Proudly Progressive,

………Boldly Inclusive,

………………..Radically Friendly


Attend our services in-person or on Zoom

Things to Know:

*Proof of vaccination is required for entry into the building

*Social distancing is encouraged and facilitated

*Wearing of masks is required

*There is no childcare.  

RE Information:
*  9:30am Adult RE – meets in-person every Sunday except the 2nd Sunday of each month
* 12:30pm All Ages RE – Children/Youth/All Ages continues online
*  No Childcare is provided.
*  Unvaccinated people, including children, aren’t allowed in the building.


Our Covid Healthcare team has developed a set of guidelines for in-person activities. Each week on Thursday we will use the CovidActNow website to obtain the current COVID risk level for Jefferson County. See the chart we’re following and click here to read the letter from the Board. The team announces current levels in the Friday What’s UUp email and we remain at that status for at least two weeks.


Upcoming Calendar Events

Further information is down the page

Sundays at 11 amCelebration of Life in the sanctuary or on Zoom.
see UPCOMING SERVICES on the home page
for further details
1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 amAdult RE – In person
1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays at 12:30 pmAll Ages RE – virtual only (until January?)
2nd Sunday (Nov 14)MORSH online activities
Sunday, Nov 28Donate for Poinsettias and Santa’s Helpers
Thurs-Fri, Nov 25-26Office closed for Thanksgiving

The 2021-2022 Board of Trustees
     Peggy Muller, President
     Bill Allison, Vice – President
     Joan Garrett, Secretary
     Jill Sampson, Treasurer
     Donna Corbett, Member at Large
     Barbra Justice, Member at Large
     Lon Kaminar, Member at Large
     Jan Nelson, Member at Large


Building a Diverse Multicultural Community
First Unitarian Church of Louisville is awarding grants to build a diverse multicultural community that accountably dismantles racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. This program, with an original allotment of $25,000 in the Sanctuary Fund, will distribute grants between $250 to $5,000 that encourage social and racial justice while involving the broader community and First Unitarian Church. Click here for more information.


nstallation Wrap-up + Soup!
Rev Lori’s installation was a beautiful, moving, affirming service. My heart is full! I find myself able to give a monetary gift to the church, in celebration of this auspicious event…and maybe you may want to join me! I’ll be cooking potato-leek soup next week for those who purchased it at the auction, and am happy to make a batch for YOU if you are able to make a gift to the church in Rev. Lori’s honor. Send in a donation by mail or online marked “celebrating Rev Lori”, then email me and I’ll add you to the list to get soup delivered (to your home or to church). Kathy G


Leaf Raking Party
Looking for some exercise? Miss spending time with your church mates until the First Sunday Luncheons begin again? The First U House and Grounds team invites you to a Leaf Raking party at church on Sunday, December 5 immediately after the service, weather permitting. Bring your favorite rake. Borrow one of ours. Lunch provided outside (though it probably won’t be as good as Tiffany, Jack, and Doug’s). For more information, contact House and Grounds.


Warm Winter Item Collection
Once again, the Committee on Homelessness is collecting warm winter items for people who do not have shelter (as we are able, we will share these with CLCM as well). Hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks are welcome in all sizes.  Socks are especially appreciated! Please place the items in the designated bin in the foyer. Knitters and crocheters — this is a great opportunity to use up your stash!!


Central Louisville Community Ministries Food Drive
During the month of November, CLCM’s Food Pantry is holding a food drive.  We are asking for non-perishable food items, especially those that help complete a Thanksgiving meal: boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned veggies and fruit. Your donations are gratefully accepted next door at Calvary Episcopal Church on Mon, Tues and Thursdays, 9:30am-11:30am. You can also drop off your donations at First U if you come to attend in-person services!

Learn about the many activities happening with CLCM recently in their Fall Newsletter


Afghan Family Update
As you know, we’re working with All Peoples to help a family from Afghanistan through Kentucky Refugee Ministries. For an update – complete with pictures – click here.


Calling All Santa’s Helpers: The “Pandemic Version” Method 
Holiday Assistance for Coleridge-Taylor Families
Holiday assistance is taking a different form this year, per directives from JCPS. Instead of shopping for assigned children, we are collecting VISA gift cards to be given to the Family Resource Center coordinator at Coleridge-Taylor, Phillip Baker. Mr. Baker will distribute the gift cards to families, which they can use to purchase the gifts for their children.

Ways to Donate and Help the Kids: 
Mail or drop off a VISA gift card to the church office. (mailing may be slow) If dropped off, place in an envelope and write “Attn. Barbara Creasy”
Mail or drop off checks: Make checks out to First Unitarian but write “Coleridge Taylor” on the memo line.
Donate online: Click here and designate “For Coleridge Taylor.” Someone will purchase a gift card in your name for the students. You can also send an email to the office letting us know of your online donation.
Leave your gift card in the offering plate if you are attending church in person.
Contact Mary Ballard by email or via text or phone at (502) 594-9347. Mary can pick up your check, cash, or gift card from you, or you can drop off or mail to her at: 511 Oxford Place, Louisville, KY 40207. 

Mr. Baker would like to have all gift cards by Friday, December 3 so he can get them distributed to families in time for them to shop. Contact Mary with any questions, and thank you so much for your generosity! Coleridge-Taylor Montessori School is located at 1115 W. Chestnut Street, in our church neighborhood. Coleridge-Taylor’s student population is a mix of children from all parts of the Louisville Metro area who are in pre-school through grade five. Over 80% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch prices due to low family income.

Poinsettias for Vespers $15
It is our tradition to decorate the Sanctuary with Poinsettias for the Vespers Worship Service on December 24th. The Worship Ministry offers you the opportunity to purchase a beautiful red poinsettia(s) for $15 each as you show your appreciation for a loved one or a special group.  Your tribute(s) will be printed in the Vespers’ Order of Service. (See suggested wording below.)   After Vespers you may take your poinsettia(s) home with you to enjoy. 

The deadline for all orders is December 6.
Please write neatly as we don’t want mistakes in this very special section of the Order of Service. If your e looks like an i, then George will be listed as Giorgi.

Ways to Order
In Person: Complete a form at church and turn it in to Bev Daly on Sundays after Worship Services on November 21, 28, and December 3.
Order Online: Click here (this link contains the form you need)
Contact Bev Daly via email or call 502-415-2369 to place your order and follow up with a check or online payment.
Email the church office giving the information needed
Bring or Mail to the Office: If you don’t have a form, see the “information needed” list below and write it down and drop it by the church or mail it if time. (809 S. 4th St. Louisville 40203) Mark it “Attention: Barbara Creasy.” We aren’t responsible for items delayed or lost by the mail. You may wish to follow up with a phone call or email to the office to confirm it arrived, especially if sent close to the deadline.
Payment: An order is not complete unless you pay for it in person, by mail, or online. Click here to pay online.
Information Needed on the Order Form
Your name the way you want it listed in the order of service
Name of the person/group you are honoring/celebrating/remembering
Choices of Type: In Honor Of (alive), In Memory Of (no longer living), In Gratitude for ___, and In Celebration of ___.Your contact information is needed in case there are questions about your order
Your payment method so it can be verified
Payment Information
Checks: Please make all checks payable to First Unitarian Church and note poinsettia on the memo line. Bring or mail your check to the church office in a sealed envelope with all information included. 
Cash is accepted but checks are preferred. 
In Person: Give your check or cash to Bev Daly if ordering in person on Sundays.
Online: Click here to pay online Please list the information about your order in the space provided for notes online.
Contact Bev Daly by email or call 502-415-2369 if you have questions.

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Re-Imagined Religious Exploration


Join Us!
Fall 2021 Classes via zoom Sundays

Registration links:  Children  Adults
Click here for details
The October theme is Cultivating Relationships.

9:30am Adult RE Class meets for 45-60 minutes except for the 2nd week of the month. Contact Loren for the monthly packet.

12:30pm All Ages – Adults, Youth & Children We meet via zoom at 12:30 pm for 20-30 minutes. Here is the link for class. We don’t meet the 2nd Sundays when we have MORSH. 

2nd Sundays: MORSH (Multi-generational One Room School House). Because we cannot meet together in person for it, you will be sent an email full of links and activities you can do alone or with loved ones anytime you like.

Enjoy your November MORSH Email All Month
It’s our Multi-Generational One Room School House (MORSH) news – please take a look at the cornucopia of offerings to explore this month’s theme: Holding History. There is something for all ages: Books, articles, podcasts, stories, videos, activities, ideas. Want to learn about the different holidays in the month of November? Check out the calendar feature! It provides enough to keep you interested for the whole month.

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Social/Spiritual Events!


First U Small Groups Forming Now

Soul Matters Sharing Circles
Your information about Soul Matters Sharing Circles from Rev. Lori was sent out Wednesday afternoon. Please read about this exciting opportunity here or in your email.


Click here for the full description of groups.

  • Young Adult Small Group  Gen Z or a Millennial and new to First U? Contact Annette.
  • Parenting Small Group  Is your nest still full? Is your gas tank less full? Contact Kristi 
  • Wise (Older) Adult Small Group  For retirement age Contact Kathy D.

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Volunteer! Donate! Here are opportunities

From the Committee on Homelessness
Collecting Warm Winter Items
Once again, the Committee on Homelessness is collecting warm winter items for people who do not have shelter (as we are able, we will share these with CLCM as well).  Hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and socks are welcome in all sizes.  Socks are especially appreciated! Please place the items in the designated bin in the foyer. Knitters and crocheters — this is a great opportunity to use up your stash!!

Committee on Homelessness Seeks Volunteers
Are you interested in engaging more with our Church, our Church neighborhood, and our larger community? The Committee on Homelessness is recruiting members and volunteers. Here are some of the things we do:

  • The Compassion Team –  a group of Church members trained to engage with people experiencing homelessness on our Church property. The calls are few and far between, but the experience is gratifying. So far we have helped two individuals find shelter and medical care. 
  • The Churchyard Tenders – this team takes regular shifts to pick up debris left by churchyard visitors.  Keeping our churchyard clean has reduced the number of people who have used it for overnight sleeping, drug use, and loitering.
  • The Committee on Homelessness – the committee members meet once a month. All of us are involved in one or more of the other teams, but that is not required. We monitor the activities of Louisville groups that serve people experiencing homelessness and network at community meetings.  As we learn about the problem of homelessness, we are planning to involve Church volunteers in a community service project, probably partnering with one or more neighborhood organizations.

If any of this sounds interesting, please contact Suzanne Meeks to talk about opportunities to get involved!


GOT METAL??


You can help Solar Array help First U!
(and clear out stuff in your way!)

Drop off cans and scrap metal at the Solar Array Project collection can in the courtyard behind the wooden fence. Your scrap metal will help First U cut its carbon footprint and clean the air and water! Thanks!

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Social Justice Ministry

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
      ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


CLOUT Update on Louisville Council Funding
CLOUT is thrilled that Louisville Metro Council voted that  $100 million of ARP funding would be committed to affordable and supportive housing, specifically that $40 million would be allocated to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build/renovate apartments for low-income families in Louisville. That’s $50 million in total this year.


Interfaith Power and Light: 
Solving the Climate Crisis

Interfaith Power and Light join people of faith and conscience to call on President Biden to show US leadership in solving the climate crisis.

This is particularly important as we approach COP26, the UN-sponsored “Conference of the Parties,” now in its 26th year of bringing almost every country on earth to a global climate summit. 
We are witnessing increasing numbers of disasters caused by climate change and public support for climate action is high. Take a minute to visit the website and add your name to the letter:  Thank you.

From the Seventh Principle Team:
Solar Net Metering Preserved by PSC for Customers of LG&E and KU. 
On September 24, the Kentucky Public Service Commission set new rates LG&E and Kentucky Utilities must pay to small businesses, non-profits, and residential customers who feed unused renewable energy to these utilities.  Thanks to several Kentucky organizations who contested these utilities’ attempts to drastically reduce the amount they would have to pay customers for their excess energy from solar panels, the new rate is only slightly reduced, thus encouraging more Kentuckians to switch from nonrenewable energy sources like gas and coal to cleaner solar power. To read more about this, check out The Kentucky Solar Energy Society.


Welcoming Refugees
The Special Project for Afghan Refugees has welcomed one Afghan family into a fully furnished home, thanks to the generosity of FirstU and All Peoples’ congregations.

The Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, working with Louisville Showing up for Racial Justice, has compiled updates from local organizations, including information about families and individuals from Afghanistan and Haiti, asylees from Cuba, and immigrants from the southern border.  For more about this as well as pending federal, state, and local legislation, read the full report   
“Love Knows No Borders”—Unitarian Universalist Association.


La Casita Midyear Report
Click here to see the latest update from the La Casita Center.


Update from KUUJAN (Kentucky UU Justice Action Network)

KUUJAN Monthly meeting The First Wednesday of Every Month via Zoom 7:00-8:30 pm Go to the website https://www.kuujan.org for more information. A monthly meeting of Unitarians in Kentucky interested in social justice.

Reproductive Justice: KUUJAN is launching a reproductive justice issues team. We are looking for representatives from each congregation to serve on this committee to help KUUJAN join efforts to defeat an anti-choice ballot measure that will be on the November 2022 ballot.  If you know of any members of your congregation who are particularly driven by reproductive justice issues, have them contact Rus Ervin Funk, the KUUJAN Coordinator

Climate Justice – President Clinton is joining other national leaders for the “COP26” meetings. The Citizens Climate Lobby is asking for as many of us as we can get to sign this petition inviting President Clinton to institute a Carbon Price and Dividend. This institutes a fee for carbon use, with funds coming back to the public with a focus on funds going to those communities most affected by carbon use practices and policies.


LSURJ Monthly Meeting (Base Building) -The First Tuesday of Every Month via zoom 7:00-8:30pm
Register here Learn more and invite friends via Facebook:
All are welcome to learn more about getting involved in and helping plan the LSURJ part of Campaigns for Action on issues like mass incarceration and ending cash bail, policing, the city budget, and getting cops out of schools.  

Also, every month on the Second Thursday at 3pm, SURJ members nationwide gather to learn together and spend time making calls and sending emails in support of frontline racial justice campaigns.

First U Justice Ministry
Want to know about opportunities for involvement? Click here or send an email to [email protected] 

Join us as we work together in community to build the world we need.

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Central Louisville Community Ministries

The CLCM food pantry, located at Calvary Episcopal Church next door, is very low on canned fruit, cereal, pasta and spaghetti sauce. Use of the pantry is up over 300% from pre-pandemic times. All non-perishable food is gratefully accepted at Calvary on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. They are also in need of masks, either store-bought or home-made. CLCM has given out 4483 masks so far, and their supply is low.

The ability to provide emergency rent and utility assistance to our neighbors in need has greatly expanded during the pandemic due to increased federal and local grants. We’re grateful to First U donors and the network of other congregations who are also supporting CLCM in this work. More than $500,000 has been funneled out into our community. 6342 bags of food have been provided, and 3641 masks.
CLCM continues to ask for donations of personal care items (but NO over-the-counter medications) that can be dropped off at the CLCM office on Monday -Thursday between 9:30-11:30am.
You can mail a check to the office, or donate at their website.
You can check out CLCM at the Better Business Bureau site.


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Join Us Sunday, November 28, 2021

11 am in the sanctuary

and on Zoom

Celebration of Life.

Sometimes Our Heroes aren’t Heroes

Speaker: Rev. Connie Simon

We human beings are complex creatures, capable of both good and bad behavior.  Even some of our most well-known forebearers behaved in ways that today we consider offensive. What do we do when the people we admire most can’t live up to our expectations? 

About Our Speaker
A 2018 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Rev. Connie Simon serves as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati. She is the first person of color to be called to the position in the congregation’s 200-year history.
She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UU Studies Network and Editor of the Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography. She has taught UU History and Theology at the Midwest Leadership School, is one of eight contributors to the Promise and the Practice of Our Faith program, has written for UUA blog Braver/Wiser, and is a co-author of the Ordination and Installation Handbook for Unitarian Universalist Clergy and Congregations. She currently serves as Secretary of the UU Ministers Association and is an advisor for the Ministerial Formation Network.

If you are interested in seeing some recent services, they are available for the past 3-4 weeks in the service archives accessed from the Home Page of this website. Older service links will be provided on request from the [email protected]


Share Joys and Sorrows even when you cannot attend in person —– 
Send an email to the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] by 5pm on Friday stating your name and your joy or sorrow. You may also enter your feelings during the service by using the chat feature  

Join Us via Zoom   
      Find the link on the Home page, at the top right in blue lettering “Live Stream our service and meetings”

        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. Click HERE.

Using the Church Building: Small Groups
If you are part of a small group that would like to meet in the building, please reach out to Barbara, our office administrator to confirm that space is available and to be placed on the calendar.
Our Online Calendar…A Great Tool (when utilized)!
This is a friendly reminder of how useful the website’s calendar is in planning use of our building space…especially now that we’re returning to in-person presence. So that all of us can get accurate information, please, individuals and committees alike, communicate with Barbara about reservation of space so that it can be posted, and so that your reservation can be locked in! 

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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.

What if Church Email Doesn’t Arrive in the Inbox?
If you know of someone unable to see messages from First U, please share this information:

  • If the person isn’t signed up for email, they can request to be added to the list contacting the Volunteer Desk or the Church Office.
  • If signed up but not receiving mail, the first step is to verify that mail is being sent. Contact the office to have Barbara check this. Sometimes when an email address is changed, the person doesn’t think to update it with the church. Barbara can easily check to see if an email is listed and which one was the last one opened.
  • When someone isn’t receiving the email, especially if they once did, most of the time it’s being sent, but Google changed the way gmail is set up and how mass mailing is handled. While it goes to the Inbox most of the time, sometimes it’s placed elsewhere.  The most common location is called “All Mail” but it may also be sent to areas such as Promotions or Social. Most people don’t even realize these areas exist and they may even be hidden from view depending on how the account was set up. 

    If you look on your email page, usually on one side, there is a list of folders labeled Inbox, Drafts, Sent Mail and Trash, which most people are familiar with. But over the years, new choices such as “All Mail” have been added. Click “more” to keep scrolling down the list. At the bottom of your list, you’ll see “Manage the List” which can help you try to set folders the way you want them. Once you locate your hidden mail, you can change settings to have it sent to inbox or at least know where to look for it.

I hope this helps. This has become a widespread problem no matter which program is used to send out mail. Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator