Religious PTSD

Research suggests that "spiritual struggle" - including "Punishing God Reappraisal," "Reappraisal of God's Powers," and "Spiritual Discontent" - may be a mediating factor between trauma and PTSD symptoms. Social-cognitive theorists postulate that PTSD symptoms result from trauma that shatters one’s basic assumptions about the invulnerability of the self and the safety of the world (Janoff-Bulman,... Continue Reading →

Safe?

I'm not sure that anything good in life is safe. Love. Courage. Action. Progress. Honesty. Sacrifice. Hope. Liberation. To offer anything valuable to the world is to be vulnerable to attacks, to misunderstanding. To love is to risk losing that love or being disappointed by it. To be bold and courageous is to be exposed... Continue Reading →

No Time to Dine

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come. Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I... Continue Reading →

“Sanctification”

"Yes, Jesus hung out with broken, messed-up people, but he didn't leave them that way." This is often the response we hear to the argument that Jesus is near and not far off from the sorts of people rejected by ancient or modern religion - tax collectors, drunkards, sinners. This response is something I struggle... Continue Reading →

Albatross of Shame

Only in very recent years - even months - have I begun to recognize the degree to which organized religion still affects my ability to overcome chronic shame - even as I consider myself currently severed from organized religion. Growing up, I was surrounded by the spoken and unspoken messages of fundamentalist organized religion. Of... Continue Reading →

A Long, Deep, Dark Valley

Right now, I'm at a very low place in my life. Five adults living in one house with nearly no income, three of us in particular (all the ladies) suffering from chronic illness - extreme fatigue, pain, and/or faintness. Limited vehicles or money for transportation from our rural home to visit friends in the city.... Continue Reading →

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