First Unitarian Church to Host Interfaith Service Honoring Victims of Domestic Violence

First Unitarian Church, 809 S. 4th St., Louisville

First Unitarian Church, 809 S. 4th St., Louisville

The Louisville Task Force to Eliminate Domestic Violence (LIFTED) met Wednesday at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 S. 4th St., Louisville. It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful worship space in which to hold the group’s interfaith worship service honoring victims of domestic violence, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.

The space is entirely flexible: chairs instead of pews, moveable modular dais to define a presiding area anywhere in the space, and a floating choir area. The only stationary element, apparently, is a massive pipe organ, fixed in one of the side walls, like a reminder of another era. Gothic-modern stained glass windows of remarkable grace and beauty, emphasizing light, soar on two sides of the space. We considered ourselves very fortunate to be able to worship in this space.

The service will bring to mind and lift up all those people who have been affected by domestic violence — loved ones injured or even killed, selves struggling to be free from an unimaginable situation, children who have had to witness too much, relatives desperate to help, missionaries called to the work of bringing tangible good news in the form of shelter, legal relief, options to people trying to leave violent homes. LIFTED hopes the service will work to draw together many members of the diverse faith communities in Louisville, and to provide a starting point for more concerted action by faith communities to end domestic violence here, where we live.

The Women’s Center is still collecting beads that will be used during the service, and then will be donated to children’s craft projects. If you have beads for this purpose, please bring them to the Women’s Center during regular hours, Tuesday – Friday, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

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