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October 11th, 2004 - Blue Vues

Oct. 11th, 2004 01:59 am My experience with that nutcase Christian group, part 1

As some of you have probably seen, I was burned--badly--by an off-the-wall Christian group in my freshman year at Carolina. I'd been promising to write about it in greater detail. So here goes everything--at least the first part ...Collapse )

There's more to follow in the next few days ...

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Oct. 11th, 2004 10:57 am My experience with that nutcase Christian group, part 2

When I finally walked out on Waymaker Christian Fellowship in January '97--a few days before the Super Bowl--I felt as if I was starting from zero. They'd taken a lot from me. And the strange thing is that I was one of the last people you'd expect to fall victim to them. Here I was, a journalism major and (at least by North Carolina standards) a radical liberal--and I'd almost been sucked into a hyperconservative, hypercharismatic group. I spent most of the rest of the year and the summer before my sophomore year trying to make sense of how this could have happened. Read more...Collapse )

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Oct. 11th, 2004 12:21 pm My experience with that nutcase Christian group, part 3

When I've told people about my experience with Waymaker, I've been reminded that I need to forgive them. I'm trying ... but boy, it's hard. After all, they stole the first six months of my adult life from me. I'm convinced that they know what they did to me was wrong--after all, in all the time I've spoken out about them, they never once refuted anything I said either in person or on the Web. Ever. But at the same time, they've never come to me even once and said, "We know what we did was wrong, Darrell, and we're sorry." Instead, they responded like a bunch of spoiled and immature kids. The worst came early in my junior year. Read more...Collapse )

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