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Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

By now I expected to be a seasoned parish minister, wearing black clergy shirts grown gray from frequent washing. I expected to love the children who hung on my legs after Sunday morning services until they grew up and had children of their own. I even expected to be buried wearing the same red vestments in which I was ordained.

Today those vestments are hanging in the sacristy of an Anglican church in Kenya, my church pension is frozen, and I am as likely to spend Sunday mornings with friendly Quakers, Presbyterians, or Congregationalists as I am with the Episcopalians who remain my closest kin. Some-times I even keep the Sabbath with a cup of steaming Assam tea on my front porch, watching towhees vie for the highest perch in the poplar tree while God watches me. These days I earn my living teaching school, not leading worship, and while I still dream of opening a small restaurant in Clarkesville or volunteering at an eye clinic in Nepal, there is no guarantee that I will not run off with the circus before I am through. This is not the life I planned, or the life I recommend to others. But it is the life that has turned out to be mine, and the central revelation in it for me — that the call to serve God is first and last the call to be fully human — seems important enough to witness to on paper. This book is my attempt to do that.

After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock — Taylor is one of the only professional women in the community — but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing “compassion fatigue” and wonders what exactly God has called her to do. She realizes that in order to keep her faith she may have to leave.

Taylor describes a rich spiritual journey in which God has given her more questions than answers. As she becomes part of the flock instead of the shepherd, she describes her poignant and sincere struggle to regain her footing in the world without her defining collar. Taylor’s realization that this may in fact be God’s surprising path for her leads her to a refreshing search to find Him in new places. Leaving Church will remind even the most skeptical among us that life is about both disappointment and hope — and ultimately, renewal.

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Artsmith, Inc. Women’s Embroidered Jacket BIBLE Basic Information Before Leaving Earth – Medium

Artsmith, Inc. Women’s Embroidered Jacket BIBLE Basic Information Before Leaving Earth – Medium

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The Quiet Reformation: Christians Leaving the Institutional Church

To the Shepherds, and the Scattered Sheep of Israel www.biblegateway.com With so many Christians fleeing from apostasy in today’s American church, where do you point the multitudes to? How can we counsel these ones who have been hurt and burned by a false church? How can we as Christians whether we belong to the Institutional Church or not, show them love and compassion? This video will cover those questions as best I can and much more, how Christians are leaving IC’s and going into aberrant teachings and cultic groups who are leading them farther away from Christ and godliness. Check out my blog where I cover these topics and more: setfreefromtheic.wordpress.com
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SoulOfAmerica Showcases the Gullah Islands and their African Heritage — Experience the Sites, Sounds and Tastes of Africa without Leaving the States

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) June 16, 2005

SoulOfAmerica.com announces a guide to the historically significant Gullah Islands in South Carolina. Once home to African slaves, this Atlantic coastal region still brims with the culture of the Motherland. The Gullah area consists of more than a dozen islands in addition to sections of coastal plains in the Carolinas.

The online destination guide, at [http://www.soulofamerica.com/resorts/gullah.html , explores Gullah culture in towns such as Beaufort, St. Helena Island, Bluffton, Hampton, Hilton Head Island, Daufauskie Island and Georgetown. Find out where to savor food laced with the spicy flavors of Africa, witness weavers transforming sweetgrass into exquisite baskets, admire quilters using a “long-strip” technique to create masterpieces of fabric art and hear storytellers bringing Gullah’s history to life. Visit and learn about “Praise Houses,” small sacred buildings in which slaves worshiped and conducted ancestral ceremonies.

“This region is a true national treasure, especially for African Americans,” said Thomas Dorsey, publisher of SoulOfAmerica.com. “Nowhere else within the United States can you immerse yourself in such authentic and rich African culture and history. The Gullah Islands enable us to experience the triumphs and challenges of those who came before us.”

The guide provides a history of the Gullah people and their language, the latter being a combination of many African dialects, and information about the area’s lively heritage festivals. Also included are historical sites, art galleries, museums, churches and music venues that pulsate with the rhythms of Africa.

First publishing to travelers in 1994, SoulOfAmerica.com provides extensive destination guides and photographs of such subjects as Family Travel, Cruises, Spas, Holiday Travel, Black History Month and International Destinations, including Paris and the Caribbean. Black travel experts are also available for interviews and for referrals to other black travel resources. “SoulOfAmerica.com” is the DBA name and “Soul Of America” is a trademark of Soul Of America Travel, Inc.

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