Our Minister – The Rev. Carol Strecker

A Message From Carol

Carol

Greetings!

I’m delighted you’ve found your way to our website. I’m new here but I already feel that this is a really exciting time to be part of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship. You can read a little bit more about me in the short biography below but my ministry has always been grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles;

  • the worth and dignity of every person
  • justice, equity and compassion in our relationships with one another
  • accepting one another and encouraging each other to grow spiritually
  • the right to decide on our own, each of us using our own conscious and the democratic process
  • working together for a more peaceful and just world
  • and respect for the interdependent web that connects us all

I’ll be at KUF for the next two years, leading a process that will encourage people to look at these principles through the lens of the their particular talents and interests to create a vision for how they can work together to use their gifts to breath life into our principles – in their relationships, in their community and in the world. We often sing a song with words written by the Persian poet Rumi:

“Come, Come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. Ours is no caravan of despair. Come, yet again, come!”

I hope to meet you at some point along this journey. There’s a place for you here.

In faith, Rev. Carol

Short Biography

Carol

Reverend Carol Strecker comes to us from Maine where she served Unitarian Universalist churches for 11 years; 9 years in Kennebunk as Parish Minister and 2 years in Augusta as Director of Religious Exploration. Before moving to Maine she was the Associate Minister at the Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Her portfolio included religious education, volunteer coordination and organizational development.

Carol attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She chose EDS because of their program in Feminist Liberation Theologies. She also has a Masters in Social Work from Boston University, working in a variety of settings serving children, youth and families before attending seminary.

Carol’s roots are in the Midwest. Born in Greencastle, Indiana, her dad moved Kate and Carol the family to St. Louis, Missouri to take a position at Washington University when she was three. She graduated from University City High School and went on to Albion College, in Albion, Michigan. Carol spent many summers at a camp on the shores of Lake Michigan where she developed a deep and abiding relationship with the natural world which continues to ground her spirituality. She also continues to embrace the ideals of love and service she learned learned growing up in the Methodist Church.

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More recently Carol’s spiritual journey has led her to explore Buddhist teachings. She belongs to a Sangha that practices in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. She finds mindfulness training a grounding practice that enables her to make more conscious choices about who she wants to be in the world.

Carol’s wife, Kate, hopes to visit Kingston a lot during the next two years but she’ll continue to live in Maine, working as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Maine Medical Center and caring for their horse, two dogs, a cat and 7 chickens. Kate and Carol are very proud of their daughter, Hillary, who is just beginning her career as a lawyer.

In her spare time Carol enjoys all kinds of music. She’s been playing guitar and singing since High School. She got hooked on the traditional music of Maine and Maritimes at a folk festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and was inspired to take up playing fiddle and mandolin. She also enjoys just about any outdoor activity including bicycling, kayaking and hiking.

Carol