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[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

UPerk, A Place to Be.

I love coffee. Anyone who has known me for an extended amount of time has probably picked up on the fact that I am always carrying a ceramic coffee mug and I coordinate them with my outfits. I have a coffee pot in my room and it’s set to brew 5 minutes before my alarm[…]

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[…]

Shining Light in the Darkness: Searching for Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

Two weeks ago today, a fire started in the Smoky Mountain National Park spread furiously into the City of Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas of Sevier County, Tennessee. Thousands of acres burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and 14 people died as a result of this tragedy. While travesties of this nature are not restricted[…]

Seasons of Change

Isn’t it frustrating how at some point in college you realize your mother really was right all along? All those tid bits of advice that at the time felt like nagging, turns out they were actually valuable insights into the cycles and seasons of our lives. As some of these seasons are changing I can’t[…]