Changing the human conversation of love and inclusion. Susan Cottrell is the Mom of two LGBTQ children; the founder of FreedHearts; an international speaker with a viral TEDx talk; a pastor and theologian; an acclaimed author; and a fierce advocate and ally. In her unique tender, relatable style, Susan is a prominent voice of unconditional love and lavish inclusion. Powerful, authentic, and relevant in today’s society, Susan has a lot to say. The Advocate calls her their “Favorite Affirming Matriarch.” OutSmart magazine calls her "The Mother of all MamaBears!" Reverend Ashley Harness from Auburn Seminary says, “Susan has this fierce, loving, don’t mess with me, Mom vibe.” If you have been excluded, or if someone close to you has been excluded because of who they are or who they love - or maybe you have been the one doing the excluding - the FreedHearts podcast is for you. Join Susan, along with her husband Rob, on the journey. You are not alone. Welcome home!
Holidays or Helladays? When you can’t, or don’t want to go home.
"Holidays or Helladays? When you can’t, or don’t want to go home." Have you been uninvited to a holiday or family gathering? Is that kind of event the last place you would want to be because of things that are said or just because of how you are made to feel? Let’s talk about how to navigate difficult family situations, and also about options for when you can’t, or don’t want to go home for the holidays.
Infuriating Family Fanatics! Love in the midst of hurt.
"Infuriating Family Fanatics. Love in the midst of hurt." How do we deal with infuriating family fanatics? When we are afraid, angry, and even hurt, how do we love people we don’t even like that much? What does that mean, and what does it not mean?
A Love Letter... to Ourselves!
"A Love Letter… to Ourselves!" What a time it has been! We have been through a lot, almost like going through a war together. Many of us are exhausted. And for a lot of you, all of this is in addition to the daily rejection and hurt we receive from family and friends - just because you are LGBTQ. Now is the perfect time for self care. Now is the perfect time for a love letter… to ourselves.
Stressed? Afraid? Angry? Powerful & profoundly simple ways to help.
Stressed? Afraid? Angry? Powerful & profoundly simple ways to help. Even for the most optimistic people, this year is doing a number on us. It seems as if every day something else is happening – wildfires, floods, protests, politics, racial tension, and deaths and suffering on so many levels from COVID. Our emotional and mental health is fragile. We just can’t seem to get our footing. And it just keeps piling up. We are afraid. The present is overwhelming and unbelievably painful and difficult for so so many. The future is uncertain. In this episode, we will talk about how fear is it impacting us, and especially about something we can do that is very powerful and profoundly simple.
If it’s all we need, what IS love? And what is it NOT?
If all we need is love, it would help to know what the heck love really is — and what it’s not. There has been so much hurt justified “in the name of love.” We all think we’re loving, so then why do so many people feel unloved? What is love, really? The answer may surprise you. We will give you the definition of love in 15 beautiful, powerful words.
One of the deadliest teachings in all of humanity.
In this episode, we talk about one of the two deadliest teachings in all of humanity. It is at the heart of our division. It is responsible for some of history’s most brutal treatment of ethnic groups, religious groups, women, LGBTQ; and it is rampant today. What is it and what can we do?
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Just what we need right now!
Anyone struggling with the new sea of loving, accepting, and affirming LGBTQ 🏳️🌈people have got to listen to this. My older sister went through tremendous pain after she was outed and then ousted within our family and church community when she was a teenager. She died when she was 19 years old in a car accident and I can tell you - no one out there wants to live with the kind of regrets a tragedy like that causes. Love is always the answer. Susan has great personal and theological wisdom to share so you can take the journey towards inclusion one whole hearted step at a time. With complete integrity and peace I might add!
So grateful God is using people like Susan and Rob to help us in the LGBTQIA+ find Freedom and peace in being our authentic “Beloved” self! ❤️