The Convert Series

  1. Hi, Tamelonie! Can you tell me a little bit about your religious background growing up, as well as an overview of what atheism/agnosticism means to you now?

    I am a Black woman who grew up attending African American Southern Baptist and Church of Christ congregations. Atheism is usually judged and assigned as a lack of faith which I view as being very narrow.

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  2. Hi Kellee! Can you tell me a little bit about your religious background growing up?

    I consider my relationship with Christianity brainwashing, which may sound severe, but it felt that extreme to me. We attended an Assemblies of God/non-denominational church for a while, but my family is devoutly Black Southern Baptist.

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  3. Hi, Mallory! I'm a longtime reader, and have greatly enjoyed the Convert Series as I've been navigating my own relationship with faith over the past year. I just became a Bahá'í tonight, and I don't think you've talked to anyone making that particular journey. If you're interested, I'd enjoy taking about my experience.

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  4. Jadai Bergolla Echevarría Alonso is an emerging fiction writer and personal essayist whose topics of interest include Latinx-American rights, the Latinx diaspora, feminism, human rights, and diversity in media. She is left-handed and really wants the world to know that left-handed scissors are a damn joke. She also spiritually identifies with Oscar Isaac's mustache.

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  5. Amy Mihyang Ginther is a professor at UC Santa Cruz. She is founder and owner of Vocal Context, where she runs workshops that empower women and people of color in their communication skills. She has contributed to Transracial Eyes and Modern Loss. Amy does not live with her two cats and wants to know if you're gonna eat that.

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  6. I grew up in Utah County, Utah, where the population is 75% Mormon. My family was staunchly LDS and I was a good, card-carrying LDS girl until I was 22, and then I formally left the church (submitted a letter in writing to have my name removed from the records, although I am certain they just moved my name to a black folder in a filing cabinet that's on fire).

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  7. Hi, Emily! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself before we get started?

    Here's some quick summary info:
    - Emily, 32, trans (I am a literal infant when it comes to being a woman, only two months old!!), gay
    - Grandparents and extended family are all fairly religious (I think everyone is Lutheran), though neither my parents or my mom's siblings are particularly religious.

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  8. Both my parents don't believe in God, so I was raised as an atheist. We had a Christmas tree, but my parents were definitely upfront about the fact that they thought religions weren't true. I was the kid who worked to get us to stop doing a toy drive for Samaritan's Purse (which uses the toys to evangelize to poor children). I still think that's a wildly inappropriate charity for a public school.

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  9. Neither of my parents spoke much about their faith. My father, who grew up in Paris, was raised Catholic and had been an altar boy. He occasionally spoke to my brother and me about his belief in God but he was profoundly anti-clerical and did not want us to go to church or to receive a religious education.

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  10. I grew up Catholic -- all my dad's siblings have saint's names, and my Nana refused to speak to my mum for a while after my brother was born because she spelled Mathew with one t so it didn't count as a saint's name. This is what happens when Irish and Italian Catholics marry each other.

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  11. I like talking with people who have changed religions. Here is one of them. Previously: Aadita Chaudhury. Can you tell me a little bit about your religious background growing up? Did your parents talk much about their own faith, or take you to any religious services? When do you first remember being aware of the concept of God, and what did you think of it? I grew up very Catholic. My mother's side was Irish and…

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  12. Previously: Kima Jones. Can you tell me a little bit about your religious background growing up? Did your parents talk much about their own faith, or take you to any religious services? When do you first remember being aware of the concept of God, and what did you think of it? My family is from the West Bengal state in India. My parents' religious background, strictly speaking is Hinduism, but that does not quite…

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  13. I like talking with people who have changed religions. Here is one of them.  Kima Jones is a poet and a book publicist in LA that I met through Roxane Gay at a reading about a year ago. She always wears the most incredible lipstick, and her writing gives me the shivers. I knew she'd become a Muslim as a young woman, and I'd also been giving a lot of thought to the process of religious…

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