Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, KY

Our Minister

Rev. Brian Chenowith

Rev. Brian Chenowith

I am a lifelong Chicagoan with roots in the South Side. I spent most of my years growing up in the suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois where I attended high school, college, and worked for over a decade in the local pharmacy and at the town library. My spiritual upbringing was Catholic and Anglican though I came to Unitarian Universalism in middle school. It was there, in that UU church where I spent my formative years, that I heard the call to ministry most clearly. There was no question as to what I would study in college and so I earned my degree in Theology & Religion from Elmhurst College in 2008. From there I entered seminary in 2011 after a period of discernment and preparation for theological education and graduated from Meadville Lombard in Chicago in 2014. It was my great privilege to serve two amazing congregations as a ministerial intern for three years. Two of those years was spent at Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL and the remaining year was at First Parish in Concord, MA. Through these two congregations, the real learning in ministry happened. 

 
In addition to being a parish minister, I am actively involved with my ministerial colleagues. I serve on the Vision Team for the Heartland UU Ministers Association and look toward nurturing more opportunities that connect myself and the congregation to the wider UU world in meaningful ways. I am passionate about governance, polity, ritual, and empowering people to have ownership in their communities.
 
The congregation I grew up in had a very strong religious naturalism that was embodied in the life of the community. From vegan potlucks and bake sales to sermons and religious education that taught naturalist values, it was everywhere you looked! Alongside that, there was a deep appreciation for earth-centered traditions and what they teach us about the ebb and flow of the changing seasons, life passages, and our connectedness with the world. My fondest memories of my home church are of Beltane every year and all of us dancing around the maypole, drinking summer wine (or juice for the kids!), and having snacks while retelling the story of May Day. It is for those reasons that I most closely identify myself with naturalist/humanist and pagan theologies and practices. 
 
Outside of church life and ministry, I enjoy reading, writing, trying new foods and experiencing new cultures, hiking, and exploring new places — especially small town America. My partner, Dan, and I are avid comic book fans and boast a collection of over 12,000 comics! We are enjoying Kentucky so far and look forward to making Lexington our home for years to come.
 
You can visit my website at www.revcheno.com where I post the occasional blog post and where I post my sermons every single week. You can also sign up to receive those sermons in your inbox in case you miss church or want a copy!

Rev. Diana Hultgren

Rev. Diana Hultgren is UUCL's affiliated Community Minister, which means that her ministry is served outside the walls of the congregation-- since 2014 as a full-time chaplain at University of Kentucky HealthCare here in Lexington, with oncology as her clinical focus. UUCL ordained her to the Unitarian Universalist ministry during the record snowstorm in January 2016. Between 2009 and 2014 she served as a chaplain in Denver, CO, did two years of clinical chaplain residencies in Hawaii and Alaska, and interned in hospice care in Boulder, CO. She also served as the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder 2007-2009, and Intern Minister at First Unitarian Society of Denver 2012-2013. She graduated from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 2014. A native of northeastern Ohio, Diana now makes her home in Berea, KY with her partner, Rev. Kent Gilbert, where you can find her playing in the dirt any time of year.