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Religious ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on this practice through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after shunning.

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Religious ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on this practice through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after shunning.

    Episode Eighty Four - All She Did Was Ask A Question

    Episode Eighty Four - All She Did Was Ask A Question

    “Have you ever wondered if this is actually the truth?” Such a simple question. Something that one would think might be a natural question when a person calls their doctrine “The Truth”. This question was the end of a relationship, and just a small part of a larger story that involved so much change and some moments of pure heartbreak.
    The song that Malina chose to represent her story is Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks.
    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned
    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.
    Support Malina by leaving her a comment HERE
    Want more resources or to participate in the Shunned Recovery Project that I mentioned? Go to my new website exjwHelp.com
    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook group HERE
    Leave us a review on iTunes
    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.
    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.
    Follow my new podcast called LouisvilleOne at LouisvilleOne.org or look it up on a podcast app. You can watch the live videos on the YouTube channel HERE.
    Music by Fair Voyeur entitled “No Hell Yet”.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Episode Eighty Three - Laurel - Growing up in and leaving Scientology

    Episode Eighty Three - Laurel - Growing up in and leaving Scientology

    What is it like to grow up as a child in Scientology? Not as a celebrity, nor anyone with clout, but as an average person going to a local church and trying to assimilate into the only life that you know? Laurel tells her personal story of growing up as a Scientologist, joining the Sea Org at just 13 years of age, getting married, her path toward becoming a “word clearer”, and one particular way to leave the Sea Org to obtain freedom.

    This isn’t just a story about Scientology though, this is a story about how a belief system can impact a family, and ultimately this is a human story about a little girl growing up and facing some things that most people will never have to face. From the normal desire to fit in and make friends to her life being pulled into the extreme emotional control of the group, to having to stare into someone else’s eyes without breaking gaze for hours at a time, Laurel has an experience to share.
    The song that Laurel chose to represent her story is Pay No Rent by Turnpike Troubadours.
    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned
    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.
    Support Laurel by leaving her a comment HERE
    Want more resources or to participate in the Shunned Recovery Project that I mentioned? Go to my new website exjwHelp.com
    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook group HERE
    Leave us a review on iTunes
    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.
    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.
    Follow my new podcast called LouisvilleOne at LouisvilleOne.org or look it up on a podcast app. You can watch the live videos on the YouTube channel HERE.
    Music by Fair Voyeur entitled “No Hell Yet”.

    • 3 hrs 58 min
    Episode Eighty Two - Geoff is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    Episode Eighty Two - Geoff is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    The underground. As Jehovah’s Witnesses we were trained for the possibility that someday we would have to go underground and do our public preaching work in secret. Most of us would never actually do that. Geoff did.

    Geoff went to China to work underground as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a country in which the cult is banned. Secret meetings, smuggling cult propaganda into the country, specious credentials, etc. But doing this work would backfire as it forced Geoff to realize certain things about the cult that he was involved in. Even bigger, living this underground life would force parts of his authentic self to come out and be exposed to the light of day in ways he could no longer hide.

    The song chosen by Geoff to represent his journey is The Weight of Lies by The Avett Brothers.
    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned
    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.
    Support Geoff by leaving him a comment HERE
    Want more resources or to participate in the Shunned Recovery Project that I mentioned? Go to my new website exjwHelp.com
    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook group HERE
    Leave us a review on iTunes
    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.
    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.
    Follow my new podcast called LouisvilleOne at LouisvilleOne.org or look it up on a podcast app. You can watch the live videos on the YouTube channel HERE.
    Music by Fair Voyeur entitled “No Hell Yet”.

    • 2 hrs 24 min
    Episode Eighty One - Suzanna is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    Episode Eighty One - Suzanna is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    “How do you get kicked out of church?” These are the words of Suzanna’s brother as he tried to wrap his mind around her shunning. Her journey starts as a 14 year old girl with two real options to get out of her abusive home, joining a local gang or getting involved with Jehovah’s Witnesses. The choice she made would lead to decades of trying to make that choice work. All while living a life outside of that decision as she went back and forth between the choice she made so young and the life she really wanted to live.
    The song chosen by Suzanna to represent her story is La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz.

    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned
    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.
    Support Suzanna by leaving her a comment HERE
    Want more resources or to participate in the Shunned Recovery Project that I mentioned? Go to my new website exjwHelp.com
    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook group HERE
    Leave us a review on iTunes
    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.
    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.
    Follow my new podcast called LouisvilleOne at LouisvilleOne.org or look it up on a podcast app. You can watch the live videos on the YouTube channel HERE.
    Music by Fair Voyeur entitled “No Hell Yet”.

    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Episode Eighty - Ramil is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    Episode Eighty - Ramil is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    What is it like to move around the country multiple times as a child? To not have a consistent place to live? To be placed into foster care at times? To do all of this while growing up exposed to a cult, and then to have a catastrophic moment that pushes you farther in? Ramil’s story involves all of this, and much more. He found solace in cult teachings, found a place to belong by pioneering and getting involved in the ASL congregations, but then he also had a secret all along, part of his identity that he tried so hard to deny. This is a story of overcoming a lot of instability and the strength it takes to build an authentic and stable life.
    The song chosen by Ramil to represent his story is Beautiful by P.O.D.

    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned
    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.
    Support Ramil by leaving him a comment HERE
    Want more resources or to participate in the Shunned Recovery Project that I mentioned? Go to my new website exjwHelp.com
    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook group HERE
    Leave us a review on iTunes
    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.
    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.
    Follow my new podcast called LouisvilleOne at LouisvilleOne.org or look it up on a podcast app. You can watch the live videos on the YouTube channel HERE.
    Music by Fair Voyeur entitled “No Hell Yet”.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Episode Seventy Nine - Allison is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    Episode Seventy Nine - Allison is shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses

    One of the things that really stands out at times is how much people put into following these high control groups, or cults, and how little it takes to get a person kicked out and shunned. Years, even decades can be spent serving faithfully, but one simple statement by a once sincere follower can be all it takes to start the path to shunning. “I wish they were just more open minded”, a reasonable remark and a personal feeling expressed to the wrong person who told the elders started the process for Allison. Her answer to the infamous question often asked in their secret judicial committees, “do you view Jehovah’s organization as your authority”, would seal her fate. A fourth generation Jehovah’s Witness, and everything changed so quickly. There’s often no credit for time served in a cult.
    The song chosen by Allison to represent her story is Let The Mystery Be by Iris DeMent.

    Support the show by donating to the cause on our Patreon page, Patreon.com/shunned
    Are you struggling in some area of life? Feeling stuck? Need an accountability partner or some encouragement? Need to talk to someone that understands cult life? Reach out and let’s talk. I have affordable programs to help as a certified life coach. Click HERE for more information.
    Support Allison by leaving her a comment HERE
    Want more resources or to participate in the Shunned Recovery Project that I mentioned? Go to my new website exjwHelp.com
    Join our Shunned Podcast Facebook group HERE
    Leave us a review on iTunes
    Find shunned podcast on Youtube, including new VIDcasts here.
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
    You can listen to the Shunned Podcast Spotify playlist here for all of the songs chosen by guests of the show.
    This podcast was made possible by my original podcast This JW Life. You can find it on any podcast app or on YouTube. It is a 9 part series about life as Jehovah’s Witnesses designed to help you understand how it worked in one comprehensive story and to help you process your own if you came from that environment.
    Follow my new podcast called LouisvilleOne at LouisvilleOne.org or look it up on a podcast app. You can watch the live videos on the YouTube channel HERE.
    Music by Fair Voyeur entitled “No Hell Yet”.

    • 1 hr 23 min

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