Why I Left the Church, Why I Came Back,

and

Why I Just Might Leave Again


by

Jean K. Douglas


CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
Preface

PART ONE: THE FORMATIVE YEARS
The Wedding
Confirmation
Altar Server
Unlikely Miracles
Confession
Bannings
The Rosary
Sex
Images
Intellectual Freedom
St. Jude
The Sermon
Transubstantiation
White Flight

PART TWO: LEAVING
The Doors Close
Leaving?

PART THREE: THE PRODIGAL SOUL
Faith Without Works
Another Sermon
New Faculty
Ministry for Black Students
You Just Don't Fit

PART FOUR: GOODBYE AGAIN?
The Letter
Why?
Conclusion
Work Cited

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