Rev Helen Carroll

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

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small…are invited to this year’s Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, August 6, 2017. Bring friends with fur or feathers or fins (or scales or other coverings) to celebrate the special relationship that exists across species boundaries. Feel free to bring your pet, your stuffed animal or a picture of your animal … Continued

Mystery and Wonder

I have a long and varied history with the Coyote – my favorite image of the Divine. It is a history shared through anecdotes that grow out of the direct experience of a transcendent mystery described in our first source. Much of the language that talks about intuitive experiences uses words that are often confusing … Continued

On a Journey

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. That’s our fourth principle sandwiched between the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the interconnection and relationship within the web of existence. This is the principle that sets our faith … Continued

The Spirit of Love Unites Us

We gather today to acknowledge and remember the life and work of this community. The service is patterned after the Flower Communion created by Norbert Capek, founder of the Unitarian church in Czechoslovakia. He introduced this service in June of 1923 and his flower communion invites us to bring a flower of our choosing to … Continued

On This Mother’s Day

Motherhood is messy and looking back over almost 40 years of being a mother I realize that Erma Bombeck and I have much in common. After all, raising children is not for the faint of heart.

Sizzle

Leadership in the "Standing on the Side of Love Campaign" wrote: "No one should be dehumanized through acts of exclusion, oppression, or violence because of their identities." And still such acts are an ordinary part of the life of many immigrants who become a part of our neighborhoods, work places and communities. Where do we … Continued