I grew up in the Southern Baptist church with about half of my family being missionaries. I currently attend a small evangelical church while I'm in college, and I love the community of other college students, but some of the stuff that is being taught and pushed is really starting to get to me. I'm not sure if I should stay where I am for the next two years of college and try to encourage conversation and improvement, but I think leaving now would be hard.

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introduction update, growing up Evangelical 

Just realized this introduction I posted when I first joined could use an update and a cw.

I'm definitely gonna leave the church and it's gonna be messy as I'm renting an apartment with two people from the church for the next year and can't get out of it.

I don't feel the need to hang on to the Christian label anymore. I still have some sense of spirituality, but it's very tainted by the churches I grew up in.

growing up Evangelical, missionaries, family, being queer 

How is my entire family who are all Evangelical and half missionaries going to react to me being queer?

Probably really badly.

Maybe I'll update this thread again when that happens. It is a bit helpful to have a timeline of my thoughts.

I'm thankful for all the friends I've made on here who have helped me understand and embrace myself.

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growing up Evangelical, missionaries, family, being queer 

@Laura_I I hope you find acceptance, inclusion, and grace.

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