Three year anniversary: #WhyILeft Fundamentalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fQ0JSImpzM Three years ago yesterday, I left my parents' house. They'd delivered an ultimatum: transfer from UCCS to Bob Jones University or move out. I chose freedom. Last year, my friend Robert told me, "That's one thing I love about you. You're incredibly American, in the most fundamental way. You'd rather be free than comfortable." … Continue reading Three year anniversary: #WhyILeft Fundamentalism

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Why the little purple alien in ‘Home’ is me

I've always known I was weird. An entire table of public school kids crowded around me in driving school, peppering me with questions. I was one of two homeschooled kids in the classroom. Elsie, the other girl, and I later became friends.We both felt like outsiders, but I told my mom later that I felt "like a … Continue reading Why the little purple alien in ‘Home’ is me

The UnBoxing Project: Surviving and thriving on the outside

I came from an upper middle class, well-educated family. I was privileged. I moved out as a college student with a couple of jobs on campus after my parents emptied my savings account. Most of the people that we helped were in similar circumstances. Our counselor friend Sandra, who was in graduate school when I moved … Continue reading The UnBoxing Project: Surviving and thriving on the outside

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: 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