Director of Religious Exploration and Transition Team Leader
Our Director of Religious Exploration (DRE), Linette Lowe, originally hails from a small farming community in southwest Michigan, got her B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities from Valparaiso University in IN, and came to Kentucky in 1993 pursuing graduate work in Philosophy. She holds a Master's degree and is ABD in Philosophy and has a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Kentucky. More recently, she has completed the course work for an M.A. in Special Education from the University of the Cumberlands. She has taught philosophy at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, and Bellarmine University, where she also worked in the Faculty Development Center and enjoyed helping to facilitate Courage to Teach retreats for faculty. While there, she served on Bellarmine's Cultural Diversity Task Force, worked as a consultant in diversity training, and served on the Metro Human Relations Commission. Most recently, she taught part-time at St. Catharine College near Springfield, KY. In October of 2016, Linette became the Transition Team Leader at First Unitarian in addition to her DRE duties. While the congregation is awaiting an interim minister (to arrive in August 2017), Linette will take on preaching, pastoral care, and administrative duties.
Linette joined the membership of First Unitarian in 1997 and became the DRE in 2012. She is a member and Treasurer of the Heartland Chapter of the Liberal Religious Educators Association, worked on the UUA Bridging Think Tank, and is proud to have developed a webinar for the MidAmerica Region of the UUA on Creative Inclusion (meeting the needs of neurodiverse populations in our churches). She is also pleased to have started an annual UU Middle School Youth Retreat for youth in IN, OH, and KY.
Linette lives on her spouse's ancestral family farm in Nelson County, where, together with their son, they enjoy raising a garden, fruit trees and blackberries, free-range chickens, a large herd of cats, a farm dog, and three sweet sheep. In her spare time, Linette enjoys playing French Horn with various groups and singing with the Solstice Singers.