Personal Narrative Essay: The Assemblies Of God

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In numerous cultures worldwide, being homosexual is not actively accepted. One culture in which this is true is, in fact my own. Both of my parents are from Nigerian culture, and our religion is Assemblies of God. These two facts about my family are two reasons why my homosexual sister, Sarah, is somewhat of a concern. The Assemblies of God faith completely rejects the idea of homosexuality. According to Pew Research Center, the Assemblies of God church, the largest Pentecostal denomination, even prohibits clergy from marrying same-sex couples (Masci et al.). Additionally, our Nigerian culture is strongly based in Christian ideals. Being gay wasn’t supported by our culture’s customs. Therefore, one could easily see how my parents, and I, for the most part, weren’t very welcoming to Sarah’s new-found sexuality. Sarah wasn’t always “gay”. Yes, she did participate in tomboyish activities like playing football and basketball with her brothers. However, Sarah never identified as gay until she came back from boarding school in Nigeria in the 9th grade. There, we …show more content…
Because I was afraid to initiate face-to-face communication, I used the synchronous channel of text messaging, employing the use of emoticons, which DeVito claims can be “very effectively substitute for the nonverbals that normally occur during face-to-face interaction,” (DeVito, 155). I was scared of having intercultural communication and not being able to understand her views completely. I fully and honestly told her how I felt about her sexuality. Though she responded with silence, not replying to my well thought-out message, I knew she had read it. The next day, and days after, she talked to me normally, as if nothing ever happened.She didn’t judge me for my self-disclosure as I hadn’t judged her for her own about her sexuality. In my eyes, this is progress: she knows how I feel and is also receptive to my opinions, though she may not support

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