Hello! I go by AJ.
I grew up and am still living in a strongly Calvinist home. I've been questioning since high school but finally shed the heavy mantle of fundamentalism almost 2 years ago.
I'm now a part-time atheist and having a blast learning about other faith traditions.
Hiding this journey from my family is exhausting and I'd love to chat with someone with a similar experience.
Feel free to say hi!!
Ok. Real deal question. For those that do not believe in a literal hell, what about sin? I’m new to the no hell conversation and I SHOULD be able to understand these two concepts together but fundamentalist upbringing is holding strong and not meeting new things through. Can someone please explain this!
My copy of "All About Love" arrived today! #theliturgistsbookclub
I’ve decided to use this space to follow/learn from women only (except for a handful of men I love/admire/know in person)... Still trying to decide if I’m going to expand to Black/Brown men as well. So gents (especially white gents), I’m happy to interact but don’t take it personally if I don’t follow you. You dominate a lot of spaces and I’d like to hear what the ladies have to say.
LGBTQ+ Resource (+)
Found this worldwide directory of inclusive spaces for holding weddings!
Also, the whole magazine is incredible
PSA toot: do not give up on this platform because you are afraid you aren’t deep enough, or have the right book to recommend, or scientific theory to cite. You are welcome here. Playfulness, encouragement, and sharing joy - is welcome here. #TheLiturgists
Autism, suicide, mental health
I want to discuss the sorts of pressures that push so many autistic people toward suicide. Take my content warning seriously, please.
There are also very few research studies that do not use problematic language and terms to describe us. If you are sensitive to that right now, don't read the studies I link.
Take care of yourself first. Always.
Just a friendly reminder to always add an image description for images you upload in the fediverse! In the Mastodon interface, just tap on the image again after you upload it, and you'll see an option to add a description. Write the important information about the meaning and purpose of the image, not just its visual descriptors.
Abortion (+/-) (~)
For all of you in Conservative circles: (and anyone else interested in Reproductive Rights)
Here's a great article I found that might help facilitate more informed discussions around the new law that passed in NY.
We have a list of questions we'd love interviewees to go through before we sit down together, and I'm wondering if we're missing anything crucial.
If you're interested, I'd love to send you the questions - I don't need your specific answers, just if the questions were on point with your journey.
to believe in whatever you want to believe in.
to not believe in whatever you don’t want to believe in.
to cut off whoever you need to cut off.
to love whoever you want to love.
to feel however you need to feel.
to laugh in awkward situations.
to be proud of yourself.
to be who you are.
I grew up being taught that the verse “Having the faith of a child” meant following blindly, trusting blindly. But have you ever heard a child?
“Why? why? why? But why Mom? But why Dad? How? How? How? Can I? Can I?”
I child is curious. I child doesn’t want dumbed down answers. Even if it doesn’t really understand. A child wants to know. Children doubt the small answers and bug you for more. The faith of a child searches, questions, doubts.
#TheLiturgistsBookClub If everyone interested is given a week to get hold of copy does that seem about right?
Climate change - thoughts on despair
Climate change (#climatechange) is paralyzing.
I have felt this way, and I have watched other people as the ground congealed around their ankles.
One friend's Evangelical faith deconstructed (like mine did 10 years ago), and it took awhile for this specific issue to sink in. After all, she had patriarchy, white supremacy, and purity culture to contend with first. Then one day it hit her, and she called me (her scientist friend) begging for hope. THREAD 1/
LGBT+ | post Calvinist | mostly a lurker | will boost
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