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Your Suggestions on My Module 2 Angle

Dear Mentors and Correspondents,

I have been doing a lot of thinking concerning the second assignment. I have seen women undergo torture and I have been suppressed too in different ways.However, the greatest thing I have had to struggle with as a woman has been freedom of worship. My family's resistance to my choice of church was one fight in my life that I can not forget in a hurry. And this is the story of many other girls/women who choose to worship in different churches here in Cameroon.

I would love to hear the opinion of the Mentors and my fellow correspondents concerning this topic. I would also love to hear your thoughts on the angle from which I will write the story.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

Love,
Precious

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Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Dear Precious!

. . . this is a subject of particular interest to me, as I am a recently ordained Interfaith minister. Interfaith is considered a bridge between all religions, and an acceptance of them on some level (I accept all the good, kind facets of all religions, but there are lots of antiquated, cruel beliefs to which I do not subscribe).

At any rate, I think this choice of subject would be excellent, because I think it's slightly unusual, as far as WP assignment subjects go. (I could be wrong, but I haven't read any pieces on this subject during my 4-year tenure with WP.

This is an age-old issue, of course, and yet one that continues to cause strife in our current world.

As for an angle . . . h-m-m-m-m . . . I think one possibility would be to base the article upon the exact reasons you stated above: "I have seen women undergo torture and I have been suppressed too in different ways.However, the greatest thing I have had to struggle with as a woman has been freedom of worship." That, in itself, is a compelling, strong and intriguing angle.

With Support,

(Reverend) Sarah !

Precious M's picture

So you are a Reverend!

Dear Sarah,

Congratulations on your ordination. I would love to hear about about Interfaith. Sounds like a whole new thing to me.

I have not also seen articles about religious worship so I may be raising eyebrows on an issue that many have been silent on.

I love the suggestion concerning an angle. Thank you so much for the support.

Regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture

Interfaith

Hello, Again, Precious,

To address your question about Interfaith : A year ago I was ordained, in New York City, by the oldest Interfaith seminary in the world. 'Old' in this case only means about 34 years, but Interfaith seminary education was a new concept then. Interfaith has many definitions, and one is that while the practitioner/minister learns to accept other faiths, she/he does not need to relinquish or change her own religious beliefs or upbringing.

So! I was brought up in the Protestant Christian faith, but I don't buy into all aspect of any single religion. I feel that all major religions have their good aspects, but they all have facets that I, personally, cannot buy into. THe reason for studying Interfaith is so that when I am ministering -- I don't have a church, I do crisis ministry and animal ministry-- I have enough information -- hopefully! -- to be non-offensive in offering prayer, etc., to or with others.

This is one reason why I don't call God, 'Father,' for example. Not everyone believes that God is a He, or that there's only one God, and I prefer to use more all-encompassing terms, such as, "Mother, Father, God, Divine Power, All That Is," which is how I sometimes lead group prayer, especially when I'm unsure of the religious beliefs of those in the group.

At any rate, please tell me about your religion. Do you or did you practice Yoruba? Or is that what your parents wanted you to practice? I'll be very interested to hear more, whenever you have time.

May The Divine Force Be With You,

Reverend Sarah

Precious M's picture

Interesting!

Hi again, Sarah,

I can see that interfaith has been around for a very long time. In this part of the world, it is quite unpopular. However, sometimes ecumenical services which embrace different forms of worship are held.

As for me, I believe in Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Presbyterian Church but I changed my denomination (not religion) to a more charismatic one. So I do not practice Yoruba. I am a practicing Christian. From your background, I am sure you already know much about Christianity.

Thanks for the interesting feedback.

Regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Y's picture

I am so excited that you are

I am so excited that you are focusing on this topic. I am a minister in the Universal Life church as an acknowledgement of my ministry throughout my life. I feel very strongly that much of the problems in our societies come from interpretations of "sacred scripture" beginning with what has been accepted and what has been rejected as "sacred". The three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, what is called Christianity, and Islam) all seem to be based on fear and punishment, from the shedding of blood at a boy's circumcision, to FGM, to war, to suicide attacks. Fear is what motivates animals, but I believe it should not be the food of faith.

I look forward to reading your writing on the subject.

Let us be new writers of sacred scriptures.

Blessings to you.
Yvette

Y

Precious M's picture

A minister too!

Looks like we have quite some ministers here on World Pulse.
Thank you so much Y.
Your comment has encouraged me to carry on with the topic.

Peace,
Precious

My pen speaks

I have gone enough struggle through religions all my life including that of my own family. I still have different religion from them but no one says anything any longer. It can become very touchy topic. Some people become outrageous and others become emotional and dangerous just by only the difference of opinions. I have also written up many articles about religions in my own journal in the past. Keep in mind, no matter how bad certain religions may seem to you, there are total oppositions to your viewpoints as well. One thing I would suggest is that if you have to criticize certain religion, you may consider concealing the real name of the religion or use fake names--just to avoid backfire in any manner. For example, it is possible that someone who saw you criticizing his or her religion and send you virus. Remember, Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses and many other writers going through similar struggles by writing their opinions on certain religions.
Because written document remains and you cannot erase it when people print it out, it is better if you can think of the aftereffect of the article in a long run. This would help you to save your reputation or journalistic life.

Hope this helps.

Hideko N.
http://www.facebook.com/Swacin
http://www.swacin.com

Precious M's picture

Safety is Important

I do not intend to criticize any religion in my article. I just want to show how women are oppressed when it comes to freedom of worship here. I would love to hear the stories of your struggles. Thanks for considering my safety.

Regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Nechesa's picture

Hey Precious

I believe the issue of freedom to worship is always a pertinent topic to cover. For me, I'm always a policy buff so I'd be interested in hearing how the government protects (or doesn't) the freedom to worship in the Constitution. Are there any historical contexts to share in regards to your religion or the religion your family wants you to believe in (i.e. colonialism)? Are there any stigmas associated with worshiping a particular religion? Are there any news stories that touch on the topic?

Freedom to worship is a piece of the "free and open society" puzzle. I think you figured it out when you said, "I just want to show how women are oppressed when it comes to freedom of worship here." Now I want to know.

Good luck. I can hardly wait to read it.

Nechesa
btw: I'm atheist:)

Precious M's picture

So many angles to it

Here in Cameroon, the government keeps shutting down churches that do not have licenses to operate. I spoke with some ministers in these churches and they say they have applied for the government to grant them authorization to operate but all has been to no avail.

We definitely have colonial influences on religion here. The three accepted churches here: Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Baptist Churches were all brought by colonial masters. Thank you, you raised a salient point here.

Of course there are stigmas when it comes to following a particular religion. If you are not a Christian or a Muslim, you are considered really strange.

Thanks dear. I am going to show how women are oppressed when it comes to freedom of religion. It is a big issue here.

Thanks again.

Precious

My pen speaks

SanPatagonia's picture

Great subject!

I must confess that the line that stroke me as a lightning was 'I have seen women undergo torture and I have been suppressed too in different ways. However, the greatest thing I have had to struggle with as a woman has been freedom of worship'.

It is a very interesting topic and I think you may have an angle already implied in that line... 'cause -as I thought for a while after reading it- isn't freedom of worship the very first freedom your inner self embraces as its own?

Looking forward to reading your post, Precious!

San

@SanPatagonia
Be a voice, tell a story, start the fire. | Sé una voz, cuenta una historia, enciende el fuego.

Precious M's picture

More courage

Thanks SanPatagonia.

Your words have given me courage to pursue the topic.
And I love that signature: "Be a voice, tell a story, start a fire."
I believe as I tell this story it will be a fire that will consume the vices pertaining to freedom of worship.

Regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Precious- This is a very

Precious-
This is a very interesting topic in general, as well as to me personally. I have been a leader of worship in a variety of contexts throughout the years. I am ever grateful for the freedom I have to worship in the way I desire, and I do not take it for granted. I believe you can address this topic without offense. There has been discussion regarding how we use written language here on WP, to respect another's opinion and experience, while simultaneously being able to honestly discuss particular topics. Even if there is a incongruous viewpoint. Here is a link to those discussions:: http://worldpulse.com/node/71459 http://worldpulse.com/node/71568 I truly believe there is safety here at WP, and that we can express ourselves respectfully and courageously.

That being said, I see various angles you could use, keeping in mind you could write a short series on the topic using a different focal point for each entry. You don't have to tackle everything in one article. You could peak curiosity with an initial article. One topic of great interest to me, and one I intend to pursue here, is how women/people come through such horror and opression and still have a hope in a higher being or God, for instance.

I believe that whatever you choose to write will be powerful and effective. I look forward to reading.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

Precious M's picture

Thanks dear

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for these helpful links. I intend to cover the topic in a very objective and ethical manner so those links are needed.
It is a good thing you have had freedom of worship. To me, it has been the reverse.
I really love the idea of tackling different angles in subsequent pieces.
Thanks for all the suggestions.

Love,
Precious

My pen speaks

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