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Meet Reagan Part 2 --

Meet Reagan Part 2 --

2022-05-0453:28

Reagan's back! In this conversation she talks specifics regarding the multiple small businesses she runs here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Reagan is a career coach, professional photographer, CEO of a Nature Preschool, blogger, AND does speaking engagements. Whew! That makes me tired just typing it all out!!  Reagan continues to inspire me -- she's changing the world by being herself! Here's Reagan --  sharing more of her journey -- from evangelical homeschool kiddo to earth loving, tree hugging inspirational homeschool mama and entrepreneur. Enjoy the conversation. I’m pretty sure you, too, will continue to be inspired by Reagan’s moxie. Find out more about Reagan at the links below:https://www.playfulacre.comhttps://www.instagram.com/playfulacre/https://www.facebook.com/playfulacrehttps://twitter.com/playfulacreSupport the show
Meet Reagan Part 1 --

Meet Reagan Part 1 --

2022-03-2501:07:23

Reagan is a mom and owner of multiple small businesses here in the Greater Cincinnati area. She grew up in the church. She and her family frequented the same homeschool circles as my family. Her people played on the same homeschool sports teams as my people. Her sister actually dated one of my favorite human’s brother. We knew, and -- still know—a lot of the same people.I’m not sure how or when I was first introduced to Reagan’s Instagram page. I don’t think I realized at the time that she was someone from our homeschool past, I was just attracted to the passion and pizzazz she oozed.  I loved what she was saying about preserving the magic of childhood and getting kids out in to nature. She inspired me. Reagan was raising her kid the way I wished I would have raised my kids. She was teaching me things. One day last fall I put two and two together and realized our families used to do life in the same Cincinnati homeschool circles. And I wanted to know more. So -- I reached out and asked Reagan if she’d be interested in sharing her journey -- from evangelical homeschool kiddo to earth loving, tree hugging inspirational homeschool mama and entrepreneur. Luckily, for me and you, she said yes. Enjoy the conversation. I’m pretty sure you, too, will be inspired by Reagan’s moxie. You can find out more about Reagan at the links below:https://www.playfulacre.comhttps://www.instagram.com/playfulacre/https://www.facebook.com/playfulacrehttps://twitter.com/playfulacre​  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Trigger warning: This episode contains material that may be difficult for some of our listeners to hear. Conversations cover porn, body shaming, Josh Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, statutory rape,  purity culture and abortion. #porn #bodyshaming#JoshuaHarris #JoshHarris#IKissedDatingGoodbye#statutoryrape#purityculture#abortion#sexuallycurious#shamed#dating#relationships#courting#courtship#exvangelical#boymeetsgirl#findingfreedom#onestoryatatime#speakingup#speakingoutSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Bess Part 1 --

Meet Bess Part 1 --

2022-03-0301:18:12

Bess is in her mid 20s. She lives in a small rural Pennsylvania town. As you'd expect, she's been surrounded by conservative christians as far as the eye can see for the entirety of her life.  Raised in the church and educated in christian schools, Bess never fit in. Everyone around her was exactly the same – same beliefs, same hobbies, same skin color, same EVERYTHING!  Sure, she made attempts to fit in, but as a young teen, Bess determined she could no longer pretend to be someone she wasn't. This authenticity and independence created turmoil within her family of origin -- particularly in the relationship with her father. It wasn't appropriate for a young girl to ask questions and think for herself. As an older teen, Bess and her dad came to an understanding that they'd just have to agree to disagree. However, as Bess' faith continued to erode, the conflict returned and this time not only with dad but  into the larger circle of Bess' immediate family.  Living authentically hasn't been easy.  Bess at times wishes she could just turn off her hunger for truth switch. But for some of us, this is impossible to do!!We are learning how to use our voices. We’re Speaking Up. And Speaking Out. Finding our Voices. And in so doing, Finding Freedom. On the Other Side. One Story at a Time. Enjoy Bess. She’s pretty f*&ing incredible!#WereSpeaking#WomenBeyondFaith#FindingFreedom#OneStoryataTime#SpeakingUp#SpeakingOutSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Responding to your questions -- Leah talks  work, Covid family relations, homeschool mama days and the kids subsequent trauma, as well as the movie Captain Fantastic with one of her crushes -- Viggo Mortensen. #WereSpeaking#SpeakUp#SpeakOut#FindingFreedom#OneStoryataTime#BraveAssBeauties#WomenBeyondFaithYou can reach us at womenbeyondfaith@gmail.com, Instagram or Facebook. New graphic by Dara Paul. Thanks, girlfriend! Special thanks to my personal assistant and editor @emmacatherine09Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Andrea B. Part 2 --

Meet Andrea B. Part 2 --

2022-01-2001:13:19

She's back!!  Catch the rest of Andrea's deconstruction story here at Andrea B. Part 2!Born the 4th of 5 children to strict young earth creationist parents in the Midwest, Andrea B. was at church every Sunday. At the age of 9, she began attending summer camp at Kanakuk (think “Jesus Camp” Documentary) in Branson, Missouri. Attempting to grow in faith, confidence, and Christian characterAndrea buckled down intensifying her commitment to the faith.  Sold out for Jesus, Andrea was rebaptized. Attending purity retreats, See You at the Pole events and before school prayer study groups became her standard. She purchased an ichthys bumper sticker for a high school boyfriend. She was a Jars of Clay fangirl.  However, while still in high school Andrea took a world religions and philosophy course which revived her natural curiosity.While away at college, her fundie boyfriend insisted she grow her hair long and wear skirts. Slowly, she began to break away intellectually from fundamentalism.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Andrea B. Part 1 --

Meet Andrea B. Part 1 --

2022-01-0501:06:18

Born the 4th of 5 children to strict young earth creationist parents in the Midwest, Andrea B. was at church every Sunday. At the age of 9, she began attending summer camp at Kanakuk (think “Jesus Camp” Documentary) in Branson, Missouri. Attempting to grow in faith, confidence, and christian character Andrea buckled down intensifying her commitment to the faith.  Sold out for Jesus, she was rebaptized. Attending purity retreats, See You at the Pole events and before school prayer study groups became the standard. She even purchased an ichthys bumper sticker for a high school boyfriend.However, while still in high school Andrea took a world religions and philosophy course which revived her natural curiosity. Slowly, she began to break away intellectually from fundamentalism. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Alyssa --

Meet Alyssa --

2021-12-1801:18:03

Alyssa is a 27 year old spouse & momma of two who is still adjusting to the freedom of "life on the other side" after recently deconstructing her beliefs from the Evangelical Church.After her parents divorced at the age of 8, she and her two brothers were primarily raised by their mom in Wichita, Kansas in a very right-winged conservative household. She currently lives in the Kansas City area, but is hoping to move down south at some point next year. She has been working tirelessly throughout the last year or so to unlearn and dismantle all of the toxicity that she was raised to believe was "love" within the church and her religious family. She enjoys drinking coffee, blasting punk music on long car rides, and isn't the least bit ashamed of her potty mouth. She is dedicated to healing her religious and childhood traumas and living her life as authentically as possible :) Find her on TikTok at @alwaysauthenticalyssa where she posts very real and raw parts of her healing journey in hopes to connect with people who are on a similar path.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Deconversion Therapy is a comedy podcast about religion. Bonnie and Karen punch up at charlatans like Jim Bakker or Jerry Falwell Jr. They don't discuss real trauma rather they point listeners to other spaces for that. They have fun with old church memories and cover recent and past scandals and debacles.They've been at it for 3 years now!Growing up in the Southern Baptist church in South Florida Bonnie and Karen "met" when we they 1 year old (1969 or 70!). Both became Christians. Bonnie was always a bit more skeptical than Karen who grew up in a fully-Christian household.Bonnie left, went back and then finally called it quits.Karen became a missionary and seeds of doubt didn't arise until she was on the mission field in Thailand. It was a painful decade as things began to unravel.Bonnie worked in Hollywood and has lots of stories. She now works in real estate. Karen taught English at a university and still does mentors students online. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
 Kimberly Poovey is the founder of The Exvangelical Parent, a community of misfits, questioners, and wanderers, sharing our stories and navigating ethics, morality, and spirituality in parenting. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and religious traditions, but we are all on a journey of deconstructing, reconstructing, and decolonizing our faith, (or lack thereof.) We aspire to raise good humans without religious baggage who will make the world a better, more just, and more loving place.For the last several years, I’ve been in the process of deconstructing and reconstructing my faith, and I don’t yet know where I’ve landed. (Perhaps landing at all isn’t the point.) Now, as parents, my husband and I are trying to impart morality, ethics, empathy, compassion, and social justice to our child without making those things irrevocably interwoven with a conservative faith tradition. It’s a journey, and we are figuring it out as we go.I’m a writer, artist, wife, and over-caffeinated mom. Enneagram 9. INFP. After spending over a decade in the ministry world, I now write and create full-time. You can find my work on Scary Mommy, The Mighty, The Huffington Post, The Natural Parent, Parent Co, and Her View From Home.You can find Kimberly at https://theexvangelicalparent.com/ and on Instagram: @theexvangelicalparentSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Justice Renée, born trans-female, raised in Young Earth Fundamentalism was taught through shame to hate her trans identity. As a preteen, Justice dedicated her life to Jesus and dove heavily into ministry.  Steeped in fundamentalist culture it was not until 2019  when she opened up to her partner about her gender issues. Recently transitioned (woohoo!!), Justice is using her talents to amplify marginalized voices and improve the "Din of Conversation". She's challenging herself to deal with the fear and scariness of being in the public eye, stepping out from behind the camera. Enjoy Justice! She's a treasure!! PS Did you notice her tattoo??You can find out more about Justice and the communities she's involved in at:http://thetransverse.net/about-the-transverse/https://secularnorth.orghttps://twitter.com/leftintheleaveshttps://www.instagram.com/leftintheleaves/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Justice Renee --

Meet Justice Renee --

2021-11-1101:15:09

Justice Renée, born trans-female, was raised in a Fundamentalist Evangelical Home. Her father was a leader in the Young Earth/Creation Science movement in Utah and surrounding states through the 1980s and 90s. She was taught through shame to hate her trans identity. In her preteens, Justice dedicated her life to Jesus and began ministry work with her church, AWANA, and CEF and gave her first evangelistic message at 13. She went on to get Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Missions Emphasis from Frontier School of the Bible, was Youth Pastor in Nebraska, worked at Christian Camps, and a CrossWorld Missions Candidate preparing for missions in Thailand. In 2009, responding to the Housing Crisis, she founded “Tears of the Patriots”, a Tea Party Group connected with Libertarian and Christian Nationalism. Due to a myriad of reasons, Justice Renée re-examined her belief system over a period of 7 years ending with leaving the church. She opened to her partner about her gender issues in 2019 and transitioned in 2020. Currently, Justice Renée works as a Systems Engineer at Target, helps amplify diverse voices through Secular North Productions, and raises her two kids with her partner in a co-housing community. She shares her story with others to give hope and move communities forward through the “Din of Conversation”. She found freedom in acceptance and a path forward from the hate. Stepping out from behind the camera, Justice Renée has begun opening up in a more public way to build connections with others and amplify the "Din of Conversation".Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
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Update

2021-10-3123:21

Speak your truth, Leah, even if your voice shakes. We matter. Our stories matter. And our voices need to be heard. #speakup#speakout#werespeaking#imspeaking#ourturn#exvangelicalSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Delta —

Meet Delta —

2021-08-2740:48

Hey friends! Leah's back with an update and honest appraisal of the current state of affairs in which we find ourselves. She talks contracting COVID, extended family discord, fundie antivax friends, mental health struggles in the time of pandemic and more. Leah references Alan Alda (who played Dr. Hawkeye Pierce on TV's MASH back in the 70s & early 80s) and his advocacy to train STEM and medical professionals to communicate clearly and vividly. Here's a few links to a some of his resources.:https://www.aldacenter.orghttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/science-clear-vivid-podcast/id1535702219?itsct=podcast_box&itscg=30200https://omny.fm/shows/science-clear-and-vivid/If you're interested in being a guest on the WBF podcast, contact Leah at womenbeyondbelief@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Julie Part 2 --

Meet Julie Part 2 --

2021-05-2549:221

She's back for more!!!  We here at WBF are lucky to have Julie, aka Cornflower Girl, back to continue the conversation! She and I get hung up on our distinct versions of homeschooling (child-directed learning) and many of the casualties of evangelicalism. Pretty sure you're going to find the conversation pretty damn engaging!!Julie is a late diagnosed autistic who has amassed a sizable TikTok following for her relatable PTSD/neurodivergent and Exvangelical content. A writer and armchair philosopher, she lives in North Carolina with her husband, Phil and 2 neurodivergent kiddos. You can find Julie at www.musingsfromthecornflower.comOR on her IG handle or Tik Tok @cornflowerwomanSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Rachael -- Part 2

Meet Rachael -- Part 2

2021-05-2501:01:24

Rachael is back!!  This recently deconverted beautiful mama of two sweet boys, wife, therapist, sometimes poet, and fierce advocate for those recovering from trauma continues her story. We talk stepping-stones leading to her deconstruction including Pete Enns (I'd never heard of him before!), the Liturgists Podcast and Bart Ehrman. Rachael believes in LOVE and imperfectly lives by that principle. Follow her work on Instagram @smallwords_bigstories or www.rcpstherapy.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Rachael Part 1 -

Meet Rachael Part 1 -

2021-04-2854:54

Rachael is a recently deconverted mama of two sweet boys, a wife, a therapist, a sometimes poet, and a fierce advocate for those recovering from trauma. Rachael believes in LOVE and imperfectly lives by that principle. Follow her work on Instagram @smallwords_bigstories or www.rcpstherapy.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Charisse, born and raised in northern Utah, was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormonism) until 2017.  An abrupt divorce plunged her head-first into an existential crisis, leading her to walk away from the LDS faith and community. Leaving religion changed everything for Charisse - how she looked at herself and others -- she contemplated her very existence. She's been working on healing and navigating the religious trauma associated with those years in the church. One of the means Charisse has utilized to help process the trauma is The Existential Ginger podcast and platform. This platform provides a means for Charisse to share not only her voice -- but also the voices of others who find themselves on a similar journey. This Existential Ginger currently lives in Southern PA with her 3 four-legged pals (2 cats and a dog). She works as a Beer Sales Rep by day.  You can find out more about Charisse at https://linktr.ee/theexistentialginger.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Joy Part 2 --

Meet Joy Part 2 --

2021-04-0901:04:50

Here's the rest of the story Joy's story!   A 59-year-old mother of six , Joy's an elementary school teacher and former fundamentalist, pentecostal Christian currently residing in the Pacific Northwest.Joy spent over 5 decades loving Jesus with her whole heart, mind, and strength. She taught her children to do the same. Her oldest, at about age 19 or 20, came home from a year abroad declaring she was no longer a Christian. This devastating news forced Joy on a search for answers that could help win her eldest back to Jesus. However, as many of us who've found ourselves in this very situation understand -- the evidence Joy discovered, after many months of reading, studying, and watching debates  completely dismantled those pillars she had erected to uphold her faith. And before she knew it, her entire belief system had collapsed with a deafening thud. The next several years were tremendously difficult and yet exhilarating as she left the church (her entire support system!!), ended her 30-year marriage, and started anew.During those troubled years, Joy wrote a memoir called Joy Unspeakable, Toxic Faith and Rose-colored Glasses, as a way to process and make sense of it all. "I chronicle the ways in which my rose-colored glasses (a metaphor for my faith) distorted reality and robbed me of agency from the time I was a small child until my 50s when the glasses finally fell off." You can find her memoir on Amazon -- here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Unspeakable-Toxic-Rose-Colored-Glasses-ebook/dp/B08NFNT2GCSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
Meet Julie - Part 1

Meet Julie - Part 1

2021-03-2201:03:38

Julie aka Cornflower Girl is a late diagnosed autistic who’s amassed a sizable TikTok following for her relatable PTSD/neurodivergent and Exvangelical content. A writer and armchair philosopher, she lives in North Carolina with her husband, Phil and 2 neurodivergent kiddos. You can find Julie at www.musingsfromthecornflower.comOR on her IG handle or Tik Tok @@cornflowergrl Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8739294)
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"Because I was depressed, I was also like learning about libertarianism"

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