"I'm ashamed of you," she said. But she didn't mean it. Her religious leaders taught her to say such things and it caused her pain.
Leaving the church was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I have no qualms about letting go of God and religion. But the people--I loved them and I still do. I am aware of the flaws, dysfunction, and outright abuse that happened in many churches, and I understand that those who were … Continue reading I Counted In Church
I’m astounded that anyone could be persuaded to accept a way of life that guarantees their condemnation. But I’m sorry to say we made converts.
I’m so appreciative of the medical community these days and I’m often concerned at how stressed they are. Even before Covid, many of them were overworked. I don’t know how they keep at it day after day. I wish I could show them support or even step in to work with them like I did … Continue reading I Don’t Have to Go Back
The biggest grudge I have against religion (particularly conservative religion) is that it urges people to lie....
His eyes were a haunted mix of fatigue and defiance, as well as a touch of joy, I think.
I’m horrified that we locked my sweet, loveable, funny aunt into a prison of silence, where she dreaded the day she would die and go to the hell we had created.
I’m scared like everyone else right now. I have one of those essential jobs where I come out of isolation to sell groceries to people, some of whom could be contagious. The anxiety hangs on me like an extra weight that I carry wherever I go. Sometimes it gets me down but it’s my job … Continue reading Essential Work (101st Post)
Over my time as a minister, people whispered these questions to me, often ashamed to put them into words. I’m articulating them in hopes of engaging their thinking.
I'm not going to be attending my 35th college reunion.