Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Knoxville Solidarity

Tonight I add my still, small voice to the many voices of sympathy, grief and support for the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a shock to hear of the tragic shooting that occurred on July 27th during a children’s musical performance in the sanctuary. This shooting rampage took the life of two people and injured seven others.

The Unitarian Universalist denomination is accepting of people regardless of their sexual orientation and is guided by shared values rather than a particular dogma or creed. This lets individuals define their personal beliefs based on conscience and experience. It is these values that connect us, and what made the Knoxville UU church the target of such a hate crime. These are values that I hold sacred.

Members of the UU faith community helped to shape our country's founding principles of religious freedom, and over the years have been at the forefront of significant cultural shifts such as abolition, women's suffrage, and the civil rights movement. We are not afraid of who we are. Not even now.

You are welcome to share your messages of support via the
Knoxville Support Blog.

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3 comments:

  1. This was a very sad event. I like the idea of no fear as we move forward. Fear started the mess in the first place. We need to celebrate differences, not shun them.

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  2. i just thought i would drop in and hope all is going well for you

    steve and callie

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  3. Ditto to Denver up there!

    Oddly, I have a "6 degrees of separation" connection to this shooting...my prior boss is the sister of the head pastor at the Knoxville church. He was absent from the church that day...

    The world is such a big place...I just don't understand why we can't get along.

    Linda D. in Seattle

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