Rev. Glenna T. Shep­herd

Se­nior Min­is­ter De­catur United Church of Christ www.de­catu­rucc.org

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When and how did you come out?

I came out when I fell in love with a woman. That was in the late ‘80s. Coming out was easy — be­cause it made my life make sense. All the de­tails were more chal­leng­ing — the usual church and fam­ily is­sues.

How did re­li­gion play a role in you coming out?

When I stepped into an au­then­tic life, I was fi­nally able to “get” what God was nudg­ing me to do. This is sig­nif­i­cant, as it taught me the im­por­tance of telling the truth re­gard­less of the con­se­quences. At my or­di­na­tion, the pri­mary prom­ise that I made to God, my­self, and the Church was to tell the truth as I see it — spir­i­tu­ally, the­o­log­i­cally, po­lit­i­cally, per­son­ally and pas­torally.

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