“Everybody Makes Mistakes”
By Rev Ned Wight
Sun, Feb 23, 10:30am
Hotel de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro
By Paula Peace
At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende (UUFSMA) service, the Rev Ned Wight shares hard-won wisdom about human fallibility. Acknowledging that “everybody makes mistakes,” Wight assesses how we might better manage our mistakes—minimize them, learn from them, and grow from them.
Coming to terms with mistakes and determining how to make corrections going forward is the work of a lifetime. Wight invites you to join him in considering these tales of woe from his own life in order to cast light on the resilience that all of us need to cultivate to deal with the inescapable fact that we are fallible.
Nobody makes it very far in their lives without making mistakes—some trivial, others spectacular. Mistakes and missteps are built into the risky business of living as human beings whose knowledge, judgment, and attention are sometimes flawed. Wight will share some of his own mistakes and the lessons he’s learned over the years.
“Inadequate knowledge” was the basis of mistakes that led him to make—and lose—a bet with his mother and preach a sermon to end all sermons. “Faulty judgment” resulted in “The Great Toaster Disaster” and “The Great Piano Incident.” “Inattention” led to an unfortunate collision. The truth is that the biggest mistakes in life often involve all three factors—inadequate knowledge, faulty judgment, and inattention.
Wight grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Gresham, Oregon and 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, a national grantmaking program supporting progressive social organizations. He has also served UU congregations in La Mesa, California and Belmont, 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.
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. Services are wheelchair accessible. UUFSMA welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.