HVUUC Church

Our Vision Statement

We work together as a church to transform ourselves,
our community, and our world by sharing love,
pursuing justice, and seeking wonder.

HVUUC Church

Mission Statement

The mission of Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist
Church is to promote spiritual growth, religious
freedom, and ethical action.

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Holston Valley UU is a congregation that gathers in the spirit of 16th century Unitarian minister, Frances David, who wrote: “We need not think alike to love alike.” We embrace diversity within the congregation’s membership and in theology. We are committed to the spiritual development and well being of our young people, as well as our adults. We provide a religious education program based on experiential learning, ethical living, and drawing from all of the world's religions as sources of wisdom. We are committed to being a vital and growing progressive congregation within our larger community.

We hope you will visit our church. Our worship services are at 11:00am; children’s and adult's religious education classes are both before the service at 9:30am. I am in the pulpit three Sunday’s a month, and other Sundays guest speakers or members of the congregation lead the service, yielding diversity in the worship services.


Soapbox Sunday
Greg Kramer, Guerry McConnell, Lyle Eagan, and Rosemary Kleske     

We're continuing what has turned out to be an annual event at HVUUC! It commemorates the 4th of July and offers the opportunity for speakers to sound off on nearly any issue. Speakers are limited to 4 minutes, but can speak on (almost!) any topic. Come here what HVUUCer's have to say!

Generous Spaciousness

Christy Wade

Christy Wade serves as the Pastoral Care Director at LOVEboldly, a nonprofit inviting reconciliation to God, self, and others at the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity. She is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she completed her Masters of Divinity in 2012. Christy has ministered in various national and international contexts and has a heart for LGBTQ youth and young adult discipleship. She has extensive experience working with those seeking to reconcile their faith and sexual orientations, and has worked as a Fellow in the Religion and Faith Department of the Human Rights Campaign, located in Washington, DC. She recently participated in the inaugural Reformation Project, which seeks to transform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Bathroom laws!  Are you kidding?

Rev. Erin Swenson

The Reverend Erin K. Swenson, Th.M., Ph.D., was ordained as Eric Karl Swenson in 1973 by the Presbytery of Atlanta, which was then a part of the southern Presbyterian Church in the U.S. Twenty-three years later, after completing a gender transition from male to female, that ordination was sustained by the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, PCUSA, making Erin the first known mainstream minister to transition from male to female while remaining in ordained office.  Erin continues to practice active ministry as a psychotherapist/marriage and family therapist at her office at StudioPlex in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, and speaks on topics related to gender and religion across the country and the U.K. 


Director of Religious Education Job Opening

Want to affect change at HVUUC? Our children and youth need you!  HVUUC has a job opening for quarter-time Director of Religious Education. Take one of the job descriptions from the back of the church, or contact ...

Women's Group

HVUUC Women's Night Friday is July 8th at 6:30PM. Deb Helmer will host a swim and gab fest at her house in Kingsport.  Bring a dish to share and a chair.  This is your chance to show off your swan dive, or your best cannonball.

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Monthly 2nd Sunday Potluck Lunch
Bring a dish to share and join us after the Sunday service for our monthly potluck lunch in the Fellowship Hall.