Proudly Progressive,

……….Boldly Inclusive,

………………..Radically Friendly

Please note that on Sunday, Jan 24 we will not be using the usual zoom link for First Unitarian Church, but will be using this zoom link published by the UU Church of Lexington. please go to the bottom of this page for more details.

UUA Extended Leadership Experience Opportunity
UUA will hold a second session of the Extended Leadership Experience remotely. Topics include mission/vision, systems, and conflict, along with four incredible history presentations by the Rev. Connie Simon. We are hoping that a couple of folks from our congregation would be interested in attending. If interested, please let Board President Peggy Muller know by February 10. Scholarship opportunities are available depending on the applicant’s situation.  Click here for more information.

This Friday: The First U Butterfly Story Hour 
Flits Back into Reality via zoom
Join us with our virtual fireplace on Friday, January 22 from 6:30-8:00pm as we share stories, writings, and poetry at this premiere First U evening event.  If you have a reading or story to share, please let us know so we can schedule your presentation.  Make a reservation here  If you are unsure, come anyway and partake in this fun family-friendly event.  We will be recording the action. 

KUUJAN and Redistricting
Curious about the state of redistricting in Kentucky? Or maybe you are hoping to learn more about the rules for congregations around advocacy and lobbying? Either way, join the KUUJAN All Network Gathering on February 3 at 7pm ET (6pm CT), featuring the KY League of Women Voters as well as the author of the UUA’s “The Real Rules” Rob Keithan.  Register here.

Take Action….Contact Your Elected Officials!
Given the attack on our nation’s Capitol Building this past week, it is clearer than ever that we as citizens must take an active role in preserving democracy, promoting our UU values of respect, truth, and justice, and insisting on accountability. One way to achieve this is to let your voice be heard by your elected officials.  Use this link to contact them.

First U Church Activity Planning
The Connections Ministry is requesting you complete a survey to collect interest in new church events and participation, Take the survey to share ideas and suggestions. Click here for more information about the quest for activities of interest. See below to learn about our first Zoom Butterfly Story Hour on Friday, January 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm. 

The 7th Principle at Work: Cost Saving Measures at First U 
Members of First U’s 7th Principle Team (Kathy Kremer, Margaret Pearce and Roger Ohlman) wrote an article reporting on energy use during the pandemic  It was shared in the Interfaith Power and Light blog. Read it here.

Church History Milestone
Friday, January 15, 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the dedication of our current church building.  According to an announcement published in the Courier-Journal on January 15, 1871, our church, then known as the Church of the Messiah, would be dedicated “when the congregation and friends meet to select seats and make general arrangements for the current year, and have a free interchange of thought and feeling upon the accomplishment of the work…”  At that time, no one knew that the church would burn less than a year later on New Year’s Day, and be rededicated on December 15, 1872, 113 years to the day the church would burn again.

Special Services  Online
Did you miss the Solstice Service or Christmas Eve Vespers Service? Or do you just want to see it again or share with others? You’re in luck as it’s now available on our website.
Christmas Eve Vespers Service December 24  preludes  OR the service

Winter Solstice Service December 20  click here

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Follow Our New Twitter Account!
First Unitarian has a new Twitter Account, which you can find by searching Twitter for “First Unitarian Church of Louisville” or @FirstUnitarian.  Be sure to Follow us on this new account rather than the prior account (1st Unitarian Church @FirstULou). Many thanks to Jaymeson Dolan and Lucy Hickerson for agreeing to serve as our new Twitter and Instagram masters!

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Care Team Volunteers Needed 
Our Care Team is looking for a “few good volunteers” to start the new year. Care Team members reach out to our members and friends via e-mail, cards, and/or phone calls at least quarterly in an effort to help strengthen the caring connection between individuals and the larger congregation and to keep communication lines open. The Team meets periodically to share information and compare notes as we try to find more effective ways of reaching congregants. 

If you are new to First U, this is an excellent way to make connections without having to leave your home.  If you are interested in being part of this ministry, please contact [email protected].

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Religious Exploration: Winter Holidays, Observances and Community Events 2020

Adult RE: Is This America?
We continue to explore racism in policing by taking a wider focus in order to help us all process the historic events we are living through. Class returns January 24, and meets 4:00-5:00pm every other week. See the Winter RE Update to learn more. Reading the book, Invisible No More: Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie, is optional. Learn more about the book. Class leaders: Jill Sherman and Joan Garrett Zoom link 

Books are available from First Unitarian. A donation to cover the cost of the book is appreciated but not necessary. You may pick up a copy at the Volunteer Desk. There is usually someone there from 10am-2pm Monday-Thursday, but call first to make sure. Or click on the following link to secure your own copies. Invisible No More: Police Violence against Black Women and Women of Color  by Andrea Ritchie

Winter RE
See the recent RE Update for information about the Children’s Chalice group Sundays at 10:30, the Middle School Crossing Paths study on Sundays at 12:30, as well as potential high school activities.

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Central Louisville Community Ministries

Food Pantry at Central Louisville Community Ministries
While many of us have started those New Year’s diets, many others are going hungry in our neighborhood. There are 2 particular shortages at the food pantry right now: breakfast cereal, and canned chicken/fish. All food donations are welcome, and can be dropped off next door at Calvary Episcopal Church, between 930-11:30 Monday-Friday.

Please Donate Winter Items
As the temperatures drop, the need for warm scarves, hats, socks and gloves increases. Many of those served by CLCM and the First U Committee on Homelessness are in need of these items so they’re making a joint request for donations to serve both groups.
Items can be placed in the labeled boxes in the lobby. Due to the holidays and reduced hours, please contact someone on the contact list to make arrangements to safely drop off your donation. You can also call the church office (502-587-5110) Regular hours will be shared after the holidays. 
Contact: one of the following: CLCM Office ([email protected]), Committee on Homelessness ([email protected]), Church Office ([email protected]), Volunteer Desk ([email protected])

Personal Care Items
CLCM clients continue to have needs, and CLCM continues to serve them with contactless delivery of personal care items and non-perishable food, and through email and phone for rent and utility assistance. You can still drop off donations at church, between 9:30-11:30am Monday-Thursday.
Central Louisville Community Ministry will be working with clients on housing, utility needs, etc. Monday through Thursday 9:30 – 11:30.  The food pantry at Calvary will also be open the same hours

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KUUJAN
You are invited to join the the Kentucky UU Justice Action Network (KUUJAN) All Network Gathering on the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm CT (7pm ET) for more information In the January meeting we discussed the 8th principle.  Register at kuujan.org for connection information.

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Join Us Sunday, January 24, 2021

Celebration of Life.

11 am on Zoom

Faith with Accountability

Speaker: Brian Chenowith

We will be joining Rev.Chenowith and the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington via zoom. We will use their link for this week’s service.

It has been over a year since the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington adopted the 8th Principle.  Rev. Chenowith in this service will be discussing the questions; what are we learning about its impact on our congregation? What impact have we had? What would we share with other congregations that are looking to adopt the 8th Principle?

As an introduction to the 8th principle at First Unitarian, we will be joining Rev. Brian Chenowith and his congregation in this service  We have also been invited to join the congregation in their virtual “coffee hour” after the service.  

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”


Share Joys and Sorrows—– Contact the Volunteer Desk at [email protected]
Because we are the guests of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington we will be participating in their joys and sorrows ritual on Sunday. You may share our joys and sorrows with the volunteer desk as usual, and they will be published to the email list on Tuesday.  

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Join Us via Zoom   
        Online 
A separate Zoom link will be emailed at the end of the week to all friends and members of First Unitarian. Do you want to be on our mailing list? Contact [email protected]
        Need Help connecting Sunday morning? Contact the Volunteer Desk.  We begin monitoring at 10:30am Sundays. However, calls for help received after 11am may not be answered immediately. 

By Phone to Listen (312) 626-6799 or (646) 876-9923
        Enter the Meeting ID 4508929882 and press #,
        No participant ID is needed, press # a second time.
        You do not need internet access to listen by phone.

Opportunities for Sharing: Donations and Pledges
First Unitarian is a resilient and vibrant community! Our important work continues through this public health emergency, even as our habits and routines are changing. You can support our community and its mission in a variety of ways.

We Are a Welcoming Congregation

We welcome all persons to participate fully, openly, and equally, in all aspects of our congregational life, in ever-widening circles of inclusion. We respect and affirm diversity and its gifts in race, ethnicity, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, family or relationship structure, gender identity, gender expression, sex, abilities, neurodiversity, age, socio-economic class, political views, religious belief, creed, or interpretation of religion.

Upcoming Services and Archived Services – upper right corner of the home page


For More Information
Contact the Minister; [email protected]
Contact the Church Office; office @firstulou.org
Click Religious Exploration for information about RE. Click the links for RE opportunities for adults and children.
Contact the RE Coordinator; [email protected]
See the First U News or Events web page.
Members and friends may contact the Care Team ([email protected]) for personal assistance.
Building Use Policy click here

Calls to the church office, (502) 585-5110, will be forwarded to our office manager’s email. If you leave an email address she can respond to you more quickly. Calls will be answered from church during reduced office hours from 10-2 Tuesday – Thursday.