23 episodes

"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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"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.

    E23: Anniversary Reflections…and Beyond

    E23: Anniversary Reflections…and Beyond

    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/

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    If you have questions or comments for the podcast team, send us an email: podcast@recoveringfromreligious.org

    • 48 min
    E22: The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid

    E22: The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid

    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/y5klxupw

    More about Recovering from Religion

    Did 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/

    We 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

    • 56 min
    E21: D-I-V-O-R-C-E from Religion with Janice Selbie

    E21: D-I-V-O-R-C-E from Religion with Janice Selbie

    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/yxh9d2n5
    Conference on Religious Trauma: https://cort2020.com/

    More about Recovering from Religion

    Did 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/

    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-2019

    We 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

    • 1 hr
    E20: Dying Out Loud – Facing ALS and Mortality

    E20: Dying Out Loud – Facing ALS and Mortality

     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 Religion

    Did 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/

    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-2019

    We 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

    • 1 hr 10 min
    E19: Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University

    E19: Sexual Assault at Bob Jones University

    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.com

    BJUnity (mentioned in the episode): https://www.facebook.com/BjUnity/



    More about Recovering from Religion

    Did 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/

    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-2019

    We 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

    • 1 hr 15 min
    E18: “Divine Currency” with Devin Singh

    E18: “Divine Currency” with Devin Singh

    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 Religion

    Did 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/

    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-2019

    We 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

    • 1 hr 10 min

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I love this podcast! I grew up in fundamentalist Christianity and deconstructed many years ago. This podcast is extremely informative and easy to listen to.

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Great Stories from People About Religious Experiences

The stories come from many different kind of perspectives and beliefs, but one thing that is the same is just how human all of these stories are. People’s journeys from belief to doubt and beyond are so compelling and relatable.

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Religion is such a difficult subject but RfR approaches it with the respect others deserve

Respectful but honest, RfR understands the importance of letting others find their own journey and not forcing anyone to make decisions they aren't ready to make. But when someone comes to that crossroad, RfR will be there without any agenda but to be supportive and compassionate.

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