Freshmen Year During A Pandemic

Lessons learned being a college freshman during the pandemic: Blessings are found in even the darkest of times. Since coming to college it feels like everything I have been excited for or looked forward to has been taken away. I can’t have guests in my room or friends from other residence halls enter my building.[…]

Finding Gratitude Amidst the Chaos

On Friday February 28th, I was sitting on the bed in a tiny Paris AirBnb, daydreaming out the sixth-story slanted window, when my friend interrupted my thoughts: “They’re getting sent home.” They were our friends studying abroad in Rome, Italy, and this led to a disheartening, foreboding question: Would we be next? I am an[…]

Welcome to the Wilderness

Welcome to the wilderness. It’s fitting that we are in the season of Lent, walking with Jesus through unknown territory. No one knows what to do here, we are all anxious, uncertain, and fearful. And yet, when I think about this time, I am reminded of an article I read that examined what to do[…]

What in the World is UKirk UTK Anyway?

At UKirk UTK, we believe that every person, without qualification, should have the opportunity for God’s amazing love to be made known to them. We believe what God intends for the world is a reality in which people recognize God’s image in the other and value diversity of perspective, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ideological[…]

I, too, was home; Montreat College Conference 2018

When Be Thou My Vision flashed across the screen of Anderson Auditorium, I gasped and whispered to my friends, “I actually know this one!” Coming from a loosely-religious family, most of the songs we’d sung throughout Montreat College Conference were unfamiliar to me. In fact, basically everything about Montreat was unfamiliar to me. Unlike all[…]

Why wait?

This may come as a surprise to some folks, but I am a big Garth Brooks fan. Not the weird Chris Gaines alter ego phase, but, for the most part, if Garth Brooks sang it, I like it. One of my favorite Garth Brooks songs is The Dance, a song that discusses the painful end[…]

UPerk, A Place to Be.

I love coffee. Anyone who has known me for an extended amount of time has probably picked up on the fact that I am always carrying a ceramic coffee mug and I coordinate them with my outfits. I have a coffee pot in my room and it’s set to brew 5 minutes before my alarm[…]

Montreat College Conference 2017: Love Anyway

The new year is a time of fresh starts, different resolutions, and unwanted colds and sniffles. However, for many college students, the new year brings the annual College Conference in Montreat, North Carolina. This year the theme was Beyond Babel with a focus on race and anti-racism. During the short duration of the Montreat College[…]