our minister, Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd 

Hello! I’m so excited to be serving as the interim minister for this wonderful community  during the ’20-21 and ’21-22 church years. Interim ministry is the period between settled ministers in Unitarian Universalism we take to allow time for grieving and letting go of the last settled minister, while we search for the next long-term minister of the church. I’m excited to be here for these two years to help with the transition of this beautiful community of good-hearted people here who care deeply for and support one another.

A little bit about my background: I grew up attending the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, in Northampton, Ma. After graduating from Deerfield Academy, I attended Union College in Schenectady, NY, where I received a B.A. in East Asian Studies. After six years working in telecommunications, I went back to school, receiving my Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Seminary in 2011, back when it was still located in nearby Newton Center.

During seminary is also when I met my now spouse, Elizabeth, who is also a Unitarian Universalist minister – she is currently the minister at First Parish Dorchester. We’re fortunate to have four wonderful children Mira, Theo, Elias and Phoebe, who are as of fall 2020, all ages six and under.

Rev. Seth 1
Two kids
Seth and Theo
Story for All ages
Rev. Seth 2

We also have two dogs, River and Bosco, and are enjoying our new house in Revere, having recently returned to our Massachusetts roots following a 7-year sojourn in Indiana.

Over the course of my life I have been also been incredibly fortunate to have had multiple opportunities to live, study and travel abroad, including spending my junior undergraduate year studying in Japan, six months living and working in London, a month in China volunteering, a trip to Australia for the 2009 World Parliament of Religions, two weeks in Senegal, and a Unitarian Universalist service trip to Haiti where we helped lay the foundations for the first three houses in a 100-home eco-village for refugees from the earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Getting kids slowed us down quite a bit, but we very fortunate that we got to spend six weeks of my recent sabbatical in on the beach in Costa Rica. If you’d like to hear more about any of these experiences, or would just like to learn more about the church or Unitarian Universalism in general, please make an appointment so we can talk. Having a conversation would then also be a great opportunity for me to learn more about you!

 

Whether you are a first-time visitor, a long-time member of the church, or anywhere in between, I look forward to getting to know you. Meaningful relationship based on inclusive love and respect, where we learn together and support each other on our religious and life journeys – this is the foundation of our church community. I look forward to getting to know you!

peace and blessings,

Rev. Seth