27 episodes

"Recovering from Religion" is an international community for those who have questions or doubts about their faith. We aren’t here to talk you out of or into faith, just provide a safe place to examine what you believe. And perhaps, why you believe it.

Your hosts, Recovering From Religion volunteers, bring guests who've experienced harm from extreme religious beliefs and practices, as well as experts who can offer help, hope and healing. New episodes are adapted from RfRx live recordings.

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"Recovering from Religion" is an international community for those who have questions or doubts about their faith. We aren’t here to talk you out of or into faith, just provide a safe place to examine what you believe. And perhaps, why you believe it.

Your hosts, Recovering From Religion volunteers, bring guests who've experienced harm from extreme religious beliefs and practices, as well as experts who can offer help, hope and healing. New episodes are adapted from RfRx live recordings.

    E27: Gender Roles Post Religion w/ Rebecca Williams, LMFT

    E27: Gender Roles Post Religion w/ Rebecca Williams, LMFT

    This RfRx discusses how to deconstruct strict gender roles and stereotypes post-religion. Giving up the strict prescriptions of what you are ‘supposed’ to be will free you to live life more fully and to lovingly enjoy who you are!
    Rebecca Williams is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. She runs a couples therapy practice where she teaches other therapists how to be great couples therapists. Rebecca specializes in mixed faith marriages and families. Her therapy superpower is helping people connect across the religious-secular divide. Rebecca is a former Mormon who left the faith over issues of gender inequality. She’s a sometimes-angry feminist who wants to free everyone from the constraints of the white supremacist heteronormative patriarchy.
    Hosted by Eric Wells, the RfR Support Group Director and Sherie D’Souza, RfR Board Member & Support Group Leader
    Recorded on May 17, 2021
    Resource List
    - Partnership Families: http://www.partnershipfamilies.com
    - Equally Shared Parenting: http://www.equallysharedparenting.com
    Books
    - Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps - And What We Can Do About It by Lise Eliot: https://www.amazon.com/Pink-Brain-Blu...
    - Couples, Gender, and Power: Creating Change in Intimate Relationships by Anne Rankin Mahoney, PhD and Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD: https://www.amazon.com/Couples-Gender...
    - The Tragedy of Heterosexuality by Jane Ward: https://www.amazon.com/Tragedy-Hetero...
    More about Rebecca Williams, LMFT
    - https://www.iecouplescounseling.com/t...
    - Instagram: @rebeccarelationshipexpert
    The primary focus of Recovering from Religion (RfR) is to offer hope, healing, and support to those struggling with issues of doubt and non-belief. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. We are here to help each other through this journey.
    For RfRx comments, inquiries & topical questions, email us at RfRx@recoveringfromreligion.org.
    Any time you are struggling with religious doubts or fears you can connect with a trained RfR Helpline agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To chat online go to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org.
    To talk over the phone, dial:
    (844) 368-2848 in the US & Canada
    If you are in need of professional help, we can offer the Secular Therapy Project to provide options to connect with a professional therapist. All therapists have been thoroughly vetted by our organization and offer only evidence-based and non-religious treatment. Connect with them at http://www.seculartherapy.org.
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    Volunteer: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/volunteer
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    E26: Rock 'n' Roll Heretic: Trauma and Black Religious Respectability w/ Sikivu Hutchinson

    E26: Rock 'n' Roll Heretic: Trauma and Black Religious Respectability w/ Sikivu Hutchinson

    In this RfRx talk, Sikivu Hutchinson discusses the major themes of Black feminist identity and artistic control in her new road novel “Rock 'n' Roll Heretic”, vis-a-vis overcoming trauma, victim-blaming and silence around sexual violence, misogynoir (anti-Black misogyny) and corruption in faith-based communities.

    Sikivu Hutchinson is a writer, educator, and director. Her books include “Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical” (2020), the novel “White Nights, Black Paradise” (2015) and the new novel “Rock ’n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe” (2021). She is the founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, Black Skeptics Los Angeles and a co-facilitator of the Black LGBTQI+ Parent and Caregiver group.

    Hosted by Eric Wells, the RfR Support Group Director and Mandisa Thomas, Founder and President of Black NonBelievers and RfR Support Group Leader.

    Resource List
    - “Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical” by Sikivu Hutchinson: https://www.amazon.com/Humanists-Hood...
    - “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance” by Danielle L. McGuire: https://www.amazon.com/At-Dark-End-St...
    - “Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty” by Dorothy: https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Black-... Roberts:
    - “Aretha Franklin, Sexual Violence and the Culture Dissemblance”, an article for the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) by Rachel Zellars: https://www.aaihs.org/aretha-franklin...
    - “Love with Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse” an anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Accountab...
    - “The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion―and Others Should Too” by Candace R. M. Gorham LPC: https://www.amazon.com/Ebony-Exodus-P...
    - Black Diamond Queens: Black women and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Maureen Mahon: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-...

    Upcoming Event:
    Juneteenth at the Museum of the African Diaspora presents Shredding While Black and Female: http://sikivuhutchinson.com/2021/05/1...

    Atheist Community of Discord: https://discord.com/invite/B28xRKb

    Any time you are struggling with religious doubts or fears you can connect with a trained RfR Helpline agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To chat online go to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org.
    To talk over the phone, dial:
    (844) 368-2848 in the US & Canada
    Important RfR Links:
    RfR Support Groups: http://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-...
    Secular Therapy Project: http://www.seculartherapy.org
    Donation link: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/donate

    • 1 hr 3 min
    E25: The Stigma of Nonbelief w/ Erin Louis

    E25: The Stigma of Nonbelief w/ Erin Louis

    Coming out as a non-believer to friends and family can be terrifying, it invites judgement and criticism from people who care about you. In this RfRx talk, Erin Louis will share her own experiences in confronting the unfounded stereotypes and stigmas of being a former adult entertainer and how similar those experiences are to being an out-of-the-closet atheist. We’ll cover the various beliefs and non-beliefs of non-believers, share tips on identifying those stereotypes, and discuss how and when to come out of the closet.


    Erin Louis is a former adult entertainer and a present-day author. She has written 3 non-fiction books about her life as a stripper and several short fiction stories. Erin has had a lifelong love of horror and dark humor, but more importantly, she’s an advocate for critical thinking, humanism, and healthy sexual expression.

    Hosted by Eric Wells, the RfR Support Group Director, and Kara Griffin, RfR Helpline Agent

    Recorded on May 31st, 2021

    More about Erin Louis
    - https://www.erinlouis.com
    - Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Erin-Louis
    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erinlouis666
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinLouis666



    Atheist Community of Discord: https://discord.com/invite/B28xRKb

    The primary focus of Recovering from Religion (RfR) is to offer hope, healing, and support to those struggling with issues of doubt and non-belief. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. We are here to help each other through this journey.

    For RfRx comments, inquiries & topical questions, email us at RfRx@recoveringfromreligion.org.

    Any time you are struggling with religious doubts or fears you can connect with a trained RfR Helpline agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To chat online go to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org.
    To talk over the phone, dial:
    (844) 368-2848 in the US & Canada
    +3 4505 2402 in Australia
    +20 3856 8791 in the UK
    +27 11 043 5323 in South Africa

    Peer support is also available through local support groups. These groups offer monthly in-person meetings as a place to express doubts, fears, emotions & concerns about religion you wouldn't normally feel comfortable expressing in a religious community. Find your nearest support group at http://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion

    If you are in need of professional help, we can offer the Secular Therapy Project to provide options to connect with a professional therapist. All therapists have been thoroughly vetted by our organization and offer only evidence-based and non-religious treatment. Connect with them at http://www.seculartherapy.org.

    RfR has an immense collection of well-curated resources available as you go through your journey, including resources for mental and physical crises, working with relationships, issues stemming from specific religions, coming out stories, and much more. Head to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/resources for these helpful resources.

    Subscribe to the
    RfR Blog: https://medium.com/excommunications
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    E:24 Religious Trauma: The Negative Impacts of Purity Culture w/ Christy Lanterman, LPC

    E:24 Religious Trauma: The Negative Impacts of Purity Culture w/ Christy Lanterman, LPC

    In the 1980’s and 90’s, sexual “purity” became a major focus in sectors of Christian culture within the United States. This movement, now referred to as “purity culture,” had detrimental effects, including stunted LGBTQI+ identity exploration, dissociation from one’s body, under-reported sexual assaults, and relationship struggles. Join us as we explore specific concepts taught within purity culture, its impacts & developmental trauma, as well as tips and resources for identifying the trauma in oneself and working through it.

    Content warning: This discussion will have a lot of heteronormitive language and heavy gendered language. We understand that can be triggering & stressful, but know it’s intentional because it’s a part of breaking down the core concepts of purity culture. This discussion was held in the beginning of Pride Month and purity culture is especially damaging to the LGBTQ+ community.

    Christy Lanterman, LPC counsels couples and adult individuals recovering from religious trauma. She focused her graduate studies on how religious trauma (RT) occurs, religious abuse, how to identify controlling groups/people, and how folks can recover from RT. She is passionate about supporting her clients in their healing process.

    Hosted by Eric Wells, the RfR Support Group Director, and Kara Griffin, RfR Helpline Agent.

    Recorded on June 7th, 2021

    Resource List
    - Purity Culture Resources (Google Doc): https://www.tinyurl.com/PurityCulture...

    Learn more about Christy Lanterman, LPC
    - https://www.christylanterman.com

    Atheist Community of Discord: https://discord.com/invite/B28xRKb

    The primary focus of Recovering from Religion (RfR) is to offer hope, healing, and support to those struggling with issues of doubt and non-belief. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. We are here to help each other through this journey.

    For RfRx comments, inquiries & topical questions, email us at RfRx@recoveringfromreligion.org.

    Any time you are struggling with religious doubts or fears you can connect with a trained RfR Helpline agent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To chat online go to http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org.
    To talk over the phone, dial:
    (844) 368-2848 in the US & Canada
    +3 4505 2402 in Australia
    +20 3856 8791 in the UK
    +27 11 043 5323 in South Africa

    Peer support is also available through local support groups. These groups offer monthly in-person meetings as a place to express doubts, fears, emotions & concerns about religion you wouldn't normally feel comfortable expressing in a religious community. Find your nearest support group at http://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion

    If you are in need of professional help, we can offer the Secular Therapy Project to provide options to connect with a professional therapist. All therapists have been thoroughly vetted by our organization and offer only evidence-based and non-religious treatment. Connect with them at http://www.seculartherapy.org.


    Subscribe to the RfR Blog: https://medium.com/excommunications

    • 1 hr 30 min
    E23: Anniversary Reflections…and Beyond

    E23: Anniversary Reflections…and Beyond

    It’s been one year since Tim and Bill became the hosts of the Recovering from Religion podcast. For this anniversary, the guys look back on the past year. They talk about how the podcast came to be, what they were doing prior to the hosting responsibilities, and some of what they continue do in addition to the podcast.

    Tim asks Bill about his new novel, and reads a powerful letter from a Mom who was touched by the book, and shared her moving, first-hand story about the harm that comes from extreme religious messages..

    This episode is an intimate one-on-one conversation as the hosts share what surprised them, and how they’ve been impacted by the shows, the topics and the guests.
    And at the end, there’s an announcement about the immediate future of the podcast.

    Tim's website: https://timrymel.com/
    Bill's website: https://www.billprickett.com/

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    • 48 min
    E22: The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid

    E22: The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid

    Ronna Russell grew up the youngest daughter of a well-known United Pentecostal minister. To escape home, she jumped into marriage at the age of twenty-three, a union that lasted 22 years and produced four children. When her marriage ended, Ronna was free to consider her own desires and interests. With her children grown, she relocated, remarried and returned to school. Ronna is a blogger, an outspoken advocate for women, and the author of the book “The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid” that chronicles her experiences with a controlling, oppressive religious father, a closeted homosexual husband, and her own search for genuine authenticity.

    Ronna’s website: https://ronnarussell.com/
    Ronna’s book: https://tinyurl.com/y5klxupw

    More about Recovering from Religion

    Did you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?
    https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groups

    Looking for a therapist who will respect your views?
    https://www.seculartherapy.org/

    We want to hear your story.

    Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681
    Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

JBack602 ,

Amazing Podcast!

I really hope that this podcast comes back. It has been so incredibly helpful for me and my recovery from religion. So many eye opening conversations that really allowed me to think about my upbringing in the church. I thought I was the only one that had some of these feelings..... please, please come back!!

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Thank you!

I’m a recovering AG PK and this podcast is so helpful. I also found the resources on your website and am looking forward to joining a support group. Again, thank you.

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This is the best podcast I’ve ever heard about religiosity and I really HOPE you guys come back and continue making these!

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