A poor, sick, hateful man named Jim Adkisson killed two members of my family's faith last Sunday. His own words indicate he killed them because of their "liberal" beliefs. His life suggests he was yet another discarded byproduct of an impersonal and hate-breeding economic system, a person in need of mental health care, egged on by reading the dehumanizing provocations of Michael Savage.
To Linda, Greg, and all members of the Knoxville UUs, I cannot possibly express my sorrow, or how proud I am to be a longtime member of our organization.
Spirit of Life
Come unto me
Sing in my heart
All the stirrings of compassion
Blow in the wind
Rise in the sea
Move in the hand
Giving life the shape of justice
Roots hold me close
Wings set me free
Spirit of life
Come to me
Come to me
~The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
~Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
~Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
~A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
~The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
~The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
~Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.