Many people come to church seeking a sense of belonging in a safe community. Below is a list of programs that can help you do just that – spark connections with others that can become your community.
UU Conversations Team
Every Sunday after the service a TVUUC Member is available in the e.e. cummings room at the back of the Sanctuary to welcome newcomers, answer questions about Unitarian Universalism and TVUUC. UU Conversations facilitators are friendly folks who want to get to know you and your interests, and help you get connected to our community. They will be able to offer printed materials, a wealth of their own knowledge, and will be able to connect you to the right person to answer any questions that they aren’t able to. No need to RSVP, just show up any Sunday!
Small Group Ministry
Are you ready to connect on a deeper level? Do you long for a safe space in which to wrestle with the big questions of life? We suggest that you join a Small Group Ministry (SGM). SGM groups meet regularly every other week for a facilitated conversation around topics of deeper human experience and spiritual growth. It is a wonderful way to build genuine connections with a group of people and we highly recommend it for anyone seeking belonging and friendship.
Participants take hikes together in the Smokies, the Cumberland Mountains, and sometimes closer to home in places like House Mountain, the Seven Island Wildlife Reserve, and Ijams Nature Center. Hikes take place periodically and are announced in newsletter and/or social media. All interested are welcome.
The Alliance began as a service organization to support the physical needs of the church, and its annual book sale continues to raise funds for specific church needs. The group has evolved into a social and educational group that meets monthly for a forum-like presentation and potluck meal. Details announced in the newsletter and social media. All are welcome! The TVUUC Alliance meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM
Science Fiction Club
Meets at the church for an entertaining, edifying and appetizing evening of movie-watching, conversation and pizza-eating. All are welcome! Meets the second Saturday of each month.
Classic Movie Night
The group watches a classic movie each month in the Lizzie Crozier room, with a discussion of the film following. All are welcome. Meets various Saturdays, watch the newsletter and social media for announcements.
All-Church Fall Retreat
Our church community takes the second weekend in October to gather together at the scenic Pickett State Park near Jamestown, TN, where we share meals, games, a talent show, hikes, rest, relaxation, and play. Camping as well as cabins are available, with a centralized dining and recreation hall. Everyone is welcome to attend (see registration table for the weeks leading up to retreat). Volunteers are always needed to plan meals, purchase groceries, and lead group activities.
All-Church Spring Retreat
Similarly to the Fall Retreat, we gather together at The Mountain, a Unitarian Universalist Retreat and Learning Center near Highlands, NC. Church members, families and friends stay in fully accessible lodge or cabins, share delicious meals prepared by Mountain staff. (fees based on cost of fully furnished cabins, staffing and meals). Retreat atmosphere allows for solitude, engaging with others on a hike, or relaxing on the deck of the lodge with your own craft project. Volunteers may offer specific programs. Get acquainted with UUs and friends from other churches for meals and other activities.