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Cindy Wang Brandt is a mother and progressive Christian writer who is on a mission to support the journeys of parents interested in Parenting Forward with progressive values. She's an author, blogger, community leader, coach, and live and online education provider for parents who are committed to raising their kids in a faith that isn't hierarchical, controlling and fundamentalist and want to see their children desire mercy and not sacrifice, to grow up walking in the ways of Jesus for peace, righteousness, and wholeness! The Parenting Forward podcast features interviews with authors and thought leaders from progressive faith spaces, monthly listener question shows, and practical strategies for parents, grandparents, and anyone who loves children and wants to commit to treating children with justice. We believe that if we change the way we parent, we can change the world!

Parenting Forward Cindy Wang Brandt

    • Christianity
    • 4.9, 93 Ratings

Cindy Wang Brandt is a mother and progressive Christian writer who is on a mission to support the journeys of parents interested in Parenting Forward with progressive values. She's an author, blogger, community leader, coach, and live and online education provider for parents who are committed to raising their kids in a faith that isn't hierarchical, controlling and fundamentalist and want to see their children desire mercy and not sacrifice, to grow up walking in the ways of Jesus for peace, righteousness, and wholeness! The Parenting Forward podcast features interviews with authors and thought leaders from progressive faith spaces, monthly listener question shows, and practical strategies for parents, grandparents, and anyone who loves children and wants to commit to treating children with justice. We believe that if we change the way we parent, we can change the world!

    075: Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt

    075: Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt

    Today, I am sharing some of my own stories and reflections to hold witness to this unique moment in history - the COVID-19 crisis. I wanted to provide five pandemic parenting lessons I've learned so far. As we make our way through this crisis, I am sure there will be more lessons to uncover. I hope this episode inspires you, encourages you, and offers you support in some way. 

    • 17 min
    074: Highlights of the Parenting Forward Conference

    074: Highlights of the Parenting Forward Conference

    A couple of weeks ago, we wrapped up the Parenting Forward conference.  Today, I’m going to air some highlights from the conference so that you can experience some of the best parts of the speakers too.

    • 32 min
    073: When Our Parents have a Faith Crisis with Diana Butler Bass

    073: When Our Parents have a Faith Crisis with Diana Butler Bass

    As the world is going through major growing pains, some days, it seems impossible to extricate the pandemic from the conversation about religion and spirituality. If you are a parent going through a rocky ride when it comes to your faith, or maybe you are watching your parents maneuver a faith crisis of their own, this episode is for you.

    • 46 min
    072: This One is for the Kids with Brad Montague, Anna Skates, & Noah Glenn

    072: This One is for the Kids with Brad Montague, Anna Skates, & Noah Glenn

    Calling all kids! Today's episode is just for you. Check this out: usually, I talk to your parents about how to raise you with healthy spirituality. You know how doctors, nurses, and scientists can help you to stay physically healthy (like help you when you have a sore throat or stomach ache)? Well, there's another way of staying healthy too, and that's through spiritual wellness. Helping your parents and you stay healthy, spirituality, that's my job.

    • 23 min
    071: How to Find Community in a Post Religious World w/ Casper ter Kuile

    071: How to Find Community in a Post Religious World w/ Casper ter Kuile

    One of the biggest concerns I see among parents undergoing faith deconstruction is the desire or need to find a meaningful community. This week, Casper ter Kuile joins me to discuss how parents can find community in a post-religious world. Casper is the co-host of the popular podcast, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. He's also the author of The Power of Ritual.

    • 38 min
    070: Parenting Decentering Whiteness - Untigering w/ Iris Chen

    070: Parenting Decentering Whiteness - Untigering w/ Iris Chen

    Throughout the series, Parenting Decentering Whiteness, my special co-host, Leslie Arreola Hillenbrand, and I have been interviewing parenting influencers of color. Parenting spaces are majority white, which is a massive distortion of the actual world in which we live. If we want to raise our children into developing meaningful relationships with those around them, we have to start listening to voices that reflect the actual life experiences of our world.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Ashia R. ,

Intersectionally progressive faith

Full disclosure - I'm a guest on one of the episodes.

Cindy works hard to boost voices from marginalized and under-represented groups. She keeps her focus on how we can raise our children with acceptance and gentleness as fully loved humans. She sets a great example for parents, educators, and faith leaders, and for the kids who will soon step into these roles.

Chelsea Riedy ,

I’ve never felt more seen in my life

Like many post-evangelicals, the deconstruction process of my faith has been lonely, guilt-inducing, and isolating. It is so hard to peel off layers of your faith that have been with you for so long and feel like home, even though you know in your heart it’s wrong. Within the first few minutes of listening to Cindy’s podcast, I was moved to tears in finding someone who was able to put my feelings into words. She has introduced me to a community, faith leaders—a whole movement of people living out progressive Christianity. I’m so so thankful for Cindy’s voice. I feel hopeful about Christianity for the first time in a long time. Cindy, I can never thank you enough for the work that you do. I’ve shared your podcast with everyone I know. You’re a gift to us all.

RCU Fan ,

Absolutely perfect!

This podcast is everything I never knew I needed. It’s exactly what I was hoping to find when I began my podcast search. Cindy and her guests are so refreshing and easy to listen to. I’m a part of RCU and this podcast is like the real life version of the phenomenal online community. Thank you SO much for creating this place, I look forward to each episode!

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