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On this anniversary Sunday, we invite you to light a chalice...

Rev. Chris Buice, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (TVUUC), and Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh, Westside Unitarian Universalist Church (WUUC)
Knoxville, TN

July 22, 2009

We, Rev. Chris Buice of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and Rev. Mitra Jafarzadeh of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, ask you who have long supported and loved our congregations to mark the anniversary of the July 27th shooting at TVUUC when two of our members were killed and more suffered injury to body and spirit.

On this anniversary Sunday, we invite you to light a chalice in remembrance of Greg McKendry from TVUUC and Dr. Linda Lee Kraeger from WUUC. We call them by name, for ours is a tradition that honors the life and journey of the individual. Even before the day of his death, Greg McKendry, a large bear of a man, lovingly used his stature to protect and comfort those at risk of violence. Linda Lee Kraeger, a woman of substantial intellect, sought to empower all those around her to live into their potential.

We may speak of chalice fire as lighting our way to the future.
But let us also remember that when we are lost in darkness,
it is the light of a flame that brings the loving presence of the other into our vision.

And so we light this chalice in memory of Greg McKendry’s heart of gold and Linda Kraeger’s mind on fire.