Oct
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

Civil Rights, Uncivil Times

 "A Time for Justice:  America’s Civil Rights Movement"

Film and Discussion Series at the Blount County Library, Learning Lab (adjoining the library parking lot).  Each film is approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by “a vibrant discussion of the current racial justice issues it raises.”

The film series is co-sponsored by TWIKTAR, SURJ and Blount County United’s Education Committee and funded through a bequest to Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Talking with Kids and Teens about Race (TWIKTAR) is a community education initiative of Blount County United, Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Highland Presbyterian Church, Maryville College Diversity Action Team, Maryville College Office of Multicultural Affairs, St. Paul AME Zion Church, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). 

 

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Building Bridges
Oct
25
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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Meditation Group
Oct
26
10:30am10:30am

Meditation Group

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

Meditation, previously the third Thursday of each month, has officially been changed to every Thursday of the month.  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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WORSHIP: “All Souls Service” – (Rev. Laura)
Oct
29
10:00am10:00am

WORSHIP: “All Souls Service” – (Rev. Laura)

WORSHIP: “All Souls Service” – (Rev. Laura) - 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.  You are invited to bring photos and mementos of those you wish to memorialize—family members, friends, ancestors, public figures.  There will be a time to speak aloud their names.  We will be blessed by the music of instrumental guitarist Sheri Matascik.

Following the service, we will share cake and then re-convene for a Death Café conversation. Death Cafés have happened all over the world, and have no agenda or directed goal but to provide space for people to discuss death and dying—a rare opportunity in our culture.

A note to Parents:  The worship service is meant for all ages.  Your children might want to participate by bringing a photo or drawing or reminder of a grandparent who has died, or perhaps a beloved pet.  During the Death Café a kid space (for children under 12) with a caregiver will be set up to enable adults (and teens with parental accompaniment) to participate fully in the conversation.

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Nov
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Civil Rights, Uncivil Times

"Selma:  The Bridge to the Ballot"

Film and Discussion Series at the Blount County Library, Learning Lab (adjoining the library parking lot).  Each film is approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by “a vibrant discussion of the current racial justice issues it raises.”

The film series is co-sponsored by TWIKTAR, SURJ and Blount County United’s Education Committee and funded through a bequest to Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Talking with Kids and Teens about Race (TWIKTAR) is a community education initiative of Blount County United, Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Highland Presbyterian Church, Maryville College Diversity Action Team, Maryville College Office of Multicultural Affairs, St. Paul AME Zion Church, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). 

 

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Nov
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Civil Rights, Uncivil Times

"Mighty Times:  The Children’s March"

Film and Discussion Series at the Blount County Library, Learning Lab (adjoining the library parking lot).  Each film is approximately 40 minutes and will be followed by “a vibrant discussion of the current racial justice issues it raises.”

The film series is co-sponsored by TWIKTAR, SURJ and Blount County United’s Education Committee and funded through a bequest to Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  Talking with Kids and Teens about Race (TWIKTAR) is a community education initiative of Blount County United, Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Highland Presbyterian Church, Maryville College Diversity Action Team, Maryville College Office of Multicultural Affairs, St. Paul AME Zion Church, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). 

 

 

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Meditation Group
Oct
19
10:30am10:30am

Meditation Group

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

Meditation, previously the third Thursday of each month, has officially been changed to every Thursday of the month.  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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Worship "Missing the Mark" – (Rev. Tandy Scheffler)
Oct
15
10:00am10:00am

Worship "Missing the Mark" – (Rev. Tandy Scheffler)

October 15 – WORSHIP:  "Missing the Mark" – (Rev. Tandy Scheffler) - In this season of High Holy Days in the Jewish faith, Yom Kippur is an opportunity to review the past year and make atonement for sins--those places where we have fallen short, missed the mark, and hurt ourselves and others. In this month of exploring the theme of vulnerability, what does the Jewish practice of Yom Kippur have to teach us?

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Meditation Group
Oct
12
10:30am10:30am

Meditation Group

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

Meditation, previously the third Thursday of each month, has officially been changed to every Thursday of the month.  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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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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Meditation Group
Oct
5
5:15pm 5:15pm

Meditation Group

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

Meditation, previously the third Thursday of each month, has officially been changed to every Thursday of the month.  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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"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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