UKirk is doing GREAT!

In the late spring our campus minister resigned to take a new call. With the timing of everything we knew we would not be able to have a new campus minister in place by the time the new school year started, but we were ready for the challenge. The Board of Directors stepped up to[…]

A Farewell from Rev. Andy Morgan

Leaving a place you love is always difficult. As I prepare for the conclusion of my tenure as the Pastor of UKirk-UTK, it’s difficult to put into words the swirl of emotion that I feel as this great time of my life comes to a close. I feel grateful. I want to thank all 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[…]

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[…]

Full Circle Discipleship: When promisees become promisers

Back in May, when a torrent of emotions flowed as we said goodbye to our seniors, I returned to my office after attending a graduation ceremony to find a small, unassuming envelop that contained a letter and check slid under my door. Upon opening and reading the letter, I realized that the contents were greater[…]

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[…]

In Defense of “Safe Spaces”

  “Safe Spaces”, chances are that you have heard this term before, maybe in an article, or on television, or just in regular conversation. I would also wager a bet that the context you heard this term was a less than positive context. I have heard it many times in reference to “millennials” and the[…]

Spoiler Alert

Don’t you hate when someone spoils your favorite showby revealing some key piece of plot information? Good grief, I do. I try to avoid these “spoilers,” as they’re called, like the plague but the internet seems to be full of them. They’re like little landmines that you stumble across and, before you know it, your[…]