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Judy Ross

She was a small woman, quiet and unassuming. Her voice was gentle and lilting, wavering as she talked. She taught music and composed music, providing works for commissions that came from around the country. And, from time to time, she went to jail. If you met Judy, you might have had a hard time believing […]

Mary Dennis Lentsch — ¡Presente!

On Saturday, August 13, 2022, we gathered at the Great Smoky Mountains Peace Pagoda for an Obon Ceremony, a time to honor ancestors, share memories, and rekindle their spirits among us in the Japanese tradition. This impulse is not foreign to the Christian tradition. At many funerals and memorial services, a verse from the New […]

Ten Years Ago: Transform Now Plowshares

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY – When Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed, and Michael Walli were arrested deep inside the maxium security area of the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in the early morning hours of July 28, 2012, they made national and international news. The story the media told was of an audacious, […]

We made it!

OREPA’s giant puppets completed the inaugural Knoxville Juneteenth parade and found a shady spot on a hot day for the group picture! Thanks to Kevin Collins, we had two new marchers — John Lewis and Fannie Lou Hamer!