December '21 NewsLetter / Soul & Spirits Save-the-Date

Dear UKirk Nashville Alumni, Supporters, and Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the blessings of this Advent season. It's hard to believe that the fall semester is nearly complete!
UKirk Nashville has been active this fall, renewing weekly rhythms of worship and koinonia. We’ve savored opportunities to be together in person, even as we’ve continued to take pandemic precautions. Highlights have included a sunny, Sunday-afternoon hike around Radnor Lake; deep conversations over coffee and boisterous Thursday night meals; special worship services, inluding a commemorative service for All Saints; and most recently, a joyful Christmas party for students, hosted by the board. While the pandemic isn’t over, we’ve seen signs of light and life and grace beginning to shine through. 
Students, board members, and staff celebrated the season at the home of Kelly and Bill Christie.
As most of you know, I’m new to my role as UKirk Nashville’s Campus Minister and Executive Director since September. I’m learning a lot every day and especially enjoying getting to know our students at Belmont and Vanderbilt. I’m also getting reacquainted with the city of Nashville; it’s my hometown, but it’s been a while since I was here, and much has changed!
Being new has its challenges, but over the last several months, the overriding emotions for me have been gratitude and excitement. I am grateful for UKirk Nashville’s vitality, which this gifted and generous community has fostered through its support and participation. I am excited to get to know you, and for the new possibilities that lie ahead of us as we emerge together—hopefully before too very long—into a post-pandemic landscape. Just thinking about what we can do for, with, and alongside college students is life-giving for me, as I know it is for you. I can’t wait to collaborate with you in this ministry we share.
Before I sign off, I want to invite you to save the date for Soul & Spirits, our annual celebration for supporters. We will plan to gather on Thursday evening, March 24, 2022, venue TBA. Mark your calendars! The students, board, and I look forward to seeing you.
Merry Christmas. 
In Christ's love,
Rev. Claire Berry (she/her)
Campus Minister & Executive Director
UKirk Nashville
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