Guest Post: Staying In: Growing Up Lesbian in Evangelical America

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A guest post by Liz. Let’s start somewhere familiar. In high school, I had an all-consuming crush on a girl. She was pretty, smart, and just screwed up enough to make me want to don my shining armor, mount my faithful steed, and save her (unsurprisingly, I was also a bit of a geek). And, like billions of teenagers before me, I never told her—though, as I was fifteen at the time and hardly a master of subtlety, she probably knew. But unlike some of those who came before, it wasn’t fear of reje … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Demons, Glitter, and a Guy on the Floor: My Experience with an Apostolic Prayer Group

New Apostalic Reformation

A guest post by AhabMuch attention has been devoted to a fundamentalist religious movement called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). NAR is a network of charismatic Christian ministries that rose from the independent Charismatic movement, known as Third Wave Christianity. C. Peter Wagner was responsible for constructing its basic theology, and figures such as Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs have expanded and marketed the movement. During the 2008 presidential election, the movement received … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Home because of Sickness

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A guest post by AttackfishI was “homeschooled” (and I’m not sure I am comfortable calling it that) for absolutely non-ideological reasons, and in fact, there was only ever a brief time during my schooling in which I was not enrolled in public school, at the very end, a few weeks before I took my GED.I was born with a severe immune disease, and along with making me extremely prone to infection, it also causes me to have seizures, narcolepsy, fainting spells, asthma, and circulatory probl … [Read more...]

Housekeeping and Ongoing Projects

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I just spent the better part of my morning doing some organizing here on the blog---namely, organizing some of the ongoing projects I feature here at Love, Joy, Feminism. I'd encourage you to take a look at them and also to consider participating in them. Each project has a main page that I've put some work into and is hopefully both inviting and easy to navigate. I'm going to take a moment to give a quick rundown:Raised Quiverfull consists of both a panel and a project. The panel involves … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Isaac’s Story

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A post in the Raised Evangelical series.Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.My name is Isaac. I am a nineteen-year-old male living in the buckle of the Bible belt. I grew up in various states but was exposed to the same culture and beliefs regardless of where I went.My experience with faith and faith culture is a little different from that of most … [Read more...]

Creating Spaces for Collective Mourning

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Last week Dan Fincke introduced this prompt for Forward Thinking: If it were up to you to design one or more basic models for messaging and for ritual through which people were to regularly mark deaths together, what would such ceremonies be like?  This isn't a topic I've thought very much about, or had much experience with, but I'll try to pull together a few tentative thoughts nonetheless. Funerals, even more than weddings, can be complicated when there are people of a variety of religious be … [Read more...]

A Reader Asks: How Can I Free My Daughter from Fundamentalist Fears?

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I recently received a question from a reader, and I thought I would put it to all of you to help answer it: What resources are there for me to share with my thirteen year old daughter about coming out of the darkness of the culture you write about? I grew up in an independent fundamentalist baptist church.  My parents were completely into it.  I didn't want to be, but got sucked into it.  The whole "you're going to hell" stuff, and "God will punish you" is so powerful psychologically.  Long stor … [Read more...]


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