Mar 9, 2017
James Schwartz, author of The Literary Party: Growing up Gay
and Amish in America, addresses dilemmas that challenge every
Amish person who wants to leave the church. He talks about
how he had to take personal responsibility to educate himself in
order to learn about the outside world and find answers that make
sense to him. James has always loved books and when he was a
child, he wanted to skip church and stay home to catch up on his
long reading list. That love for reading led to works like
Rumi, Buddhism, Judaism, meditation and other philosophical
James also answers Torah’s set of questions that she asks every
guest on the show:
- In one sentence, why did you leave the Amish, your community or
- What were some of the challenges you faced navigating a foreign
- What is your guiding principal in life?
- What is your understanding of forgiveness?
- What is your definition of acceptance?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Is there a God?
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
- A very brief history of Amish origins (we’re immigrants from
Europe) and what it means to be Amish (it’s not just the clothes,
- James’ message to those inside the church who want to
- Resources for Amish gays who are both inside and outside the
- More Trump politics and the Amish connection
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS
- James’ Facebook: www.facebook.com/GayAmish
- LGBT Amish: www.LgbtAmish.com
- Twitter: @LgbtiAmish
- See S1Ep1: James Schwartz on Growing up Gay and Amish
in America, Unconventional Schooling and Trump
Politics for Part 1 of James’ story
- See S1Ep5: Fiona Teng on Breaking the Cycle of
Societal & Romantic Traumas—Trauma Doesn’t Discriminate—and How
Mindfulness Can Help PTSD & Abandonment for what
motivates Fiona to keep working on her personal growth