The Unfundamental Conversion

I am an Alien

July 13th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Missions | SE Asia | Travel - (15 Comments)

I. I went on a 5000 mile road trip, across 6 Canadian providences and 12 states just in the last two weeks, and I pulled the plug on my scheduled posts. I am an alien in this land who writes because I am happier for it, but sometimes my heart needs silence. I just watched …
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Drain boy

phill.d / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND It strikes me as odd that when I wrote my initial post on this series, I had not read or listened to Peter Rollins, yet he articulates perfectly the existential battle and uncertainty that I feel (and wrote in that post) as a Christian in a postmodern error. Peter …
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Finding My Way

April 11th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Homeschool - (13 Comments)
Leaving fundamentalism

Life in your 20s, for any young person, is a time of adjustment, awe, and wonder. For any young adult, its also a time to find his or her way, often exploring new lovers, new dreams, and new directions. But for daughters of patriarchy, or those who grew up in fundamentalism, it can be an entire …
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Travel Narratives: Swiss Alps

April 10th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | Travel - (3 Comments)
Grindelwald, Switzlerland

Sometimes, in order to find life, you have to loose it first. I’ll never forget a conversation I had in Rome. There I was, touring near 2000 year old ruins, in the tension between the ancient and the modern, between childhood history books and St. Peter’s tomb below my feet. I was at the beginning of my long …
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So Jonny, who blogs at Leaving Fundamentalism, just sent me his story on life during and after fundamentalism! In addition to discussing the indoctrination politically and spiritually that many children of fundamentalism go through until they cannot relate to or interact with mainstream culture, Jonny also tells the story of life with the ACE curriculum, …
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So I just did an interview with Sheldon who blogs at Ramblings of Sheldon. On my blog I enjoy writing about leaving fundamentalism, and Sheldon and I share a background remarkably similar though his journey has lead him away from Christianity. His story is yet another story of sheltering and bad curriculum that needs to …
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So I’ve changed my mind about God and the Bible the last few years. A lot. A whole lot. Most of it was a slow journey, understandably so. I’ve come out as a Christian feminists, rejected the legalism, embraced a form of evangelical universalism. Yet nothing hurt worse than when I came to grips with …
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The Freedom to Admit the Crap

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Spiritual Abuse - (14 Comments)

I grew up in a homeschool culture that taught me to not give a hoot what anyone else thought. Did I look weird in public? Didn’t matter. Couldn’t hold on conversations with public school kids? Didn’t matter.  Was my education on par with the public schools? Didn’t matter. It didn’t matter what anyone else thought …
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I live in the aftermath of my conservative upbringing. I’ve broken legalistic ties, I’ve learned to love people, and I’ve  become more tolerant.  I accept feminism and open-mindedness in other people. Actually I love to meet open-minded individuals. They make me come alive. But when it comes to myself, from time to time, I can’t …
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“Do you want to go to X church Sunday?” a friend asked me today. I just arrived in the states for a hopefully short visit. I have been to 12 different countries since the last time I was in the US, and once again, my friends don’t understand that I have changed a lot since …
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