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Reflections in the Silver Cup

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

A PART OF THE BODY





I was born and raised in the Christian Reformed Church. My parents were missionaries in the Navajo Nation. As a passionate believer, I witnessed to my playmates and started begging to take communion when I was seven because I had asked Jesus into my heart. I expected that God would one day call me to serve. When I was sixteen, two women at Rehoboth Mission were discovered to be lovers and were expelled. A year earlier, I’d had a romantic relationship with my best friend, which confirmed something I’d sensed for a long time about who I was. I was terrified, thinking that I, too, might be expelled from the church that had cradled me and nurtured my spiritual growth, the church I loved.

Within two months of what happened to those two women, I became what would today be a statistic. I tried for the first time to kill myself. Studies Read More 
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TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Part IV



My interview with Tina appears in four parts, to be followed by a piece on a painting of hers that hangs in my living room. In Part IV she talks about a transformative past life regression, about her training as an art therapist, and her current spiritual practices.

“You’ve said that you still believe in God. How do you perceive God now?” I asked.

“I want to tell you about this because I was really confused about this priest, and about when people say something that I think is BS. Usually I don’t speak a lot about my faith. But a long time ago a woman offered me a regression. My question was, ‘Why do I feel I belong in the Church, but in my own way?’

“So I came to this past life. I don’t know if it’s true, but Read More 
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