Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP: "With Heart and Hands and Voices" Rev. Jason Shelton

Wonder and worship are intimately connected, perhaps even one and the same. This morning we'll explore the roots of our communal spiritual practice, and play with some words that sometimes get in the way of our work. The Reverend Jason Shelton is an award-winning composer, arranger, conductor, song- and worship leader, workshop presenter, and coach for clergy and musicians looking to deepen their collaborative relationships. In 2017 he stepped down as Associate Minister for Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, which he served since 1998, and is now engaged in a music ministry at-large, focused on serving the musical resource needs of UU (and other liberal) congregations around the country. In addition to his UU ministry, Jason is the Artistic Director of Nashville's Portara Ensemble, a 32-voice chamber choir that is using the vocal arts to make an impact on our community.

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Worship:  "Divining the Body" Rev. Amy Beltaine
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Divining the Body" Rev. Amy Beltaine

Let us gather to find again the divinity of our miraculous bodies, our beautiful souls. If you have ever thought that your body is too fat or thin or your hearing aid is a flaw... If you have ever run into an inaccessible doorway, airplane seat or doctor’s intake form... Join us to re-member to re-divine our sacred selves. Let us stand, sit, walk, and roll together on the side of love for every-body! BIO- Reverend Amy Beltaine is a traveling spiritual director providing Sunday services, retreats, and spiritual mentoring as a UU ministry: Supporting helpers who worry about making a difference to recharge their spiritual verve. When Hawthorne and Amy are not pulling their little home behind them they are in Portland, Oregon with beagle (Zim) and cat (Annie). A graduate of Meadville Lombard School for the Ministry, Amy is on the steering committee of the UU Spiritual Directors’ network. Amy is an accredited Spiritual Director, certified Transitions Specialist, nearly life-long earth-honoring Process-Panentheist, and recent President of the Covenant of UU Pagans. Amy aspires to become a Love-Ninja.

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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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Worship: "50 Years Later: the Legacies of Stonewall- Rev. Laura Bogle
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "50 Years Later: the Legacies of Stonewall- Rev. Laura Bogle

WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Monica DeChanel, host of Drag Queen Storytime.  In honor of Pride month and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, we share stories of liberation, as well as continued challenges for LGBTQ+ folks in this country. 

 Stay after the service to help make signs for FUUF's presence in the annual KnoxPride parade.

 Musician – Hannah White

Board Member on Duty – Jennifer Spirko

 

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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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Book Discussion
Apr
14
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion

All are welcome to join us as we discuss the book “Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment” edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom. This book is the 2018-2019 Common Read for Unitarian Universalists, and is an anthology with writings by 14 acitivst ministers and lay leaders in Unitarian Universalism today. They examine ways that capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression intersect with and contribute to ecological devastation. In addition they explore how our faith calls us to the long-haul work for justice for our human kin, the Earth, and all life. Each essay is accompanied by suggested ways to take the next steps for further learning and action

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WORSHIP: "Time to Thrive" – Rev Laura Bogle
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP: "Time to Thrive" – Rev Laura Bogle

What lessons does Spring offer us as we consider stewardship of our individual and our congregational resources? At the Spring equinox we are restored to balance – a balance of light and dark, a balance of winter’s resting and summer’s creating. As spring unfurls its abundant beauty, giving it away freely, we consider what kind of balance we need for our congregation to thrive in the coming year.

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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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Building Bridges
May
25
12:00 AM00:00

Building Bridges

Multi-generational World Religions Study:

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)

Topic for April:  Humanism

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