Palm Sunday and Holy Week

We as humans are full of expectations. It isn’t really something we can help, I don’t think, but we all certainly do enjoy making prejudgments and leaning into them. We have expectations that our day will go smoothly and that our coffee will be hot. You have expectations and dreams for your children and grandchildren[…]

Words Hurt

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I used to say these words, as I’m sure others have or have even repeated to children, when words were weaponized to do harm. It’s a catchy phrase, but it’s simply not true. Words can hurt and more, they can give people[…]

The Meaning of Change and Growth

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” – Shauna Niequist When I graduated high school, I looked back on the past four years, and I firmly believed that I had changed more in those four years than I would ever change again. I[…]

A Letter to My First Year Self

Dear Andy,         First of all, I want to tell you to please, please, please cut your hair…you look like a cross between Ellen DeGeneres and Owen Wilson. Next, I want to give you some important advice as you start your college journey from the future (spooky). It’s ok not know what you want to[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How This Ministry Has Blessed Me.

My husband, children and I became Presbyterians in August of 2001 when we joined Washington Presbyterian Church here in Knoxville.  Steve Musick was pastoring Washington at the time and was the campus minister at Ukirk.  My husband was working at the zoo at the time, and one of his volunteers was a life-long Presbyterian who[…]

Bridging the Gap

UKirk means the world to me. This place carried me through some of my toughest moments and difficult challenges and celebrated my biggest victories. I grew up in PC(USA) churches but when I came to UTK as a freshman I was open to being a part of other churches and campus ministries. I was eager[…]