantly captures the despair of his protagonist and makes this film unforgettably powerful. It deserves to be seen by everyone, not just those who enjoy foreign-language films.  “Unberto D” truly is one of the greatest films ever made.

 

Beverages will be available for purchase.  For more information, contact David Butcher at davidb4444@yahoo.com

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Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

FUUF Film Series

The Bird & Book

1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville

(Behind Southland Books)

Join us as we explore and discuss a variety of outstanding films.

This month’s selection:

COCO

From Disney Pictures & Pixar Animation Studios

 Synopsis from IMDb:  Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Rating: PG (This film is suitable for all ages)                  Run Time: 1 Hour, 45 minutes

 Following the film there will be a brief discussion. Beverages will be available for purchase.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT DAVID BUTCHER at davidb4444@yahoo.com

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Book Discussions
Oct
14
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussions

Join us as we discuss the book “Refugee” by Alan Gratz for three interrelated stories about courage, survival, and home. (which is this year’s 1 Book/1 Read/1 Community selection for Blount County Schools - Grades 5 through adults). Gratz presents three interrelated stories about courage, survival, and the quest for home.

Discussion leader will be Mr. Kim Trevathan, Assoc. Professor of Writing Communication at Maryville College. Contact: kathie.shiba@gmail.com or 865.387.7681

 

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May
29
4:30 PM16:30

Welcome Table

New Providence Presbyterian Church

The Welcome Table provides a meal and a place of welcome to anyone in need.  Our fellowship helps serve the meal on each 5th Tuesday of the month.  Please join FUUF’s Catherine Smith on May 29th.  For more information, contact Catherine at 865.227.3477

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