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[…]

I, too, was home; Montreat College Conference 2018

When Be Thou My Vision flashed across the screen of Anderson Auditorium, I gasped and whispered to my friends, “I actually know this one!” Coming from a loosely-religious family, most of the songs we’d sung throughout Montreat College Conference were unfamiliar to me. In fact, basically everything about Montreat was unfamiliar to me. Unlike all[…]

Why do I love UKirk?

Why do I love UKirk and why am I on the board? These are great questions! The real question behind that question is, “why does a middle age woman serving a church full-time want more responsibility?” It seems that God has been working on my heart for quite some time to answer this particular question,[…]

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[…]

We Got Better: A Tale of Taylor Swift and Me

About 6 months ago, I read a book of short stories written by Yann Martel, the author best known for writing the Life of Pi. These short stories were written early in his career, before he was successful, or, even by his own estimation, very good. As he continued in his career, he improved and[…]

A Tempo Shift

I think it would probably be no surprise to you that I love video games. My first video game system was the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and I played that Nintendo quite a bit. I played countless titles but one game was set apart from the rest of the pack; Super Mario Brothers and[…]

Montreat College Conference 2017: Love Anyway

The new year is a time of fresh starts, different resolutions, and unwanted colds and sniffles. However, for many college students, the new year brings the annual College Conference in Montreat, North Carolina. This year the theme was Beyond Babel with a focus on race and anti-racism. During the short duration of the Montreat College[…]