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This sermon focuses the early years of First Unitarian Church, with a focus on James Freeman Clarke’s experiment in “western living” and his growing discomfort with slavery. James Freeman Clarke was a young Transcendentalist minister when he served First Unitarian in Louisville, 1833 to 1840. After returning to Boston, he became a leader in church reform, anti-slavery, women’s rights, denominational work, and the study of comparative religion.
Religious Historian Jennifer Lavery M.Div., M.A. is a former member of our church from 1996-2005 and a former staff member, serving as church office administrator from 2001-2003. She taught in the Humanities Division at the University of Louisville for 23 years with specialties in Women’s Studies and the history and philosophy of World Religions. She is the cowriter with John Findling of “A History of the First Unitarian Church of Louisville” written for our church’s 175th anniversary in 2005.