PigTale 04 | CP Writer: Kyle Unger

Oh hey, I didn’t see you there! My name is Kyle Unger. I’m 21 years old, from St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. My interests include comic books, craft beer, podcasts, Jesus stuff, and feminism, anti-racism, and other such equality stuff.

Wait, that’s not what this is about? Well crap. I guess I’ll actually express myself or something.

Aside from being a fan of corny, cliche writing used in an ironic sense, I’m also a student. I’m currently studying French, but I used to be in school to be a teacher. I worked at a summer camp last year, and quickly realized teaching totally is not my wheelhouse. I mean, I’d probably be an okay teacher, but I’d probably hate my job and be that teacher all the kids resent. Plus everyone hates the French teacher. That’s just the                                                                                       way it works. So teaching - not for me.

 However, I’m very grateful I was in the program for a few years. It was in that program where I learned of and acknowledged my white privilege (and basically every other sort of privilege that comes with being a straight white male in North America). It was there that I learned of the systematic injustice that takes place in our society, that seeps into our culture without our noticing. It was there that I learned how to think differently, to reflect on my own experiences.

 In my school experience, I learned that people are different than me. It took me 18 (ish) years to begin to realize it, but thankfully I learned it eventually. Luckily, I was humble enough to accept this reality as well. Now I haven’t worked very hard at forming relationships with those different than me. This is something I need to work on. However, being in school for this program I ultimately never finished, I learned that people who are different than me deserve to be listened to, and deserve better.

 This is a large part of why I’m excited to write here on ChristianPig. As a fairly liberal Christian, I can’t just sit in my own little bubble. Other people experience this beautiful reality that God has gifted us with differently than I do, and that experience is worth just as much as my own. According to Jesus, one of our greatest commandments is to love others. I don’t see how we can do that without listening. So while I’ll have my chances to spout off my opinions on this lovely site, I’m just as excited to be a part of the dialogue we’re beginning here. I’m excited to be a part of this larger conversation. I’m absolutely stoked to hear what others have to say about life, God, culture, whatever.

 It’s all about our experiences, and I just can’t wait to hear about yours.