Welcoming People into Movements at Highlander Center-In-Person and Virtual Worship Service-Susan Williams

In this talk, I want to share some ideas about what happens at Highlander to build community and commitment, provide some updates about Highlander’s current work and invite people to come celebrate Highlander’s 90 years at our fall Homecoming.

Susan Williams is a lifelong resident of East Tennessee and now lives in Knoxville.  She has worked for over 43 years as a community organizer, a popular educator, a participatory researcher and librarian/archivist in Tennessee and across the South.  She organized with Save Our Cumberland Mountains and the Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network and is now the librarian/archivist at the new Septima Clark Learning Center at Highlander.

Susan Williams and her team are developing the collections at the new library and archive and creating a 90th anniversary timeline to help share movement history, especially in light of the arson that destroyed the Highlander office in March 2019.

And recognizing the long history of the Tennessee Valley UU Church’s support for Highlander, she wants to invite you to the Highlander Homecoming September 29-October 1, to celebrate Highlander’s 90th anniversary and to lean into visions for the future.

(You can watch our worship service streamed at 11 am on our Facebook page https://tinyurl.com/yfx9pnx6, or our website https://tvuuc.org/ and also on our YouTube channel https://tinyurl.com/ycksxc98.)

Per the CDC, Knox County’s current risk level is now medium. At this level, masks are required in all indoor spaces at TVUUC for those ages 2+, and there will be no congregational singing during services and no food or drink served inside the building. During Sunday services, the Lizzie Crozier French room will be available as a designated viewing space for those who would prefer to be in a smaller group. Room A will also be available for families with children who prefer an area where children may play during the service. You may also watch our services online. To view our full COVID-19 policy, please visit https://tinyurl.com/CovidPolicyTVUUC.