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Baptism isn’t brainwashing; op-ed on what brought about the religious conversion of a gay, liberal, open-minded man to Christianity

Baptism isn’t brainwashing; op-ed on what brought about the religious conversion of a gay, liberal, open-minded man to Christianity

Writing for the Guardian, Jonathan Elliott explores his identity, and talks about converting to Christianity in his 30s. Despite years as a self-proclaimed crusading atheist, Elliott discerned a faith behind the anger he felt towards religion, and began looking for a church denomination where he could explore his faith.

From the op-ed:

Then, in 2013, I took a job as communications director for the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey. I spent my twenties working in not-for-profit arts communications, and I figured those skills would transfer to another sector. They did, but I also found that the church had the openness, diversity and the clear sense of tradition I sought. It was also strongly inclusive of the LGBTQ community, and welcomed both women and men as clergy members. If Christianity was one big high school lunchroom, Episcopalians would be the awesome nerdfighters at the table in the corner, passionately debating all aspects of their faith with one another.

It’s a beautiful short essay about why one person converted and what they found in the Episcopal Church. Does his story resonate with you? Have you or others you’ve known come to TEC through a similar path?

Posted by David Streever

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