Worship: "Coming Back to Life" Rev. Laura Bogle
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "Coming Back to Life" Rev. Laura Bogle

When our spirits or our relationships are fragmented, what restores us? When we feel desolate and empty, what nurtures and gives us life? What community practices encourage wholeness out of brokenness, and beauty out of ugliness?

Join us for a simple Easter service in the tradition of our Christian Unitarian and Universalist roots. An open table communion will be offered.

 

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Apr
28
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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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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May
26
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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Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

FUUF Film Series

THE CELLULOID CLOSET

The Bird & The Book

1509 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville

 A documentary exploring the history of the LGBTQ experience in cinema

Written by Armistead Maupin: narrated by Lily Tomlin; with commentary from Tony Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Fierstein, Quentin Crisp, Gore Vidal, Shirley MacLaine, Farley Granger, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Antonio Fargas, and many more.

 Rating: R (sexuality, violence, language)            Run Time: 1 Hour, 42 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
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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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Worship: "An Invitation" - Rev. Wayne Thomas

April 5-14 is Faith Climate Action Week.  Our guest, Rev. Wayne Thomas,  currently serves as a member of the Knoxville advisory group of Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light, an organization that seeks to mobilize a religious and spiritual response to climate change.  Rev. Thomas is a retired ordained  United Methodist minister who has served congregations in Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Rob Spirko-Worship Coordinator

Jan Coe- Musician

Jennifer Spirko-Board Member on duty 

Following the service, Rev. Laura will facilitate conversation based on the book "Justice on Earth: People of Faith working at the intersection of race, class and the environment”.

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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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WORSHIP: "Facing death With Life" Rev. Laura Bogle
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

WORSHIP: "Facing death With Life" Rev. Laura Bogle

Our annual All Souls service is a time when we remember those who have died and yet who are still present with us in Love. Bring photos or mementos of those you want to memorialize. Following the service, we will share a meal, and then re-convene for a Death Café conversation. This year's Death Cafe will be the first in an 8-part class entitled "Facing Death with Life." The Nov. 4 class is open to all. After that you must make a commitment to attend all sessions (this is not a drop-in class). More info about the class can be found in the newsletter.

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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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Meditation Group
May
17
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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Building Bridges
Apr
15
11:30 AM11:30

Building Bridges

This world religions program is designed to broaden your knowledge of humanity’s spiritual search and nurture a positive outlook toward other faiths and their followers. This is a multigenerational workshop; we invite youth (12+) and adults of all ages to participate. Please RSVP to: davidb4444@yahoo.com
 

Presenter Bio:  Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam, sitting with male and female scholars in seminaries in the Middle East, including traditional scholars in Damascus in the 1990s. Upon her return to the United States, she earned degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies from Georgia State University.
Since 2014, Zaynab Ansari has served as a scholar-in-residence for Tayseer Foundation, offering enrichment courses and halaqahs to women and youth in the Muslim Community of Knoxville, and working on interfaith dialogue. She is currently an instructor at Tayseer Seminary, which features a one-year intensive in Islamic Studies, drawing students from Tennessee and all regions of the United States.

Worship Assistant: Catherine Smith

 

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Mar
18
11:45 AM11:45

Building Bridges

 

This world religions program is designed to broaden your knowledge of humanity’s spiritual search and nurture a positive outlook toward other faiths and their followers. This is a multigenerational workshop; we invite youth (12+) and adults of all ages to participate. No participation limits.  Please RSVP for each session to:

davidb4444@yahoo.com.

March we will discuss Evangelical Christianity

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UU Pathways-Faith Development
Feb
11
11:30 AM11:30

UU Pathways-Faith Development

Join Rob Spirko Sunday after the service for the next installment of UU Pathways, where we explore key areas of what it means to be UU.

This month’s meeting is on faith development.  One of the key points of our congregational mission is to “encourage spiritual growth.” So—how do we encourage that spiritual growth? What does it mean to develop one’s faith?  We’ll talk about our own experiences with religious education, whether in “Sunday School” or other places, and look at the history and philosophy of UU faith development—and why we’re moving away from “religious education” to “faith development” as a term. We’ll also hear from people who have participated in or led Faith Development in our (and other) UU congregations.

UU Pathways is geared towards people newer to Unitarian Universalism, but having been to a few sessions last year—and now leading them—I can say it’s a good experience for someone who’s been around a while, as well.  Hope to see you on Sunday!

“How Shall Our Garden Grow”
 

Link to Rev. Laura’s January 7th Sermon on her vision for ministry, including our shared ministry as a congregation https://betweenfaithandfear. blogspot.com/2018/01/201817- how-shall-our-garden-grow.html

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