Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Knoxville Relief Fund and Support Blog established

Sent: 7/29/2008 1:22:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [UUA-L] UUA Launches Knoxville Relief Fund as Knoxville community
gathers to mourn and remember

(1:00 PM, July 29, 2008)

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

At 7:30 P.M. on July 28, the greater Knoxville community gathered at
Second Presbyterian Church for a service of memory and healing. The
service included participants from the Westside Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship and the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship;
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt of the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Relief
Ministry and Rev. William G. Sinkford, UUA President, also participated
in the service. A report on the worship service will be posted on this afternoon and additional coverage on will
follow on Wednesday.

Information on vigils and services of support and remembrance for the
victims of the Knoxville shootings continues to be gathered and posted
at . If you have
information to share about such an event, please email information to . Messages of support and condolence for the
members of the Knoxville congregations continue to be received at the
UUA's "Supporting Our Friends in Knoxville" blog site. If you wish to
add your message of support, please visit .

Additional information on the Unitarian Universalist response to the
Knoxville shootings will be posted on at .

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