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Hey Nicole! This article sparked the community manager in me. Now, I feel inspired to get outside my introverted self and start connecting with my coworkers. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on How to Create Culture in a Cultureless Company
Thanks for posting the Twitter chat here on the blog, so I could "catch up" afterwards. I really enjoyed connecting with many of those who participated in the chat because you connected to their Twitter handles. Thanks, Tim and CMGR Team!
2 years, 5 months ago on Social Media Compliance, Regulation, and Disclosure
@tamcdonald Excited about your announcement about where the future of community management is going. C-Suite? Here we come!
2 years, 5 months ago on Are You Empowered?
Thanks for posting the replay of the hangout, since I'm always in a social team meeting during this time slot. Watching now, Tim! :)
@SuziShumaker Awww...I appreciate your congrats! Love to share these happy moments with my online buds. :)
2 years, 8 months ago on M.E. Anders Said Yes: Newly Engaged!
@SweetLifeMommy Thanks so much for the support here on my blog and from the Triberr community. You rock! :)
@BeckyRamsey Thanks so much - yep, that maxi dress is from your store!! :)
@Julie Glover Thanks, Julie! I hope you are also doing well this summer with your writing. Any progress with your books and agents?
@tcarter Thanks for chiming in! I also believe that Barb's post was a beautiful reminder about how precious we are, instead of how we fall short of perfection. Barb is an amazingly gifted writer with such a heart for those who have endured such traumatic religious psychological abuse. She continues to help so many of us to heal from the past and embrace our future. :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Dr. Barb on Religious Roots: Sinner or King’s Kid?
@Cindy Swanson Hey Cindy! Thanks so much for sharing your review link about this memoir. It sounds like a fascinating book - one I added to my TBR pile. Have a great week! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Crooked Cross: Journey Out Of Spiritual Abuse – Starred Memoir Review
@finallyfree I am so sorry that you experienced such trauma with your education, as well. I was homeschooled for a couple years, and the remainder of my schooling happened in Hyles' Christian School (with a brief stint at Fairhaven Academy - eek!) I remember Commonwealth's being the "rejects" college for HAC drop-outs, unfortunately. Weird how that worked, eh?
How are you doing now on your journey towards freedom after those three painful situations that sparked your exit?
2 years, 9 months ago on My Deconversion Story: Losing My Education
@lionhous Thanks for chiming in. I agree that religious materials should not be imposed on employees in the workplace. One of the issues I also had with this book was the lack of evidence for any of his claims. It was just a personal essay, and should be viewed in that light (if at all).
See you around the blog! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on The Four Agreements: Ancient Wisdom or Hogwash?
@ShadowGalleryV I would agree with you, too!
2 years, 10 months ago on Types of Cults
@farmhand Thanks for your input and the email you sent me this week! I look forward to connecting more with you on this topic. Support is VITAL when we are facing traumatic situations or possible mental illness.
2 years, 10 months ago on Reality Checks for Mental Health
@farmhand This type of trauma can be extremely intense. I would be more than willing to discuss this with you via email (email@example.com), instead of in the comments section, if you would prefer. I also have several different resources and contacts, who might be of help. Just let me know! Thanks so much for sharing.
2 years, 10 months ago on Can Religion Be Bad For Kids?
@farmhand I know the feeling. I still wonder about my first love on a daily basis - what might have been. Thanks for your comment on the other post, as well. I would enjoy discussing things further. Always feel free to email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. All the best!
2 years, 10 months ago on My Deconversion Story: Leaving My Man Behind
@BeckyRamsey @Mindi Ramsey Thanks for jumping into the conversation! Barb had so many insights for recovering Christians - was amazed by her approach and wisdom.
2 years, 10 months ago on Secrets of Spiritual Abuse Recovery with Dr. Barb
@randyw Sure thing, Randy! Because the server was down, we probably did not have as many readers as normal, unfortunately. Thanks so much!
2 years, 11 months ago on Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne: A Controversial Analysis
@DanErickson Hi Dan! Thanks so much for commenting and connecting with me about your experience within a cult. I would love to feature you, your book, and your blog on my site, since I think my readers would find it fascinating. Feel free to connect with me about it (if interested) through emailing me - email@example.com. Look forward to chatting with you soon!
2 years, 11 months ago on Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Singer – Psychology Book Review
@blisshabits Thanks so much for dropping by the blog and chiming in! I will definitely enjoy checking out your story...I always am fascinated by other people's journeys to rationality. :) BTW - your blog posts are always uplifting and put a smile of encouragement on my face, too.
2 years, 11 months ago on My Deconversion Story: Coming Out as an Atheist
@TheGodlessMonster Yes, it does change the whole meaning - no worries! Thanks for the correction. We "deconverts" gotta' stick together. :) You're such an awesome supporter - appreciate the comments and shout-outs!
@superd So true! Glad to "meet" you virtually and connect about our prior experiences with FBC in Hammond. Isn't the freedom of not believing in a God exhilarating. Once I stopped having to rationalize away the evidence to force faith to become logical, I felt a weight fall away. Good luck to you in your wonderful life! :)
2 years, 11 months ago on My Deconversion Story: Asking the Hard Questions
@TheGodlessMonster I know the feeling! I am thoroughly loving my single life. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Going Solo: The Extraordinary Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
@ShadowGalleryV Thanks so much for chiming in here, April. Reading your comment made my morning! Yes, writing it all out is extremely therapeutic for me. Writing is the optimal method for me to process the past, present, and future.
I miss being nearby to hang out with you, but I'll send "virtual hugs" your way. :)
3 years ago on My Deconversion Story: Leaving My Man Behind
@ShadowGalleryV We love you, too, April! :)
3 years ago on Multi-Dimensional Writer Interview and Cult Survivor: Carol Welch
@KamelAlboaouh Yes, I will be explaining more of the ideological side of my story in upcoming posts in this series. I also discuss some of them in my podcast episodes here: http://mindi.authormeanders.com/category/psychpod-studio/ You can scan through the topics to see which you might be most interested in.
Always feel free to ask me any specific questions that you may have. Best wishes, Kamel!
3 years ago on My Deconversion Story: Exploring My Religion
@ShadowGalleryV Yes, I'm adjusting to my new place, and I LOVE it here! I would agree that the leaders try to keep you in their bubble, or you will be a threat to the other members and their ministries. I'm glad we are both free from all that mess.
@BritanniKayWorstell Thanks for chiming in. So, you were kicked out of the movement? I could not fathom how traumatizing that would be. I am THRILLED that you found a church where you are free to worship a loving God. For many of us, that is a key to our healing process. Keep us posted on your journey! :)
@ShadowGalleryV Sounds great! We can always schedule a time to chat to be sure our schedules mesh up. Miss you too!
3 years ago on My Deconversion Story: Asking the Hard Questions
@ShadowGalleryV Glad to hear from you via phone and on the blog! I sent you a text back, but did not know if you had texting on your phone. Regardless, hope you are doing well!
@oneperson You are always such an encouragement, Carol! Thanks for being brave enough to tell your story as well. I find it inspiring that you continue to support us new-kids-on-the-block to the ex-cultees. :)
3 years ago on My Deconversion Story: Losing My Education
Merideth Rhyne Mintz from Facebook says, "Okay. I know this is weird, and I have waited and pondered on commenting. Oddly enough, when I googled Ethan Hill and looked at blogs, I found a middle school blog site with "words from our friend Ethan Hill" as one of the blog posts. Clicked on it, hoping to find this Ethan, and found another polar opposite! So coincidental that I had to share it. Not posting the link because it is disgusting to me. The Ethan Hill here, however, is wise beyond his years indeed. Very interesting blogs. Will continue to read them. Thanks for the the information and I hope he succeeds in all he does!"
3 years ago on A Child’s Fear of Eternal Damnation
Janet Sinelli from Facebook says, "Ethan: find a warm family with a sympathetic ear. Surely you must know a friend or acquaintance who shares your views. You do not need to put up with this. Are there laws in your state that would enable you to become an emancipated minor and legally disconnect from your abusers? Make some space between your theologically blind parents and yourself."
@michaelo Thanks for sharing your experience, Michael. You and your story have been so encouraging to me as I attempt to process my fundie background. You have a gift for connecting with people - me included. Yes - we have both embraced critical thinking despite the barriers. Hurray for skepticism! :)
3 years, 1 month ago on My Deconversion Story: Losing My Education
@opheliag24 My experience is so similar to yours! I also read my Bible and prayed about my doubts before I just could not make the facts add up in favor of Christianity. You are right - you cannot "just ask God to show you." Belief is not something you can conjure up on demand.
Kamel - Thanks so much for your in-depth comment. I always enjoy hearing your opinions and getting to know more about your background here and on Facebook!
3 years, 1 month ago on Does God Matter To You?
@alexandraamor Thanks for the comment! It's so great to hear from you here on the blog. It does sound that we have a lot in common. Yes, you would completely understand how devastating it is to walk away from a relationship and a cult at the same time. In the end, it's what set us both free. Yippee! :)
3 years, 1 month ago on My Deconversion Story: Leaving My Man Behind
@Mompreneurmogul Awww...thanks! Yes, feel free to keep me in your prayers, and I'll continue sending positive thoughts your way. :)
@Mompreneurmogul Thanks for leaving such an in-depth comment. I have really enjoyed connecting with you on Triberr, as well. :)
I am glad that you have found peace and happiness in your belief system, though I am obviously on the opposite side of the spectrum after growing up in Christianity for twenty years and graduating from Christian College with my Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree. Studying the Bible in-depth either cements a person's faith or tears it down. Though I did not want to become "one of those atheists," I did so reluctantly after researching the evidence for my belief system.
I wish you all the best as we both strive to make the world a better place. :) Cheers!
@tvpikachu Thanks for chiming in, Tristan, about your viewpoint on the topic. Good point - discussions about belief are most likely more meaningful. I will explore that issue in future episodes.
@Julie Glover Thanks for the comment, Julie. It actually is more stimulating to be matched up with someone who sees religion and belief from a different angle. The man I ended up marrying thinks much differently from me in spiritual matters, which has made for some thought-provoking discussions. I'm glad you yourself married a wonderful thinking man! :)
@christen8 Thanks for your comment. It's always exciting to connect with other people like us, who have deconverted. I also feel that my story was more a "waking-up to reality" story than a falling away from the faith. I am thrilled for you that you enjoy your life more so now. Living outside the dogma is exciting and wonderful. Feel free to comment on any of the upcoming episodes!
3 years, 1 month ago on My Deconversion Story: Asking the Hard Questions
@Dhara Mistry Thanks for the clarification. I had been wondering about the pts. system. I have been thoroughly impressed with LiveFyres customer service. Your team rocks! :)
3 years, 1 month ago on Bible Satire Series Launch with Brad Snowder!
@Phoenix2012 I think the points next to your name simply shows how many times you have posted with LiveFyre. That's my best guess. :D
@Phoenix2012 Thanks for the feedback. I'll pass your suggestion along to our contributor, Brad Snowder.
@BritanniKayWorstell Thanks for chiming in that you also were a part of the same cult. It's comforting to realize we are not the only ones out there who have been affected and are in the recovery process. Feel free to comment any time!
@Julie Glover That's interesting that you also are familiar with Hassan's work. You're definitely in the right type of church - yippee! I have encountered several really good churches during my exploration phase. Yours would probably be one I'd recommend. :)
3 years, 1 month ago on What’s the Difference Between a Religion and a Cult?
@oneperson Awww...thanks for the support, Carol. You do so much to bring awareness to religious abuse and cult issues. Thanks for everything!
@Julie Glover Yes, that totally makes sense, Julie. I really appreciate your taking the time to explain your college experience. It sounds like such a positive time in your life. Your professors seem to have challenged you in a good way.
I think we all do a lot of our own searching. Wherever those conclusions lead, it's most important that they lead us to be better human beings. That's key to a happy and fulfilled life, at least from my mere 25 years of living. :)
@Julie Glover Thanks for sharing your perspective as a preacher's kid. I always looked up to the PKs in our churches when I was a teen. That's good news that your Christian college supported the idea of searching for yourself. "I don't know," is sometimes the wisest answer, also refreshing.
I would be curious whether your professors encouraged you to ever put Christianity itself on trial. I wonder how they dealt with those students who lost their faith or belief after studying it.
I always enjoy getting your thoughts on this topic, Julie. :)