Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig
Welcome! I’ve served this warm-hearted, justice-minded, spiritually progressive congregation since August 2017.

I’m a proud Midwesterner, but I’ve lived in New England and California and northern Virginia too, and I’m loving getting to know Williamsburg. I received my master’s degree in divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained in 2005. I’ve served large, small, and mid-size congregations ranging from 40 to 750 members. Since 2017, I have served as minister of the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists in Williamsburg, VA. Previously, I have served at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA; the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton, CA; the UU Congregation of Rock Valley in Rockton, IL; and Olympia Brown UU Church in Racine, WI. I am also a trained spiritual director.

My husband John B. Ludwig is a massage therapist and a self-described Zen Catholic with a love for Japanese traditional arts, thanks to 7 years living in Okinawa, Japan as part of the U.S. Marine Corps. We’ve been married for 10 years and share our home with a sometimes-cranky, sometimes-cuddly tuxedo cat named Pippin and a sweet pitbull-boxer mix dog named Taylor. For fun, I love to sing, I like to cook, and I almost always have a good mystery novel going.

I love the Unitarian Universalist tradition–our Unitarian side that proclaims our right and responsibility to discern for ourselves in matters of the spirit; our Universalist side steeped in the experience of infinite love; our shared vision of a better world for all beings. The core of my ministry is companioning congregations and individuals as, together, we grow our spirits and seek to live lives of meaning, joy, and justice. I have a special passion for helping people connect with Spirit through ancient practices adapted to our contemporary culture.

Spiritual practices help sustain me too. I work with my dreams and journal most days. I love the practice of lectio divina (meditative reading). I also have a personal practice of shamanic journeying, which I see as very congruent with our religious tradition. In my experience it is very similar to lucid dreaming and offers a powerful way to get in touch with our inner wisdom. I like to think Emerson and the other Transcendentalists would have approved. To reach me, please email me at or call the WUU office at 757-220-6830.


Rev. Laura