Tyson House Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry is an ecumenical worshiping community located at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
All are welcome, come and see!
Come, you who have much faith and you who have little. You who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time or ever before. You who have tried to follow and all of us who have failed.
Our Mission is to anticipate and respond to the spiritual, religious, educational, social, physical, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and in the surrounding communities.
We are called to be an ecumenical community in the midst of the campus of the University. We are gathered by the Gospel of Christ Jesus, strengthened by the proclamation of the Word and the celebration of the Eucharist, and empowered by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Through the Spirit’s power and presence, we are sent out as disciples of Christ into both local and global communities to live out the Gospel-freedom of our baptism, to proclaim the salvation of God made known in Christ Jesus, and to witness to the Kingdom of God in living our lives for the sake of the world.
In our interaction with higher education, we strive for informed faith and inspired education.
Tyson House became a Reconciling In Christ (RIC) congregation in 2016! Read our Welcome Statement below.
Tyson House is a place of exploration and worship for all of God's children. This is not a commitment that we take lightly. Communion is open, respecting it as a deeply personal decision. The experiences of all of God's children, regardless and because of their gender, gender alignment, sexuality, ability, religious background, ethnicity, nationality, race, and native language(s) are cherished, respected, and affirmed.
What does it mean for someone to be welcome "regardless and because of" something?
By using the language of "regardless and because of", we hope to express the fact that all of God's people are welcome in our doors, no matter their history or their future. It is "regardless" of many identities because none of these are qualifiers. It is "because of" these identities because we honor the fact that different life experiences can lead to different experiences of God and the Christian Faith.
Part of honoring the different kinds of life experiences that different identities lead to is to not try to guide someone from being different than the way God made them; so if your faith practices say you clap your hands during praise hymns, please clap your hands during our praise hymns. If you were created in the image of God as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or otherwise queer person, we don't want to change you. We only want to create a space for you to feel the love that God has for you.
If you ever do not feel honored and cherished in our spaces because of a way that someone interacted with you, or because of how our worship service went, we would love to talk to you about it. Please do not be afraid to speak up at Tyson House.