Rev. Keith Kron is the Director of the Transitions Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, helping congregations and ministers as they navigate the ministerial search process.
He is the former Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns for the UUA. He held this position for 14.5 years, from 1996-2010.
In his time working for the UUA, he has visited over 450 Unitarian Universalist congregations from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and from Honolulu, Hawai’i, to St. John’s, Newfoundland. During his time at the UUA, over 550 congregations have become Welcoming Congregations. He has authored Living the Welcoming Congregation, a curriculum for congregations that have become Welcoming Congregations. He revised and updated Welcoming Congregation manual and has written a premarital counseling guide for same-sex couples. He is the co-editor for the Skinner House books Coming Out in Faith and In the Interim. He has co-written a children’s book, About Right and Wrong. He served as a contributor to Church of the Larger Fellowship, with special additions on good children’s literature for Faith Rockets.
Keith has worked with congregations witnessing for marriage equality and supported congregations in difficult times of conflict and harassment. He has stood by the fence in Wyoming where Matthew Shepard was left to die. He visits UU congregations 2-3 times a month.
He coordinates the Beyond Categorical Thinking program for the UUA (which promotes nondiscrimination in ministerial search), co-chaired the UUA’s Family Matters Task Force, leads anti-racism trainings for the UUA, and served for 10 years on the Skinner House Board of Directors.
Keith has served as chairperson of the General Assembly Planning Committee, chair of Interweave continental, and president of the Midwest UU Summer Assembly. He served on his home district’s board for five years, and his home congregation’s board of trustees for seven years. He won the Annual Program Fund’s best sermon award on giving and money in 1994.
Before becoming a UU minister, Keith was an elementary school teacher in Lexington, Kentucky. He went to seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry, a UU seminary in Berkeley, California. He was born and went to college in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has also lived in Connecticut, Kentucky, and Vancouver, Canada. He currently lives Providence, Rhode Island, having moved from Blaine, Washington, where he could see Canada from his house.
Keith has been a part-time tennis pro and an adjunct professor of religious education for Starr King School for the Ministry. He has taught an online course for school on children’s literature. He has created a special Harry Potter Jeopardy game and is considered by many an expert on Harry Potter. His personal collection of children’s books numbers over 9,000.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, working out, cycling, reading, and finding good bookstores. He has studied and leads trainings on the enneagram.