John Wright, M.Div, is our part-time Contract Minister.
Born and raised in Baltimore, John has lived in Oklahoma, Texas, Delaware, Washington State, California, Massachusetts, and now lives in Salisbury, Maryland.
John is a 2007 graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry (our UU Seminary in Berkeley, CA). He completed a hospital chaplain residency for Alta Bates/Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Ca, and served as an Intern Minister at First Parish in Milton Massachusetts.
John and his fabric artist wife Kit (see www.kitskarmacreations.com) have been married since 1971 and have two adult children. Prior to entering seminary, John was the Member Services Supervisor for SECU Credit Union, and worked as an actor with Otter Productions, a professional comedy improv company.
Message from John Wright
If you’re reading this, you probably have seen our “homepage”, have read something about Unitarian Universalism, and perhaps have seen the “Voices of a Liberal Faith” video. You have, hopefully, gotten a taste of the diversity which is any UU congregation. So perhaps it is not altogether surprising that when folks ask me what its like to be a UU Minister, I frequently respond with, “It’s a little like herding cats.” We are an independent bunch–opinionated and feisty.
But the underlying reality is that being a UU minister is a great honor. We are, each of us, seekers. We are fellow travelers on this journey of discovery we call our lives. Our commitment, as Unitarian Universalists, is to support one another in that spiritual journey, and I have the amazing privilege of being an advisor to this congregation on that journey. My role, as I see it, is to help our congregation find the underlying truth–the reality that often lies buried beneath the words or emotions, like so much sand covering a hidden treasure.
In the arrogance of my youth, I was convinced that I could “save the world”. As I’ve matured I realize that, at least for me, saving the world is neither an achievable nor even a desirable goal. So at the “ripe old age” of 55, with the children grown, Kit and I moved to the Berkeley California area, where I went to seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry.
So I now have a new goal. It is, at least on the surface, a much simpler one. It is being a minister to this congregation and asking the question, “How can I help?” The answer sometimes involves doing, but just as often involves being. Sometimes it requires giving advice and guidance, sometimes it involves helping to look at things from a different perspective, but just as often it means holding a hand, being a willing listener, or being a “non-anxious presence” in the face of crisis, pain or uncertainty. I don’t always have the answers, because the answers often lie within and are as unique as each individual.
“How can I help?” The question itself may not be profound, but exploring the answer together continues to be a wonderful and often profound experience. I am grateful beyond words to this Fellowship for allowing me the opportunity to ask.