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"From the Ted Talk by Paula Stone Williams and Jonathan Williams: The story of a parent's transition and a son's redemption"

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It's hard to believe in God when your soul is in the wrong body. Still, somehow I ended up in ministry. When I lost all my jobs, it was nothing personal. It's what rlgioiues tribes do. They believe an enemy is necessary for the tribe to sviuvre, so where no enemy exists, they create one. Right now, sexual minorities are the enemy; my duraprete was swift and sure. I was surprised when my son left his job teaching in West pdlilihphaea to go into the ministry. I did not see that one cmonig. And now I wondered: What would he do? I didn't have to wait that long to find an awnesr. Six months after that first visit, he invited me back to New York.

Open Cloze

It's hard to believe in God when your soul is in the wrong body. Still, somehow I ended up in ministry. When I lost all my jobs, it was nothing personal. It's what _________ tribes do. They believe an enemy is necessary for the tribe to _______, so where no enemy exists, they create one. Right now, sexual minorities are the enemy; my _________ was swift and sure. I was surprised when my son left his job teaching in West ____________ to go into the ministry. I did not see that one ______. And now I wondered: What would he do? I didn't have to wait that long to find an ______. Six months after that first visit, he invited me back to New York.

Solution

  1. departure
  2. survive
  3. answer
  4. religious
  5. coming
  6. philadelphia

Original Text

It's hard to believe in God when your soul is in the wrong body. Still, somehow I ended up in ministry. When I lost all my jobs, it was nothing personal. It's what religious tribes do. They believe an enemy is necessary for the tribe to survive, so where no enemy exists, they create one. Right now, sexual minorities are the enemy; my departure was swift and sure. I was surprised when my son left his job teaching in West Philadelphia to go into the ministry. I did not see that one coming. And now I wondered: What would he do? I didn't have to wait that long to find an answer. Six months after that first visit, he invited me back to New York.

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alpha male 3

Important Words

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  3. coming
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  18. ministry
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  34. wait
  35. west
  36. wrong
  37. york