In this chapter Nadia writes about what it was like as a young girl growing up in the Church of Christ, and touches on the gender attitudes that exist within the Christian tribe.

Page 11: "In the church of my childhood (Church of Christ) it was taught that the 'age of accountability' was somewhere around twelve. To hit the age of accountability was to spiritually go off of your parent's insurance."

Page 12: "Because twelve was the age of accountability, it was also the age at which boys could no longer be taught in Sunday school by women."

Page 13: "I was a strong, smart and smart-mouthed girl, and the church I was raised in had no place for that kind of thing even though they loved me. By the time I left the church, I questioned everything ... I still didn't manage to be an atheist, as one might be expect. I had never stopped believing in God."

Writing about her experience with Wicca. Page 14: "There was something safe about being around women. They let me hang out with God's aunt, and I couldn't help but think she liked me."

Page 15: "I can't imagine that the God of the universe is limited to our ideas of God. .. In a way, I need a God who is bigger and more nimble and mysterious than what I could understand and contrive. Otherwise it can feel like I am worshipping nothing more than my own ability to understand the divine."

Page 16, Nadia writes "in order for me to be the kind of pastor I would want to be, I would need to look at some of my own personal stuff, ... I was experiencing a feeling of purpose, perhaps for the first time in my life."

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