Tonight's guest is the Rev. David Weekley, The theme of our show is Transgender Ministry. David was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1951, where he transitioned FTM, completing the initial process in 1975 at the age of twenty-four. Rev. Weekley is a graduate of Cleveland State University (B.A. cum laude, Psychology). He completed graduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (Phenomenology of Religion), and holds the Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology (1982). Rev. Weekley has served the United Methodist Church as an ordained clergy since 1982. He is currently the only openly transgender clergy serving in the denomination. Rev. Weekley shared his story with his congregation and the world, August 30th, 2009, after 28 years of ministry. He has appeared on ABC news, CBS “The Early Show”, and several radio programs. He has presented workshops at a number of colleges and universities. His recently released book, In from the Wilderness: Sherman, (She-r-man), published by WIPF&STOCK Publishers (Eugene, OR.), is his personal story, faith journey, and reflection on the official position of several denominations, including the United Methodist Church, in relation to the LGTBQ community. Rev. Weekley belongs to several organizations advocating for the full inclusion and rights of transgender and LGBQ people, including the Transfaith Relgious Leaders Network, Northwest Gender Alliance, Reconciling United Methodists, and the Human Rights Campaign. Rev. Weekley currently serves as Pastor of Sellwood and Capitol Hill United Methodist Churches in Portland, Oregon.
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