UKirk is doing GREAT!

In the late spring our campus minister resigned to take a new call. With the timing of everything we knew we would not be able to have a new campus minister in place by the time the new school year started, but we were ready for the challenge. The Board of Directors stepped up to[…]

A Weekend in Charlotte Well Spent

Over the first weekend of spring break, a few of my fellow UKirk friends and I travelled to Charlotte, NC—my hometown—to take part in a mini-mission trip through CROSS Missions. We arrived on a chilly Friday night and were immediately welcomed by Joel Tomkinson, who greeted us with an enormous amount of energy for late[…]

Shining Light in the Darkness: Searching for Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

Two weeks ago today, a fire started in the Smoky Mountain National Park spread furiously into the City of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas of Sevier County, Tennessee. Thousands of acres burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and 14 people died as a result of this tragedy. While travesties of this nature are not restricted[…]

Exclusive Interview with Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

I must admit, I get star struck by presby-celebs. I have a hard time keeping it cool when I’m around academic superstars like Dr. Brian Blount and Dr. Katie Cannon, powerhouse pastors like John Morgan, cutting-edge colleagues like Brittany Porch and Howard Dudley (don’t worry if you weren’t selected for this, I am doing pairs…there are[…]

Welcome Week Recap

We are grateful for all the work that went into a successful welcome week for incoming and returning students! Specifically, we’d like to thank our volunteers and contributors from Westminster Presbyterian, Farragut Presbyterian, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian, and West Emory Presbyterian, as well as our interns, Jaclyn and Katherine, and all the board members who used some[…]

Fried Pies and Gourmet Popsicles

We were so pleased to facilitate a crowd of Big Tent attendees on Thursday and Friday night of last week. Jason Brian Santos, associate of college ministries for the PC(USA), hosted both nights with fried pies and gourmet popsicles, treats for passersby and folks who wanted to stay and chat. It was a great way for the international Presbyterian[…]