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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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Last updated on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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These paper cranes were created by 1st-5th graders in Knoxville. The tag on each string of cranes reads, "Our Wish for You; Peace, Hope, Love and Good Health." Webb Lower School 2007-2008 Peace Project.
Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh and Rev. Chris Buice serve the two Knoxville UU congregations.
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