amazing peace • sunday 6 december 2015

11:00 am ~ Amazing Peace

Cathy HarringtonearthWe enter into a time of richness and diversity as we explore the gifts of Advent, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, and the celebration of Solstice. Whether we are celebrating Advent, Solstice, Hanukah, Hajj, Bodhi Day, or Christmas this is a season of hope! A time of wonder and love illuminates our lives and gives birth to peace and possibility.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

graceful stories • sunday 29 november 2015

11:00 am ~ Graceful Stories by Davidson Loehr

Cathy HarringtonSometimes we mistake being certain with being right and are almost incapable of telling the difference between the two. That could be seen as saying we can never be sure that anything is true, and in some ways that’s right. But not many people live that way, and honest religion is still about trying to find what is most important, and living by its light. These twelve stories are that “light:” stories that are like puzzle pieces.

Loehr-150x150~ Rev. Dr. Davidson Loehr (delivered at First UU Austin Texas, January 6, 2008)

Stories read by: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~  Religious Naturalism

he-roes and she-roes • sunday 22 november 2015

11:00 am ~ He-roes and She-roes

During this multigenerational service, our UU Kids will share their personal stories of gratitude in honor of the heroes and heroines they encounter in their daily lives.

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~ How We’re Fighting Back

pptnElise Gibbons of Planned Parenthood of Middle and Eastern Tennessee will largely focus on the impact the recent video attacks have had on Planned Parenthood and patients and what this means for the future of abortion access n Tennessee.  She will also discuss the ways organizations and individuals can Stand with Planned Parenthood and keep abortion safe and legal in Tennessee.  Some time will be spent on the history of Planned Parenthood of Middle and Eastern Tennessee.

Elise Gibbons is External Affairs Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and is based out of Nashville. Since starting her work with Planned Parenthood in 2013, Elise has helped the organization build a strong grassroots activist base across the state. Elise acted as Deputy State Field Director during the “Vote No on 1” campaign in 2014, utilizing her background in professional campaign work.

stumbling into grace • sunday 15 november 2015

11:00 am ~ Stumbling Into Grace

Cathy Harrington“I cannot wipe away your tears, I can only teach you how to make them holy.” ~ Anthony De Mello.

tearsThe story of a mother’s journey from hell to hope after the murder of her daughter and how the path to forgiveness paved the way to healing and hope.

Speaker: our minister Cathy Harrington

9:30 Forum  (downstairs) ~  The Epidemic of Violence


Presented by Clif Cleaveland.


the gift of grace: getting what you don’t deserve when you need it most

11:00 am ~ The Gift of Grace: Getting What You Don’t Deserve When You Need It Most
graceChris Stuart will discuss stories of “grace,” an ambiguous and variously defined Christian term that nonetheless has its correlatives in other world religions.

pcService leader, Chris Stuart, teaches courses in American literature and humanities in the University’s interdisciplinary honors program. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as American Literary Realism, Critique, and Literature and Belief. His current research focuses on the works of Henry James.

9:30 Forum (downstairs) ~ Restorative Justice

UTC Professor David Ross will discuss “restorative justice,” an aboriginal justice system which is drawing new attention.