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Laura Berol lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and belongs to the Open Door Presbyterian Church in nearby Herndon. Her essays have appeared in the Bi Women newsletter.

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Apr 22, 2014

I grew up in the church and prayed the sinner's prayer at least a dozen times between age six and sixth grade. As someone who grew up in the church, I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering how much my life has been shaped by my parents' religion. With a different upbringing, I might have gravitated toward other friends and activities. I might have lived in other places, done other work, held other ideals and pursued other goals. I might have been a very different person.

Dec 13, 2013

Each Thanksgiving and Christmas during college, I returned to the home of my childhood, the stable-turned-summer-cottage where my parents had begun their family together. My first chore on arriving would be to empty the Tupperware of refrigerated fuzz and discard the rolled oats webbed with meal moth larvae.

Edible food was scarce in that house, as were, in the winter, light and heat.

Oct 31, 2013

When I was in college, a friend asked how I as a Christian viewed her as a lesbian. I told her that I didn’t think of her any differently than I did of other non-Christians because I believed any life not based on the Lord Jesus Christ was sinful and destructive.

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