Help a fundamentalism escapee, human trafficking survivor and single mom get a car + restart her life

Some of you probably know about my 19-year-old friend who recently escaped a human trafficking situation back in January.  She's also an escapee from fundamentalism. She's now trying to start her life over with an almost one-year-old baby while going through the legal process of an ongoing law enforcement investigation. I helped her report everything … Continue reading Help a fundamentalism escapee, human trafficking survivor and single mom get a car + restart her life

Unfundamentalist Thoughts: What does it mean when Christians say ‘our joy is not based on this world’?

It only takes a few words to send me back. Certain phrases set me off. It can be something simple, so common that most Christians wouldn't even notice it. But those words meant something else in the fundamentalist cult I grew up in. I go to a not-crazy church now because it's helped me heal … Continue reading Unfundamentalist Thoughts: What does it mean when Christians say ‘our joy is not based on this world’?

Here’s why I blocked the Babylon Bee from my newsfeed

Originally written on February 17, 2017. I've hidden all posts from the Babylon Bee from my newsfeed and blocked their page. And why, you ask? Is having a Christian version of The Onion with Calvinist undertones offensive? Do I just think poking fun at church subculture is too sacrilegious? Nope, those aren't my reasons. Here's … Continue reading Here’s why I blocked the Babylon Bee from my newsfeed

Homeschool graduate explains her childhood fascination with community journalism

Editor's note: I originally wrote this Q&A for the newspaper where I worked right after college. This column never made it into print, but I loved the interview so much that I'm posting it here, thanks to a suggestion from one of my journalism professors.  Julia Kitchen has been reading local news since she was … Continue reading Homeschool graduate explains her childhood fascination with community journalism