The Comeback 2018

by Seth Eriksen As students at the University of Alabama have descended upon the town and gotten back into the swing of things, UKirk has also taken Tuscaloosa by storm. Members of the student ministry have been participating in back-to-back events in their first week back, and UKirk’s momentum isn’t finished just yet. Starting with […]

True Acceptance

by Alex Cashmer I’ve always had a daredevil side to me. My childhood was defined by attempting crazy flips, tricks, and combinations through sports like diving, gymnastics, and dance. My social life is no different. I am oddly comfortable in a room full of strangers. How I developed this is beyond me. Coming to college, […]

UPerk: Home Away From Home

by Seth Eriksen Bama UKirk started off the 2018-2019 school year with a bang on August 22nd, with their Welcome Back Wednesday event at UPerk. Alabama students new and old poured in, breathing new life into the café after a summer away. Returning students mingled with old friends, reminiscing about days gone by and summer vacations now […]

Project Coffee Table Hires Five

Project Coffee Table (PCT), Bama UKirk, First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, AL, and UPerk are pleased to announce the hiring of five 2018-19 Table Setters. PCT, an initiative of Bama UKirk made possible by a 2014 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., was established to encourage students who possess spiritual and leadership gifts to explore potential […]

UPerk Opening Tuesday, August 1

There’s a new craft coffee shop with a mission opening in Tuscaloosa on August 1st. UPerk, boasting the state of Alabama’s first Modbar under-counter espresso system, will feature a variety of coffees from Birmingham-based roaster Seeds Coffee, including pour-overs, espresso drinks, and Nitro-cold-brewed coffee and teas. The café will also serve loose-leaf teas from locally-owned […]

July Update

“So, when are y’all going to open?” That’s the million dollar question, the one we’ve been asked any number of times. Each time, the response has been a little different. When we started this thing, it was Fall 2015. Then Winter 2016. Spring 2016. Sometime in the Summer. Maybe Fall. And now, it’s late Fall/early […]

Doing God’s Work

I am in a class entitled “Tourism and Amusement.” In that class, we study amusement parks, and national parks and ways in which Americans “amuse” themselves.  The whole concept of how tourism started was that Americans would work extremely hard during the week in their jobs and then needed a way to escape and relax. […]

UKirk Fills Flood Holes

Over Fall Break a handful of UKirkers went to Columbia, South Carolina to help with the flood relief efforts. The first day we were there, we shoveled sand into a hole that the flood had caused. The next day, we raked sand that we then shoveled into a hole. I had gone on this mission […]

UKirk Students Help Flood Victims

To say that my first semester as a Bama UKirk intern has been busy is quite an understatement. Between three interns, one campus minister, fourteen planning team members, numerous college students and countless others, UKirk has thrived on the University of Alabama’s campus. We have grown and changed throughout the years, but we continue to […]