809 S. 4th St, 502-585-5110
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Proudly Progressive, Boldly Inclusive, Radically Friendly

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

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. 

Upcoming Calendar Events

Sundays……………….9:30-12:30
11 am
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11:15
Nursery
Sunday services
(Children attend until after the Moment for All Ages)
All Ages RE
SunMay 1211 amAnimism as Futurism: A Druidic Way to Live the 7th Principle
Speaker: Valerie Schwarz
SunMay 1911 amEarth, Teach Me: Pluralism, Prayer and Ritual
Rev. Mary Ann Macklin

OUR NEW WILDFLOWER GARDEN.


Sun, May 12 at 11 am

Animism as Futurism: A Druidic Way to Live the 7th Principle

Speaker: Valerie Schwartz

Understanding plants, animals, and even landscapes and natural features as Beings in their own right can be a stunning and uplifting experience. For many of us, it isn’t always clear how to show respect for the web of life and what that even means in actual practice, much less how to see our place within it. No need to fantasize and expect your tree out back to sprout a Disney-esque face and chat with you, there are real and meaningful ways to appreciate your so often unrecognized neighbors and get to know them better. This service will explore modern ways to begin to form relationships with nature and to remember how we are an integral part of it. It will touch on the history, psychology, and the mystery of Animistic belief, and why it might just be one of the more creative and useful ways forward into a safer, healthier, more equitable future.

About the Speaker:
Valerie Schwartz has been a practicing Pagan for a little over three decades, with experience in creating and guiding seasonal and celebratory rituals. She was a member of Clifton Unitarian Church some years ago and currently attends the First Unitarian Church in Louisville. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, son, and an opinionated cat, and holds membership in the Druid orders of Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) and the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD).


Sections Below in the following order

Social Justice

Our Community

Religious Education


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Social Justice

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Just in case you need an email address for locating lawmakers:

  • Contact your Kentucky representatives: click for contact information.
    • Note that First U member Lisa Willner is a representative for the 35th district
  • Contact your US House representative: click for contact information.
  • Contact your US Senator: click for contact information.

From the 7th Principle Team:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Team for the Seventh Principle wants to thank you for all you have done during Earth Month, from attending services, signing postcards, eating a vegetarian lunch, reading our newsletters, and more. And we’d like to give you the opportunity to do even more during the coming year.
Because we know everybody can’t do everything, we have two options for your support:  joining the Seventh Principle Team or becoming a Climate Saver.
Team Member: Help the Team plan and execute activities, attend monthly meetings, participate in worship services, be an active member of a group which works toward a more sustainable physical plant, a more engaged congregation, and an effective voice in the community.
Climate Saver:   Receive periodic updates inviting you to send an email or letter, sign a petition, attend an event, or whatever.  You are then free to participate as your inclination, energy and time allows. 

We can’t do everything, but we can do something!


News From KUUJAN (Kentucky UU Justice Action Network

Save the Date!!

June 8, 2024 In-Person Kentucky Gathering


The KUUJAN Board is thrilled to announce our first in person get-together.  Please plan to join us in Louisville on June 8 (we may include some social events for the evening of June 7) to deepen our relationships with each other, strengthen our network, and develop our collective capacity to engage in the good trouble needed in our state. 

Two Ways You Can Support the In-Person Gathering
UU’s from across the  state are planning to come to All Peoples Congregation on June 8 to participate in the first ever state-wide in person retreat. The retreat is scheduled for 10 – 5 (Eastern time) and the ministers at First U and All Peoples are planning a joint service for that Sunday. We are expecting some UUs to come in Friday, and some to stay Saturday night

There are two key ways that you can help support this exciting opportunity: 

  1.  home hospitality.  If you have a bedroom or more than one that you are able to offer to UU’s who are coming in for the retreat, please consider doing so!
  2. help in preparing lunch on Saturday.  If you have interest and experience in cooking for a large number of folks, please consider helping with preparing a meal for mid-day.  KUUJAN will cover the costs of the meal prep.

For both ways of help, please contact Rus Funk if you have any questions, and/or if you are willing to offer your support in one of these ways.


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Our Community

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Rose Stevens
As many of you may have heard, Rose Stevens fell recently and tore the tendons in her knee. She’s had a surgical repair and is now in inpatient rehab. She’s not up for phone calls or visits yet, but welcomes cards. Get the mailing information on the Facebook Chalice page or contact the church. She expresses deep gratitude for the cards and well wishes she’s received so far, and finds they lift her spirits tremendously.


CUUPs on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) educational group meets in the church library 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.


First U Book Club on the second Monday of each month.

Meeting at 6 pm in the Church Library. In May we are discussing “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.

Here are the books selected for March-August

MonthTitleAuthor
March  All That She Carried   Tiya Miles     
April – note date change  Flight Behavior    Barbara Kingsolver         
May 13  The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot  
June 10 Better Lucky Than Good Arenson – Biker to Airline Pilot
OR Churchill Downs stories
July 8 The Personal Librarian Marie Benedict   
August 12  Lark Ascending   Silas House


Kitchen Crew Members Wanted
Thanks to those who’ve volunteered to wash dishes for the First Sunday Luncheons! By using reusable dishes and cloth napkins, First U has cut back on the amount of trash we throw into landfills.* But we need your help: we need more dishwashers!  In just one hour, you can be a part of First U honoring its 2022 resolution to protect the environment.  You and your ideas are welcome.  Contact Kathy K with your questions, comments, or to sign up. 

(*Landfills emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas that affects climate change by contributing to increased global warming. The methane emissions from landfills in 2021 were approximately equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from nearly 23.1 million gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. Total annual landfills generation in the U.S. has increased by 93% since 1980. (Sources: Center for Sustainable Systems, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Greeters – We Need You!
Welcome others to our church. We need a few great folks to extend a welcome to those who visit our services.  A strong corps of volunteers make this happen and we need your help. Learn more by visiting our greeter survey  and/or contacting Rita Sasse.


Chancel Table Decorators Wanted
Every week, a volunteer on the decorations committee creates a decoration for the chancel table. We would like to have more volunteers.  We plan for two or three months and volunteers choose their Sunday.  Some purchase flowers and others bring flowers or greenery from their yards, but only natural (fresh or dried) plant materials are requested.  Interested volunteers, please contact Carol Tobe.


Interested in Being a Worship Assistant?
The Worship Committee would like to invite those interested in being a Worship Assistant during Sunday services to contact them. Speaking would be optional. If you would like to help with small tasks before, during, and after the Sunday service, contact Jamie McGloin-King or Pat Allison.


Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed: Sign Up Now
Our Coffee Hour after church needs volunteer hosts. If you are willing to meet new people, catch up with fellow churchgoers, and ruin your well-regulated diet with occasional treats, this opportunity is for you! It entails making coffee, putting out treats, encouraging others to enjoy this after-church activity, and then cleaning up the refreshment area. It usually takes about 40 minutes one Sunday every eight weeks after church.  For more info or just to volunteer, click on this link. Thanks


Church Music Ensemble
Are you interested in joining us? We welcome all instruments! Contact Bill Allison at 502-552-3746 or via email for more information. We practice at 7pm Tuesdays in the Choir Room.


Joys and Sorrows
One of the treasures of church congregations is the way people care about and support each other. Our joys and sorrows are shared during our services, whether in person or via chat. Only those actually associated with the church (as member, friend, or active participant) will receive the emailed list of shared joys and sorrows and by request only. Contact the office to be placed on the list. If you have already signed up, you do not need to do so again. Click here for more information. 


Protect Yourself AND Your Friends Online
In this age of technology we are more vulnerable to digital infiltration than ever. Phishing attacks, where an outside entity attempts to gain access to your personal identifying information, are becoming increasingly common. If you think you have been the target of a phishing attempt, do not open any attachments or click on any links! Report the attempt when and where possible. Google has a feature to report emails you suspect of phishing. To use this tool, you will open the message in question. Next to the “Reply” button, click “more”. This will open a menu. Select “Report Phishing”. 

Recently some members of the congregation have received emails pretending to be from church staff asking for the password to our membership list. Do not share passwords even if you recognize the person asking. Do not reply to these emails, Do not click on any links. Use an independent means of contacting (phone, in person, etc) the person you think is sending the email and ask if they actually sent it.


Religious Exploration


See the RE section of the website.



If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or online at 988lifeline.org. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 911 in life-threatening situations.


~ 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  Email is the best way to reach us.
Our mailing address is: 809 South Fourth Street | Louisville, Kentucky 40203

For More Information
Contact the Church Office
Contact the Board President
Contact the Building Superintendent
Contact the RE Coordinator
Contact Connections Member Needs
Contact Members of the Board
Contact the Justice Ministry
Contact the Care Team

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