UKirk and the wider Church

As the Presbyterian Church closest to the UTK campus, we at 2nd Presbyterian Church often have the chance to welcome college students into the worship and fellowship life of our community of faith. (At least, we did before Covid!) There are usually two kinds of college students that we see – those who want to just[…]

“In the Garden”

One of my all time favorite hymns is “In the Garden,” and I often find myself humming the tune as I work in the UGrow garden at UKirk. The song opens with the line “I come to the garden alone,” and as I hummed that verse while gardening last week I couldn’t help but laugh.[…]

Holy Week – Holy Watch

Psalm 130 Out of the depths I cry to you, O YHWH. God, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice, my cries for mercy! If you kept track of our sins, YHWH, who could stand before you? But with you there is forgiveness, And for this we revere you. So I[…]

Virtual Ministry, Virtual Community

Some of us remember the Jetsons cartoon, always wondering what the future would be like. Would we be driving flying cars, using robot vacuums, video calling friends and family, having robot maids and assistants in our home? The Jetsons was set in 2062 and yet in 2020 we have almost all of those futuristic things[…]

UKirk Beatitudes

Blessed are the college students In brick buildings and behind computer screens Those with a trust fund and those on financial aid Those in their first year, those finishing a fifth, and all the spaces in-between For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the sports super-fans and those who don’t know the difference[…]

“Why is UKirk so important to you?”

I get asked a lot, “Why is UKirk so important to you?” For starters, I’m on the board for UKirk at the University of Tennessee and get to see first hand this amazing ministry. My job is to help support and encourage the staff and students here and make sure we are able to carry[…]

Why a Young Alumni Gives to UKirk UTK

The first time I stepped inside UKirk, it was the first Wednesday of my freshman year and just from that initial service, I knew I had found the place for me. Let me start off by saying that I have never been an extremely religious person. I have always questioned many aspects of Christianity and[…]

A Freshman’s Reflection

Finishing my first year is both emotional, stressful, and relieving. It’s the whole idea of happy to be done, sad to leave (even if it’s only for the summer). I remember my first day walking on campus. I moved into my dorm, made some friends, and tried dining hall food for the first time. During[…]