November 14, 2017
Rev. Dr. David Weekley is the only openly-out transgender elder appointed to a UMC church.
His 2011 book, In from the Wilderness: Sherman: She-r-man, is a must-read for those interested in the transgender Christian experience, and features a forward written by our own Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. Weekley’s most recent book, Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons, is based on his doctoral research and designed to provide “practical and spiritual sustenance” for “individuals, spiritual leaders, and faith communities.”
Learn more about Rev. Dr. David Weekley and his work by exploring these links:
Read a story about Rev. Weekley’s 2009 coming out to his Oregon UMC congregation, “Methodist minister confides to congregation that he is a transgender man,” on the Oregon Live website.
“Rev. David Weekley, One Of First Transgender Methodist Clergyman, Shares His Story” on Huffington Post (warning: this page has auto-play video with audio)