Multiple bloggers sharing, educating and supporting those who have been in unhealthy churches.

Author: Eleanor Skelton

​Eleanor Skelton is a writer and slam poet. She blogs at eleanorskelton.com where she writes about escaping fundamentalist Christianity and her family's cult-like church. Eleanor was homeschooled kindergarten through high school, and double majored in English and Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She also contributes to homeschoolersanonymous.org, one of the most well-known blogs discussing homeschooling issues.

I have trust issues with authority

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on July 2, 2015. After leaving fundamentalism, some of my friends left organized religion because of spiritual abuse, or identified as anarchists because they’d seen systems of power oppress…

Protesting Jim Berg

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on February 10, 2015. A couple of weeks ago, I organized a protest group picketing Jim Berg’s “Christian Growth Bible Conference” at Grace Bible Church in Colorado Springs. I’m…

Are you sure you aren’t exaggerating?

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on February 16, 2015. You just decided you had a terrible childhood after attending a liberal college, right? You got influenced by the Secular Humanism. Actually…no. I kept journals…

When your parents stalk you

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on March 2, 2015. Stalking is usually applied to a romantic relationship gone bad. This is why people hesitate to believe me when I say I’ve been stalked by…

Missing the Mark

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on November 9, 2014. I cry, Father, Father, forgive me You say, Child, I already have. – Joy Williams, Beautiful Redemption I pulled back on the bowstring, my arm…

God agrees with ME!

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on November 30, 2014. Like ships in the night You keep passing me by We’re just wasting time Trying to prove who’s right And if it all goes crashing…

Floating on a rebel tide

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on December 14, 2014. I’m shooting for the stars to hit the moon Mapping out a course for both my shoes, I’ve already practiced acting like there’s nothing to…

Help my unbelief

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on October 27, 2014. I’m often told by friends and blog readers that my “vibrant Christianity” is inspiring, that I “maintain remarkable stability in the face of incredible odds.”…

The Lighthouse Girl

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on June 17, 2014. There was once was a little girl, raised in the Village. The Village was a utopia, walled off for protection and insulated from the world.…

Spiritual hobo

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on December 8, 2014. Maybe I’ll try church again. Two years ago, I’d been exiled from my church home four months before. One Sunday, I went to a…

Purity Rings

Editorial Note: The following is reprinted with permission from Eleanor Skelton’s blog. It was originally published on March 5, 2013.  I was one of those pre-teens longingly looking through the True Love Waits catalog back in the early 2000s. Wondering. Waiting. Somehow, I wanted…