Proudly Progressive,

………Boldly Inclusive,

………………..Radically Friendly

MPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Our congregation’s activities have returned to all-virtual for an unknown time based on the COVID risk factors. This follows CDC guidelines and the UUA recommendation of no inside or outside gatherings, including meetings and Sunday services.  We will continue to offer services every Sunday at 11 am on Zoom. See the end of this newsletter for a description of this Sunday’s service.

See the letter from the Board President that was sent out in the first week of September.

Upcoming Calendar Events

Further information is down the page

Sundays at 11amCelebration of Life on Zoom only
see UPCOMING SERVICES on the home page
for further details
Sundays at 9:30 and 12:30RE – Virtual only. See below for details
Friday, Sept 17 all dayGive for Good – Louisville
Saturday, Sept 18 at 4 pmAllies for Racial Equity – online

The 2021-2022 Board of Trustees
     Peggy Muller, President
     Bill Allison, Vice – President
     Joan Garrett, Secretary
     Jill Sampson, Treasurer
     Donna Corbett, Member at Large
     Barbra Justice, Member at Large
     Lon Kaminar, Member at Large
     Jan Nelson, Member at Large

Opportunity to Learn More About Racial Equity within UUism
The Allies for Racial Equity is hosting an online gathering September 18th at 4pm. To learn more and register for the event, click here.


Religious Exploration

Re-Imagined Religious Exploration
Fall 2021 Classes start September 12

We’re BACK!
Fall 2021 Classes via zoom Sundays

Registration links:  ChildrenAdults
Click here for details

Special Opportunities 

  • I am hoping to have a youth or child guest host with me to create a short video each week. We will do this over Zoom. 
  •  If you and your family would like to be the chalice lighters for the week, let me know! The lighting can be done live or you may make a short video that we share in our time together. 
  • Email Loren if you’d like to be a guest host or chalice lighter!

If you are interested in classes, please complete this form. It covers class registration, contact information, special concerns including health and learning differences, and it gives the adults a place to identify the ways they will help our cooperative education effort. Thank you for taking the time to fill it out! If you have any questions or know that you’d like to volunteer as an RE teacher, please contact Loren
Age Groups
Nursery: infant to toddler
PreK-Grade 1 (Explorers)
Grade 2-4 (Seekers)
Grade 5-8 Middle School

The second Sunday of every month starting in October is MORSH Sunday: Multi-Generational One Room Schoolhouse for all ages, including adults. It meets in the Social Hall at 9:45-10:45 before the service. There is a worship circle, storytelling and multiple activities- art, games, movement based activities. And of course, there’s snack!  Children do not have regular RE classes on MORSH days.
We are also offering Our Whole Lives: Sexualtiy Education, aka OWL. These are age appropriate classes that we offer to church members and folks outside the church too. This fall we are offering the class for K-Grade2, then in the Spring we are offering the grade 6-9 OWL class in collaboration with All Peoples Church. If you are interested in those classes, there’s a place to sign up on the registration form.
This is a community educational proposition and it takes a community to pull it off. We have several folks in place, but we need more to make it work. If we have a team of four folks per age group, then we can spread the teaching Sundays out, it won’t just fall on one or two people. One Sunday a month is MORSH Sunday, with no regular RE classes.

All curriculum and supplies will be prepared for you each week- you don’t have to invent the wheel each Sunday. 

We have a special need for folks to teach  The Seekers (grade 2-4) and The Explorers (Prek-Grade 2).

Please contact Loren if you are interested in joining us as a teacher.

12:30pm All Ages – Adults, Youth & Children
We will meet via zoom Sundays at 12:30 pm for 20-30 minutes. Here is the link for class– it will be the same every week. You will not need a passcode. Each meeting will focus on our theme for the month. This month’s theme is “Embracing Possibility.”  We won’t meet the 2nd Sundays beginning in October, when we have MORSH. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so here: All Ages RE Registration

9:30am Adult RE
Class meets on Zoom Sundays for 45-60 minutes beginning Sept 12th! Adult RE will be a lively and interactive exploration of the churchwide monthly theme. Our leader each Sunday is a facilitator more than a lecturer and will rotate throughout the semester. Class will include spiritual exercises, questions that encourage reflection on daily living and the events of our times, and resources such as articles and videos to help us explore the theme in more depth.

Everyone registered for the class will be sent a pdf of the month’s packet. It will include all the activities we will be doing throughout the month as well as links to the articles, music, videos and poetry that we will be exploring.  Our September theme is “Embracing Possibility”- something UUs do best! Weekly attendance is not mandatory. Contact Loren for the September Small Group Packet from Soul Matters.

If you are interested in joining this class, Register here Once you have registered, you will be emailed the month’s theme packet full of materials. Here is our Zoom link. Please note: We will not meet on the second Sunday of each month. This is our MORSH Sunday.


Social/Spiritual Events!

First U Small Groups Forming Now

Click here for the full description of groups.

  • Young Adult Small Group  Gen Z or a Millennial and new to First U? Contact Annette.
  • Parenting Small Group  Is your nest still full? Is your gas tank less full? Contact Kristi 
  • Wise (Older) Adult Small Group  For retirement age Contact Kathy D.


Volunteer! Donate! Here are opportunities

CLCM: Give for Good 2021
Give for Good is Louisville’s largest day of online giving for local non-profits. Hosted by The Community Foundation of Louisville, the 24 hours begin at 12:01am on Friday September 17, and closes at 11:59pm. We encourage First U members and friends to support their favorite non-profits that day, and to remember to visit the page of Central Louisville Community Ministries. First U was a founding member of CLCM over 50 years ago, and remains steadfast in its commitment to this work.  CLCM provides emergency rent and utility assistance to low-income residents in our neighborhood, also a food pantry and personal care items. Online donations can be made on 9/17 here, or if preferred, mailed to CLCM at 809 S 4th St, Louisville KY 40203.

Is the Care Team Looking for YOU?
Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  The Care Team is once again looking for a “few good volunteers.”  As longer-term committee members are rotating off, we hope to refresh our ranks with new folks. Care Team members reach out to members and friends at least once every 2 or 3 months (via email, snail mail and/or phone calls) in an effort to help strengthen the caring connections between individuals and the larger congregation and to keep communication lines open.  The Team meets (via Zoom)—also at 2-3 month intervals—to share information and strategize as to how best to be effective at making those connections.

This can be a wonderful way to stay connected with the church and make or renew acquaintances here—especially important as we are returning to an all-virtual environment at First U.  Our work can be done from the safety and convenience of your own home.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, please contact Janet Markland Thank you!

Wanted:  Books by Black Authors or About Black Characters
Little Free Libraries strive to offer books in every community and a book for every reader.  For a little over 5 years, Metro United Way has sponsored dozens of Little Free Libraries in predominately Black neighborhoods. The books in these LFLs have been mostly by white authors or feature white characters.  In an effort to correct this, LFLs is asking for donations of new or gently used books by Black authors or about Black characters for readers of any age group—children, young adults, and adults. There will be a basket in the lobby to drop off books. If you have some books to donate or have questions, please email Kathy K. Thank you.   


The Greeters welcome members and guests in the Library Lane lobby before and during the service and establish rapport with attendees.  Our ministry provides a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for our church community.  If you are willing to commit to one hour of greeting each month, we can use your talents.

Contact Brian (Connections Ministry) to volunteer.  There will be a training session for greeters in October, as well as on-the-job mentoring and training.


Ushers distribute bulletins and hymnals in the sanctuary and help people find seats.  Helping to maintain social distancing in the sanctuary as long as it is needed will be an important part of the job.  Ushers are also a part of our fire and tornado safety team.  This is a commitment of one Sunday morning every 2 months and is usually done as a team of two. Contact Pam to volunteer. There will be a training session for ushers in September, as well as on-the-job mentoring and training.

There will be separate training sessions for ushers and greeters in October, as well as on-the-job mentoring and training

Kroger Community Rewards Supports First U

Through the Community Rewards program, Kroger supports local organizations, including First U. Last quarter they sent a check for $261.70 at NO COST TO THE CUSTOMER! Go to the Community Rewards link to enroll and designate First U. A portion of every purchase you make using your PlusCard will be given to the church.


You can help Solar Array help First U!
(and clear out stuff in your way!)

Drop off cans and scrap metal at the Solar Array Project collection can in the courtyard behind the wooden fence. Your scrap metal will help First U cut its carbon footprint and clean the air and water! Thanks!


Social Justice Ministry

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
      ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Immigrant Justice from First U’s Justice Ministry
The Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, working with Louisville Showing up for Racial Justice, has compiled updates from local organizations, including information about families and individuals from Afghanistan and Haiti, asylees from Cuba, and immigrants from the southern border.  For more about this as well as pending federal, state, and local legislation, read the full report   
“Love Knows No Borders”—Unitarian Universalist Association.

KUUJAN Invitation
From the Kentucky Unitarian Universalist Justice Action Network: The October All Network Gathering will be on October 6 at 7pm ET and will focus on Indigenous People’s Day. KUUJAN Board member Angela Arnett Garner (who is also active on our Racial Justice and Democracy Teams) will share her experience of advocating in Kentucky to have Indigenous People’s Day recognized statewide.  This promises to be an inspiring and powerful Gathering. RSVP Now!  

Opportunity to Learn More About Racial Equity within UUism
The Allies for Racial Equity is hosting an online gathering September 18th at 4pm. To learn more and register for the event, click here.

Climate Change – From the Seventh Principle Team

You have heard about Climate Change and we’re seeing the devastating changes due to this. Click here to see important information. At First U, we are working to reduce our carbon footprint with solar panels, insulation, energy-efficient lights and appliances, and reusable supplies. If you are interested in helping the church reduce its carbon footprint as well as raising awareness among our members, the Solar Array Project and Seventh Principle Team are here to help. Contact us

KUUJAN Monthly meeting The First Wednesday of Every Month via Zoom 7:00-8:30 pm Go to the website for more information. A monthly meeting of Unitarians in Kentucky interested in social justice.

LSURJ Monthly Meeting (Base Building) -The First Tuesday of Every Month via zoom 7:00-8:30pm
Register here Learn more and invite friends via Facebook:
All are welcome to learn more about getting involved in and helping plan the LSURJ part of Campaigns for Action on issues like mass incarceration and ending cash bail, policing, the city budget, and getting cops out of schools.  

Also, every month on the Second Thursday at 3pm, SURJ members nationwide gather to learn together and spend time making calls and sending emails in support of frontline racial justice campaigns.

First U Justice Ministry
Want to know about opportunities for involvement? Click here or send an email to [email protected] 

Join us as we work together in community to build the world we need.


Central Louisville Community Ministries

The CLCM food pantry, located at Calvary Episcopal Church next door, is very low on canned fruit, cereal, pasta and spaghetti sauce. Use of the pantry is up over 300% from pre-pandemic times. All non-perishable food is gratefully accepted at Calvary on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. They are also in need of masks, either store-bought or home-made. CLCM has given out 4483 masks so far, and their supply is low.

The ability to provide emergency rent and utility assistance to our neighbors in need has greatly expanded during the pandemic due to increased federal and local grants. We’re grateful to First U donors and the network of other congregations who are also supporting CLCM in this work. More than $500,000 has been funneled out into our community. 6342 bags of food have been provided, and 3641 masks.
CLCM continues to ask for donations of personal care items (but NO over-the-counter medications) that can be dropped off at the CLCM office on Monday -Thursday between 9:30-11:30am.
You can mail a check to the office, or donate at their website.
You can check out CLCM at the Better Business Bureau site.


Join Us Sunday, September 19, 2021

11 am on Zoom only

Celebration of Life.

Speaker: Rev. Lori Kyle

Transcendentalism: Unfolding Spiritual Possibilities

Our UU faith would not be what it is today without the influences of a movement that in the early nineteenth century became known as Transcendentalism.  Birthed in New England by the spiritual and intellectual elite of the time, it gave rise to the embracing of divine experience in everyday life through the intermingling of spiritual and physical phenomena. On this Sunday, 185 years to the day after the first meeting of the Transcendentalist Club, Rev. Lori addresses how our faith has been shaped by it, and how our personal spiritual lives can be as well.

If you are interested in seeing some recent services they are available for the past 3-4 weeks in the service archives accessed from the Home Page of this website. Older service links will be provided on request to [email protected]

Share Joys and Sorrows even when you cannot attend in person —– 
Send an email to the Volunteer Desk at [email protected] by 5pm on Friday stating your name and your joy or sorrow. You may also enter your feelings during the service by using the chat feature  

Join Us via Zoom   
      Find the link on the Home page, at the top right in blue lettering “Live Stream our service and meetings”

        Need Help connecting Sunday morning? Contact the Volunteer Desk.  We begin monitoring at 10:30am Sundays. However, calls for help received after 11am may not be answered immediately. 

By Phone to Listen (312) 626-6799 or (646) 876-9923
        Enter the Meeting ID 4508929882 and press #,
        No participant ID is needed, press # a second time.
        You do not need internet access to listen by phone.

Opportunities for Sharing: Donations and Pledges
First Unitarian is a resilient and vibrant community! Our important work continues through this public health emergency, even as our habits and routines are changing. You can support our community and its mission in a variety of ways. Click HERE.

Using the Church Building: Small Groups
If you are part of a small group that would like to meet in the building, please reach out to Barbara, our office administrator to confirm that space is available and to be placed on the calendar.
Our Online Calendar…A Great Tool (when utilized)!
This is a friendly reminder of how useful the website’s calendar is in planning use of our building space…especially now that we’re returning to in-person presence. So that all of us can get accurate information, please, individuals and committees alike, communicate with Barbara about reservation of space so that it can be posted, and so that your reservation can be locked in! 


We Are a Welcoming Congregation

We welcome all persons to participate fully, openly, and equally, in all aspects of our congregational life, in ever-widening circles of inclusion. We respect and affirm diversity and its gifts in race, ethnicity, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, family or relationship structure, gender identity, gender expression, sex, abilities, neurodiversity, age, socio-economic class, political views, religious belief, creed, or interpretation of religion.

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

For More Information
Contact the Minister; [email protected]
Contact the Church Office; office
Click Religious Exploration for information about RE. Click the links for RE opportunities for adults and children.
Contact the RE Coordinator; [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

Calls to the church office, (502) 585-5110, will be forwarded to our office manager’s email. If you leave an email address she can respond to you more quickly. Calls will be answered from church during reduced office hours from 10-2 Tuesday – Thursday.

What if Church Email Doesn’t Arrive in the Inbox?
If you know of someone unable to see messages from First U, please share this information:

  • If the person isn’t signed up for email, they can request to be added to the list contacting the Volunteer Desk or the Church Office.
  • If signed up but not receiving mail, the first step is to verify that mail is being sent. Contact the office to have Barbara check this. Sometimes when an email address is changed, the person doesn’t think to update it with the church. Barbara can easily check to see if an email is listed and which one was the last one opened.
  • When someone isn’t receiving the email, especially if they once did, most of the time it’s being sent, but Google changed the way gmail is set up and how mass mailing is handled. While it goes to the Inbox most of the time, sometimes it’s placed elsewhere.  The most common location is called “All Mail” but it may also be sent to areas such as Promotions or Social. Most people don’t even realize these areas exist and they may even be hidden from view depending on how the account was set up. 

    If you look on your email page, usually on one side, there is a list of folders labeled Inbox, Drafts, Sent Mail and Trash, which most people are familiar with. But over the years, new choices such as “All Mail” have been added. Click “more” to keep scrolling down the list. At the bottom of your list, you’ll see “Manage the List” which can help you try to set folders the way you want them. Once you locate your hidden mail, you can change settings to have it sent to inbox or at least know where to look for it.

I hope this helps. This has become a widespread problem no matter which program is used to send out mail. Barbara Creasy, Office Administrator