From my own experience, preaching a “coming out” sermon during my internship at the First Church in Belmont, MA, in 1990 was significant to both my formation and my ability to be fully present as a minister in subsequent settings. I believe that the perspectives communicated through these sermons offer a particularly powerful window to the intersection of ministry and personal identity as members of both UU and LGBTQ communities. I believe the insights and narratives conveyed through these sermons make an important contribution to deeper understanding of what it means to challenge a wide range of conspiracies of silence. – Ned Wight
Rev. Ned Wight retired in August 2019 from his position as Interim Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York. Prior to that, he served for a decade as Executive Director of the same congregation’s UU Veatch Program, which makes grants to social change organizations around the country. He has also served UU congregations in California and Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School, Boston University and Stanford University. He currently chairs the board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, partnering with grassroots organizations to champion human rights at home and abroad.