Religious Trauma: Looking for the Exit Doors

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A healthy church should have porous walls and open doors. I’ve been saying stuff like this as I consider what healthy spirituality can look like, how churches can “do better.” Because authoritarianism, coercing members to stay against their will, is not healthy religion, it’s a cult. Healthy commitment to a community freely flowing out of an individual’s agency is very …

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Deconstruction Updates

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Does this mean my deconstruction is over? People who are a few laps behind me on the deconstruction journey want to know whether there is an end to the madness. Is there an end to the suffering? Can there be constructive paths forward? What happens to the threads after we unravel, does it weave itself back into something more beautiful, or lay limply on the floor as loose, strewn strings?

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Navigating the Faith Generation Gap

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I had to teach my son how to hold the phone up to his ear in order to hear and talk into it. He knew how to face time and skype, but putting a phone up to his ear was archaic for his generation. I found it amusing, but there is another type of generation gap that has more serious …

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For God So Loved the World – Easter Basket Ideas

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Someone in my group, Raising Children Unfundamentalist, had the fantastic idea of putting together a Easter Basket idea themed: For God So Loved The World, filled with goodies that are environmentally friendly, educational, and fun. So I’ve curated this list, for anyone who may be inspired to do this for your kids this Easter in lieu of plastic eggs filled …

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Complicating Our Children’s Faith

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Our faith is dynamic and ever changing, especially in the rapid pace of development in our children’s first years of life. Forcing the fluidity of our faith into absolute doctrines will ultimately harm their spiritual development because it will be inconsistent with their lived experience.