The UnBoxing Project: Gissel’s story

In July 2014, Ashley came over to my apartment to visit one Saturday morning. Then Ashley got a text message from Gissel, one of her friends from the Pentecostal church she'd left six months ago. "Hey, can you come pick me up? My dad kinda went crazy and kicked me out. I dont have anywhere … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Gissel’s story

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The UnBoxing Project: Ashley’s story

This is Ashley's story. Content note: victim-blaming, religious manipulation. Do you know what it's like when You're scared to see yourself? Do you know what it's like when You wish it were someone else Who didn't need your help to get by? Do you know what it's like To wanna surrender? I don't wanna feel … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Ashley’s story

The UnBoxing Project: The trouble with freeing people

Continued from Being an angel with a shotgun. "Eleanor, does your church teach the doctrine of pastoral authority?" my friend Racquel asked. She was waiting with me in the classroom for my Organic Chemistry review session to start. "What is that exactly?" Racquel attended an apostolic Pentecostal church in Colorado Springs that taught a person … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: The trouble with freeing people