This is the blog of a graduate student in religious studies to post his personal writing. Some of what I post comes directly out of my studies, intending an audience of fellow academics and those who are interested in the research I do. My other writing is more personal. I share reflections on theology, identity, and current events, as well as attempts at poetry.

Some thoughts on that more personal writing:

Writing is a means of thinking through my experiences as a human being, especially as it pertains to my faith, sexuality, and ethnicity. Whether it was journal entries, awful poems, or incomplete explorations into science fiction, writing was always a way of reflecting on life, making sense of my self and the world around me.

Writing is also a way of breaking the silences that, to paraphrase Audre Lorde, had never protected me anyway. I speak for my former self, a self that was too afraid to openly address the questions necessary for me to move forward in my relationship to God, to myself, to others. And for those of us who have the privilege of breaking the silence in safety, we have a duty to remind others (as we remind our past selves) that we, no matter how much we despaired at the suffocating solitude, were never alone.

Comments are welcome on my blog, as long as they come from a place of respect and mercy (rahmah). I welcome conversations via email too: gnkiriakos@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @Hanif_Kiriakos.


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