FutureReverendJohn is creating space for conversations of inclusion for LGBTQ folx in the UMC
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Hello and thank you for taking a look at my page and your consideration of supporting me while I discern my ministry and let it take shape. I would first like to introduce myself. My name is John Angermayr, and I intend to pursue my calling to be an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, not just despite, but in reaction to, the recent decisions made in regards to polity and doctrine of the denomination when it comes to full inclusion of LGBT and queer persons in the church. These recent decisions impact me and my calling directly as I identify as transgender and queer. If you are looking for a way to support LGBT and queer folx in the wake of General Conference '19, you have come to the right place!

Many of you will be coming to this page from somewhere within the United Methodist Connection, but not all of you. I want to start by addressing the Methodists in the crowd. In the wake of General Conference '19, you may be asking yourself, "how can I support LGBT and Queer clergy, future clergy, seminarians, and Methodists throughout the Connection and denomination?" I want to provide you with a tangible and direct way to do that! By pledging a monthly donation of even $1, you can directly affect the life of this transgender and queer future reverend as I discern and form my ministry. I am asking for your support so that I can feed not just my soul but my body as well. While I am fortunate and blessed to have supportive family and friends in my life in regards to my identity, they can only support me so much in the realm of finances. While I seek my personal way forward and the will of God in my life, I need your help. That being said, I'm sure you are wondering how I am seeking my future and my calling. That story begins in the aftermath of The Decision made at General Conference. However, we should probably catch our non-Methodist friends up on exactly what "General Conference '19" is and what went down at this Conference.

For the non-Methodists that have found their way here, there is a bit of history to explain. For the last four decades or so, there has been a "debate" in the United Methodist Church about specific language in our Book of Discipline that addressed the 'homosexuals'. Namely language like "homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching", the notion that "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be clergy, and that ordained ministers in the UMC cannot officiate same-gender weddings. (But honey, you need Jesus, I ain't gotta practice no more, and it's time to catch up to civil law.) Every four years, the Global Church convenes to discuss and vote on matters of polity and doctrine at a conference called (surprise!) General Conference. Since the last major convening in 2016, there was a special committee put together (gotta have a committee) as a Commission on A Way Forward in regard to the particular conversation surrounding the issue of homophobia in the church and how we can move forward with grace and unity. It culminated in a Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, MO at the end of February, 2019.

The conference itself was anything but gracious or united when it came down to the nitty gritty of the debate on the four Plans presented and the vote itself. Before I get too deep in the weeds with just how things went down during this debate and vote, I'll just skip to the part that matters in the long run, The Results, and the personal reaction and response to the results themselves. In the end, the Traditional Plan is the plan that passed with a majority vote (53%-47%, the smallest margin there has ever been in the history of this debate). This Plan essentially doubles down on restrictions and punitive measures for LGBT and queer clergy as well as clergy who are allies who openly stand for inclusion and do things like perform same-gender weddings. The result of this is devastating within the LGBTQ community and the denomination as whole. It has fractured the denomination and driven many away from their spiritual homes. *Methodists tune back in now!*

Initially, I was heart sick. I was hurt. I was deeply saddened and felt the hurt of the people, my people, as they cried out at the injustices done to them. And then, something changed within me. In the weeks that followed The Decision, I began to rediscover my voice, my purpose, and my calling. I rediscovered things that I had lost touch with after withdrawing from seminary at Iliff School of Theology in early 2018, just over a year prior to the Special Session of General Conference. I wrote a sermon, quite by accident, for the first time in well over a year. I began to have more deep and meaningful conversations across the Connection. I even started an online book study group. I found hope in the midst of the wilderness. And, as a result of this rediscovered Life, I made the decision to not just return to seminary but also began to pursue conversations about what it might look like to go before the various boards and committees responsible for the process of ordination in the UMC. To those trying desperately to keep me out of this denomination I say: thank you, you have given me the gift of finding my calling again, even if you did force me back into the wilderness, once again to seek God, but you will never force me back into the closet.       

With ALLL of that said, I present to you an opportunity and a tangible means to support a queer (future clergy) person in his time of need. As I look towards the future and lay the ground work for my ministry, I ask for your help in feeding my physical needs while I pursue the things that feed my spirit and my soul. Even a pledge of $1 a month will help to support me and see me through the 'lean times' as I discern and move forward with my calling. As far as what I have to offer, at the moment of writing this statement, I can offer virtual support, a weekly post of a resource (books, websites, general information etc.) that can aid you in the pursuit of fostering conversation and building relationships around inclusion (particularly in religious settings, primarily focused around the United Methodist Church) and a good conversation if we end up being in the same city. Near future projects I am currently looking at are; weekly blog posts or sermons (or both!) that can be posted for those who contribute at certain tiers, videos that tell my personal story and delve more into my personal and pubic theologies, and more thorough resource reviews and posts. If you are searching for a way to support LGBTQ Methodists right now, pledge to my Patreon and take action in your local communities to address the conversations and welcome those who have been rejected from the table altogether. Thank you for reading my story and considering supporting me as I pursue my true calling and purpose.
Tiers
Suggested monthly contribution #1
$5 or more per month

Can you afford to help a little bit but not a whole lot? That's ok! Every dollar counts! Consider joining me at a $5 tier and buy me a couple cups of coffee throughout the month. Future benefits of this tier include; virtual hugs and access to general resources posts.

Suggested monthly contribution #2
$10 or more per month

Can you afford to help a little bit more than $5 but not much more? That's great! 30 contributors at the $10 level would allow me to feed body and soul as I take the next steps. Future benefits may include; access to more thorough resource reviews and posts, and a monthly sermon post

Suggested monthly contribution #3
$15 or more per month

Can you afford to send a bit more my way? I suggest a contribution of $15/month as tier 3. If I have 20 people contributing this amount each month, it would be enough to subsidize my living expenses while I apply and re-enroll in seminary, and would allow me to pursue the next best indicated steps for my ministry. Future benefits of this tier may include; access to 1 video per month that delves into my personal stories and theologies, and access to blog posts every other week.

Suggested monthly contribution #4
$20 or more per month

How about $20 a month? If 15 of you can squeeze $20 out of your monthly budget to pledge to my developing ministry, I will be eternally grateful. But not just that! In the future, I hope to offer to this tier; access to sermons (not just a blog post) every other week, and  access to two-three videos per month about my journey and theologies.

Suggested monthly contribution #5
$25 or more per month

Do I hear $25 per month!? If just 12 people can stretch their monthly budget to send $25 my way, it will get me through the "lean times" both in my physical and spiritual well being. Future benefits of this tier may include; access to weekly blog post, two sermons per month, and video content.

Goals
0 of 10 patrons
Once I have at least 10 contributors I can begin to post thorough reviews of resources I have personally engaged with and have found to be useful and effective, as well as some personally crafted resources I have used in my own conversations and communities.
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Hello and thank you for taking a look at my page and your consideration of supporting me while I discern my ministry and let it take shape. I would first like to introduce myself. My name is John Angermayr, and I intend to pursue my calling to be an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, not just despite, but in reaction to, the recent decisions made in regards to polity and doctrine of the denomination when it comes to full inclusion of LGBT and queer persons in the church. These recent decisions impact me and my calling directly as I identify as transgender and queer. If you are looking for a way to support LGBT and queer folx in the wake of General Conference '19, you have come to the right place!

Many of you will be coming to this page from somewhere within the United Methodist Connection, but not all of you. I want to start by addressing the Methodists in the crowd. In the wake of General Conference '19, you may be asking yourself, "how can I support LGBT and Queer clergy, future clergy, seminarians, and Methodists throughout the Connection and denomination?" I want to provide you with a tangible and direct way to do that! By pledging a monthly donation of even $1, you can directly affect the life of this transgender and queer future reverend as I discern and form my ministry. I am asking for your support so that I can feed not just my soul but my body as well. While I am fortunate and blessed to have supportive family and friends in my life in regards to my identity, they can only support me so much in the realm of finances. While I seek my personal way forward and the will of God in my life, I need your help. That being said, I'm sure you are wondering how I am seeking my future and my calling. That story begins in the aftermath of The Decision made at General Conference. However, we should probably catch our non-Methodist friends up on exactly what "General Conference '19" is and what went down at this Conference.

For the non-Methodists that have found their way here, there is a bit of history to explain. For the last four decades or so, there has been a "debate" in the United Methodist Church about specific language in our Book of Discipline that addressed the 'homosexuals'. Namely language like "homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching", the notion that "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" cannot be clergy, and that ordained ministers in the UMC cannot officiate same-gender weddings. (But honey, you need Jesus, I ain't gotta practice no more, and it's time to catch up to civil law.) Every four years, the Global Church convenes to discuss and vote on matters of polity and doctrine at a conference called (surprise!) General Conference. Since the last major convening in 2016, there was a special committee put together (gotta have a committee) as a Commission on A Way Forward in regard to the particular conversation surrounding the issue of homophobia in the church and how we can move forward with grace and unity. It culminated in a Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, MO at the end of February, 2019.

The conference itself was anything but gracious or united when it came down to the nitty gritty of the debate on the four Plans presented and the vote itself. Before I get too deep in the weeds with just how things went down during this debate and vote, I'll just skip to the part that matters in the long run, The Results, and the personal reaction and response to the results themselves. In the end, the Traditional Plan is the plan that passed with a majority vote (53%-47%, the smallest margin there has ever been in the history of this debate). This Plan essentially doubles down on restrictions and punitive measures for LGBT and queer clergy as well as clergy who are allies who openly stand for inclusion and do things like perform same-gender weddings. The result of this is devastating within the LGBTQ community and the denomination as whole. It has fractured the denomination and driven many away from their spiritual homes. *Methodists tune back in now!*

Initially, I was heart sick. I was hurt. I was deeply saddened and felt the hurt of the people, my people, as they cried out at the injustices done to them. And then, something changed within me. In the weeks that followed The Decision, I began to rediscover my voice, my purpose, and my calling. I rediscovered things that I had lost touch with after withdrawing from seminary at Iliff School of Theology in early 2018, just over a year prior to the Special Session of General Conference. I wrote a sermon, quite by accident, for the first time in well over a year. I began to have more deep and meaningful conversations across the Connection. I even started an online book study group. I found hope in the midst of the wilderness. And, as a result of this rediscovered Life, I made the decision to not just return to seminary but also began to pursue conversations about what it might look like to go before the various boards and committees responsible for the process of ordination in the UMC. To those trying desperately to keep me out of this denomination I say: thank you, you have given me the gift of finding my calling again, even if you did force me back into the wilderness, once again to seek God, but you will never force me back into the closet.       

With ALLL of that said, I present to you an opportunity and a tangible means to support a queer (future clergy) person in his time of need. As I look towards the future and lay the ground work for my ministry, I ask for your help in feeding my physical needs while I pursue the things that feed my spirit and my soul. Even a pledge of $1 a month will help to support me and see me through the 'lean times' as I discern and move forward with my calling. As far as what I have to offer, at the moment of writing this statement, I can offer virtual support, a weekly post of a resource (books, websites, general information etc.) that can aid you in the pursuit of fostering conversation and building relationships around inclusion (particularly in religious settings, primarily focused around the United Methodist Church) and a good conversation if we end up being in the same city. Near future projects I am currently looking at are; weekly blog posts or sermons (or both!) that can be posted for those who contribute at certain tiers, videos that tell my personal story and delve more into my personal and pubic theologies, and more thorough resource reviews and posts. If you are searching for a way to support LGBTQ Methodists right now, pledge to my Patreon and take action in your local communities to address the conversations and welcome those who have been rejected from the table altogether. Thank you for reading my story and considering supporting me as I pursue my true calling and purpose.

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Tiers
Suggested monthly contribution #1
$5 or more per month

Can you afford to help a little bit but not a whole lot? That's ok! Every dollar counts! Consider joining me at a $5 tier and buy me a couple cups of coffee throughout the month. Future benefits of this tier include; virtual hugs and access to general resources posts.

Suggested monthly contribution #2
$10 or more per month

Can you afford to help a little bit more than $5 but not much more? That's great! 30 contributors at the $10 level would allow me to feed body and soul as I take the next steps. Future benefits may include; access to more thorough resource reviews and posts, and a monthly sermon post

Suggested monthly contribution #3
$15 or more per month

Can you afford to send a bit more my way? I suggest a contribution of $15/month as tier 3. If I have 20 people contributing this amount each month, it would be enough to subsidize my living expenses while I apply and re-enroll in seminary, and would allow me to pursue the next best indicated steps for my ministry. Future benefits of this tier may include; access to 1 video per month that delves into my personal stories and theologies, and access to blog posts every other week.

Suggested monthly contribution #4
$20 or more per month

How about $20 a month? If 15 of you can squeeze $20 out of your monthly budget to pledge to my developing ministry, I will be eternally grateful. But not just that! In the future, I hope to offer to this tier; access to sermons (not just a blog post) every other week, and  access to two-three videos per month about my journey and theologies.

Suggested monthly contribution #5
$25 or more per month

Do I hear $25 per month!? If just 12 people can stretch their monthly budget to send $25 my way, it will get me through the "lean times" both in my physical and spiritual well being. Future benefits of this tier may include; access to weekly blog post, two sermons per month, and video content.