Rev. Glenna T. Shepherd
Senior Minister Decatur United Church of Christ www.decaturucc.org
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.