The Rev. David Weekley has been an inspiring figure in my life for a number of years. His personal journey and considerable insight made him an ideal candidate for inclusion in this role model book. He is a guiding light, on what is often a dark path, for those who follow in his footsteps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSjfmhx2Otg His wife, Deborah, is also, of course a great inspiration and I am so blessed to know them both.
Valued and inspirational NEVER BLEND IN contributor, David E. Weekley is an ordained United Methodist clergy. He received his BA in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 1976 and entered seminary at Boston University School of Theology, where he earned an MDiv in 1982. He has served churches in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference for twenty-eight years.
He has just published an incredibly valuable book of his own, IN FROM THE WILDERNESS.
The Rev. David Weekley: “I am very positive about sharing my story, because I believe it is the best way to help educate our society about transgender persons; there is so much misinformation out there, and fear, that it seems imperative to become active. Because some segments of the Church are responsible for a portion of this misinformation and fear, it seems even more critical for others to hear a positive and personal faith story from a transgender person.”
The Book is available now (February 24th at 2:30pm)!!!!!
By phone, email or fax….the cost is $18.00,
In another week it will on their web site, and in 6-8 weeks through Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc.
In From The Wilderness (She-R-Man), by, David E. Weekley/United Methodist Clergy
The stories of transgender people reach back to the beginnings of recorded history. At this particular point in time the psychiatric, medical, and secular worlds are beginning to appreciate the authenticity of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer people. Sadly many Christian churches and denominations continue to oppress and vilify the LGTBQ community.. This is the story of a transgender man who has been an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church since 1984 and has quietly served his congregations for twenty-eight years before sharing his story and spiritual journey with his congregation, denomination, and the world. This is the story of a Transgender man, a Christian, an ordained minister, a loving husband and father~a human being. It is his challenge to his denomination and to all Christians and spiritual seekers to consider the truth of gender identity and sexual orientation as God given gifts.to be celebrated and embraced among all other gifts.
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“Questions about whether a transgender pastor can have a successful ministry have been resoundingly answered in the affirmative in this story of three decades of effective and inspiring pastoral ministry, while keeping secret from the church and society his gender reassignment surgery.
BISHOP CALVIN D. McCONNELL, Retired, Portland,OR
“From the time David was appointed my pastor in the 1980’s, to the compelling revelation of his challenging circumstances, he has sustained his integrity, his courageous, creative, inclusive ministry and hope-filled spirit. His personal story offers liberation to others trapped, either in their bodies or in gender roles defined by society.”
VELMA DUELL McCONNELL, Lay Pastoral Care, Portland, Oregon
“David Weekley shares his wilderness journey in this warm and honest autobiography. In the wilderness(both past and present), David has encountered deep loneliness, powerful mentoring and friendship, unbearable pain, and profound joy. Through it all, he has journeyed with a courage that will inspire courage in his readers. As a teenager, David could not speak of himself as “I” but only as “i.” He gradually learned to honor himself and to form deep and honest relationships, which have shaped his powerful and compassionate ministry with others. Thank you, David!”
MARY ELIZABETH MOORE, Boston University
THANK YOU TO DAVID AND TO HIS DEVOTED AND EQUALLY INSPIRATIONAL WIFE DEBORAH FOR ENHANCING MY LIFE, FOR LIVING AUTHENTICALLY AND WITH COURAGE.
MY LIFE IS RICHER THROUGH KNOWING YOU BOTH.
GOD BLESS, DAVID E . WATTERS
USEFUL LINK: http://transandfaith.wordpress.com/