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"Recovering from Religion" is an international community for those who have questions or doubts about their faith. We aren’t here to talk you out of or into faith, just provide a safe place to examine what you believe. And perhaps, why you believe it.

Your hosts, authors Tim Rymel, M.Ed., and Bill Prickett, bring guests who've experienced harm from extreme religious beliefs and practices, as well as experts who can offer help, hope and healing.
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It’s been one year since Tim and Bill became the hosts of the Recovering from Religion podcast. For this anniversary, the guys look back on the past year. They talk about how the podcast came to be, what they were doing prior to the hosting responsibilities, and some of what they continue do in addition to the podcast.Tim asks Bill about his new novel, and reads a powerful letter from a Mom who was touched by the book, and shared her moving, first-hand story about the harm that comes from extreme religious messages..This episode is an intimate one-on-one conversation as the hosts share what surprised them, and how they’ve been impacted by the shows, the topics and the guests.And at the end, there’s an announcement about the immediate future of the podcast.Tim's website: https://timrymel.com/Bill's website: https://www.billprickett.com/Recovering from Religion ResourcesNeed To Talk To Someone On The Phone?Call 1-844-368-2848 for Peer SupportDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groups Looking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/RfR Resource page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/resourcesWe want to hear YOUR story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or submit our form: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcastformIf you have questions or comments for the podcast team, send us an email: podcast@recoveringfromreligious.org
Ronna Russell grew up the youngest daughter of a well-known United Pentecostal minister. To escape home, she jumped into marriage at the age of twenty-three, a union that lasted 22 years and produced four children. When her marriage ended, Ronna was free to consider her own desires and interests. With her children grown, she relocated, remarried and returned to school. Ronna is a blogger, an outspoken advocate for women, and the author of the book “The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid” that chronicles her experiences with a controlling, oppressive religious father, a closeted homosexual husband, and her own search for genuine authenticity.Ronna’s website: https://ronnarussell.com/Ronna’s book: https://tinyurl.com/y5klxupwMore about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groupsLooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
Janice was born and raised in a charismatic Christian home, attending Pentecostal, Vineyard, and other evangelical churches before eventually marrying a pastor. She gravitated to the ultra-conservative side of her theology, wearing a head covering, insisting on homeschooling her children, and rejecting any vestiges of secular life. (e.g., TV, radio, music, newspapers, magazines, etc.)Then, in her 40s, she began having doubts about her faith. As the questions grew, her marriage unraveled. To rebuild her life, Janice went back to school to earn her Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counseling. Janice has taken her own experiences and developed the Divorcing Religion Workshop to provide tools for others with their journey out of fundamentalist religion.Janice’s website: https://tinyurl.com/yxh9d2n5Conference on Religious Trauma: https://cort2020.com/More about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groupsLooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery?RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NChttps://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/fall-excursion-2019We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
 Dave Warnock was an Evangelical pastor and church leader for more than 40 years. He gradually moved away from Christianity, which came at a huge personal cost, including the breakup of his marriage, being shunned by two of his children, missing out on his grandchildren, and the loss of his entire community of friends. Earlier this year, Dave was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and told he had three to five years to live. Suddenly, with the awareness that life is incredibly brief, his life became infinitely more precious. Instead of succumbing to the depression, anger, and hopelessness, he decided to begin living life to the fullest. In this poignant and often funny episode, Dave talks about what it means to be “Dying Out Loud.” Dave’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DaveWarnock.DyingOutLoud/More about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups? https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groupsLooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery? RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC. https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/fall-excursion-2019We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
Erin Burchwell grew up as a faculty child on the campus of Bob Jones University.  She was a good student, compliant with the many restrictive rules. But after an older classmate assaulted her, and she decided to report the incident, her life was changed. Erin talks about the varied responses she received from family, friends, faculty, and the university’s administration. We also learn why she decided to go public to the national media, and what she tells young people today.For 15 years, Erin taught high school and elementary speech, drama, art and theater. She’s a small business owner and the author of two children’s books. These days, she enjoys volunteering in schools, churches, and a women’s’ prison, teaching art and vocational skills. She welcomes any opportunity to tell her story, letting others know they are not alone in the world of survivors from oppressive religious institutions.To contact Erin: erin@bloomshoppe.comBJUnity (mentioned in the episode): https://www.facebook.com/BjUnity/More about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups? https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groupsLooking for a therapist who will respect your views? https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery? RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC. https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/fall-excursion-2019We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681 Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
Dr. Devin Singh is a social theorist and scholar of religion and theology, serving as Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. from Yale, where he was named a Whiting Fellow, Yale's highest recognition for research in the humanities. He was also trained in social scientific theory and methods at the University of Chicago (M.A.), theology and divinity at Trinity International University (M.Div.), and religious studies at Pomona College (B.A.).Devin has a rich and diverse ethnic and theological background, and says his study of religion was a way of making sense of his upbringing and the complexities of the world he encountered, and to help others see, appreciate, and navigate the nuance and complexities of life together on this planet. He is motivated to further mutual understanding, toleration, justice, and compassion--as well as meaningful and sustainable work, productivity, and value creation. In this episode, we talk about his book “Divine Currency” that delves into how economic ideas structured early Christian thought and society, giving crucial insight into why money holds such sway in the West. The book examines the religious and theological sources of money's power, it shows how early Christian thinkers borrowed ancient notions and metaphors of money and economic exchange from the Roman Empire as a basis for their new theological arguments. Devin's website: http://www.devinsingh.com/Devin’s book: Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West. More about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groupsLooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery? RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC.https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/fall-excursion-2019We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we’ve put together this special PRIDE edition. First, we proudly introduce our new producer, Julian Apostata, and our engineer, Sarah Austin, then the four of us talk about gender non-conformity, and how our faith communities responded/reacted. That takes us to our informative interview with Donovan Ackley III, Ph.D., who was a professor at a conservative Evangelical Christian university. His decision to transition made national news, and ended his long-time position with the school. Donovan’s doctorate is in philosophy of religion, and is the author of several books and many articles. For the past 6 years he's worked in trauma-informed crisis intervention, currently as case management team lead for a recovery residence with women and children recovering from addiction. He also consulted on the 2019 film Intersex and Faith, exploring the intersections of religion and gender. Trans Lifeline:https://www.translifeline.org/https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/TransFaith:http://www.transfaithonline.org/SafetyNet:http://onesafetynet.com/More about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groupsLooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery? RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC. https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/fall-excursion-2019We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
Angela Soffe grew up in the Mormon faith, while living abroad in Southeast Asia. When she came back to America for college, it was culture shock on several levels, even though it was a Mormon school. There she began to discover her love and aptitude for singing. It was music that got her through the painful transition out of her Mormon faith.   She's a  songwriter and lead singer of the Angela Soffe Band. Her music has elements of folk, pop, and bluegrass. There's a darkness-to-light message in her music, and her voice is amazing.  Her song, “Rocks” won the Great American Songwriting Contest for 2018, and the "Second Wind" album has been nominated for the Independent Music Awards (2018)In this episode she talks with us about leaving Mormonism and, throughout this episode, we include some of her music. Angela’s Website: www.angelasoffe.comYouTube channel: https://bre.is/ai0Hw0d3ZMore about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://bre.is/sndPcEW6ELooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery? RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC. https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/fall-excursion-2019We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
E15: The Power of Cults

E15: The Power of Cults

2019-05-1601:09:341

Cults come in a variety of expressions, though they have commonalities. Our guest for this episode is an expert on this subject, as well as a former cult member herself.Dr. Janja Lalich is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology, and social control. She was a Fulbright scholar and is Professor Emerita of Sociology at California State University, Chico, and the founder and former director of the Center for Research on Influence and Control. Her books are considered essential to understand the attraction of these groups. She presents four ways to not only explain the power of cults, but also the control they have over their followers. Her latest book is one of the most extensive examinations of those who’ve left cults.Janja consults with education, mental health, business and legal professionals, and is a regular spokesperson for the media. Tim and Bill also discuss the ongoing NXIVM trial, and how Janja's research helps to understand this kind of group.Janja’s Website: http://cultresearch.org/Janja’s Books: https://goo.gl/vGMML6More about Recovering from Religion:Did you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://bre.is/sndPcEW6ELooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery?RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC.September 20-22,  2019https://bre.is/cIC5j8dih   We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
Nitai Joseph was born into a Hare Krishna family. After becoming very devout as a teenager, he joined an offshoot sect, and moved to a small, off-grid monastery in Northern California. For almost seven years, Nitai was assistant to the leader, experiencing intense psychological and financial abuse, manipulation, and deprivation. These days, Nitai is working for education and recovery resources for survivors of cults, cultic environments and interpersonal abuse more broadly. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the International Cultic Studies Association, and is working toward a Master’s degree in the Psychology of Coercive Control. Nitai’s Website: http://arecoveringmonk.com/We want to hear your story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcastMore about Recovering from ReligionDid you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://bre.is/sndPcEW6ELooking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/Interested in meeting other people who have made the journey to recovery? RfR is hosting a fall outing in Mars Hill, NC. https://bre.is/cIC5j8dih 
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