UKirk Stations of the Cross

Introduction “Stations of the Cross” originated in 17th century Catholicism as a way to mark the movements of the last day of Jesus’ earthly life. There are a couple different versions of the original list, and these fourteen stations are adapted from those.  Holy Week is one of the most significant weeks of the Christian[…]

God Is Bigger Than We Think

Like most of you, I have spent the past week deep in zoom and facetime calls, working with my peers to figure out a way forward, a way to navigate this unprecedented and uncertain time. We are all navigating these unsteady and shaky steps, doing the best we can with what we have. And, as[…]

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[…]

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[…]

UKirk Beatitudes

Blessed are the college students In brick buildings and behind computer screens Those with a trust fund and those on financial aid Those in their first year, those finishing a fifth, and all the spaces in-between For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the sports super-fans and those who don’t know the difference[…]

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[…]

Why Campus Ministry?

When I came to UT as a student in the 1980’s one of the first places I went was the Presbyterian Campus Ministry house. I knew nothing about the ministry, but I was proud of my Presbyterian identity, having been active in my hometown church since I was a child. I wanted to connect with[…]

Baptismal Promises

In November 2016, I was asked to be on the board of UKirk. I didn’t hesitate and jumped on the opportunity (even though I have no ties to UTK or have college-age kids). I met Andy at the Middle School fall retreat and have been excited and intrigued by the ministry at UKirk ever since![…]