I wasn't allowed to be a Girl Scout. I really wanted to be a Girl Scout. I wasn't allowed to take my Harry Potter books to church to read while my Papa worked in his office and Nana practiced the organ. I wasn't allowed to dress up as a ghost, witch, devil, or anything else scary. I was told yoga was sinful. Because they pray regardless of faith. Because people think they're teaching you devil worship. Because someone might see and they might talk. Because it's a heathen religion.
A number of years ago, a friend saw a waterproof Bible, requested it for the next holiday, and received it. Everyone applauded this friend, saying how godly and good it is to want a Bible for a gift, to hunger for the Word so deeply that one wishes to read it even in the shower, … Continue reading Stumbling over Bibles (Religious Talk Tuesday)
You know what's weird? No one used to ask me the awkward questions because I was obviously awkward enough. "Do you have a boyfriend?" Not once. "When are you going to get married?" Nope. Once, a near-family member said to me, "You know, getting married is something you should really think about doing," in her … Continue reading “We’re not taking requests.” (Whatever Wednesday)
I was going to write about my hair. My hair, which has sheltered me from so much, which has hidden my face when I'm ashamed, which has been my security blanket since I finally stopped carrying my beloved Blawnklie around. Besides the time I grabbed the bathroom scissors at age three, I have never deliberately … Continue reading From scars into sunshine
I don't think I've ever talked to anyone who has a positive memory of "the talk." Most people I know were never even sat down for one. Those who did have it have been lucky enough to block out the memories to the desired fuzziness. I know of guys who were given a descriptive talk whose … Continue reading Whatever Wednesday: The Talk
Let's talk about discomfort. And beliefs. And how faith can change. All Lutherans (at least all of the ones in the WELS and probably other synods, too), go through what is most often referred to as "Catechism class" before being confirmed in the faith and made a communicant member of a congregation. Nowadays, there are sped … Continue reading Religious Talk Tuesday: Marcus Borg
Growing up part of a very reserved, small-but-corporate Lutheran church body, one of the ideas of which I was all but unaware of until my late teens was that of a testimony. When I learned the term and listened to a few online and on television, I felt confused and left out because, unlike mainstream media-based Christianity, … Continue reading Religious Talk Tuesday: My Testimony