Raised by Protestant Evangelical Conservative Christian Missionary parents Paul Boardman and his four siblings endured regular corporal punishment during their childhood in Tokyo at the hands of their father, a leader in their missionary community. From their earliest years and into young adulthood, he and his siblings faced dire consequences for misbehavior. As they grappled with the struggle to “be good” in the eyes of their father and church their shared trauma created an unbreakable bond between them. Paul, now a funeral celebrant, talks about his experience creating eulogies for the unchurched, the way in which grief stories are love stories, and how leaving the church made him feel more Christian.
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