|The United Church, Chapel on the Hill:|
A Progressive Christian Church
“Where people from all denominations meet in their differences, but are one in their search for God.”
Love is our doctrine; the quest for truth is our sacrament; to be of service is our prayer. We covenant with each person who enters in to dwell together in peace, to seek knowledge in freedom, to serve our fellow human beings with respect to the end that all may grow in harmony with each other and the divine. We open doors to all and all may share their faith without fear of censure or ridicule.
The United Church congregation is led by Rev. Dr. Randy Hammer.
Dr. Hammer is a respected, well-educated minister with over 30 years of pastoral experience; serving churches in Tennessee, Texas and New York. Dr. Hammer has earned four degrees including; Bachelor of Science with double majors in Philosophy/Religion and English, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Literature, and a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership.
He is also a published writer with six books to his credit, including: Celebration and Joy: Worship Resources for Contemporary Churches; Dancing in the Dark: Lessons in Facing Life's Challenges with Courage and Creativity; Everyone a Butterfly: 40 Sermons for Children; The Talking Stick: 40 Children's Sermons with Activities; 52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation... Practical Hospitality; The Singing Bowl: 26 Children's Sermons with Activities; The Shining Light: 26 Children's Sermons with Activities; and What's So Special About Polar Bears.
Dr. Hammer has an inspirational list of career purposes. He seeks to love God with all his heart, soul and mind, and to love others as he wants to be loved. He seeks to live a life of compassion, understanding and justice. He also hopes to discover the universal truth found at the heart of all the great religious traditions, but which have found unique expression in the Judeo-Christian tradition, especially in the teachings of Jesus Christ. He strives to work for universal sisterhood and brotherhood among all peoples of the world and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Rev. Hammer and his wife Mary Lou have two grown, and accomplished, children living in Mississippi and Morristown, TN. The family has enjoyed many years of traveling, and has managed to visit all 48 contiguous states of the country over the years, as well as various locations in Mexico and Canada. Dr. Hammer has also traveled to Israel and Jordon. His other hobbies include woodworking, furniture building carpentry, and storytelling.
Visitors are always welcome to attend services at the church, located at 85 Kentucky Avenue (behind the former Alexander Inn), Oak Ridge, TN. Services are held at 8:00 and 10:00 each Sunday morning. Childcare and Children's Sunday school are offered at the 10:00 service. Adult Sunday school meets at 9:00 a.m...