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Many would consider Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle to be an essential piece for those interested in LBGT+ literature, myself included. Possibly semi-autobiographical, Brown's book allows a window into the life of a lesbian in the 1970s, where Molly, the protagonist, first comes out in northern Florida, and then moves to New York City to fulfill her big town dreams.
Subtlety is key to Jeanette Winterson's coming-out narrative, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit: her first acclaimed novel, published in 1985. In 1990, Winterson adapted the novel for BBC television, her story broken up into 3 episodes. And in 2012, Winterson published her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, which many readers have noticed directly parallels circumstances and characters from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
Last Sunday, Ben Collins asked us to reflect on the many figurative and literal meanings of water. One that stood out to him was the concept of water as a tool that draws groups of people together, in other words, forming communities.
Coming-out narratives are an introspective process, as seen in Richard Blanco’s piece, The Prince of Los Cocuyos. Woven into the fabric of the overall book is his true coming-out, functioning as more an ending to the story rather than the story itself. Blanco tells the origins of his childhood, from his birth in Spain, to growing up in Miami, Florida, experimenting with racial identity, romance and sexuality.
Abigail (Abby) was raised in Deland (aka delandian) and is going into her senior year at Stetson University as a Business Administration major with a minor in Applied Statistics. She works at Pat and Toni’s Chocolate and Sweet Things in downtown and is very excited to be a part of Collective this summer. After graduation Abby plans to take the summer off to travel and then start working on her master’s degree in the fall. She would like to start a career in the statistics field but is still not completely sure about what she wants to be when she grows up.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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