Interim Minister

Rev. Kathy Hurt
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Rev. Kathy Hurt has been a transitional and developmental minister in several churches over her 30-year career in ministry. She grew up in Texas, and life has taken her to California, Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota. She’s a Meadville Lombard Seminary graduate and was ordained by Unity Church – Unitarian in St. Paul. She started out in Minnesota, helping churches do the transition work of preparing for new ministers.

Over her long career, she’s seen it all: Growing churches, fellowships exploring how to hire their first full-time minister, even one church in Ohio that was liberal Baptist exploring converting to our Unitarian Universalist denomination. In between her years of formal ministry, she ran her own community ministry business, did work with women and children and at risk youth, and got a master’s degree in counseling. Most recently she was the Senior Minister at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Michigan.

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Coordinator of Religious Exploration

Loren Crawford
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Loren was faith education coordinator for Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ in Chicago until she moved back to Louisville, her hometown, in 2010. She is a writer, an arts educator, a Kundalini yoga instructor, a sometime filmmaker, and a full-time mother to Jessamine, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy.

Former chair of the drama department of Sacred Heart School for the Arts, Loren is very happily teaching drama at Walden School on Westport Road. Her special focus is creating original performance work with young people. She holds a B.S. in Theater Arts from Northwestern University and has completed all coursework for a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, also at Northwestern.

Choir Director

Ethan McCollum 
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Ethan is a classical pianist and choral conductor from Berea, Kentucky. He regularly accompanies instrumentalists, singers, and choirs throughout the Kentuckiana area. He also plays in large ensembles, in pits, performs solo and chamber music, and accompanies ballet classes at the Louisville Ballet School. He received both his bachelor’s degree in piano performance and master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Louisville. Ethan has played piano at First Unitarian since the summer of 2013, and became the choir director in 2016.

Office Administrator

Barbara Creasy
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Barbara retired after teaching middle school for 25 years, followed by a year as a middle school librarian. In her free time, Barbara enjoys doing things with and for her eight grandchildren.