A Freshman’s Reflection

Finishing my first year is both emotional, stressful, and relieving. It’s the whole idea of happy to be done, sad to leave (even if it’s only for the summer). I remember my first day walking on campus. I moved into my dorm, made some friends, and tried dining hall...

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A Senior Reflection

In the next month, I will approach the day I’ve been looking forward to since I was a senior in high school: graduation day. Imagining my college graduation as a high school student, I dreamed I’d be graduating with a degree in biology or chemistry, plans to attend...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Bridging the Gap

UKirk means the world to me. This place carried me through some of my toughest moments and difficult challenges and celebrated my biggest victories. I grew up in PC(USA) churches but when I came to UTK as a freshman I was open to being a part of other churches and...

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Why do I love UKirk?

Why do I love UKirk and why am I on the board? These are great questions! The real question behind that question is, “why does a middle age woman serving a church full-time want more responsibility?” It seems that God has been working on my heart for quite some time...

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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...

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