Mid-Week Update September 19, 2018


Middle School Youth Retreat Saturday, September 22-from 2pm - Sunday, September 23 at 2pm. Join us for the 5th annual camp. We’ll be at the YMCA Camp Piomingo in Brandenburg, KY. The cost is $75 for youth and $55 for adult chaperones. Register online (www.firstulou.org) under “events.”

Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop Sunday, September 23 from 12:30 – 4:00pm THINK OF A MINISTER. DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT. Chances are you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age? Beyond Categorical Thinking is a required part of the search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let unrecognized biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us. Ministers in our faith who are people of color, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgender, differently-abled, young, old, ethnically different, or of a different class—all of these credentialed ministers still face discrimination as part of the ministerial search process. In our efforts to find the best match, our congregation will host a Beyond Categorical Thinking worship service and workshop on September 23, 2018. Amanda Schuber from the UUA will lead the Sunday service and then facilitate a conversation where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. This opportunity allows the entire congregation fuller participation in the search process. If you plan to attend the workshop, please send an email to office [at] firstulou.org Include your pizza preference, as we will also be providing lunch. Everyone in the congregation is encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided. (From The Ministerial Search Committee (Bill Allison, Clare Gervasi, Pam Middleton, Jill Sherman, Maureen Taylor, and Jeff Warner)

CUUPS Fall Equinox Celebration Please join First UU CUUPs group, this Sunday the 23rd of September, as we celebrate the Autumn Equinox. This holiday marks the middle of the harvest cycle – when both the days and nights are of equal length. It is a time to reap what you sow, a time to give thanks to Mother Earth for the bounty she provides and a time to rest after bringing in the crops. Doors open at 5:30 with Ritual beginning at 6pm. Potluck after the ritual so please bring food to share.  

Special RE Speaker: Dean Bucalos, Mission Behind Bars Sunday, September 30 at 9:45 am Mission Behind Bars and Beyond (MB3) directly addresses the causes of recidivism and seeks to reduce the rate among returning citizens released from Kentucky correctional facilities. The program adopts a multi-layer, holistic approach that begins with the individual while incarcerated, assists with pre-release preparation, and provides support and assistance once the individual returns to the community. The mission is to educate communities to welcome, support, mentor, and equip returning citizens with the tools to successfully re-enter society.
Dean Bucalos, Executive Director of MB3, has experience as both a practicing attorney and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He will share his passion for justice, belief in forgiveness and mercy, and his hopes to bring MB3 to a place of long-term sustainability. Please join us in the library for a presentation about and discussion of MB3’s work.

Women's Retreat October 19-21 Women's Alliance is hosting a retreat Friday night Oct 19-Sunday noon Oct 21. Women of First U, Clifton and TJ are invited to attend and enjoy shared meals, sisterhood, and workshops. Not a WA member yet? No problem, annual membership is only $10.  The retreat will be at an Airbnb home on Taylorsville Rd - all are welcome.  Cost is $40 per night, $15 for day only, and $80 for the whole weekend. Contact Kathy Gapsis at kgapsis [at] gmail.com for more information.

“New to UU” Class Sunday, October 7 If you’re new to Unitarian Universalism and want to learn what we’re about, or if you’ve been around a while but want to know more, we have just the thing for you! A “New to UU” session will be held after the service on Sunday, October 7, starting at 12:30. Lunch will be available at the first Sunday luncheon; after you pick up lunch, we’ll move to the library for the class. The class usually lasts about 2 ½ or 3 hours, and child care will be available. Please contact Claudia Runge (claudiarun [at] gmail.com or 502-608-5710) if you plan to join us. We look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces!  Please note that the October 7 service will include Blessing of the Animals. If you plan to bring an animal AND stay for the class, please be sure to provide for your animal's comfort after the servic

Fresh Stop Market New Roots (www.newroots.org) or Barbra Justice (velma2720 [at] yahoo.com or 502-234-0607). Next delivery: Wednesday, September 26 Order deadline: Friday, September 21

Survey – For everyone!! An important step in the search process is to conduct a congregational survey, which will help the committee convey to potential ministerial candidates our accurate demographics, needs and wishes for our future. Please go to http://bit.ly/firstusurvey to fill out the survey. If you NEED a paper copy, please contact pamiddleton1 [at] gmail.com or talk to any of the committee members. Pam will send it to you by USPS, with a self-addressed envelope. When we receive it back, it will be entered anonymously into the computer data bank to be analyzed with everyone else.

Cottage Meetings The Search Committee needs your insights and observations! Results gained from the survey only give a snapshot of who we are. Cottage meetings are being scheduled so congregants have the opportunity to discuss in more depth what they want and need regarding our new settled minister. Let your host know if you are planning to attend OR just show up! However, we do need a count if you are planning on coming to the lunch on September 30. Please attend one of these meetings, and be an essential active part of the process to find a minister who is an excellent fit for First Unitarian
This week’s meetings:
* Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:30pm at Magnolia Montessori – 1451 S. 1st Street, Louisville, 40208 hosted by Clare Gervasi
* Saturday, September 22, 3:00-5:00pm, First Unitarian Church – in the library hosted by Jeff Warner

Book Club October 8 Join us in the parlor for our monthly meeting. This month, Lois Allen will lead our discussion of  Word by Word, Kory Stamper.

KIPL Awards Dinner Please join us on Tuesday, September 25 at 6 pm at Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light’s annual Hope In Action Awards dinner at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, (330 N. Hubbards Lane, 40207).  This important event brings together faith communities to celebrate the good works in creation care that have taken place in Kentucky over the last year. Presenters include Sr. Ceciliana Skees, whose Sisters of Loretto community helped stop the Bluegrass Pipeline.  Jewish Community Center is one of three 2018 Hope in Action Award winners.  For more information, contact Kathy Kremer (kathykremer11 [at] gmail.com).

CLCM 50th Anniversary Gala Sunday, September 30 from 3:00-6:00pm.Appetizers, drinks, music featuring The Utility Brothers, silent auction, and a great celebration of CLCM at C2 Event Venue (225 Breckinridge Street. 40203). Tickets are $50. See Lois Allen, Mary Ballard, Kathy Gapsis or Linette Lowe to purchase tickets. Or go to CLCM50th [at] gmail.com. Help central Louisville Community Ministries reach their goal of raising $50,000! ‘

Louisville United Against Violence (once known as Hands Across Louisville) September 30 is once more sponsoring this event to combat violence in our city and to build unity across the 9th Street Divide.  The day will begin at 2 p.m. with an interfaith prayer service (including Rev. Kathy) at St. Augustine Catholic Church community center at 1310 W. Broadway.   From 2:45 pm – 3:30 pmcommunity leaders will lead a community engagement rally (including Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith, US KY Rep. John Yarmuth, the Urban League, Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, etc.). We will hear about many of the great things happening in West Louisville plus have the opportunity to learn about how we can make a change for good in some of the city's most underserved neighborhoods. The hand-holding along Broadway, where we make a visible commitment of unity against violence, is held from 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.  First U's block is between 6th and 7th Street. Talk to either Trish Ramey, event co-chair, or Bethany Borgamenke, First Unitarian block captain, to sign up and/or learn more. Trish will also be selling "fabulous" t-shirts that help us cover our costs. 
TARC is giving us free service along Broadway all afternoon that day.  All you have to do is show them one of our flyers or cards (available from Trish).  You may also park on any side street along Broadway, or behind St. Augustine, if there is room.

Church Phone Voicemail Our voice mail system is currently out of order. If you want general information, including questions about renting space, or need to pass on a message, e-mail office [at] firstulou.org. Our regular office hours are 10am–2pm Monday – Friday.  


Join Us Sunday September 23
Celebration of Life 11:00am
 “Beyond Boxes”
 Speaker: Amanda Schuber

Amanda has a 26 year history as a Unitarian Universalist. In graduate school she focused on Oppression Studies, and has been an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights for many years. She is currently studying for her Masters of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry.

In her “spare” time she travels the country working with UU congregations as a Beyond Categorical Thinking Facilitator, assisting congregations in examining biases in the ministerial search process. We expect a thought-provoking sermon, and hope that you will also be able to join us for the workshop after the service. (see FYI)

Religious Exploration 9:45 – 10:45
See Class Descriptions at firstulou.org/cre (children) and firstulou.org/lre (adult)
Nursery care is available 9:30-12:00. Room 214

Adult Classes Meeting September 23
Popcorn Theology, in the Library, room 103
Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting, room 203
Women’s Spirituality Group (closed class) Parlor, room 101

Calendar Events
9:45   Religious Exploration
11:00  Celebration of Life
11:00  rental: Spiritual Israel and Its Army – Choir Room
12:30 Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop
6:00   CUUPs: Ritual