Anne’s sermon is inspired from her personal experience of growing up in a fundamentalist home. Writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins argue that some forms of religion violate the rights of children by indoctrinating them into a particular religious faith and depriving them of the opportunity to make their own free inquiry later in life. Anne shares her story of growing up in a fundamentalist religion, eventually leaving it and the impact it had on her faith and family ties.
Anne Bokma is a member of First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Ontario. She is a member of the board of her church as well as a board member of Unicamp. An award winning freelance writer and editor, Anne writes for many of Canada's major magazines, including Canadian Living, Homemakers, More, Today's Parent, Chatelaine and MoneySense. She traces her writing career back to age 11, when her parents presented her with a portable Olivetti manual typewriter for her birthday. She's been pounding at a keyboard ever since. Anne is the mother of two teenage daughters and is married to Jeff Mahoney, a columnist at the Hamilton Spectator.
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