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1. Hey all, I try not to make these appeals too often, but I'm going to thread some of my recent achievements and ask you to support me via @Patreon, if you value my work and can afford to pay even just a few dollars a month for it:

patreon.com/cstroop

#FridayMotivation
@Patreon 2. I need your help to remain a full-time writer, speaker, commentator, and advocate, because as of yet, at least, those things bring in some money, but not enough to pay the bills.

First on the list of recent accomplishments of course is the #EmptyThePews anthology:
@Patreon 3. Most of you are aware that I coedited this essay collection with @laureneoneal, and that we worked on it for years to bring the project to fruition

amazon.com/gp/product/194…

What you may not know is that royalties will be paid quarterly and almost certainly won't pay the bills
@Patreon @laureneoneal 4. Making note of that is not meant to be disparaging of the publisher in any way. Epiphany has been wonderful to work with. This is just the reality of #writerslife. If the book surprisingly sells magnitudes of order more copies than expected, great, but yeah...

#EmptyThePews
@Patreon @laureneoneal 5. I've devoted a lot of my time since the book's release to promoting it as part of my broader efforts to try to shift the national conversation around religion.

If America can't face the facts that religion isn't inherently benign and that Christianity can be authoritarian...
@Patreon @laureneoneal 6. Then I don't think we have a future as a democracy. White evangelicals are an overwhelmingly right-wing authoritarian demographic, and the Christian Right is the single greatest threat to human rights in America today.

Anyway, I've been doing a number of podcasts lately
@Patreon @laureneoneal 7. In my podcast appearances, I advocate for a seat at the table for informed critics of right-wing Christianity and survivors of abusive religion in our elite public sphere.

Last month, @laureneoneal and I were on @crooked_friends with @anamariecox:

crooked.com/podcast/the-gi…
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox 8. In the coming weeks, look for me on @Alyssa_Milano's @sorrynotsorry, and for both me and @laureneoneal on @SethAndrewsTTA's @ThinkingAtheist.

I was also featured on the latest episode of @Slate's @realTrumpcast with @page88:

podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/los…

#FridayMotivation
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 9. This fall, I did some public speaking, e.g. on the harm Christian schools do at @AmishFoundation's second annual conference.

I also led a workshop at @ashleymeaster's Courage Conference about building bridges b/w believers and nonbelievers from abusive Christian backgrounds.
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster 10. I also participated in Interfaith Week at the University of North Florida, spoke with students in one of @julieingersoll's (#FF) religious studies classes, and was part of a panel discussion and screening of the documentary Deconstructing My Religion:

@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll 11. Only one of these speaking engagements paid beyond covering the travel. I again say this not to disparage anyone; I did the unpaid events because I strongly believe in their causes.

But supporting good causes does not pay the bills. Just sayin'

patreon.com/cstroop
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll 12. I'm also getting back to doing some writing. I almost never write for free any more, but most freelance writing doesn't pay very much.

I'm proud of this piece I wrote for @Convo_ist in November, and I look forward to working with them again this year

conversationalist.org/2019/11/14/if-…
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll @Convo_ist 13. And just yesterday I published a new piece for @RNS, my first time writing for them, making a case for the inclusion of religious trauma experts and survivors of hardline Christianity in our national conversations about religion:

religionnews.com/2020/01/29/giv…

#EmptyThePews
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll @Convo_ist @RNS 14. My blog, Not Your Mission Field, has been quiet for a while, but I have ideas percolating, so keep your eyes peeled for new content there.

I'm also pleased to announce that I will soon be writing for @RDispatches regularly again

#FridayMotivation #Exvangelical
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll @Convo_ist @RNS @RDispatches 15. Oh, don't want to forget to mention one of the most fun things I got to do recently, going on @SecularSex with @AuthorConfusion and Christy Powell!

I may be appearing on their show again soon, so be on the lookout for that:



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@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll @Convo_ist @RNS @RDispatches @SecularSex @AuthorConfusion 16. My work also involves a lot of behind the scenes networking and cultivating relationships with editors, journalists, etc.

Sometimes I have to fight not to have my voice watered down in a piece. Sometimes after years of being in touch, a journalist covers ex-evangelicals.
@Patreon @laureneoneal @crooked_friends @anamariecox @Alyssa_Milano @sorrynotsorry @SethAndrewsTTA @ThinkingAtheist @Slate @realTrumpcast @page88 @AmishFoundation @ashleymeaster @julieingersoll @Convo_ist @RNS @RDispatches @SecularSex @AuthorConfusion 17. If you've read this summary of what I do and agree it's worth supporting, would you please consider throwing a few dollars a month my way or whatever you can spare?

Tweeting out my Patreon and word of mouth recommendations also help a lot! Thanks!

patreon.com/cstroop
PS. @laureneoneal and I also recorded for a new episode of @exvangelicalpod with @brchastain just the other night! It’s always fun to talk with both of them so I’m really looking forward to that coming out.

Also, welcome new followers! This thread should give you a sense of me
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