Victor Carpenter

Minister Emeritus Rev. Dr. Victor Carpenter

Victor served as Sr. Minister of The First Church in Belmont for seven years and is graduate of Harvard University Divinity School class of 1959. He was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard (1974) and received a STD from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1987. In 2011 Victor received the UUA Distinguished Service Award.  He has served parishioners in First Parish Norwell, Massachusetts; The Free Protestant Church of Cape Town, South Africa (and related UU fellowships in Durban and Johannesburg, RSA); The First Church of Philadelphia; Arlington Street Church in Boston & The First Church of San Francisco.

He has published articles and reviews in a variety of news media magazines and journals. He is also the author of  “ Long Challenge:  The Empowerment Controversy” (1967-1977), published  in 2003 by U. Chicago’s Meadville Lombard Theological School from extended and edited work on his 1982 Minns Lectures, The Black Empowerment Controversy and the Unitarian Universalist Association. He also was author of  “Stations of The Spirit,” published in 1990.

Victor was ordained to the Unitarian ministry at Dorchester, MA in 1958 and retired in June 2002 from active fulltime ministry after 46 years of service!  He continued to be active in Interim ministries for three local MA UU churches:  Dorchester, Carlisle, and Hingham.

He served as the President of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 1988-1993; Chair of Witness for Peace in the Middle East 1990-1993; Chair, Horizon House for persons with disabilities 1972-1976;  Chair of the UUA Independent Study Committee to assess religious education credentials in the 1970s, UUA Chair of Initiating Task Force on Disability 1994-1998. He served on the MA Department of Mental Retardation (now MA Dept. of Developmental Services) Regional Ethics Committee 1995-7. Victor also has served on numerous organizational committees and presently serves on the Tuckerman Coalition of UUA Urban Ministry and The Harvard Divinity School UU Theological Education Board of Ministry.

Victor is married to Catherine L. Carpenter.  They have two daughters and a son-in-law with disabilities, (one daughter died in 2005), as well as son Tyler, daughter-in-law & two grandchildren.

Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Dr. Victor Carpenter
UUA General Assembly Cleveland, OH 2001