The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers has a new Interim Minister. The Reverend Carol Strecker comes to NSUU after serving as the Interim Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford, NH and the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship in Kingston, Ontario. She began her career in as a Unitarian Universalist Minister at the Arlington Street Church in Boston. From there she went to Kennebunk, Maine where she served as Parish Minister. Rev. Strecker celebrated the 20th Anniversary of her ordination last fall.
Rev. Carol graduated from Albion College in Albion, Michigan in 1980 with a BA in Psychology and Boston University in 1989 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Carol’s had several social work positions in the Boston area; working with pregnant and parenting teens, runaway and homeless youth and teenage girls with addictions. Working with teenage girls with addictions prompted a shift in the direction of Carol’s work. She decided the spiritual dimension; a sense of being grounded in connection to something larger than the self was where she wanted to focus. It was time to go back to school. Carol attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, graduating in the spring of 1999. She was ordained by the Arlington Street Church the following October.
Carol’s roots are in the Midwest. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri (University City to be more precise). Her dad worked at Washington University. 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 that continues to ground her spirituality. She also continues to embrace the ideals of love, service and social justice she learned growing up in the Methodist Church.
More recently Carol’s spiritual journey has led her to explore Buddhist teachings. She has belonged to several Sanghas (helping to found two of them) that practice 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.
Rev. Carol’s wife, Kate is a nurse in the Emergency Dept. at Maine Medical Center. Kate has been a nurse for almost 40 years. She’s very dedicated to her work and good at what she does.
Carol and Kate are very proud of their daughter, Hillary. She’s a public interest lawyer working with low-income clients.
Carol and Kate enjoy just about any outdoor activity, especially hiking with their dogs, Danny and Skye and boating, swimming or just hanging out of the dock of their new home in David Pond in Fayette, Maine.
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.
Rev. Carol will begin leading Sunday Services on September 13th. If you would like to access NSUU virtual Zoom services, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive Zoom invitations to NSUU services.