Support a former pastor in crisis

$5,060 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 104 people in 1 month
Created November 26, 2018
A dear friend of mine and a former pastor, Pat Green, is in a serious crisis.

He is the devoted father of a trans child and fiancé to a wonderful woman who, due to a disability, relies on Pat for support. Pat has struggled, as so many former pastors have, with finding adequate employment, and now on top of everything else, he is in a serious mental health crisis. He has been told to take 6 weeks off work. Meanwhile, he has been served an eviction notice because he has fallen behind on his rent. On top of that he will miss six weeks of income. After that he needs $2000 for a training and certification program that will get him into a good career and back on his feet providing for his family as he longs to do.

Pat is one of the founding members of the Life After God community and has been a great source of strength to me in my journey. Now he needs our help. I've long hoped that post-theistic community could be the sort of community that would come through in pinch and support a brother or sister in need!

Please help me keep our friend in his housing during this holiday season. Any amount will help!

While you're at it, check out Pat's blog  where he describes his journey as a TransParent.
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Update 4
Posted by Ryan Bell
29 days ago
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Hi friends of Pat and Dave!

I wanted to share this short clip from ABC7 News in Chicago. Dave and Pat were featured tonight, talking about Dave's transition and his journey to be accepted at school. It's really a beautiful clip!
https://abc7chicago.com/education/transgender-student-talks-about-journey-of-acceptance-at-hinsdale-south-hs/4931134/?fbclid=IwAR1_FtSoEeqIxFVC7t8kC3GOb57Ok8uuKgZ2j0VJOZrIPYE9n64Vot8heOU
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Update 3
Posted by Ryan Bell
1 month ago
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Friends,

I got a note from Pat today and he asked me to share this with you all! If you can share this fundraise with your friends and family and keep it going, that would be great!
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When Ryan and Gretta learned of my circumstances, they offered to help. I was reticent to accept the help out of shame and embarrassment. When the eviction notice was served to me, I realized I had no choice.

Fear and embarrassment has turned into an overwhelming sense of respect, humility and warmth at the kindness and generosity.

We are at the halfway point here and knowing that the goal might actually be met allows me to focus on healing as I deal with PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

Thank you for all you have done and please continue to share this. It is making a difference.

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart...thank you.
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Update 2
Posted by Ryan Bell
1 month ago
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Huge thank you to all of you who have donated! I'd love it if you would share this fundraiser on your social media and encourage others to chip in if they can.

Below is a new blog post that Pat wrote over the weekend. Please be aware it contains frank discussion of abuse and mental health challenges.

This is one of the things I love so much about Pat. He speaks honestly, from his heart, without sugar coating.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/transparentexpedition/2018/12/pain-mental-health-stigma/
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Update 1
Posted by Ryan Bell
1 month ago
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I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for Pat! I've been communicating with him every day, updating him, and he can't believe it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you. Many of you I don't know but your love for this honest hearted man has been uplifting to me, too.

I will be withdrawing the funds and then transferring them to Pat by PayPal to preserve the anonymity of those of you who donated anonymously. I am happy to provide proof of that transfer to anyone who asks me and eventually Pat will share personally.

Please share this with as many people as you can and ask them to help out in whatever way. No amount is too small!
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Created November 26, 2018
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