@MoreAndagain sparked a great conversation on Twitter last night about an issue I’ve talked a lot with friends, but haven’t seen addressed much on church-related blogs and media: namely, the way many U.S. evangelical churches (among others) isolate and shame introverts. Her initial question was specific to the Black Church, but as the discussion shows, many of us have similar experiences in other traditions. As an introvert who grew up in predominantly white evangelical churches, I can definitely relate to what MoreAndAgain describes of how extroverted personalities and behaviors were conflated with “godly” behavior, and how alienating that was.
More curated our conversation into a nice Storify. I wanted to share on the blog as I think it’ll resonate with a lot of folks who read here. Check out the discussion below (keep scrolling to update).
Discussing the hostility of the Church experience, as an introvert.