Video of Vyckie Garrison on Al Jazeera’s ‘America Tonight’

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Al Jazeera hasn't posted the Quiverfull episode yet, but our friend Cindy Kunsman recorded it and has posted videos to Dropbox. The first segment focuses on Nancy Campbell, the second is Vyckie and her family, and the final segment features the Flanders family. … [Read more...]

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When Reality Collides With Earnest Expectations

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding FundamentalI’ve never been much good at New Year’s Resolutions.I tend to over-think everything including all the areas in which I need to improve... so much... that instead of getting motivated and energized by the practice, I end up defeated and discouraged. I just can not seem to make it work for me.I know what the problem is. My resolutions are entirely unrealistic and being that ‘resolutions‘ are supposed to be made for the long haul, it is necessary to evaluate them for their importance and edit out the trivial if one has any hope of keeping them. … [Read more...]

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Dear Family, Friends and Former Parishioners

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserEditor's note: Posting this because sometimes it's a good idea to stop and look back to measure just how far we've come from our old life.What follows is the letter I sent in April 2009 to my family, friends and former parishioners. This letter came after Polly and I attended church for the 2008 Sunday before Thanksgiving. I am republishing it here so it is part of the historical narrative of my life. I know many of you have read this before but I hope you will read it again. As I reread this, I am reminded that what I wrote here is still, almost 6 years later, the motivating factor of my life.  The … [Read more...]

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Evangelical Preachers and the Elijah Syndrome

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserMany evangelical preachers have what I call the Elijah syndrome. In First Kings chapter 18, we find the story of the prophet Elijah doing battle with the 450 false prophets of Baal. According to the Bible, Elijah decided to prove to Israel that Jehovah was the true and living God. Elijah did this by building an altar, placing a slaughtered bullock on the stone edifice, and calling fire down from heaven to consume the bullock. This all-consuming fire was so hot that it melted the altar’s rocks. According to modern science, melting rock into molten lava requires a heat of 1,000 to 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. Ce … [Read more...]

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HA & NLQ: What Are We After We Leave?

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by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyI have a concern about stuff I’m seeing and not seeing in the survivor community, and I think the time has come to address it, and talk about creating individualized post-fundamentalist roadmaps to ensure you’re not accidentally following new leaders in directions that don’t truly work for you.  So here goes: … [Read more...]

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We All Need Help Sometimes

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by Living Liminal cross posted from her blog Living LiminalI'm not going to wait until the last day of the year to share that 2015 has been an "Annus horribilis" for me and my family.My sister died suddenly and unexpectedly, and in the midst of that I was attacked for saying how I sick I was of christians who refused to deal with their own crap. (By a man who seems to have a lifetime of unresolved crap.) … [Read more...]

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Learning to Be Human Again After a Lifetime of Self-Denial

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOriginally written in 2009. Edited for grammar and clarity.Evangelical Christianity teaches that followers of Jesus must practice lives of self-denial. Self is the problem — the flesh wars against the spirit, the spirit wars against the flesh. Far too many Christians, thanks to this teaching, live guilt-ridden lives. Guilt over giving in to the flesh, guilt over letting self have control.It goes something like this… … [Read more...]

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Oh To Be A Pharisee! A Church’s Love Affair With Rules!

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by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental (God) Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. II Corinthians 3:6 Why would anybody in their right mind want to live by the letter of Old Testament Law when the New Testament clearly teaches they have been set free?I believe an honest comparison of the ancient, biblical Pharisee to the modern-day 'Pharisee' in all of us could answer this question. … [Read more...]

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Sarah Morehead Fundraiser

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by No Longer Quivering founder Vyckie Garrison a plea to help out this holiday season.Sarah Morehead and her children need and deserve our support this Christmas! Sarah was one of the first ex-fundie moms to join the No Longer Quivering group way back when our spiritual abuse recovery support was just a tiny forum on Proboards.Over the years, I've been in awe of the incredible amount of dedicated work, work, work! which Sarah has devoted to the cause of exposing religious abuse and providing assistance to the community of folks who have the courage and integrity to walk away from toxic religion. … [Read more...]

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Growing Up as a Christian (Bible Based) “Cult Child” – A Memoir by Vennie Kocsis

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by Vennie Kocsis cross posted from Cindy Kunsman's blog Under Much Grace(Editor's note: Vennie's memoir "Cult Child" is a hard read that is at the same time fascinating. I was unable to put down this book last year when I read it.)(Cindy's remarks) When I met Vennie last year, she wore the blue ombre locks shown in the center picture displayed here, and I like the visual progression that these images display.  The Second Generation Adult (SGA) — a now-adult who grow up in a high demand group doesn't have the opportunity and often lacks the skills to choose their own path.  They (we!) are always adapting and growing to make up for the things that even the first generation members who … [Read more...]

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