Monday, October 22, 2012

Work, Cults and Cats

I took a blogging nap. Completely unintentional, it lasted over 3 weeks.  I guess I was tired?

Sunrise view at DIA last week

I started a new job last week, so I've been expending a lot of mental energy into saying goodbyes, packing, and focusing on my home office nook renovation.  After 6.5 years, I had a lot of stuff and friends to address.  Funnily enough, I'm moving on to work with a previous coworker of mine.  And so we meet again and I'm very happy about that.

Then there was this in the news: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/sovereign-grace-ministries-child-abuse_n_1974568.html.  I don't know if you remember this post from me, but suffice it to say that the plot has thickened. I'm wrapping my head around the idea that I grew up in a highly functioning cult (I say high functioning because it operated in plain daylight, coexisting, however tenuously, with the outside world).  I jokingly had used the word cult previously, but when I consider the evidence and how it has affected my life, I think it just may be true.  Or maybe I've been watching too many Big Love episodes? Whatever the case may be, I want to make it clear that I do nor have any affiliation with Sovereign Grace Ministries (formerly People of Destiny), and highly recommend against their brand of theology.  I left over 10 years ago amid concerns that I wasn't pursuing godly womanhood because I was going out of state to college (which was a relatively easy path of separation compared to what the plaintiffs in the lawsuit dealt with).  I didn't realize the full impact of my departure maybe until this week.  I don't think I was even that purposeful about leaving.  I just sortof went to college and never looked back.  My theological beliefs were rebuilt from the ground up in the meantime.  Now I can see how that one brave decision to remove myself geographically from the hold made all the difference.  I escaped.

And so this autumn has represented a new start for me. I'm moving on and I have some delightful Ollie videos in the queue to help me do it! Check back later this week for some cat youtube goodness!

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