Rev Helen Carroll

Learning to Care

This fall a class of Saltwater youth and adults have been exploring hunger and poverty in towns around us. This team of folks took part in hands-on, service projects and activities that introduced them to the reality of hunger and poverty in local communities. And they want to share what they learned, what they experienced … Continued

How Can I Help

Real life stories about people who give selflessly to help others often touch us deeply. These tales of compassion at work point to the need for each of us to find outlets for service. Yet, such inspiration is not always enough to move a body to action.  The concept of “helping” is complex – a … Continued

Remembering Our Beloved Dead

Many cultures around the world set aside a day to celebrate ancestors and newly departed loved ones. Bring photos or mementos of your beloved dead, and we will share stories and celebrate the lives they led in our Day of the Dead service. Join us for this very UU memorial celebration

The Art of Forgiveness

Forgiveness gets a lot of press in religion and spirituality circles. World traditions admonish us to forgive one another, to forgive ourselves. And the carrot to entice even the unbeliever is an assurance that as we forgive, we receive a more peaceful, grounded existence. An existence with minimal upset and maximum awareness where one more … Continued

Human Centered, Justice Focused

Frederick Muir writes in A Heretics’ Faith, “Ours is a religious whose theology is Unitarian, whose faith is Universalist, whose worship is creedless and whose polity is congregational. Holding a Unitarian theology means acknowledging and respecting the interdependent web. The world, life, cosmos…God, Brahman, Divine, Oversoul, all are one. There is a unity in creation.” … Continued

If Only

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Remember those words – the image of envy. A star at the top of the chart for what our Christian heritage has called the 7 Deadly Sins.  What is it about this particular behavior that merits so much attention? And what can we … Continued

In the Belly of Dilemma

As Unitarian Universalists we come from a long tradition of working for justice against what sometimes feel like overwhelming odds. And it is not unreasonable to get to the place where the heart wonders, “Will anything I do or say actually change the leviathan of state and society?” Does the arc of the universe actually bend toward … Continued

A Gathering of the Water

Many UU congregations have an annual tradition of celebrating a Gathering of the Water service early in September as a ritual of welcoming members of the congregation to a new church year. As we gather this Sunday, bring a small sample of water from one of the places you enjoyed this summer. We’ll collect the … Continued

Living by the Book

In a world of millions of believers, we are almost hard-wired to exploit difference. Cultural and personal perspectives, as the veil through which experiences are sorted, hold the religious practice, the system of government, and the way of life we know best as the one that is the base for understanding, comparing and judging others. … Continued

Heart and Mind

What is it about Humanism that has such a large following in our faith? How can a system of belief that finds the concept of divinity of no importance be so vibrant within any religious tradition? The living tradition of Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources. The fifth one identifies humanist teachings which counsel us … Continued