After seven years with us, our former minister, the Rev. Dawn Cooley, moved up in the UUA and accepted a position of leadership in the Southern Region.


Louisville is a unique American city boasting a rich history, vibrant arts community, and a growing diverse community. We are known for our southern hospitality, and tradition, but we are also a growing, dynamic, progressive hub in Kentucky. Established in 1778 and situated along the Ohio River, Louisville is known as the “Gateway to the South.” The city was founded by George Rogers Clark and named after King Louis XVI of France, in appreciation for his support during the Revolutionary War.

There are many ways to pronounce “Louisville” but we consider the correct pronunciation to be Loo-a-vul.

The Greater Louisville region comprises 10 counties in Southern Indiana and Kentucky and is home to 1.4 million people. The city of Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, ranking 28th in the nation. It is home to large corporations such as Humana, Yum, Louisville Slugger, and many more.

Louisville is the beginning of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail which is our version of wine country featuring dozens of distilleries and tasting rooms.

Louisville is most known as the birthplace of Muhammed Ali and for the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Festival lasts for a full two weeks in the spring, and we certainly make the most of it. The area is also the birthplace of President Zachary Taylor, and Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis. An additional interesting note is that literary icon F. Scott Fitzgerald was stationed at the Louisville area Camp Zachary Taylor in WWI, and went on to immortalize the downtown historic Seelbach Hotel in the novel The Great Gatsby.

The climate in the Louisville area is fairly mild, and has four distinct seasons. The summers are warm and humid; the winters generally have light snowfall.

Why We Love to Call Louisville Our Home

That’s the Chamber of Commerce view of Louisville. For something more personal, read the following testimonials regarding why so many of us love this area and call it home.

  • To me, Louisville is Variety City: it’s Cosmopolitan, but it’s Country. You hear every accent here, but almost everyone has the same friendly smile.
  • It’s a Midwestern city, but it’s the gateway to the South, y’all!
  • Very importantly, it has all four seasons, with each lasting long enough to enjoy it but not so long we get sick of it.
  • It has a variety of topography and landscapes, from our beautiful Olmsted-designed parks to the great and changing Ohio River.
  • It has architecture to please everyone, from the grandeur of Old Louisville to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired wedding cake tower (you just have to see the building to understand).
  • It offers ALL the arts, from theater to ballet to painting to the martial arts.
  • It has every food and restaurant imaginable—Southern comfort, Tex/Mex, Indonesian, Vegetarian; if you can’t find it, just wait, as it’s probably opening next week.
  • It offers many, many kinds of educational opportunities, with a class to meet every need.
  • It offers excellent options in medical care, for humans and other animals, too.
  • No matter what your interest or mood, LOUISVILLE FEELS LIKE HOME.
  • We have noticed a growing respect for bike riders.
  • We were attracted to the city and stay for the friendly atmosphere, which is much different from many cities in the Midwest.
  • We miss the wonderful food offerings whenever we visit other similar communities.
  • There is great professional and community theatre. Art galleries flourish, wonderful Louisville Orchestra. Diverse population and getting more diverse. Good parks!
  • Many major museums—Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger (yes, the baseball bat) Museum, 21c Museum Hotel, Kentucky Science Center, Speed Art Museum, African American Heritage Center, American Printing House for the Blind.
  • Cost of living is about half that of the East and West coasts and below the national average. Downtown economic development has significantly grown with new hotels, new businesses and old businesses returning downtown.
  • We’ve found a generally liberal city in an otherwise politically conservative state–which makes being a UU here more meaningful, since our message is more needed than when we are just one more liberal voice in a liberal culture.
  • It’s a big enough city to have lots of amenities, but small enough to be easy to navigate
  • We like the horse culture, park system, major theater culture such as the Humana Festival of New American Plays, interesting neighborhoods and college town atmosphere.
  • I appreciate the low cost of living, and interestingly, I noticed lower car insurance premiums.
  • I can afford to live in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood that could not have been an option in other cities we have lived in.