Rev Helen Carroll

A Community Awakens

In February of 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers went on strike in Memphis, TN to protest the long pattern of neglect and abuse of that city’s black employees. After weeks of protest, marches, and attempted negotiation, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returned to support the workers and their allies – an effort that ended in … Continued

Let It Be a Dance

Here we stand at the dawning of a new year – a year that will be the best of times and the worst of times (to borrow from Mr. Dickens). As Unitarian Universalists, the turning of the year is an opportunity to put our values into practice in new ways. And, what does it mean … Continued

Carols and Candlelight

Morning Service is at 10:30 a.m. Evening Service is at 7:00 p.m.   As civil rights leader and theologian Howard Thurman reminds us, the Christmas season is a time of joy despite all sadness, a time of hope where despair keeps watch, a time of courage where fear is ever present, and a time of … Continued

The Christmas Tapestry

One of the joys of the holiday season is the telling and retelling of stories that make the heart gland and knit us a little closer to a community of sharing and caring. In this morning’s inter-generational service, we’ll share the story of The Christmas Tapestry.  

Home for the Holidays

Remember the closing scenes from The Wizard of Oz? Dorothy is clicking her ruby slippers, eyes closed, saying fervently, “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Even so, home and holidays are often challenging experiences.

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