“Let’s All Understand Each Other – a Discussion of Transgender Issues,”  Rev. Shai Wise

 As with racism or any other prejudice or oppression, we in the so-called majority have to step outside our comfort zone to embrace, rather than just tolerate “others,” and knowledge helps give us the motivation.  Applying our UU first and second traditions, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” Rev. Shai will share his experiences as a chaplain, pastor and member of the wider transgender community.


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 serving as a Chaplain with Saint Camillus in memory care and Skilled Nursing. He and his wife, Victoria, live in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee with their three children (Claire, Ian and Gloria). Shai is a Red Sox fan who in a pinch is also happy to cheer for the Brewers.