Julie Clark is creating content on leaving the Evangelical fundamentalist movement
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Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by!

For those who know me, yes, this is the same Julie who typically writes and tweets about Asperger’s Syndrome. (Interested in Asperger's? Kindly head over to my blog or catch me on Twitter !) You are more than welcome to hang out here with me, but do know we’re taking a huge left turn into new territory. And it will be uncomfortable, at times.

After a lot of thought I have decided to share my journey on being a "Fundagelical" (Evangelical fundamentalist Christian) and transitioning to being an ex-fundamentalist, ex-Evangelical. This is a highly personal journey, highly controversial subject, indeed. It is my goal to connect with others who are struggling, and to reassure those who have already left “the fold” that there is much life to be had outside those gates! Sometimes, the grass really is greener on the other side!

The content will range from emotional and quite serious to just plain goofy. There is a lot to cover and not all of it is a rant session.

To be clear (ahem, gotta give a disclaimer) opinions are my own. Much of the content comes from my own experiences and my own research. I am not a medical professional, so please take our chats like meeting for coffee, not a serious therapy session. In other words, take what works, leave the rest. Please seek out qualified professionals if you feel you need assistance with your personal situation.

Why the disclaimer? Anyone coming out of a fundamentalist background has been conditioned to let others do the thinking for them, even if that only “other” is god. It is crucial to understand that this content is not an oracle of a priestess, but a fellow human working hard to help other humans along the way.

Interested in supporting my work? Through supporters here at Patreon I am able to focus full-time on writing, podcasting, and more, which means getting content out more regularly. Being a Patron of mine enables some content to be accessible for those looking to heal from Fundamental Evangelicalism, but who do not have financial means or freedom to support this work. I take your investment in my work very seriously. But, yeah, you totally get extra podcasts and exclusive content when you sign up. :)

Talking about leaving Evangelical fundamentalist Christianity is new territory for me and I'm excited you're sharing the journey! The goal is to help others as they work toward their own healing, as well as to enlighten others what it is like living as a fundagelical as well as leaving it all behind. It isn't easy, but for many of us, it's worth it.

All my best,

- Julie
Tiers
TIER 1: The Curious
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Like what you're seeing and want to try something more, but not ready to fully dive in?  Consider this level of support. 


Here's what you'll get:


  • A sampling of patron-only content


This is a great level for anyone wanting to get a taste of this journey or who are on a strict budget! 

TIER 2: The Reader
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier opens up access to many of the topics we will discuss here. 


  • Tier 2 provides access to all of the content of Tier 1
  • Access to most* of the blog-style posts. 


This is a great level for anyone who prefers reading over podcasts or videos! 


*Some blog-style content is reserved for Tier 5 and higher. Not all content is covered in blog-style posts.


All levels help keep content fresh and forthcoming. Thank you!

TIER 3: The Listener (Podcast level)
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Tier 3, "The Listener," opens up access to most of the topics we will discuss here. Here's what you'll get:


  • Access to all of the content of Tiers 1&2
  • Access to most* of the podcasts. 


 *Some podcasts are reserved for Tier 5 and higher. 


Although some of the topics will overlap with blog-style content, podcasts often go a little deeper. Podcasts are posted more frequently than blog posts.


All levels help keep content fresh and forthcoming. Thank you!

TIER 4: The Watcher (Video access)
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Like the prior tiers, this tier opens up access to most of the topics we discuss here. Here's what you get:


  • All content of the lower tiers
  • Access to most* videos. 


*Some content is reserved for Tier 5 and higher. 


Although some of the topics will overlap with blog-style and podcast content, video content adds another dimension to our discussions and may sometimes vary from content covered in the lower tiers.


As videos take more time and resources to create, they may appear less frequently than podcasts. Among other things, proceeds from this level enable me to save up and purchase/replace production equipment as necessary.


All levels help keep content fresh and forthcoming. Thank you!

TIER 5: The Storyteller (Partner Level)
$25 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
This tier opens up access to all of the content of the lower tiers. This tier, "The Storyteller," is considered a Partner level.


There are two distinct bonuses at this level:

  • All Patrons are considered investors, but those at Tiers 5 and higher are considered “Partnership” levels. By selecting this level (or higher) you are indicating you wish to invest in the content provided here at a deeper level. 
  • As a Partner, you have the opportunity to share your story* right here! All you need to do is contact me and we’ll take it from there. Most stories will be shared as a text post, i.e., Q&A blog-style, and will be available at lower levels so other Patrons can benefit from your personal experiences! (Yes, you may remain anonymous, and you do not have to share your story if you want to join this tier.)


Due to the opportunity to collect and share stories, space at this level is limited so everyone will have a fair opportunity to have their stories told.


*NOTE: As "creator," I reserve the right to decline stories that are not aligned with the spirit of our community. All stories will be vetted (and may be edited for length). In other words, explicit and other inappropriate content is not permitted. Stories aimed to proselytize (reconvert others, tell us we're "going to hell," etc.) are also off-limits. 

TIER 6: The Inner Sanctum (Partner)
$125 or more per month 0 of 13 patrons
This tier opens up access to all of the lower tiered content. This tier is considered a Partner level.


The distinctions at this level include:

  • All Patrons are considered investors, but Tiers 5 and higher are considered “Partnership” levels. By selecting this level you indicate you wish to support the content provided here at a deeper level
  • Access to exclusive content that delves deeper into my personal, private experiences as a "fundagelical" 
  • The opportunity to provide input on new content
  • The opportunity to ask me anything and I'll answer it (I'll be as open as I can be, but I do draw boundaries when necessary)


Responsibilities at this level are taken seriously and include:

  • Respect others who participate in the Inner Sanctum
  • Agree to keep all content in the Inner Sanctum private
  • Agree to be open to all sorts of discussion and keep our tone kind and beneficial to all (as much as we can come across via online, right?)
  • No proselytizing (this includes atheists, y'all)


*NOTE: Please refer to the note at Tier 5 re: "Storyteller" guidelines. 


This level is limited to the first 13 Patrons who choose it. After that, we will decide as a group if/when we will add another invitation to join, as well as how many spots to open.

Goals
$0 of $250 per month
My first goal is to cover the costs of maintaining my website for one year. Meeting this goal will allow me to continue to offer a free blog and information for those who need info on Asperger's and parenting re: the Autism Spectrum, as well as those leaving Evangelical fundamentalism, plus other odds and ends of interest. Thank you!
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Hi there! Thanks so much for stopping by!

For those who know me, yes, this is the same Julie who typically writes and tweets about Asperger’s Syndrome. (Interested in Asperger's? Kindly head over to my blog or catch me on Twitter !) You are more than welcome to hang out here with me, but do know we’re taking a huge left turn into new territory. And it will be uncomfortable, at times.

After a lot of thought I have decided to share my journey on being a "Fundagelical" (Evangelical fundamentalist Christian) and transitioning to being an ex-fundamentalist, ex-Evangelical. This is a highly personal journey, highly controversial subject, indeed. It is my goal to connect with others who are struggling, and to reassure those who have already left “the fold” that there is much life to be had outside those gates! Sometimes, the grass really is greener on the other side!

The content will range from emotional and quite serious to just plain goofy. There is a lot to cover and not all of it is a rant session.

To be clear (ahem, gotta give a disclaimer) opinions are my own. Much of the content comes from my own experiences and my own research. I am not a medical professional, so please take our chats like meeting for coffee, not a serious therapy session. In other words, take what works, leave the rest. Please seek out qualified professionals if you feel you need assistance with your personal situation.

Why the disclaimer? Anyone coming out of a fundamentalist background has been conditioned to let others do the thinking for them, even if that only “other” is god. It is crucial to understand that this content is not an oracle of a priestess, but a fellow human working hard to help other humans along the way.

Interested in supporting my work? Through supporters here at Patreon I am able to focus full-time on writing, podcasting, and more, which means getting content out more regularly. Being a Patron of mine enables some content to be accessible for those looking to heal from Fundamental Evangelicalism, but who do not have financial means or freedom to support this work. I take your investment in my work very seriously. But, yeah, you totally get extra podcasts and exclusive content when you sign up. :)

Talking about leaving Evangelical fundamentalist Christianity is new territory for me and I'm excited you're sharing the journey! The goal is to help others as they work toward their own healing, as well as to enlighten others what it is like living as a fundagelical as well as leaving it all behind. It isn't easy, but for many of us, it's worth it.

All my best,

- Julie

Recent posts by Julie Clark

Tiers
TIER 1: The Curious
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Like what you're seeing and want to try something more, but not ready to fully dive in?  Consider this level of support. 


Here's what you'll get:


  • A sampling of patron-only content


This is a great level for anyone wanting to get a taste of this journey or who are on a strict budget! 

TIER 2: The Reader
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier opens up access to many of the topics we will discuss here. 


  • Tier 2 provides access to all of the content of Tier 1
  • Access to most* of the blog-style posts. 


This is a great level for anyone who prefers reading over podcasts or videos! 


*Some blog-style content is reserved for Tier 5 and higher. Not all content is covered in blog-style posts.


All levels help keep content fresh and forthcoming. Thank you!

TIER 3: The Listener (Podcast level)
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Tier 3, "The Listener," opens up access to most of the topics we will discuss here. Here's what you'll get:


  • Access to all of the content of Tiers 1&2
  • Access to most* of the podcasts. 


 *Some podcasts are reserved for Tier 5 and higher. 


Although some of the topics will overlap with blog-style content, podcasts often go a little deeper. Podcasts are posted more frequently than blog posts.


All levels help keep content fresh and forthcoming. Thank you!

TIER 4: The Watcher (Video access)
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Like the prior tiers, this tier opens up access to most of the topics we discuss here. Here's what you get:


  • All content of the lower tiers
  • Access to most* videos. 


*Some content is reserved for Tier 5 and higher. 


Although some of the topics will overlap with blog-style and podcast content, video content adds another dimension to our discussions and may sometimes vary from content covered in the lower tiers.


As videos take more time and resources to create, they may appear less frequently than podcasts. Among other things, proceeds from this level enable me to save up and purchase/replace production equipment as necessary.


All levels help keep content fresh and forthcoming. Thank you!

TIER 5: The Storyteller (Partner Level)
$25 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
This tier opens up access to all of the content of the lower tiers. This tier, "The Storyteller," is considered a Partner level.


There are two distinct bonuses at this level:

  • All Patrons are considered investors, but those at Tiers 5 and higher are considered “Partnership” levels. By selecting this level (or higher) you are indicating you wish to invest in the content provided here at a deeper level. 
  • As a Partner, you have the opportunity to share your story* right here! All you need to do is contact me and we’ll take it from there. Most stories will be shared as a text post, i.e., Q&A blog-style, and will be available at lower levels so other Patrons can benefit from your personal experiences! (Yes, you may remain anonymous, and you do not have to share your story if you want to join this tier.)


Due to the opportunity to collect and share stories, space at this level is limited so everyone will have a fair opportunity to have their stories told.


*NOTE: As "creator," I reserve the right to decline stories that are not aligned with the spirit of our community. All stories will be vetted (and may be edited for length). In other words, explicit and other inappropriate content is not permitted. Stories aimed to proselytize (reconvert others, tell us we're "going to hell," etc.) are also off-limits. 

TIER 6: The Inner Sanctum (Partner)
$125 or more per month 0 of 13 patrons
This tier opens up access to all of the lower tiered content. This tier is considered a Partner level.


The distinctions at this level include:

  • All Patrons are considered investors, but Tiers 5 and higher are considered “Partnership” levels. By selecting this level you indicate you wish to support the content provided here at a deeper level
  • Access to exclusive content that delves deeper into my personal, private experiences as a "fundagelical" 
  • The opportunity to provide input on new content
  • The opportunity to ask me anything and I'll answer it (I'll be as open as I can be, but I do draw boundaries when necessary)


Responsibilities at this level are taken seriously and include:

  • Respect others who participate in the Inner Sanctum
  • Agree to keep all content in the Inner Sanctum private
  • Agree to be open to all sorts of discussion and keep our tone kind and beneficial to all (as much as we can come across via online, right?)
  • No proselytizing (this includes atheists, y'all)


*NOTE: Please refer to the note at Tier 5 re: "Storyteller" guidelines. 


This level is limited to the first 13 Patrons who choose it. After that, we will decide as a group if/when we will add another invitation to join, as well as how many spots to open.