Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Unitarian Universalist Association Launches Knoxville Relief Fund

Many of you have asked about a way to provide aid to those most directly affected by the tragedies of July 27th.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, in association with the UUA Thomas Jefferson District, has launched the Knoxville Relief Fund, to bring ministry, spiritual care, and practical financial assistance to those affected by the tragedy in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gifts to the fund will assist members of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church and Westside Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and their loved ones, and will show them that they are not alone during this time of shock and grief.

Income from the Knoxville Relief Fund will go to the Thomas Jefferson District of the UUA to be used at their discretion to assist Tennessee Valley UU Church and Westside Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and their members. No more than 5% of the funds raised will be used to cover administrative costs, including fees for credit card processing, before being directed to the Thomas Jefferson District. For more information on the Knoxville Relief Fund, including a link for online donations, please visit http://www.uua.org/giving/donatenow/117168.shtml .

3 comments:

T Cook said...

It is difficult at this time to say, but the families are not the only ones who will need financial help. TVUUC will have significant expenses to return their sanctuary to its original condition.

Please give generously if you can.

Yvonne said...

Please can you post an update on the condition of the people who were injured in this terrible event.

Our Unitarian chapel lit a candle of concern today and sent our prayers for healing.

Mark said...

My own congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley (PA), has selected the Knoxville Relief Fund as our Social Action Focus for September, 2008.

In addition to contributing a portion of our loose plate offering to the Fund, we have kept the TVUUC in the thoughts of our members throughout the month.

We are also presenting a special breakfast forum program on 'Lessons From the Knoxville Tragedy', to educate our members on the amazingly uplifting example offered by the TVUUC in the aftermath of the shootings, and to examine and - hopefully - redouble our own commitment to the Seven Principles as lived out by the Knoxville congregation.