Palm Sunday and Holy Week

We as humans are full of expectations. It isn’t really something we can help, I don’t think, but we all certainly do enjoy making prejudgments and leaning into them. We have expectations that our day will go smoothly and that our coffee will be hot. You have expectations and dreams for your children and grandchildren[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Rev. Andy Morgan’s Response to the Nashville Statement

As a campus ministry serving a large and diverse body on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, we at UKirk-UTK believe that all people should have the opportunity to bring their honest selves to a community of faith to know God’s love for them and their call to love themselves, their neighbors, and[…]