After the church tragedy

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  • In Their Own Words: Jennifer W. Spirko Published 8/6/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    On July 27, Knoxville joined a short roster of cities synonymous with sudden, inexplicable violence: Columbine, Blacksburg, Omaha. The shooting of congregants at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church went beyond a nightmarish crime; it’s become another sign of the ...

  • Only Human, Only Heroes Published 8/6/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    Sideways Glance by Rikki Hall: One Unitarian parent trying to explain the inexplicable to her child described the shooter’s desperation in the face of unemployment and termination of his food stamps. “He should have just come to our church, we ...

  • What is Unitarian Universalism? Published 8/6/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    In the aftermath of the shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, misconceptions arose over what the church is all about. Here, members describe what it means to be a Unitarian.

  • Concerted Effort Updated 8/7/2008 at 1:02 p.m. 1 comment

    Local musicians have also been deeply affected by the TVUUC tragedy, and they’re joining together for a one-of-a-kind benefit concert to aid victims of the shooting. Matthew Everett gives us the scoop.

  • Tragedy and Tribute Published 8/6/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 2 comments

    Midpoint by Stephanie Piper: I pass it on my way to work every day, the stone sign on Kingston Pike now heaped with flowers and balloons and handwritten tributes. Two weeks ago, it simply marked a church, a place of ...

  • Senselessness Published 7/28/2008 at 6:39 p.m. 7 comments

    Secret History by Jack Neely: Many Knoxvillians heard Sunday morning’s awful news not from the Internet or television or even a phone call but oracle-like, from the pulpit, a shaken minister announcing a tragedy that would soon be known to ...

  • Stand by Me Published 7/30/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 3 comments

    Scene & Heard by Rose Kennedy:They’ve braved a thunderstorm that started stirring about half an hour ago to be here at a candlelight vigil for the next-door neighbors—the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church—where a gunman opened fire during a children’s ...

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