About UKirk

Presbyterian Church USA and Cumberland Presbyterian Church Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

UKirk UTK is a 501(c)(3) not for profit ministry of the Presbytery of East Tennessee, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church although students from many backgrounds are involved. At UKirk UTK we seek to be a “home away from home” and a ministry to the campus that welcomes all students regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or denominational affiliation. We encourage students to stay connected to the larger Church while providing a kind of on campus “church” at which college students feel comfortable and can worship and serve. We are a place where students can feel free to kick back and be who God has made them to be. Whether you grew up in the church or you really aren’t too sure about this whole church and Jesus thing, UKirk UTK is a place where you can ask the tough questions, learn, share, experience, and grow within a community. UKirk UTK is a place where everyone belongs and students know they are loved by God and others.

We are located at 1831 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville TN, the big beautiful brick house right next to Presidential Courtyard. You’ve probably walked right past us a million times if you’ve gone to UTK for more than a month.

Mission Statement

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 belong and experience the grace of God.

The House

The Presbyterian Center is a historic house located just next to Presidential Courtyard. Our doors are open from 9 am until 11 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am until 4 pm on Fridays during the school year for students to come by and hang out. We have lots of comfortable couches and places to just kick back, study, talk with your friends, watch TV, drink coffee, or even nap. A Presbyterian minister is available for counseling, hanging out, coffee, or even a free meal. We have a self serve coffee shop in the old living room of our house where we proudly serve Vienna Coffee Company coffee as well as tea and other hot drinks. This space is open to everyone on campus as a place to study, relax and hang out with friends.

More Light Presbyterian Campus Group

We are a More Light Presbyterian Campus Group. Our desire to authentically invite people into this community of faith has led us to partner with More Light Presbyterians, to help us more fully and faithfully invite, welcome and include people from the LGBTQ+ community as we live our vision of a boundless community of faith here at UTK.

As a More Light Campus Group we fully endorse and believe in the mission of More Light Presbyterians:
Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.