WHO WE ARE
UKirk (meaning “University Church”) is a 501(c)(3), not for profit, network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. 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 and political beliefs, or any other point of contention or division in our society. We believe all people are invited to Christ’s table, not to fit in, but rather to bring their honest, authentic, and, at times, broken selves to experience the grace of God. We hope you’ll stop by and give us an opportunity to extend a warm welcome. Whether you’re a freshman or non-traditional student, Presbyterian or not Presbyterian, you’re invited.
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Please see the calendar for changes in times and topics.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We gather as a group for dinner, conversation, a time of worship and reflection, communication and fellowship.
Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Join us for free (vegetarian-friendly) lunch and discussion about challenging theological topics in a relaxed environment.
If you have a green thumb, then help support our efforts to grow and donate fresh, local produce to those with food insecurity in the area.
A Place to Be. Come enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in a warm, welcoming environment.
The Latest from the UKirk Blog
I finally have an answer to that infamous question, “So, what are you going to do after graduation?” Starting in May, I will be working on a farm in Pennsylvania. After a year of working, I will begin a Masters of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School with a concentration in Faith, Food, and Environmental[…]
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It’s no secret that this year has been difficult. We’ve all had times when all we want to do is sit in our rooms all by ourselves because so much is wrong in the world. Many tears have been shed, and that’s okay. We could all use a little joy this Christmas season, and in[…]
Romans 12: 9-21 (“Love in Action”) offers a clear framework on biblical and godly love. The first two verses read, “9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Everyone is aware of the principle calling us to love[…]
“15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God[…]
“Seminary Light”—the title intrigued me when I heard that it was a weekly class at UKirk. A lifelong Presbyterian and retired English professor, I was first enticed by the opportunity to combine my love of learning and my interest in theology. I had known about the campus ministry, most recently because my church, Westminster Presbyterian[…]
A year and a half ago, I was celebrating the beginning of Advent in the UKirk basement in the traditional manner – ugly sweaters, smores on the fire, and endless Christmas cookies. Now, eighteen months later, I find myself in almost an entirely different life, working overtime in healthcare and managing grad school in the[…]
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 Hope. I’m not sure about you but the word hope and I have had quite the complicated relationship this year. I find myself talking and[…]