MEMO from MAM – June 18, 2024

A Message from Reverend Mary Ann Macklin


I am currently on Study Leave for the next  weeks.   However, I hope many of you will join us for our worship here in our sanctuary Sunday, June 23.  We will join other UUs in viewing a communal video from this year’s Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. 

 I will be driving down from Bloomington, IN to join you all because this worship service is part of my study leave!  Hope to see you there at 11am!

For those of you who plan to join by Zoom, there will be a separate time this Sunday.  The worship service for Zoom will be at 1pm at this link.
Lastly, Linette Lowe will be leading the worship service on June 30.  Yay!

If anyone was wondering about the song I mentioned at the beginning of my June Renewal Reflection sermon—June is Busting out All Over from the musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein—, here it is.  

Speaking of musicals, I watched the Tony Awards on Sunday evening.  I am not sure if I will ever get a chance to see all the plays and musicals celebrated, but I was overjoyed to see the diversity and love of the arts celebrated during that time.  It was healing on some level.  The arts give me hope. I found renewal in watching the Tony Awards where the passion for the artist’s craft is soul deep.  May each of you find ongoing renewal this month of June; may renewal continue to bust out all over.

Thanks to everyone who made the Unitarian Universalist contingent in the PRIDE PARADE colorful and visible. Here is Rev. Bruce on the float and Jane Martin Buckley and moi—-loving the joy.


On Sunday I invoked the works of Ross Gay, particularly, Inciting Joy, in celebrating black joy as we all prepare to celebrate and honor Juneteenth tomorrow. 
Ross Gay is an award-winning poet, essayist, and professor; he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.  From Ada Limón, U.S. poet laureate, —- “Ross Gay, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Delights, comes an intimate and electrifying collection of essays about the joy that comes from connection. “BRILLIANT.”


Weekly Political Education Classes Begin TONIGHT

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. Center for Racial Justice at Simmons College of Kentucky is offering free political education classes in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer. In each class, students will learn about political systems, who is trying to improve them, and how to get involved.

  • All classes will be taught by Jecorey Arthur, a professor of music, sociology, and activism at Simmons College of Kentucky and Councilman for Louisville Metro Council District 4. He will be joined by special guests with experience in organizing, government, and more. Each class will be hosted in-person at different community centers and online via Zoom on Tuesday evenings June 18 – August 20.
  • Register here  Class Format:  Opening Activity 6-6:15 PM (15 Minutes), Lesson 6:15-6:45 PM (30 Minutes),  Q&A 6:45-7 PM (15 Minutes), Networking Dinner by Mattie’s Kitchen 7-7:30 PM (30 Minutes)
  • First Class: Tuesday, June 18 6-7:30 PM @ Sun Valley Community Center | Elections. Each class is hosed in-person at different community centers and online via zoom.
    Classes on June 25, July 2 and 8 can be viewed via zoom from All Peoples’ Hearth Room.

Launch of Louisville Freedom Summer Friday, June 21 5:30 – 8:30pm EDT
at St. Stephen Church – Learn more in the Midweek Update.

Staff, volunteers and your minister will be away from the office at various times this summer.  Please call ahead of time if you plan to visit and need access into the building.

Blessings You All, MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

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