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Memo from MAM – March 27

Why Does this Church Exist?
Why does this church exist?  Responses to this question were shared in a recent worship service in the form of a six-word memoir. Here are a few random replies that we collected: 

A place for seekers of truth  
Nurture community of love and … read more.

Memo from MAM – April 2

PART I: LAST SUNDAY, MARCH 31
I am sorry that those of you who normally join us via Zoom were unable to do so on Easter Sunday, March 31. Upon arriving Sunday morning, we discovered that we’d had a power outage at the church the night … read more.

Memo from MAM – Mar 19, 2024

A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

Companions Along the Way
Earlier in the month, our Opening Words came from our very own, FirstULou member Kathie Johnson.   Many of you commented on these words which say so much about this congregation, First Unitarian Church of Louisville.  Several … read more.

Memo from MAM – Mar 12

A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

March 12, 2024

Blessing
“Despite all the darkness, human hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality some intimate kindness holds sway. This is the heart of blessing. To believe in blessing is to believe that … read more.

MEMO from MAM – Mar 5

A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

March 5, 2024

As I mentioned Sunday, transformation is our congregational theme for the month of March. It makes sense. The earth is beginning to transform as the spring season winks at us from the horizon. The Vernal equinox, Ostara, with its … read more.

Memo from MAM – Feb 27

A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

February 27, 2024

On Sunday, I mentioned several definitions of the word Bible which has the following etymology: Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek (ta) biblia ‘(the) books’, from biblion ‘book’, originally a diminutive of biblos ‘papyrus, scroll’

The Word Bible has … read more.

Memo from MAM – Feb 13

Yes, I am one of those ministers who still enjoys attending church when I am not in the pulpit. I so enjoyed last Sunday’s service—learning about this congregation’s history from Jenny Lavery, savoring the voices of the choir that filled the sanctuary in tonal textures, … read more.

Memo from MAM – Feb 6

February 6, 2024

Here are the two books suggested by Quiana Denae Perkins, of the MidAmerica UU Region, in her recent article, Black History Month and  Dismantling White Supremacy which I quoted in my sermon Sunday.  It read in part: 

“We can lean into the teachings of Tricia Hersey’s … read more.

Memo from MAM – Jan 30

January 30, 2024

Greetings Good People of the Starship FirstULou,
As a follow-up to Sunday’s Moment for All Ages about Nichelle Nichols who played Communications Officer, Lieutenant Commander Nyota Uhura, in the 1960s Star Trek: The Original Series, I wanted to share one more photo.

When I met … read more.

Memo from MAM – Jan 23, 2024

I recently received the gift of a wonderful book, Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle. As I explore this book, I keep coming back to its first two sentences, “When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in … read more.