“Beauty in Our Stories,” Rev. Shai Wise

My sermon will relate to LGBTQA issues, as it is the completeness of our stories that make up our lives. The reality is that, as LGBTQA identities have become more visible and present in the world, and less marginalized, they have become a piece of a larger story. Those who came before us become a part of the story we continue in our own lives. For me this means carrying forward the story of Stonewall and the people who fought. This is so that I might have rights even as I recognize my own points of privilege. I want to use my story to empower others to tell, and live out, their stories.

Rev. Shai Wise was born and raised in upstate New York in a rich interfaith environment with a Jewish father and Catholic mother. He attended college at Earlham College, a Quaker school in Indiana and received his MDiv degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, up in Minnesota. Shai is currently a member at Congregation Shalom. He and his wife, Victoria, live in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee with their four children. Shai is a Red Sox fan who in a pinch is also happy to cheer for the Brewers.