Events Archive

Rev. Tom   Tyre
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:00am
Ubuntu Choir of the Great Smoky Mountains

Rev. Tom Tyre. Ubuntu choirs seek to create a world in which we listen deeply to those around us, celebrate diversity, trust in our voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, justice and peace.

Rev. Tom   Tyre
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 7:00am
Who's More UU than You?

Rev. Tom Tyre. With all the different ways that a Unitarian Universalist could walk the UU walk, how do we walk in step with each other without stepping on each other's toes? Are some considered more UU than others?”

Service Leader: Steve Bowling

Rev. Tom   Tyre
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 7:00am
Ubuntu Choir of the Great Smoky Mountains

Rev. Tom Tyre. Ubuntu choirs seek to create a world in which we listen deeply to those around us, celebrate diversity, trust in our voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, justice and peace.

Service Leader: Jill Ellern

Rev. Tom   Tyre
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 7:00am
Ubuntu: The Next Generation

Ubuntu choirs seek to create a world in which we listen deeply to those around us, celebrate diversity, trust in our voices and bring them forward on behalf of harmony, justice and peace.

Service Leader: Jill Ellern

Rev. Tom   Tyre
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Why Do We Sing in Church? (or Synagogue or Chapel or Fire Circle or Pub or Football Games or....)?"

Rev. Tom Tyre. Why Do We Sing in Church? Is it a spiritual practice? If singing is a natural thing for a us to do, then why do we cringe when we hear our own voices? All babies sing before they can talk and as they grow older they keep singing until something rather sinister happens. As scientific research has revealed, when we're brave enough to be heard singing again, our physical health improves and our well-being and sense of belonging dramatically increases.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 7:00am
Welcome to the Rapture

Holley Ulbrich. The idea of The Rapture, of the elect being swept away into heaven while the rest of us are left behind suffer through the tribulations, has become popular with a significant number of our fellow-citizens.  What is the appeal of the rapture, and where does the idea come from? And what is its significance for religious liberals?

Holley Ulbrich is a retired Clemson economist with a master’s degree in theology from Emory. She has been a UU for more than 20 years, and a lay preacher for 35 years. She and her husband Carl live in Clemson, SC.

Holly   Ulbrich
Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 7:00am
In Fellowship We Trust

Holly Ulbrich. More than one-third of our congregations were organized as lay led fellowships between 1948 and 1967, an experiment in growing Unitarian Universalism that some people considered a disaster and others a raging success.  How did the Fellowship movement change the face and the future of our faith tradition forever, and what does it have to teach us today?

Holley Ulbrich, a member of the Clemson fellowship, is a retired economist with a Master of Theological Studies degree from Emory and the author of The Fellowship Movement; A Growth Strategy and Its Legacy, published by Skinner House. She is an regular pulpit guest in Franklin.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 7:00am
A New Trinity for UUs: Updating Our Motto

Holley Ulbrich. For centuries, when we try to reduce the essence of what we are to a motto, it has been freedom, reason, and tolerance. That certainly distinguishes us from the Christian Right, but how do we define ourselves when it comes to the Christian left? Perhaps it is time for a new motto, one that emphasizes the values we share rather than our beliefs, or disbeliefs.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Hold ‘em or Fold ‘em? Reflecting on How We Respond to Change

Holley Ulbrich. When a relationship, a community or an organization changes in ways we are not happy with, how can/should we respond?  We can leave, we can speak out in order  to try to restore it to what it was, or we can adapt.  The third and fifth principles offer some direction on how we balance our responsibility to ourselves with the needs and desires of others.

Holley   Ulbrich
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 7:00am
Caution: Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Holley Ulbrich. We all use labels for ourselves and others as a shorthand description of who we are, how we think, and what we value. Atheist/theist, liberal/conservative, Republican/Democrat, pro-choice/pro-life--we divide the world into two opposing camps and locate ourselves in one of them. But is that a good way of promoting dialogue, compromise, and, mutual respect and community in a pluralistic society? Or does it just shut down the conversation?. We will explore both the usefulness and the shadow side of labeling ourselves and others and how we can get past the label to the person under it.