Peacemaker Awards 2014

In almost every faith community, there are people working to create peace in the world and in their community. The 2014 Peacemaker Awards recognize three faith communities who have distinguished themselves in our community by their consistent and often courageous efforts to live out the beliefs they profess in worship. They provide leadership to many groups working in Knoxville and East Tennessee for social justice; their members are voices for the disenfranchised and the disadvantaged; they open their doors to host countless meetings and gatherings and programs; they provide a safe place for searchers of all ages to explore and discover what it means to be fully human and to live an engaged life surrounded by an accepting community. In these congregations, peacemaking is not a topic for preaching or discussion, it’s an imperative for living.

The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance honored Church of the Savior (UCC), the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, and the West Knoxville Friends Meeting at the fifteenth annual Peacemaker Award celebration on Saturday, March 22 at St. James Episcopal Church.

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Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at orep@earthlink.net or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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