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"Deconstructing religious baggage with laughter and love! Changing the conversation on 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! 

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 217 Ratings

"Deconstructing religious baggage with laughter and love! Changing the conversation on 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! 

    Contempt for God's Love, Joy, Freedom

    Contempt for God's Love, Joy, Freedom

    We have started to ask the question: Who is God?

    It’s certainly NOT the old white man in the sky, with all the feminine aspects ripped out.

    Something has been stolen from us. Our sacred interior has been ransacked and we have lost the understanding of God who loves us, delights in us.

    This is vital because when we know God feels this way about us — we are free to feel this way about ourselves — and we were meant to feel this way about ourselves!

    Religion has stolen that God and replaced it with a god who is volatile, masculine, transactional, and abusive.

    Whatever bristling feeling you may have when you think about God is because you have been robbed of this full-on love fest!

    Beloved, it’s time to fix that.  


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    • 33 min
    How Gender Plays Out in Real Life

    How Gender Plays Out in Real Life

    Today, we talk all about an example of how gender plays out in real life. How masculinity and femininity are perceived and received, and the impact it has.

    When you reduce the feminine, you reduce all the feminine traits: of caring, healing, listening, loving—which are indispensable as a balance to the masculine.

    What happens when you do that is toxic masculinity—when masculinity is not balanced by the feminine, and so it runs amok.

    Beloved, in this episode we talk about how important it is that we embrace both. 
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    God’s Gender Reveal!!

    God’s Gender Reveal!!

    What is masculine and what is feminine? What is our understanding of what they mean? Why does it matter? And why is the culture, and especially the church, holding so hard to traditional definitions?

    Gender has been turned into a false binary that has assigned roles based on gender with very little tolerance for crossover—even though all of us have masculine and feminine in us, and both are necessary for balance.

    And we pull the rug out from under the whole thing and talk about God’s gender! Maybe instead of a gender reveal, we’ll call it a gender revelation!
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    • 25 min
    The Teaching of Contempt – The Absolute Core of Our Problems

    The Teaching of Contempt – The Absolute Core of Our Problems

    Here we go! We begin our deep-dive into deconstruction by talking about the core of the false teachings coming from the ultra-religious, non-affirming, conditional-love church. It is the root of our racism, queerphobia, xenophobia, misogyny—so much of our problems and issues today.

    What is it? It is the Teaching of Contempt. Us versus them.

    So, what is contempt? Contempt means to view someone, a particular group, or something as beneath you, beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn. It means: to despise with intensive force.

    Yeah. Sound familiar?
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    It’s Bible Story Time! Does This Sound Absurd to You??

    It’s Bible Story Time! Does This Sound Absurd to You??

    It’s important to deconstruct – especially when your faith has been rattled by religious abuse. You likely know exactly what I am talking about.

    If we do not deconstruct, we can be left with a lot of baggage. It’s vital to separate the God of Religion from the truth of God. 

    Today we have some fun – and we pose a pretty big question.

    Beloved, gather round for Bible Story Time! We share with you the story of the whole Bible… yep, the whole thing in one episode. All that we have been asked to believe.

    And we pose the question: Does this sound absurd??
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    • 19 min
    Freedom from Lies the Church Tells About You & About God!

    Freedom from Lies the Church Tells About You & About God!

    Sometimes, when people attack deconstruction, they talk about it like it’s an attack on Christianity. Actually, it’s just the opposite. Deconstruction is tearing down false religious teaching that goes against the message and life of Jesus. That message has been perverted by much of the Christian religion.

    Beloved, there is one thing that scares this non-affirming, fundamentalist, legalistic, rules-based, conditional love church more than anything else. Do you know what that is?  It’s YOU. And do you know what they are scared you will do?  TALK! That’s why they work so hard to keep you silent and scared.

    So, we are going to TALK and begin to ask some pretty big questions.
     
    You are going to love this. 
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
217 Ratings

217 Ratings

ImFrugalAF ,

My favorite podcast out of 50 I subscribe to!

I subscribe to over 50 podcasts and Freed Hearts is my favorite of them all! I play it immediately when a new episode is released!

SafetyPants ,

Best of the best advocates

The hosts of this podcast truly appreciate and live the Truth that the Scriptures as well as Jesus of Nazareth’s mission and ministry are about unconditional love for all of The Divine’s creation, without exception or qualification. They provide specific narratives for us to use and make our own in properly ministering to those would falsely claim that anyone is outside God’s love.

Balcaman ,

Love this

Thank you. Your work is so important!!!!

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