How ‘The Village’ illustrates isolated, fear-based homeschooling

I grew up in the Village. The first time I watched M. Night Shyamalan's 2004 film, my head hurt and one of my roommates asked me if I was okay. I didn't have words. Sometimes I find those books, those films that resonate so strongly with my own experience, that the bittersweet rush of knowing … Continue reading How ‘The Village’ illustrates isolated, fear-based homeschooling

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The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Eleanor’s thoughts)

When we started helping people move out, we learned that getting out and finding freedom is messy, and everyone's situation is different. When someone contacted us for help, we said that they went "active." It's like being on call for an emergency move 24/7. They'll tell us the situation is deteriorating, but we don't know it's going … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Eleanor’s thoughts)

The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Cynthia’s thoughts)

Here are Cynthia's concluding thoughts. Rescuing people from cults is not an item to check off of a to-do list. It's a process. While we worked together on the Unboxing Project, we learned this through our own exhausted time and money. We didn't just need to free people from church attendance and their abusive, controlling … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: How you can help (Cynthia’s thoughts)

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

The UnBoxing Project: Options, not ultimatums

Aaron and the rest of us moved Ashley out of her parents' house. This is his perspective. It's hard when someone you care about is stuck in an abusive environment. It's worse when you feel like you could and should be helping them to get out of said abusive environment. Unfortunately, that's often not up … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Options, not ultimatums