“Join part 2 of the purity culture talk with Mi Sook and Becca, a continuation from “God in the eyes of the cult”. Please listen with caution, we cover a range of difficult topics surrounding “the lynchpin of trauma”(Jenae, 2021) in the UC; Purity Culture. These are our personal stories and experiences, which are uniquelyContinue reading “Purity Culture in the UC: “Couldn’t say no” on Blessed Child podcast”
Jen Kiaba’s stunning and powerful self portraits illustrate the journey of leaving the church behind. ‘In this project I wanted to explore themes of religious conviction as it crumbles into an eventual failure of faith and the loss of identity that occurs.’ https://www.jenkiaba.com/burdens
In this short story Limi writes beautifully about her ‘three fathers’ : ‘I will never know the woman I might have been. Then again, I would not have existed had my biological parents not fallen completely for this “True Father.” ‘ Limi Marie Bauer, “Fathers”
Renrobot has done a great deal of work expressing her journey out of the church… here are some examples of her work: https://www.facebook.com/renrobot.art https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frenrobot.art%2Fposts%2F399968111022618&show_text=true&width=500
Limi contributed her poem on the pressure to be a champion to the I Got Out series:
Jen describes how creativity is often discouraged in cults, unless it glorifies the leader. After Jen’s trauma in the church and eventual journey out, she found language to express the experience through self portraits on her way to recovery, https://www.jenkiaba.com/lessons-on-leaving/healing-through-art-my-story In part two, Jen explores the research behind art therapy and why it works. https://www.jenkiaba.com/lessons-on-leaving/healing-through-art-research
Ares speaks to Renrobot about expression through art after growing up in the church.
Jen Kiaba begins her series on trauma, recovery and cults in a blog that is also available as a podcast: https://www.jenkiaba.com/lessons-on-leaving/embark-mission
Jen speaks about the mythology of the Unification Church, her experience growing up in it, being labor-trafficked, and having an arranged marriage blessing. Her recovery is explored through powerful photographic self-portraits and the value of art as therapy.