Standing on the Side of Love

Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country responded with caring and compassion in the wake of the news of the attack on Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, TN.  The news went out to members, and people gathered quickly to support each other and to send their support to those affected in Knoxville.

Here’s just one example, from the newsletter of the Unitarian Fellowship in Lawrence, KS.

Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence Shows Solidarity with Knoxville UU Congregations

In a moving candlelight vigil on July 30, members and friends of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence expressed caring for the Knoxville congregations affected by the July 27 shooting, showed compassion for the troubled soul who fired the shots, and reaffirmed our values of welcoming all people. We stood in solidarity with the Knoxville churches, with 83 other UU congregations holding services that night, and with 321 UU congregations that have held services since that fateful Sunday. Participants from Lawrence, Topeka, and Shawnee, Kansas joined our service. A soloist sang a beautifully touching a cappella rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Our consulting minister gave a meditation roll call, naming those who had been killed or wounded and conveying a bit about their lives. Our children lit candles from the memorial candles at the front table, and passed the candlelight to our candles. Participants, including our architect whose home church is the Tennessee Valley UU Church, shared their reflections. We closed by singing “Standing on the Side of Love.”

One of our ministers had a piece published in the local newspaper. Rev. Thom Belote [Shawnee Mission UU Church, Overland Park, KS] wrote this for the Kansas City Star; it can be seen here:

Thanks to all who are speaking out about our values and standing firm against those whose hate and bigotry lead them to do terrible things. For ongoing updates, see the many articles and resources available at


One Response to “Standing on the Side of Love”

  1. nheege Says:

    I removed a paragraph which contained a link that spread itself into the right sidebar, preventing the sidebar photos from showing in the right place. I hope this will be better.

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