Dear Indiana

I live in Indiana. I've spent most of my life in Indianapolis, although I was born in the east coast and my entire family is from the east coast. I don't think I will ever leave Indiana, although that's only because I am remarried and I don't think my ex-husband will ever move either. So here I am. And really, my state sucks. Especially now when we insist on wasting taxpayer money by pushing for a bill that many of us don't want. That bill is HJR-3. It was formerly known as HJR-6 before it … [Read more...]

Interview with a “de-convert” from Christianity to Atheism

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I want to remind any readers that I am interviewing because I feel that, despite any differences in belief, those of us who choose a different faith are alike. We long for a better fit, and we seek it out despite personal or professional costs. The first interview with someone who moved from one faith to another is…anonymous. Seriously. Here’s my interview with him, including why he feels that anonymity is required despite living in a “free” country. The Interview … [Read more...]

Hey Convert – I want to Speak with You

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I am strongly interested in why people choose the faiths that they choose. Why do some stay with their birth faith, while others leave it? Why do some choose no faith at all (not necessarily atheism or agnosticism, but nothing), while others convert? These are the questions that I want to answer. So far, I have scheduled two interviews for this blog. One converted from one branch of Christianity to another, and the other went from fundamentalist/Evangelical Christianity to Atheism. If … [Read more...]

Is Interfaith Dialogue Worth The Trouble?

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Interfaith dialogue is a mainstay of modern interfaith relations. It is touted as a way to bring communities together and find common ground. I'm not sure I could find many theists who would say, "Yeah, interfaith dialogue is a bad thing." No one says that, at least not openly. But is it true that interfaith dialogue is always helpful? Definition I guess we'd have to start with a definition of interfaith dialogue, right? Generally when I think of "interfaith dialogue", I think of a panel of … [Read more...]

Community – What Online Conversion Lacks

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There seems to be a proliferation of "convert to Judaism" online websites lately. I'm not sure why this is, although it does seem fueled by demand. Judaism is attractive to a lot of people and the internet helps would-be converts find resources and Rabbis. It's a cool thing, really. That should say a lot about the power of Judaism to bring people to the faith without actually proselytizing. Here are just some sites where you can convert online, at least up to the Beit Din and Mikveh … [Read more...]

Faith and Feminism

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When I was younger, feminism was a bad word. It was, as my friend put it, "up there with Satan and communism"on the list of very bad things. It was a force to be reckoned with, the driving force behind the ills in society (like homosexuality, lack of prayer in schools, school shootings, etc.) That's right, feminism was the straw that broke the world...or somethign.  My journey from conservative Christian to liberal Jew(ess?) has been a natural progression. It has opened my eyes and in the end … [Read more...]

It’s Not Over Yet

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This is the second time I've attempted to write about the topic of Christian proselytization efforts toward the Jewish people. When I originally wrote this post, I was angry and annoyed and full of unnecessary snark. I really want to say, "Look! This isn't right!", but I was going about it the wrong way. So here I am, writing this post. Again. Except that today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this topic fits right in. I originally conceived of this post when the big … [Read more...]


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