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Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin interview special guests with inspiring exoduses away from Christian Fundamentalism (and other oppressive religions) with special focuses on faith deconstruction and rebuilding after religious trauma.

The Life After Podcast The Life After: Chuck Parson, Brady Hardin

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Chuck Parson and Brady Hardin interview special guests with inspiring exoduses away from Christian Fundamentalism (and other oppressive religions) with special focuses on faith deconstruction and rebuilding after religious trauma.

    Sheltered and Exposed with Victoria Lynn Myers

    Sheltered and Exposed with Victoria Lynn Myers

    Victoria Lynn Myers (model) joins Chuck and Brady to unpack her life after!
    She grew up in a very strict, Independent Baptist home with many, many rules, but Victoria noticed she didn't value the beliefs over her experience like those around her. When her church community showed obsessions with modesty, she knew there were still horrible sexual abuse occurring.
    Her world turned up-side down when Victoria had an empowering sexual experience with someone of the same gender, an act her community strictly forbade as shameful and wrong. That wasn't Victoria's experience, and she wasn't set on reading from their script. Instead, she left the shelter of her family and church community to experience the world that she was conditioned to fear. When she faced difficulties on her own, including sexual abuse, she had to lean on herself and pulled through victoriously.
    Listen to Victoria's brave story of overcoming oppression and showing her true self to the world.
    Visit Victoria's website here: victorialynnmyers.com
     

    Transitional music by Nightlightr | CDBaby, iTunes and Spotify
    Connect with the Life After Podcast & Community here: linktr.ee/thelifeafter

    • 1 tim. 47 min
    Growing Smaller with Laura M.

    Growing Smaller with Laura M.

    CW: Anorexia 

    Chuck and Brady are joined by Laura M, who opens up about her childhood struggling in silence with a Fundamentalism-fueled eating disorder.
     
    Laura, like many women raised in Christianity, was taught to be silent and smaller. When tragedy struck her family, she developed anorexia out of a need to be seen and to have a feeling of control in a time of uncertainty. The eating disorder became increasingly dangerous, leaving her with the ultimatum: Get well or risk death within 28 days.
     
    Listen to Laura's inspiring story of how she gained her life after toxic religion and anorexia with the help of professional therapy. The episode begins with Chuck and Brady's practical mental health advice.
     
    To learn more about eating disorders or to find support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one, visit, www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

    Transitional music by Nightlightr | CDBaby, iTunes and Spotify
    Connect with the Life After Podcast & Community here: linktr.ee/thelifeafter

     

    • 1 tim. 40 min
    Bye Jesus with Carrie Maya

    Bye Jesus with Carrie Maya

     CW: This episode includes mentions of race-based physical abuse, racial slurs, sexual abuse, and mention of childhood violence.
    Carrie Maya, calling from Australia, opens up to Chuck and Brady about her life after leaving a high-demand Charismatic community, spiritual abuse, and life-long conditioning to submit to authority.
     
    A very tumultuous childhood and extreme Fundamentalism positioned Carried to be victimized by self-seeking authoritative voices. First, it was family. Then her pastor. And finally, an intimate partner. Carrie retells how she changed the narrative and discovered help in finding spirituality outside of Christianity.
     
    To learn more about Carrie and her book, visit her insta @Hexvangelical.
     
     

    Transitional music by Nightlightr | CDBaby, iTunes and Spotify
    Connect with the Life After Podcast & Community here: linktr.ee/thelifeafter

    • 1 tim. 27 min
    Uncomfortable Confessions with Ronna Russell

    Uncomfortable Confessions with Ronna Russell

    Ronna Russell joins Chuck and Brady to discuss her life after strict Pentecostalism and oppressive Purity Culture. Her saucy memoir, The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher's Kid, tells her story of not fitting into Christian culture's idea of what a woman should be and how she found her true self instead.
    The episode begins with advice on how to safely set-up a sexual encounter through an app and other advice for those dipping their toes into the sexual waters. Episode ends with practice guidelines for writing about your experience when it includes harmful actions from family members.
    Connect with Ronna and buy her book at https://ronnarussell.com.
    CW: Some mentions of sexual abuse
     
    Transitional music by Nightlightr | CDBaby, iTunes and Spotify
    Connect with the Life After Podcast & Community here: linktr.ee/thelifeafter
     
     
     
     

    • 1 tim. 17 min
    Black Nonbelievers with Elle Reneé

    Black Nonbelievers with Elle Reneé

    Elle Reneé of St. Louis Chapter of Black Nonbelievers joins Chuck and Brady in the studio.
     
    Elle's step father was a pastor for multiple churches of varying denominations and current pastor of a nondenominational church, and some of their church services would go all day long. All of this made church a very foundational part of Elle's childhood. Along with the good side of closely-knit church communities also brought the bad, including lot of unwanted touch.
     
    Elle got married during the same week she graduated high school and turned 18. After two failed marriages, she learned to stand up for herself. As she started to pull away from the faith, many church people would report back to her family. She set boundaries to protect herself and hasn't looked back since.
     
    Chuck and Elle share experiences of being People of Color, and in the finale segment, Brady and Elle discuss parenting after religion.
     
    Elle is the Chief Organizer of the St. Louis Chapter of Black Nonbelievers, a friendly, informative secular community connecting People of Color (and allies). Learn more on their website, blacknonbelievers.com.
     
     
    Transitional music by Nightlightr | CDBaby, iTunes and Spotify
    Connect with the Life After Podcast & Community here: linktr.ee/thelifeafter

    • 1 tim. 51 min
    Ambiguous Loss with Janice Selbie

    Ambiguous Loss with Janice Selbie

    Counselor ("counsellor" for the Canucks) Janice Selbie joins Chuck and Brady for a insightful, practical conversation on grieving God.
    Janice came from a ultra-Fundamentalism background that became hyper-charged after marrying her now ex-husband. While working at a bookstore, she befriended a group of Mennonite (Anabaptist) women and began wearing head coverings like they did out of a obedience to the Bible.
    Around the time of her divorce, Janice encountered traumas that shook her from her cognitive dissonance, and she left the faith. Next, she pursued a counselor degree, met Dr. Marlene Winell, and now specializes in freeing people from the mental grips of Fundamentalism.
     
    In this episode, Janice shares practical ways to recover from religion healthily, the importance of rituals to symbolize the end of one's Fundamentalism, and how cognitive behavioral therapy can be very useful.
    Janice is organizing the first-of-its-kind Conference on Religious Trauma in Vancouver from April 24-26, 2020.
    Visit CORT2020.com to learn more! Learn about Janice's online workshop, Divorcing Religion at divorcingreligion.com.
     
    Transitional music by Nightlightr | CDBaby, iTunes and Spotify
    Connect with the Life After Podcast & Community here: linktr.ee/thelifeafter

    • 1 tim. 32 min

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