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Remembering Tennessee Valley UU Church: A Note from the Former Director of Religious Education

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Jul 27, 2011
Brian Griffin

(Photo courtesy of Shawn Poynter/Metro Pulse)

Dear Standing on the Side of Love,

Today is the third anniversary of the attack on Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. I served as TVUUC’s Director of Religious Education at that time, and I spent 20 months dealing with the aftermath before moving on. Even so, there are times when that day seems to be with me still, just behind me, like an endless movie playing somewhere nearby. At such times I find peace in a myriad of ways, and for this I am grateful. One source of peace is the Standing on the Side of Love website. I find little bits of healing simply by clicking through the pages and reading the stories and knowing that thousands of people are working to stand against the violence and hatred that killed my friends, shocked our congregation, and wounded the spirits of the children in my program.

This week I published for the first time some of my thoughts about that day, and I wanted to share a link to your readers:
http://www.metropulse.com/news/2011/jul/20/then-and-now-author-brian-griffin-tvuuc-shooting/

But most of all I just want to say thanks. The work you do is far more powerful than you can possibly know. The old lapsed Southern Baptist in me wants to say that Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger are smiling down on you.

The UU in me says, hey, maybe so.

Brian Griffin, Former DRE, TVUUC

One Response to “Remembering Tennessee Valley UU Church: A Note from the Former Director of Religious Education”

  1. Desak says:

    What is a blog? is certainly an ieenrtsting question, one that I’m professionally wrestling with. I do online business and marketing strategy.I’ve been a blogger since 2003. I’m interested to see how you evolve your own blog from the personal to the ministerial, whether they can happily co-exist, or whether you end up with more than one.I applaud your use of this technology as a way to let people into your heart and mind. I’m glad you’ve enabled comments, making this a dialog. Best wishes in your new city and congregation.

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