Meditation Group
Sep
21
5:15pm 5:15pm

Meditation Group

 Meditation Group: 3rd Thursdays, 5:15 -6:00p at St. Andrews Episcopal Church

Our practice includes 20 minutes of reading followed by 20 minutes of silence. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to those with a long-established meditation practice. We meet the third Thursday of every month. For information about contact: Sue Neustel sneustel@msn.com 

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"Join the Broken Hearts Club: Practices for the Rebound" Rev. Laura Bogle
Sep
24
10:00am10:00am

"Join the Broken Hearts Club: Practices for the Rebound" Rev. Laura Bogle

The Hasidic Kotzer Rabbi famously said, “There is nothing so whole as a broken heart.”  Whether it’s a relationship or an election that broke your heart, you are not alone.  How might we bring those broken hearts to one another, practicing compassion, and finding a way forward?    This service will draw on the Jewish tradition of corporate atonement and forgiveness this time of year.

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Building Bridges
Sep
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Building Bridges

Building Bridges - Multi-generational World Religions Study:

Sun. Sept. 17 (11:30a)  Wed, Sept. 24 (6-8pm) - This year-long world religions program (3rd Sundays after worship and 4th Wed. from 6-8pm)  is designed to broaden your knowledge of humanity’s spiritual search and nurture a positive outlook toward other faiths and their followers. Multigenerational workshop for youth and adults of all ages. Contact: Rev. Laura (lbogle@uuma.org) or David Butcher (davidb4444@yahoo.com or 865-233-0280)

 

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Book Discussions
Oct
8
11:30am11:30am

Book Discussions

Being Mortal

The book discussion series this year (every other month on 2nd Sundays after worship) kicks off with Being Mortal by bestselling author Atul Gawande who explores how medicine can not only improve our lives, but also the process of its ending. Kathi Shiba and guest Dr. Annette Mendola (Ethicist, UT Graduate School of Medicine) will lead this important discussion. Everyone welcome. Contact: Kathie Shiba (Kathie.shiba@gmail.com or  865-387-7681)

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"It's Getting Hot in Here: Resilience in a Time of Climate Change" Rev. Laura Bogle
Sep
17
10:00am10:00am

"It's Getting Hot in Here: Resilience in a Time of Climate Change" Rev. Laura Bogle

The past few years many environmentalists have turned their attention to “climate resilience.”  Assuming that climate change is already happening and is accelerating, how might we adapt and create new ways of being that protect the most marginalized and endangered?  What might climate resilience in East Tennessee look like?  What are the spiritual and community resources we need?

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UU Pathways
Sep
10
11:30am11:30am

UU Pathways

Join us as we discuss important themes in Unitarian Universalist Congregationalist life. We will explore information related to UU worship, theology, history, social justice, faith development, and governance. Each workshop gives you an opportunity to explore your own theology and its intersection with UU traditions. Contact: Gladys Church (gladyschurch11@gmail.com or 865-681-4021 or Rob Spirko (rspirko@gmail.com or 865-696-7779).

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Worship “Why I’m a Christian and am glad you are not” Rev. Jake Morrill
Aug
20
10:00am10:00am

Worship “Why I’m a Christian and am glad you are not” Rev. Jake Morrill

Unitarian Universalism is a pluralist tradition that draws from six sources and evolves over time. Among our diversity, today's preacher, Jake Morrill, embraces Christianity as his primary spiritual path. This is his love letter to his fellow UU's who are Humanists, Pagans, and Otherwise.

 

Bio: Since 2003, Jake Morrill has been Lead Minister of the Oak Ridge UU Church; he is also Executive Director of the UU Christian Fellowship.

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Worship Shinto: The Way of the Gods:
Jul
23
10:00am10:00am

Worship Shinto: The Way of the Gods:

Jon Coffee – What do you know about Shinto? It is often said of the Shinto tradition that it cannot be explained, it must be experienced. This Sunday, TVUUC Chaplain of Pastoral Care, Jon Coffee, will share some of what he experienced at the 2000-year-old Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Japan. Tsubaki and the Unitarian Universalist Association have a relationship going back decades based on love and understanding across cultural and religious lines.

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Community Meditation Group at St. Andrews Church
Jul
20
5:15pm 5:15pm

Community Meditation Group at St. Andrews Church

Community Meditation Group

Thurs. June 15 at 5:15 pm at
St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Maryville

FUUF’s Meditation Group is partnering with the Centering Prayer group at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Our practice will include 20 minutes of reading, followed by 20 minutes of silence. Afterwards we'll have coffee and snacks for anyone who'd like to stay and chat. Centering prayer is a catholic form of meditation that includes using a sacred word like a mantra.  All are welcome to bring your own contemplative practice as we share space and share silence together.  There will be signs to lead people to the room, and Sue Neustel will be near the side entrance to help everybody find it. For more information, contact Sue Neustel at sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105.

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Jul
16
10:00am10:00am

Worship "Resist and Rejoice: Way of Knowing about the UUA General Assembly

Jennifer Spirko, worship coordinator, and Jan Coe, musician – Attendees will share their experiences of and lessons from June's Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, a national conference held in New Orleans. Important themes about racial justice wove through the gathering, both within our faith tradition and beyond it. Celebrate UUism in story and song, and reflect on the important work we have to do. GA's theme, "Resist and Rejoice" captures both the joyful spirit of working together and the crucial yet difficult work of resistance.

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WORSHIP: “Dear David” (Colleen EM Maillie)
Jun
18
10:00am10:00am

WORSHIP: “Dear David” (Colleen EM Maillie)

June 18 – 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “Dear David” (Colleen EM Maillie) – Everyone has doubts when it comes to faith, even pastors. But what happens when the doubting pastor discovers her new beliefs no longer align with her ordination vows? Colleen spent nearly three years corresponding with a retired former pastor as she tried to discern an uncertain future and her understanding of God. The message on June 18 will be an eavesdropping on excerpts of their correspondence.

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Worship Service: “Gifts of the Spirit” (Rev. Laura Bogle)
Jun
4
10:00am10:00am

Worship Service: “Gifts of the Spirit” (Rev. Laura Bogle)

“Gifts of the Spirit” (Rev. Laura Bogle) – It’s our annual Flower Communion service – bring a flower to add to our common vases, and go home with a different one.  We will be joining Unitarian congregations around the world marking the 95th anniversary of the first flower communion, started at the Unitarian Church of Prague. We’ll reflect on the particular gifts of the spirit we each bring, how to discern those gifts, and how it takes all of us to create and sustain the whole.

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WORSHIP: “The Costs of the American Dream” (Rev. Laura Bogle and “Be the Change” workshop participants)
May
21
10:00am10:00am

WORSHIP: “The Costs of the American Dream” (Rev. Laura Bogle and “Be the Change” workshop participants)

This Sunday, FUUF joins hundreds of congregations around the country who are focusing their worship and conversation on the topic white supremacy culture.  We are answering this call of UU leaders around the country who are people of color and indigenous, as well as white allies.  The organizers of the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn say: “ ‘White supremacy’ is a provocative phrase, as it conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Yet in 2017, actual ‘white supremacists’ are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. Building a faith full of people who understand that key distinction is essential as we work toward a more just society in difficult political times.”

Plan to stay after worship for a special opportunity to engage in further reflection and learning with the Blount County United Education Committee.

 

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Worship Service: “Priceless” (Rev. Laura Bogle)
May
7
10:00am10:00am

Worship Service: “Priceless” (Rev. Laura Bogle)

.10:00 am – WORSHIP: “Priceless” – As we turn to our monthly worship theme of “Money” we consider: What do we value most highly, and how can our personal and congregational spending get more and more in alignment with those commitments? And what can’t money buy in this day and age? What is truly priceless? During this service we will welcome new members, recognize a youth bridging to young adulthood, and celebrate the milestones of our lives in community.

11:00 am – POTLUCK & SPECIAL CELEBRATION – Following worship join in a potluck and special celebration of our year in gratitude for all the generous gifts of presence, love, and, yes, money given and received. There will also be games on the lawn for all ages and some special surprises for children and youth!

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 “Honoring the Web of Creation” (Rev. Laura Bogle)
Apr
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

“Honoring the Web of Creation” (Rev. Laura Bogle)

Special Location: Springbrook Park Pavilion in Alcoa

Join in community for story, song, inspiration and fellowship to honor the web of creation, and be reminded of our human part.  Together we can find the creative and hopeful ways to live differently in a time of climate change.  Refreshments and children’s activities will be offered. Bring your own chair or blanket for sitting in the lawn. In case of rain we will gather under the pavilion. A love offering will be collected to support TN Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit network of faith communities with the mission of “upholding the sacredness of all life, protection of vulnerable communities, and caring for the Earth.”

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Mar
26
10:00am10:00am

WORSHIP: “Celebrating Social Justice Sunday: Our Refugee Neighbors”

WORSHIP: “Celebrating Social Justice Sunday: Our Refugee Neighbors” (Drocella Mugorewera, Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville) – Join with other Unitarian Universalists as we answer the UUA’s call for congregations to focus on social justice especially on this particular Sunday. Our guest will be Drocella Mugorewera, Executive Director of Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville. She will share her reflections on the experiences of our refugee neighbors in Knoxville. The offering from this worship service will be donated to Bridge Refugee Services.

 

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WORSHIP: “What binds us together, what sets us free”  Part II (Rev. Lara Bogle)
Mar
19
10:00am10:00am

WORSHIP: “What binds us together, what sets us free” Part II (Rev. Lara Bogle)

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not a creedal, faith.  What does it mean to be in a covenantal relationship?  How can boundaries and accountability be compassionate and loving?  How might we find freedom and liberation within relationship?  

This Sunday, Part II, will focus on how our covenantal faith calls us to be in relationship with other UU congregations, with members of our wider community, with those on the margins, and those at the center of power. 

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Community Mediatation Group (at St. Andrews)
Mar
16
5:15pm 5:15pm

Community Mediatation Group (at St. Andrews)

Community Meditation Group

Thurs. March 16 at 5:15 pm
at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Maryville

FUUF’s Meditation Group is partnering with the Centering Prayer group at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  Our practice will include 20 minutes of reading, followed by 20 minutes of silence. Afterwards we'll have coffee and snacks for anyone who'd like to stay and chat. Centering prayer is a catholic form of meditation that includes using a sacred word like a mantra.  All are welcome to bring your own contemplative practice as we share space and share silence together.  There will be signs to lead people to the room, and Sue Neustel will be near the side entrance to help everybody find it. For more information, contact Sue Neustel at sneustel@msn.com or 505-205-7105.

 

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