Lori Kyle Called to be Our Settled Minister
The First Unitarian Church of Louisville, Kentucky is delighted to announce that with 99% of our congregation voting yes, the Reverend Lori L Kyle has been called to be our next settled minister. “A gifted story-teller who gives stellar sermons.” “A mix of dynamism and humility.” “A good listener, always present, and she cares about people.” “A willing co-conspirator for foolishness.” “Outgoing, energetic, and she laughs easily—particularly at herself.” “Her smile just makes you want to be a better person” (from a 15-year-old male)! With accolades like these we are sure our congregation will fall in love with her.
The Search Committee heard all of these accolades from Reverend Lori Kyle’s references and wondered if she could be real. She is. Spending a weekend with her and attending a service she conducted at a “neutral pulpit,” we learned that Rev. Lori is indeed the person her references told us about.
Rev. Lori currently serves as a community minister in Toronto, Ontario, providing training and employment for Canadian immigrants through a painting business. She is excited about returning to congregational ministry and looks forward to contributing to the current social action efforts at First U, including challenges related to racism, poverty and homelessness.
Lori has two graduate degrees: an M.A. in Social Work from the University of Kansas, and an M.Div. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in 2014. She was ordained at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in June 2015, and from 2014-2016 was the minister at the UU Congregation of Durham (a suburb of Toronto). Her first career—as a clinical social worker in the area of mental health—made use of many of the same “people skills” she uses every day as a minister.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Lori lived in Vermont and Boston before moving to Canada 10 years ago. While she has mixed feelings about the current political climate, Lori is enthusiastic about moving back to the States and eagerly anticipates living in Louisville, which she visited when the General Assembly was here. (Our church made a memorable impression on her back then!)
Lori is not the only one excited about the move. Her partner, Lori Hickling—not a typo . . . two Lori’s!—an artist and theater set and costume designer, is already eagerly making contacts in the community. They will bring with them their two mini Bernedoodle dogs, who can’t wait to see the Bluegrass.
Lori and Lori each have two young adult children who live in Toronto but can be expected to visit.