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[…]

Why Fundraising is Important

When I took the position as Communications Coordinator here at UKirk, I knew part of my job would be fundraising and grant writing. I wasn’t intimidated, but I wasn’t completely confident either. I dabbled in fundraising some in a previous job as a youth director and I had several ideas, I just wasn’t sure how[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Best Practices for Organizational Social Media

UKirk UTK has one of the most far-reaching Instagram pages in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a primary means of communication used to tell the many stories of life and ministry to our followers. We believe that if we are doing something well, it’s important to share and equip others with resources to do[…]