Man to spend life behind bars for deadly shooting rampage at Unitarian Church

Jim David Adkisson Jim David Adkisson pleaded guilty Monday in Knox County Criminal Court to a deadly shooting rampage at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

The church was the home of what the 58-year-old Powell man deemed “ultra liberals” and “foot soldiers” for the powers-that-be in the liberal movement. [video]

Police: Man shot churchgoers over liberal views

Jim D. Adkisson An out-of-work truck driver accused of opening fire at a Unitarian church, killing two people, left behind a note suggesting that he targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal policies, including its acceptance of gays, authorities said Monday.

Man opens fire inside Knoxville, Tennessee, church; at least six people shot

TVUUC Multiple people have suffered gunshot wounds in what witnesses describe as a mass shooting inside a church in West Knoxville Sunday morning.

The shootings happened at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Kingston Pike.

Unitarian Universalists put faith in advertising

Liberal church usually shies from evangelism but buys ads, courts sports fans, adds outreach.

Many beliefs, one family: Unitarian Universalists celebrate spirituality in any form

The Unitarian Universalists are a small sect in the religious world, but they are actively trying to change that.

Stephen King’s daughter soothes souls in Plantation

The Rev. Naomi King, whose father — Stephen King — brothers and mother are all writers, does her storytelling from the pulpit of a South Florida church.

Pastor finds message in Grateful Dead music

40 years since the group got its start and 12 years after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia silenced their music, some people who did not get the message then are revisiting the Grateful Dead and finding a lyrical connection to religion and spirituality.

Bearing witness to a sea change in Unitarian practice

A denomination with no formal creed, a low profile and a strong tradition against proselytizing, Unitarian Universalists — Unitarians for short — are trying something new: a splashy dose of evangelism. Using radio spots, newspaper ads and mass mailers, they hope to spread the word (lower case) about their faith’s openness, diversity and undogmatic approach.

Pulpit politics divide Unitarian church

Unitarian minister gets mixed reviews for sermon accusing Bush administration of terrorism. Unitarian minister Davidson Loehr was roiling with anger when he sat down to finish writing his sermon on a recent Friday. He’d been reading “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins, who paints the U.S. government as a corrupt force willing […]

A Unitarian pastor examines the nature of gasp sin

He warns of self-interest clothed in garb of higher virtue Hitler, Stalin, Saddam and bin Laden are all `agents of evil’ Clergyman Discovers Sin! That dog-bites-man headline commands attention when the clergyman in question leads a New York City congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which usually stresses optimistic views about humanity. But Rev. Forrest […]

Strayhorn reverses herself on church’s tax status

AUSTIN – Reversing an earlier decision, state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Monday that a Unitarian church in Denison on the Texas-Oklahoma border will get tax-exempt status. The decision came after the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported May 18 that the comptroller’s office had ruled that the Red River Unitarian Universalist Church was not a religious […]

Texas official says Unitarian church not a tax-exempt religion

AUSTIN, Texas – (KRT) – Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone. Update Strayhorn reverses herself on church’s tax status (May 25, 2004) But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian […]

Words of ‘reverence’ roil a church

In Boston, Unitarian Universalists ponder nature of their faith The Boston Globe, June 28, 2003 By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff, 6/28/2003 They’re all here this weekend — the Christians and the Jews, the Buddhists and the Wiccans, the theists and the atheists, and the agnostics and the humanists — all members of one religious […]

A Heated Debate Flares in Unitarian Universalism

New York Times, May 17, 2003 By RICHARD HIGGINS Humanism has been on the wane as an intellectual and political force in America for many years, as more people question whether reason and science are adequate portals into the mystery of life. But humanists alarmed by the rise of religion in American politics and […]
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