“What Makes God Laugh?”
Rev Ned Wight
Sun, Feb 16, 10:30am
Hotel de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro
By Paula Peace
This week the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende (UUFSMA) welcomes Rev Ned Wight, who will share “divine correspondence” illuminating the question “What Makes God Laugh?”
Many of us grew up thinking that risibility and religion were incompatible. Not so, claims Wight, the recently retired Interim Senior Minister at the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. “Humor is healing, and laughter lightens our lives.”
In this Sunday’s sermon, he intends to demonstrate that humor and a light touch can be compatible with sacred subjects. Other members of the congregation will join with him in sharing a rare collection of letters from notable figures—both biblical and historical—that cast light on a divine sense of humor. Come prepared to smile.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1947, Wight grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Gresham, Oregon, where he was affiliated with Congregational and Methodist churches. The son of a Unitarian father and an Episcopalian mother, he gravitated quite logically toward King’s Chapel when he moved to Boston in 1970, after having completed four years at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and a year at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. After serving as a take-out specialist, or “soda jerk,” for several months, Wight landed a job in the data processing department of the Boston Model City Administration. Several years later, he returned to school, securing an MS in Public Relations from Boston University. Afterward, for seven years, he worked in the public affairs department of the Harvard Community Health Plan and then for three years at public relations and advertising agencies.
Dissatisfied with that vocational track, in 1988 Ned enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Harvard Divinity School. After graduation and ordination, he served UU congregations in Belmont, Massachusetts, and La Mesa, California. Wight was a district trustee on the national UU Association (UUA) Board for five years. In 2006, he became Executive Director of Shelter Rock’s unique UU Veatch Program, which provides grants to progressive organizations for social change. In mid-2016, he began a three-year term as Interim Senior Minister at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, from which he retired in August 2019. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and as a member of the Advisory Board of the UUA’s Beacon Press.
For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Sunday morning Children’s Religious Education Program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel de La Aldea and check out our website at uufsma.org