My friend Anne Jackson is going to publish a book later this year called Permission to Speak Freely. It’s a sort of Christian version of PostSecret, where people confess things they believe but feel they cannot say in church.
- … I support civil unions for homosexual couples.
- … I just had a drink last night and it tasted really good.
- I hate it when people ask for prayer for their neighbors brother’s cousin (or some person like 5 times linked in the distance from the person you actually know). Seriously, why does that need to go in OUR church bulletin? We don’t know them! I don’t even take enough (or hardly any) time to pray for myself and MY family, let alone will i ever care to pray for your neighbors brother’s cousin!! I hate that prayer has become so competitive…who can share the saddest and most dramatic sob story…thinking if their’s is the best people will pray for it.
You don’t have to be a current Christian to remember what you thought when you went to church.
If you would like to include your thoughts in her book (a large Christian audience will see it, if that’s any incentive), Anne is taking submissions:
1) Write down your confession. What’s something you feel like you can’t say in church. You can make it as short or as long as you want. You can write it on anything you want — a piece of paper like a letter, a postcard, a bulletin, a page from the Bible, a photograph, a drawing, ANYTHING at all that you can mail. It can be any shape, any size. It doesn’t have uber creative (although it certainly can be). It can just be something written down. You also don’t have to currently attend church or even believe in God.
More information is on her site (along with some fine print).
I’m looking forward to reading this one.
And if you’re not wanting to send something to Anne, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments: What could you never say when you went to church?