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Jessie Golem

Student, Freelance Photographer, Writer

Jessie Golem grew up in a small town in Grey/Bruce County, Ontario. She is an accomplished classical pianist, runs a small business as a freelance photographer, and is currently attending school in Toronto at George Brown in the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counselling and Advocacy Program. Prior to this, she had gone to school at the University of Waterloo in the Religious Studies Program, and has participated in a number of leadership programs, including one where she spent extended time in Ghana, learning about international development. The majority of her interests are focused on social justice and understanding causes and effects of poverty. She is also interested in the impact of a consumer culture on the environment and hopes to build a self-sustaining home one day. She currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario.
Danielle Da Silva

The Sumatra Wildlife Sanctuary

Photo by Danielle Da Silva. Anybody should be lucky enough to encounter a situation that causes enough conviction to actively change life's course of events, even if a sacrifice must be made. For the...
11/28/2016 01:18 EST
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I Was a Hardcore Christian, But This Is Why I Lost My Faith

My decision to leave the Christian faith didn't just happen because of a few negative conversations, or a few isolated events -- my decision was made because I realized (and experienced) that the Christian faith, for many, wasn't a welcome place for the oppressed, and that, in fact, has been, and in many different ways, continues to be, an agent of oppression for many people. Five years ago, there would be no way in hell that I could ever conceive of leaving the Christian faith. But here I am today. Friends have asked me why, and how, someone who was as zealous a Christian as I could so intentionally and deliberately leave the faith, that I decided, I am in a good, and secure place... and I'm ready to answer why.
02/19/2014 12:33 EST