Join Tonia Adleta as she peels back the layers of impact that organized religion has on the way we see the world. The conversations within Recovering Church Girls* set out to undo the mindf*ck that caused you to internalize the judgments, criticisms, and hatred (often directed our own selves,) that so often comes as a result of growing up in a religious environment. (And spoiler alert: even if you didn't grow up in religion yourself, you've probably been impacted by Main Street, USA.)
Find yourself in others' stories and learn how to replace the negative inner critic with love and appreciation for your most authentic self and a healthy respect for each person's spiritual journey. Come home - to yourself, your spirituality, and a supportive community that doesn't require you to check your individuality at the door, where you can finally feel like you belong.
Marc Cordon on Family, Culture, and Choice
You know those people who you can pick up wherever you left off, and just keep going in the same conversation? Except for, its not just one conversation, it's actually 17 with different twists and turns, all bringing you full circle... eventually?
Consider this a sneak peek into the dynamic Marc Cordon and I share - it took a total of three epsiodes, 2 on his show, The Golden Mic, and this interview of his on RCG* for us to scratch the surface on all things family, church, culture, legacy, obligation, and personal choice. Dig in. ;)
Chingi Love on the Power of Love and Life
From her beginnings as a nomadic military child, to getting kicked out of Bible Camp, Chingi Love has long observed and documented daily life. From great food to great conversation, Chingi believes that everyday moments matter; how we live, what we find beautiful, how we treat each other, whether or not we answer the call of Wanderlust... it all matters. We couldn't agree more.
Rachel O'Rourke on Shame and Spirituality
Plato says, "The unexamined life is not worth living." But how often do we prioritize this kind of self-examination? And what do we find when we do? How often do we allow shame to block our own spirituality?
Meditations, affirmations and gratitude journals... tools of the trade, used by Rachel O’Rourke, co-host of the podcast “Flawed Females”, and founder of Spark. Listen in on our discussion of meditation, connection with oneself and delving deep into personal growth.
Matthew Kimberley on Priests, Parenting and The Here and Now
At what point do church culture and its education become indoctrination? This week, we are joined by Matthew Kimberley, author of “Get a F*cking Grip." Following a religious upbringing as the son of a priest, Matthew has come to believe quite differently in his adulthood. Living life to the fullest and as a good person for the simple, rewarding sake of being good, Matthew shares his philosophy of life in the here and now.
Amber Cantorna on Redefining Ourselves and Our Relationship with God & Family
Amber Cantorna, the author of Refocusing My Family and Unashamed, shares from the heart about her childhood experienced and how they influenced the woman she has become. Unpacking her evangelical background, within a very prominent community considered by many to be the elite “inner circle” of conservative Christian values, Focus on the Family. A conversation that takes a deep dive into the purity culture and what it means to unravel the notion of internal homophobia.
Sophia Remolde and the Beauty of Pilgrimage
This week, we are joined by the cheerful Sophia Remolde, as she discusses her work on the “pilgrim’s pilgrimage.” Leading pilgrimages (or, in her words, “hero’s journeys”) around the world to allow people to “understand their own spiritual path and their own connection with the divine” has become Sophia’s goal.
How do we juggle the multifaceted world of the divine and community obligations or teachings? From an early childhood habit of questioning the “unquestionable” to finding herself, Sophia Remolde takes us through her journey, and perhaps teaches us something about deconstructing and reconstructing ourselves in the process.
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A New Kind of Church
Deep, smart, and healing. Tonia creates the space to question what we’ve been taught and find a greater understanding of spirit for ourselves. For those looking to connect with God in a way that feels true for you—this is your podcast.
This is the podcast I didn’t know I was looking for! I stopped seriously practicing Catholicism years ago but recently realized that much of the mental conditioning from childhood is still affecting me in business and personal relationships.
Not just for girls
Tonia's podcast is not only for "Recovering Church Girls," but also for anyone who strugles with faith, identity, and becoming their true self. There are no pat answers here, but deep questions to wrestle with (with lots of laughter and fun along the way).