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Unitarian Universalists Respond to Tragedy in Knoxville

A shooting on the morning of July 27, 2008, which came during a performance of a children’s play at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (TVUUC) resulted in the death of one TVUUC member and one member of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church (located in Farragut, Tennessee) who was visiting TVUUC for the performance. Six adults were also injured but no children were harmed during the melee. The gunman was tackled by congregants and eventually taken into police custody.

In the wake of this tragedy, Unitarian Universalists have rallied to offer ministry and support to the affected members of both Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations.

One year after the tragedy occurred, on July 26 and July 27, 2009, the Knoxville congregations and the wider Knoxville community came together in worship and song to commemorate the tragedy, dedicated to standing on the side of love.

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  • The UUA/Thomas Jefferson District Knoxville Relief Fund: The UUA, in collaboration with the Thomas Jefferson District, has established the Knoxville Relief Fund to bring ministry, spiritual care, and practical financial assistance to those affected by the tragedy in Knoxville, Tennessee. Your gifts will assist the Tennessee Valley UU Church and the Westside UU Church and their members, and will show them that they are not alone during this time of shock and grief.
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