A Tuesday lunch will focus on ways people within the community can create positive changes through community organizing, a press release said. The public is invited.
It’s Lunch with the League at noon Tuesday, April 4, in the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, or ORUUC. Reverend Jake Morrill will be the featured speaker.
ORUUC is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
“Community organizing is a road-tested model of effective democracy in local communities,” Morrill said in a press release. “Building on relationships forged in one-on-one conversations, effective organizing helps neighbors form a network that gets big things done. How could this model for democracy work in Oak Ridge?”
Morrill grew up in Knoxville. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 1996, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, in 1998, and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2003.
Since graduation, he has served as minister at ORUUC, the press release said.
After a decade of clergy workshops on family systems thinking, Morrill attained a master’s in marriage and family therapy from East Tennessee State University, the press release said. Pastoral conversations at ORUUC with soldiers returned from Afghanistan and Iraq inspired Morrill to become commissioned as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserve, where he holds the rank of captain.
He is the director of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship and serves on the Board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a large, online UU congregation, the press release said.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Lunch with the League is open to the public. There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not needed. Box lunches will be available starting at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come basis for $8, or you may bring your own. Coffee and tea are provided.
This press release was submitted by Maureen Hoyt.