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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How This Ministry Has Blessed Me.

My husband, children and I became Presbyterians in August of 2001 when we joined Washington Presbyterian Church here in Knoxville.  Steve Musick was pastoring Washington at the time and was the campus minister at Ukirk.  My husband was working at the zoo at the time, and one of his volunteers was a life-long Presbyterian who[…]

Serving During a Season of Change Spotlighted UKirk’s Purpose

When Rev. Steve Musick approached me in October 2014 about representing New Providence Presbyterian on the board at UKirk, I didn’t think I was qualified. I didn’t grow up in the Presbyterian church, nor did I participate in campus ministry when I was in college. What did I have to offer other than a warm[…]

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[…]