Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie Ordains New Minister
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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - On Saturday, May 17 the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie (UUCM) will ordain Seth Carrier-Ladd into the Unitarian Universalist ministry and install him as their settled minister. The congregation called Carrier-Ladd as minister in May 2013, and he began his duties August 1.
UUCM Congregational President Bill Frederick commented, “With awe I have watched the intense preparations by many in our congregation as we ready for this important occasion. The celebration of his ordination and installation honors both Seth and this church, an integral part of the Muncie community since 1859.”
Ordination and installation co-chairs Linda Hanson and Bea Sousa said, “"Seth has had a relationship with seven UU churches in his life. He could have chosen any of them to ordain him, but he chose us, the first church to call him to a settled ministry."
Carrier-Ladd came to Muncie from Tulsa, Okla. where he served as community minister at Hope Unitarian Church, as well as a full time hospital chaplain. From 2011–2012 he was the intern minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., the largest Unitarian Universalist congregation in the United States.
A Massachusetts native, Carrier-Ladd earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 2000. After six years in telecommunications and active lay leadership in his UU church, he enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, Mass. In 2011, he graduated with a Master of Divinity and a certificate in spiritual and pastoral care.
Carrier-Ladd brings to Muncie experience with a diverse range of people and cultures. He has lived, traveled, and volunteered in a number of countries, including Japan, Thailand, England, Australia, Senegal, and Haiti. He led workshops in Massachusetts prisons, helping incarcerated people learn other responses to conflict besides violence, and he volunteered in domestic violence shelters in Boston. He is also an active advocate for religious tolerance, LGBT rights, racial equality and other social justice issues. Soon after his arrival in Muncie, he stepped forward in the efforts to defeat HJR-3, the proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage. He and his wife, Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd, an ordained UU minister, participated in several statehouse clergy events opposing HJR3.
The Carrier-Ladds live in Muncie with their infant daughter.
About the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie:
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie is a liberal religious community that has served Muncie and East Central Indiana since 1859. Its members hold a variety of personal beliefs, while sharing a common commitment to living their lives with love, compassion, and kindness. The church welcomes all people, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic status. The church is located at 4800 West Bradford Drive, near the intersection of McGalliard and Morrison Roads.