Minister’s Office Hours:
Rev. Darcy will hold office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Rev. Darcy can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by calling the church office: (504) 483-2918
The Quest for Faith
The quest for faith is embedded in the psyche of human behavior. The search for a “roadmap for life” (i.e., for personal meaning, or “faith”) is also apparent here in New Orleans.
Our city contains a mixed metaphor of engagement in this spiritual quest. It may appear that an interest in spirituality eludes us, that we are too busy with our food, our arts, our Mardi Gras and JazzFest, and our music and dance, to pay attention to the development of our spirits. However, the elusiveness of the spiritual search is a sham, for New Orleans has its unique shadings of spiritual interest. Our landscape is enmeshed and enveloped in the intonations of the Papacy, but it is also textured with the scent of vodoun. There is a broad interest in yoga in our city. Many here appreciate the thoughts of the Buddha, and the teachers and schools that followed his words of instruction. The spiritual terrain of our city is mixed, dramatic, unique… and it has long been engaged in its own brand of search.
But we also believe it is true for many that their spiritual search is divorced from an association with a church.
Faith and Hope at Community Church
Our style of church, here at Community Church, has a unique set of characteristics. Our tradition, in our religious and spiritual heritage, is filled with hope for the human spirit.
This hope-ful sentiment has been found among the deists, the free thinkers, transcendentalists, scientists, humanists, feminists, naturalists, and liberal religionists. The question asked by Unitarians and Universalists for more than two centuries has been the hopeful question: “How can we make this a better world?”
Our faith is placed upon our hope for human kind. This faith is grounded in our belief that people who mutually support the expansion of human potential can and will influence the course of human events.
(Now, there has also been suffering in our liberal faith; as when women sought the right to vote, for decades, and when segregation was finally officially legally written into obsolescence, and when choice was awarded in 1973, and in our continued commitment to the value of the United Nations, and when many other battles were fought and won, the battles for justice, for equity, and for compassion in human relationships.)
Yet, over time, the faithful and hopeful progressive vision of freedom and liberty resounds as a strain that marches across the face of our country, the world, and here in our center of the world: the city of New Orleans. Our sense of faith and hope is grounded upon the long heritage from which we have garnered our meaning and purpose.
The Rev. Darcy Roake
is CCUU’s consulting minister who began serving the congregation on August 1, 2017. Rev. Darcy is a Unitarian Universalist Minister who had been previously supporting our Association’s stewardship work through our UUA Society for Stewardship. She also preached, taught, and connected UU congregants across the United States. Rev. Darcy received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and graduated with a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Rev. Darcy now lives in New Orleans with her husband Adrian and son Sebastian, and she is enjoying getting to know our Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Southern Region. She has a wide background in social justice and pastoral care in workplaces as varied as Oxfam America, Amnesty International, the United Nations, the Navajo Nation Public Defender’s Office, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Rev. Darcy is also a member of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Clergy Advocacy Board and is part of the organizing team of the newly formed New Orleans Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition. She was named a “Faith Leader to Watch in 2016” by the Center for American Progress.
Rev. Darcy can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weddings, Memorial Services, and other Community Services
Those who are interested in a marriage or a commitment ceremony, or any other ministerial service, can contact Rev. Roake by email at: email@example.com.