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1. I so appreciate this thread by @ToriGlass (#FF). I believe there is value in this #Exvangelical community we’re building as we work and grow through tensions. I hope we can give each other some grace and take a step back to consider the sources of conflicting trauma responses.
2. Of course, we need to actively work not to elevate white feelings over POC as we do so. We white exvies need to be less fragile about being called out. And we need to recognize how the history of colonialism and white supremacism has given rise to different theologies.
3. Since #Exvangelical really began to become a thing, I and others, like @ToriGlass and @cindy_w_brandt and @brchastain, have advocated for the building of bridges between exvies who leave toxic religion for no religion, and exvies who leave for healthy or better religion.
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.@JosiahMHesse and his friends are undertaking a unique project to tour America and document both evangelical subculture and exvangelical stories. If you’re able, throw a few dollars their way.

gofundme.com/the-unapologet…

#EmptyThePews #SaturdayMotivation #BeingExvangelical
You can learn more about @JosiahMHesse’s brilliant work by reading this interview with him, the latest installment in my Ex-Evangelical Conversations series on #NotYourMissionField:

chrisstroop.com/2018/08/10/ex-…

#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews
And if you will be joining us in Clearwater, FL on September 8 for The Exvangelical Community: Paths, Projects, Prospects, you’ll be able to meet @JosiahMHesse in person.

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Hey #Exvangelical Twitter and those who follow us - little reminder that most people who leave the church also get shunted to the outsides of their own families by a religious belief that real community only exists in Christ, and that’s excruciating. Be kind to each other today.
Even for those whose families have not deliberately shunned or ostracized them (which happens), there is a painful and obvious disconnect. At family gatherings you sit at a table full of people you desperately want to connect with and can’t think of a thing to say.
Can’t talk politics, because even if they aren’t Trump supporters you’ve never heard the word “Democrat“ come out of a Christian’s mouth without it sounding like they are spitting poison. Can’t feminism for the same reason.
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"The notion that there are large numbers of white evangelicals... who are not particularly religious is false."

Amazing how @TheAtlantic and @washingtonpost could get this so wrong! It's almost like they're influenced by confirmation bias!

pewforum.org/2018/07/05/how…

#EmptyThePews
It's also not as if anyone has been asserting otherwise using both data and experience. Not like #Exvangelical folks have been writing things all this time, such as:

chrisstroop.com/2017/05/03/abo…

Oh wait.

#EmptyThePews #WednesdayWisdom #ChurchToo #BeingExvangelical
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I find it very, very difficult to explain where I've been and what I've been through. I adopted the term #exvangelical for myself when I saw so many people who could explain what had happened to themselves & it gave me a way to explain parts of myself.
Often, so much of what happened is contradictory and confusing and when one person can verbalize one part, it helps me understand the whole experience better. I especially feel healing in the tweets of @TenaciousMandy & @hannahpaasch who are able to verbalize things so clearly.
It's nearly impossible to explain to someone the psychosis that revealed itself as religion in my dad or the instability of moving constantly or switching schools, homeschooling, living in a state of constant change or how abuse was allowed and even encouraged by multiple
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1. I'd like to return to @ryanjbell's question of what it means to be #Exvangelical. I suspect that the vast majority of us identifying with the term would agree that there's much more to #BeingExvangelical than dropping a label. But what else do we share? Some thoughts.
2. First off, let me say that no one can speak for all ex-evangelicals, or exvies, as we have come to be known. We do have many overlapping experiences (that are alien and confusing to most Americans) deriving from what @brchastain calls our shared toxic sociocultural heritage.
3. That being said, while some great memoirs and other projects have been out there for years exposing the rot at the core of conservative/white evangelicalism, theocracy rising in the form of Trumpism has galvanized us into forming a more self-conscious and cohesive community.
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