Stress, Pride, Shame and Frogs

by Cindy FosterIn February of 2002 we attended our first five day stress in the ministry workshop.  We were invited by our close friends of near 30 years who founded this desperately needed ministry near 30 years ago. … [Read more...]

Religious Trauma Syndrome

by CaluluSeveral days ago a link to an article written by Valerie Tarico at Alternet.org arrived on my Facebook page. The piece was about a newly named syndrome - RTS - Religious Trauma Syndrome and … [Read more...]

The Voice of Russia: America Edition

Today some of our own NLQ SASBN best were interviewed about their lives and experiences in the Quiverfull Movement for the radio program The Voice of Russia America Edition on the Jamila Bey program.Our own Vyckie Garrison … [Read more...]

Linda Murphrey Writes an Open Letter to First Baptist Church Hammond

by Bruce GerencserLinda Murphrey is the daughter of the late Jack Hyles. What follows is an excerpt of an open letter Linda wrote to First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana. I hope you will take the time to read the entire letter on Linda’s website: … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse Awareness Week: My Contribution

by Kristen RosserThis coming week Wine and Marble, Joy in this Journey and Shaney Irene will be hosting a Spiritual Abuse Awareness synchroblog.  Many bloggers will be posting one blog a day for several days, describing their own experiences … [Read more...]

Personal Values and Quiverfull Social Guilt

by Becoming WorldlySo I’ve been thinking a lot about guilt and shame lately. I think they are important components used to control people’s actions, particularly in the kind of movement I grew up in. I’m sure lots of people have more … [Read more...]

SASBN: Putting an End to the Survivor Wars

by Vyckie GarrisonBreaking free from the absolute control of a cultic group is incredibly hard - it's a soul-wrenching experience and in all honesty, none of us walk away unscathed and completely healthy. Spiritual abuse survivors are hurt, traumatized, damaged and often broken. I wish I … [Read more...]

As Innocent As Babes

by CaluluOne of the big stumbling blocks for me during my time in the Fundamental/Evangelical church was the belief in original sin in babies. Sure, it's possible to be conceived of sin and born of that same sin, but I could never believe that a newborn … [Read more...]

The Burqa Experience: International Wear A Hijab Day: February 2, 2013

by CaluluFor years I’ve sworn that going to my local Wal-Mart was sort of like visiting a circus freak show, a pageant of the trans-mundane. While I hate shopping at Wal Mart because I feel like I’m approving of and funding the general … [Read more...]

How Male Dominated Religion Bleeds Women

by Cindy FosterMy husband, Paul, and I were enjoying some Mexican food at a restaurant near where we were staying in Houston last night.Sitting at a table in very close proximity to ours was a Muslim family.  We see a lot of Muslim families these days, but more so … [Read more...]