WELCOME TO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH WEBSITE!

 

We strive to be a liberal religious community where people of all faiths can find common ground and feel empowered to work for the common good. In our church we believe that diversity is a strength not a weakness. Listening to different points of view can lead to opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth. Our members hold a variety of theological and philosophical perspectives, and yet we covenant together to build a community where each person is valued and respected. We believe that each person has something to share that can enrich our common life. Our congregation has a deep commitment to religious freedom and the authority of the individual conscience. We believe in building a society that respects human rights both at home and abroad. We are committed to working in interfaith partnerships to feed the hungry, protect the environment, empower social justice efforts, and celebrate religious freedom. We appreciate your taking the time to learn more about our church by visiting our website. Here you can begin to get some sense of the creativity and the variety of our programming and activities. We hope you will drop by and visit our church in the near future. We welcome you and your ideas and your vision. - Rev. Chris Buice

 

Unitarian Universalism is a theologically liberal religion characterized by support for a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Unitarian Universalists do not share a creed; rather, they are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth and by the understanding that an individual’s theology is a result of that search and not obedience to an authoritarian requirement. Unitarian Universalists draw on many different theological sources and have a wide range of beliefs and practices. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) was formed in 1961, a consolidation of the American Unitarian Association, established in 1825, and the Universalist Church of America, established in 1866. It is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, and serves churches mostly in the United States.

 

Ask one hundred Unitarian Universalists (UUs) what each believes and you’ll probably get one hundred different answers. Our faith allows us each to pursue the truth and worship in whatever way suits us. What holds us together as a faith and a church, then, if we are all going in different directions? What holds us together is not a particular doctrine but a covenant. Our covenant is that we respect each other in our pursuit of the truth and worship together in peace. The national Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has adopted seven principles. While these are not binding on any individual congregation or congregant, they do reflect our general orientation and beliefs about our faith:

 

The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

 

 

Words from Rev. Chris Buice

 


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2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865 523-4176  |  Fax: 865 523-4177

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