My name is Rachel Carter. I am mother, a wife, a daughter, a veteran, a person with disabilities, an advocate, a Unitarian Universalist, and a spiritual seeker. I have been a Unitarian Universalist for about 11 years. Spiritually, I am exploring a Quaker identity. I am in the ordination process with the Unitarian Universalist Association. I am in the ‘aspirant’ stage and about ¼ through my two-year part-time ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
For the last seven years or so, I have been an active advocate and speaker
regarding Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma and Disabilities. I
have spoken at universities, elementary and high schools, non-profits, congregations,
and military bases. My goal after ordination is to continue my advocacy work
but also include helping all religious spaces to be more inclusive and accessible
to people with disabilities. I am also interested in trauma ministry and
I am a second year Journey M.Div. student at Iliff School of Theology. My main focus in coursework is, world religions, social justice and pastoral care. Courses so far have been Buddhist Philosophy, Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Contexts, Crisis Care and Pastoral Theology, and Religions in the World. Upcoming courses that I am hoping to register for is Mysticism and Activism and Theologies of Vulnerability and Dependency.