Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Very Long Year

Well dear readers, Lani and I are back after a very long hiatus. We spent this last year very quietly, saying our goodbyes to our mother and trying to heal our relationships as much as possible in our last months together.

Out of respect for our mother and her declining health, we decided to make the blog private. It had become a little too well known amongst some of the church community and we felt like she didn't need the judgement from her community hanging over her.

Tomorrow will mark six months since she died. Both my sister and I sat by her side in the early morning hours as she passed.

I still haven't had the strength to write about those last months. But it's a story that needs to be told because many young people, like my sister and myself, will face painful circumstances like ours.

When our mother died there was no money for her funeral. Both she and my father had given everything over the years to the church. I was asked to take out a personal loan to pay for the $10k+ it would cost, just for a simple burial. That was something I just couldn't do.

Lani is writing about how we were able to give our mom the small funeral she would have wanted. I'll add to the story in time, because like I said: our story won't be the last of its kind. As our parents' generate ages with no safety net provided by the church, it will be the second generation that will have to figure out how to care for them.

While you're waiting for the new post, Lani and I do have a few things for you to check out.

Lani wrote two excellent articles in this past year. The first one was for Sandy 'Zine, which unfortunately didn't publish the article online. But you can order a copy here, and we got permission to reprint it here.

The second article was for XOJane and can be found here.

I wrote a some articles as well. One was for The Huffington Post, and a few were for Conscious Living TV.

I also completed a body of photographic work specifically about growing up as a woman in the Unification Church:


Please also take a moment, if you haven't already, to watch the video of Sam Park's speech given at the 2014 International Cultic Studies Association Conference. This is perhaps the most important recent event in Unification Church history, as Rev. Moon's illegitimate child gives deep insight into the origins of the organization.

Until next time,

❤,

Jen

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