ministry and roller derby.

23 Sep


A hearty welcome to all of you who have come here, looking for more information about me, the Rev. Dawn Cooley, also known as “Liv Fearless”.

Maybe you saw the wonderful piece our local news folks did, or read about it on facebook, or saw it on To be honest, I am humbled by how many of you have seen it and been inspired, or have reached out to connect with me. Thank you, and yes, I am crying again. I do that quite a lot, as my congregation will tell you.

I thought it would be a good idea to give you more information about my church and my team. So here you go! Also, if you are interested in the sermon I wrote for that service, you can get to it at:

I skate as “Liv Fearless” for the Derby City Roller Girls. My bootcamp started in March 2010, so I am pretty new at this but I have taken to it like a fish to water. I love it. I love my teammates, I love the physicality of it, I love it. Its not all roses, of course – hanging out with a bunch of strong women creates conflict and tension, but we all are in it together and that sure goes a long way. We are in our training season right now, so I don’t have a game schedule to share with you yet, but I can tell you we are working hard to pull together some fun activities for those of you who might be in town.

I am a Unitarian Universalist minister and I serve First Unitarian Church in Louisville, KY. My congregation has been in Louisville since 1830 – it was one of the first churches in the town! We are a liberal religious congregation made of people from all walks of life. We welcome everyone, without regard to theological preference, sexual or gender orientation, race, age, culture, ability level, education level, socio-economic class….EVERYONE! I love that our fellowship/coffee hour after the service will have a president of a university talking with someone who currently lives in a shelter, a Wiccan chatting it up with an Athiest, a 5th grader getting coffee for one of our octogenarians.

We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. If you’re interested in the exciting, free faith tradition known as Unitarian Universalism, visit our Association’s web site at

And if you are interested in learning more about me, well, you found my blog so have fun checking it out! And feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

3 Responses to “ministry and roller derby.”

  1. Trish September 24, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    My husband and I had the great good fortune to be there the Sunday of the Roller Derby sermon… I would doubt that there were any dry eyes in church that day. And yes, we all felt beautiful.

    Thank you, Dawn, for sharing that side of your life with us.


  2. Jerry Seltzer September 24, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I can’t wait until we meet in person…..and by the way, as of next June one of your 5th graders can bring me coffee……for those who don’t know, my father invented Roller Derby in 1935, I promoted it for 15 years through 1973 when it closed, and I am unofficially known as “The Commissioner’ (however, an official Derby name) to the 50,000 participants in the 1055 leagues in 36 countries around the world. And Rev Dawn, you are bringing the message to so many more. Maybe that is the Divine objective in all of this.

  3. Reverend Mary Ann Macklin October 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    I am simply honored to have Reverend Dawn Cooley as a colleague in the ministry. Liv Fearless, indeed. What an incredible integration of mind,body and spirit in this world which so desperately needs truth speakers who are willing to live boldly with such heart.

    Say “yes” to life!!!

    Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

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