809 S. 4th St, 502-585-5110

Upcoming Services and Archived Services – upper right corner of the home page

Upcoming Calendar Events

Sundays……………….9:30-12:30
9:45 am
11 am

11:15-12:15
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Nursery
Adult RE (reading After the Good News Nov 6, 20, Dec 4)
Celebration of Life (except Nov 13)
(Children attend until after the Moment for All Ages)
Children’s RE (not on the 2nd Sunday)
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SunNov 062 amTime Change
Sun Nov 06noonFirst Sunday Lunch
Sun Nov 0612:15 pmService Coordinator Training in the library
SunNov 135 pmPotluck Service (NO morning service that day)
MonNov 145 pmBook Club in First U Library
SunNov 20afternoonWomen’s Alliance Pie Sale
ThursNov 24noonFirst U family Thanksgiving Potluck
SunDec 1111 amGuest Speaker for 150th anniversary of First U rededicate

First Sunday Lunch November 6
The menu: West Indian pumpkin soup, Green Goddess salad, rolls and chocolate sugar cookies.

  • We offer a hybrid approach to our Sunday Celebration of Life services, both in-person and via zoom. 
  • For the zoom link, go the “Live Stream Our Service” on the home page upper right corner.  The Meeting ID is 4508929882  You will not need a password. Contact [email protected] if you have trouble getting online. 
  • Covid Policy – masks are required for level red, but optional for levels yellow or green. Vaccines are highly recommended but not required.
  • Covid Level: Green The good news is that the metro community risk for covid has been at the Low Risk level (green) since September. Here at First U, masks and social distancing are not required, but remain a great option for those of us at increased risk. And if you aren’t aware, the updated booster vaccines, targeting the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 spike protein variants, are now available.

Join us Sunday, Nov 6

In person or on Zoom

Caste Part 2: The Nazis and US


Speaker:  Rev. Lori Kyle

On October 23 we took an introductory look at the idea that caste systems exist in places other than India, and in fact, exist here in America.  On this Sunday Rev. Lori delves deeper into this concept by exploring not only the entrenchment of caste in the United States, but also how it informed and influenced Nazi Germany’s plans to create and implement their own form of social stratification.


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It’s that time of year again!
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6.
Set your clock back one hour.

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FYI

Sections below in this order:

Social Justice

Religious Exploration

Our Community


Social Justice

Call Jane – pre-release party a success

More than 40 people gathered in the sanctuary to watch the pre-screening of Call Jane, a movie starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver chronicling the story of the brave women in Chicago who helped pregnant women and girls obtain abortions in the sixties when abortion was effectively illegal except in the most dire extenuating circumstances. It is a gripping story of how women had to risk arrest, jeopardize their relationships and social status, and sometimes even endanger their lives to obtain the healthcare women needed. We recommend you see this movie when it comes to theaters in Louisville.


UUTV and KUUJAN Restore Voting Rights
Partner with the KY Democracy Project to call residents with non-violent felony records who have served their full sentence and have had voting rights restored.  UU the Vote Sign Up


CLCM Thanksgiving Food Collection
In November, Central Louisville Community Ministries’ food pantry collects food items that help complete a Thanksgiving meal. Examples include real or packaged potatoes, stuffing mix, canned veggies, cranberry sauce, gravy, and any sort of sweets. As you buy groceries this month for your family, please consider buying extra for our downtown neighbors.  Food donations can be dropped off at Calvary Church, 821 S 4th St, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30am. Monetary donations to help with purchase of turkeys can be made by check (sent to 809 S 4th St, Lou KY, 40203) or online.


Human Rights Day Celebration! 
Join All Peoples UU at the only local event honoring Human Rights Day — the anniversary of the day in 1948 when the global community formally adopted the Universal Declaration for Human Rights.  See the flyer (below) for more details of this celebration occuring Saturday Dec. 10th 7-9pm.


Religious Exploration


Nursery open
from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
We’re looking for
an additional person to join Jess.
Contact Loren for information.

Join the “After the Good News”
Adult RE Class

Led by Jill Sampson

Discuss the book by UU Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Led by Jill Sampson. To learn about the book, Click here. Questions? Contact Loren. The class meets in the library on November 6 and 20 and December 4 from 9:45-10:45am. 

MORSH is Virtual for Now
The Multigenerational One Room School House. (MORSH) will NOT be in person, but will remain virtual until the close of the calendar year. Click here to view the October MORSH email – full of information, links, and activities for all ages.


Our Community


A Note From the Board
The Board of Trustees recently sent out a brief update on the plans being made for when Rev. Lori is gone. See your Midweek Update for a link if you missed it.


Upcoming Evening Service November 13 (and a change)
Please mark your calendar for November 13 when we will have a 5:00pm Potluck worship service (no morning service), in which we will gather to collectively and individually ponder issues that have to do with our November monthly topic of change (a relevant issue for us these days).

Also please note that Dec. 11th was initially earmarked to be an evening service, but will now be at 11:00am.

There is no childcare or nursery provided for evening services.

This service will not have a zoom option but may be live-streamed.


First Unitarian Book ClubMonday, Nov 14
Book Club will be meeting in the library at 5pm on the 2nd Monday of each month. November’s book is “My Grandmother’s Hands” – a story of healing from racialized trauma.


Thanksgiving Pie Sale
In keeping with its long tradition, the Women’s Alliance will hold the annual pre-Thanksgiving pie sale on Sunday 11/20. Homemade sweet and savory pies will be available after the service for $12 each.  Take one chore off your Thanksgiving list and buy a delicious ready-to-go pie, while supporting the Women’s Alliance!


Thursday, November 24
Doors open around 1pm with Dinner between 2 and 3 pm.

Special Service December 11 at 11am
This service was initially earmarked to be an evening service, but will now be at 11:00am. We will welcome a guest speaker in celebration of our congregation’s 150th Anniversary of the church’s rededication.  Mark your calendar for this special occasion!


First U Needs Sunday Service Coordinators!
The Worship Ministry is working hard to fill the 2023 worship calendar when we will be without a minister, and the calendar is nearly full with guest speakers!  However, each service requires a Service Coordinator (SC) who helps decide non-sermon parts of the service and coordinates with the speaker.  Please consider joining us in this enriching and important task! Training for SC is Sunday, November 6 after church. See details here.


CUUPs on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) group will resume in-person classes on September 7th and will meet in the church library.  We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month and begin class at 7pm. All of CUUPS classes and public rituals are open to all our church family. If you have an interest in learning more about Earth-Centered spirituality, please join us.


~ Land Acknowledgment ~

First U acknowledges that Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Osage native peoples lived on the land we now call Kentucky prior to their forced removal. We honor both our past and ongoing connection to them.

Find out more here.


To Reach Us

Office Hours

11am-3pm Monday-Thursday
The best way to reach us at any time is by email.

  • Barbara, the office administrator [email protected]
  • Volunteer desk [email protected]
  • Phone (502) 585-5110. If you don’t reach someone, leave a message, including your email address, as messages are automatically emailed to the office.
For More Information
Contact the Minister; [email protected]
Contact the Building Superintendent; [email protected]
RE Coordinator: [email protected] or see the RE page on this website
Justice Ministry; [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

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