Memoir of a Gay Pastor - Closets and Calling - 131


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Pastor Casey Tinnin, who is a gay pastor shares of his journey out of fundamentalism, coming out, and his process of being ordained in the United Church of Christ. Jeff and Pastor Casey have a lively discussion about the influence that fundamentalism and conservatism played in Casey’s coming out process.

Pastor Casey talks at length about his journey, and how his faith was formed in the wake of so many Christians telling him he would never be ordained. He also speaks about growing up in evangelical purity culture and “dating Jesus” all four years of high school. He even refers to Jesus as “his beard.”

The conversation is filled with thoughts around what remaining closeted does to a person, and the impact it has on a person's life. The conversation between Jeff and Casey moves to the importance of authenticity and truth telling, and how people can be allies to those who are coming out.

This week’s episode closes out with a fun round of Famous Christians for 100. Each host takes a shot at guessing who is behind some pretty amazing and terrifying quotes.

Conversation on Being a Gay Pastor (01:24)

Famous Christians for 100 Segment (41:30)


From Our Conversation on Being a Gay Pastor

From Our Famous Christians for 100 Segment


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Jeff Manildi | co-host and producer |

Jeff is the Director of Discipleship at a United Methodist church on the central coast of California and co-founder of Irenicast. In addition to getting his B.A. in Theology, he also received his ordination through the prestigious online organization of The Universal Life Church whose alumni include the likes of Conan O’Brien and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Jeff loves all things that tell a story: people, movies, tv, music, comics, etc.

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Rev. Allen O’Brien | co-host |

Allen is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California, resident chaplain at an area hospital, and co-founder of Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology and writes for multiple platforms.

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