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[…]

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[…]

The Community I Needed In College

When I was in college I took a writing class in which we had to read a book on the topic of writing. One of the options was Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. I chose this book without really knowing anything about it or the author. I never could have foreseen that this decision would[…]

Why I Give As A Current UKirk Student

My parents taught me from a very young age to give back, even when nothing is expected in return. This was taught at my home church, Fountain City Presbyterian, from the time I started attending at the age of two. The ability to give something to someone or to something you care about is special[…]

Renovated and Always Renovating

There’s a video saved in the very back of my phone. It’s a snapchat of the old living room in the UKirk house. It was finals week during Advent and late in the afternoon. The Christmas tree stood, decorated with glitter and ornaments, in the corner by the back door. The walls were painted that[…]

A Home Away From Home

UKirk has a special place in my heart, and it really has been a home for me during my time at UT. You may have heard us call it a home over and over, but we keep saying it because it is true. I have made some of my best friends in this place. When[…]

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[…]

A Senior Reflection

In the next month, I will approach the day I’ve been looking forward to since I was a senior in high school: graduation day. Imagining my college graduation as a high school student, I dreamed I’d be graduating with a degree in biology or chemistry, plans to attend medical school, and an initiation into the[…]