This is the final excerpt from Ryan's book. I will post a link on 'OZ' when I get it for those of you interested in purchasing his book.
|Saskatchewan author, Ryan Willey|
My role as the Co-chair of the Saskatoon branch of Integrity caused me to become fairly involved with the Anglican Church. It was to the point where the lesbian youth minister I mentioned, who was ordained as a Priest, wanted me to start ministry and theology courses. I thought that I may have felt a calling to do so because it seemed that’s where my life was headed.
I had met with the Anglican Archdeacon of Saskatoon and had also discussed courses with a professor in the seminary. It was agreed that I become more involved with an Anglican Church and I naturally followed where the lesbian priest served.
As I became more involved in the church, however, my mind was in a state of what I call “religious overload”. I began taking the religion too seriously and started to conform to how other people acted in the church. When I realized how much this church relied on money rather than faith, it was the final straw and I stopped going.
During the time period in which I became involved with the Anglican Church and shortly after the protest, I was contacted by a former Pastor who desperately wanted to speak with me. A member of Integrity forwarded his phone number to me while asking me to be careful because we knew nothing about this man besides that he was probably gay.
I called him and he mentioned that he didn’t wish to reveal his identity because he was a very well-known individual within the Christian community.
Unfortunately, this is the last excerpt of his book.
You can purchase the book Becoming the Devil They Fear from McNally Robinson. They ship books as well. I will post the details when the book is ready