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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. Remarkable--courageous-- encouraging!"
--Bishop Calvin D. McConnell United Methodist Church, Retired Portland, Oregon
"From the time David was appointed my pastor in the 1980s, 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
The Rev. David 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.
Foreword Virginia Ramey Mollenkott ix
1 Kairos 1
2 Awakening 8
3 Another Kind of Physical 16
4 Unexpected Dangers 26
5 Into the Wilderness 33
6 Super-Pastor: A Pastor's Pastor 58
7 Out of the Closest and Into the Streets 79
8 Coming Out, Again 88
9 The Terror of Breaking Silence in the Church 103
Addendum: The Little Ease 112