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Andrew Pledger, a cult survivor, hosts “Speaking Up: Surviving Religions and Cults", a podcast that allows people to share their stories of abuse and religious trauma in various high-control groups. Speaking Up has ended but Andrew has other podcasts like "Surviving BJU: A Christian Cult" and "Beyond BJU: Exposing Fundamentalism." - Exvangelical Podcasts, Cult Podcasts, Deconstruction Podcasts - Support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/4ndrewpledger - Linktree: https://andrewpledger.mypixieset.com/links
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Speaking Up: Surviving Religions and Cults Andrew Pledger

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

Andrew Pledger, a cult survivor, hosts “Speaking Up: Surviving Religions and Cults", a podcast that allows people to share their stories of abuse and religious trauma in various high-control groups. Speaking Up has ended but Andrew has other podcasts like "Surviving BJU: A Christian Cult" and "Beyond BJU: Exposing Fundamentalism." - Exvangelical Podcasts, Cult Podcasts, Deconstruction Podcasts - Support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/4ndrewpledger - Linktree: https://andrewpledger.mypixieset.com/links
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    NEW PODCASTS

    NEW PODCASTS

    Speaking Up has ended, but I have two new podcasts out now. My new podcasts are 'Surviving BJU: A Christian Cult' and 'Beyond BJU: Exposing Fundamentalism'.
    “Surviving Bob Jones University: A Christian Cult” is a limited podcast by Andrew Pledger. The show is a thought-provoking podcast that explores the fundamentalist Christian college BJU, which is located in Greenville, SC. The series covers the history of BJU, the psychology of fundamentalism, the criteria for cults, and survivors experiences. This limited series also features cult experts who offer their opinions on the university. 
    (Beyond BJU: Exposing Fundamentalism) Join Andrew Pledger in exposing Bob Jones University, a school known for its culture of indoctrination and control. BJU is a fundamentalist Christian college with roots in white supremacy and authoritarianism. The podcast features survivors' stories from the university, and its affiliated churches, camps, and day schools. The show also explores BJU's influence beyond the university, focusing on Christian education, politics, Biblical counseling, and evangelical Christianity. This show is a continuation of the limited series "Surviving BJU: A Christian Cult.”
    CHECK OUT MY NEW PODCASTS: https://andrewpledger.mypixieset.com/beyond-bju-podcast/

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    • 2 min
    Finale

    Finale

    Get updates on my new project on Substack: https://speakingupandrewpledger.substack.com/
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    • 3 min
    Mindshift - Dr. Clint Heacock

    Mindshift - Dr. Clint Heacock

    Dr. Clint Heacock is the host of the MindShift Podcast, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers posed by cults and other high-control religious groups, the agenda of the Christian Right and Dominion theology, and providing resources to those suffering from religious trauma syndrome He is an ex-evangelical former pastor and Bible college teacher. Connect with Dr. Clint Heacock on Twitter, and his website.
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    • 44 min
    SAFER - Laura Padgett & Jenni Espinosa

    SAFER - Laura Padgett & Jenni Espinosa

    Laura Padgett & Jenni Espinosa - Abuse Recovery Coaches, Policy Consultants, Domestic Violence Advocates
    Laura holds nearly two decades of public policy advocacy and cross-cultural ministry leadership experience. She has turned her passion for helping others heal into abuse recovery coaching through body-mind wellness, mindfulness, and therapeutic arts modalities.
    Jenni has devoted over 20 years of her life as an amazing educator and now has turned that devotion and experience toward domestic violence advocacy and abuse recovery. She holds a master's degree and deep expertise in church ministry leadership and navigating divorce.
    As abuse recovery coaches, both Laura and Jenni meet clients with compassionate wisdom learned through professional training, as well as many years of reclaiming their own lives from toxicity and abuse. Connect with them on their website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

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    • 52 min
    When Religion Hurts You - Dr. Laura Anderson

    When Religion Hurts You - Dr. Laura Anderson

    Dr. Laura Anderson is a therapist, trauma resolution and recovery coach, writer, educator, and creator who specializes in complex trauma with a focus on domestic violence, sexualized violence and religious trauma. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Mind Body Medicine from Saybrook University with her research focusing on the experience of living in a healing body after sexual trauma. Laura has a private practice in Nashville, TN and is the founder and director of the Center for Trauma Resolution and Recovery, an online coaching company where she and the other practitioners work with clients who have experienced high demand/high control religions, adverse religious experiences, cults, and religious trauma. Her Book: Book | Religious Trauma Expert (drlauraeanderson.com)
    In 2019, Laura co-founded the Religious Trauma Institute with the goal of providing trauma-informed resources, consultation, and training to clinicians and other helping professionals who work with religious trauma survivors. Laura’s first book, “When Religion Hurts You: Healing From Religious Trauma and the Impact of High Control Religion”, is being released by Brazos press in Fall 2023. She lives with her dog, Phoebe, in Nashville, Tennessee.
    Connect with Dr. Laura Anderson on Instagram, and Tik Tok,
    Andrew's Links
    Become a Patreon member HERE and access all bonus episodes + other benefits. https://www.patreon.com/4ndrewpledger
    Connect with Andrew Pledger through social media, and his website. https://andrewpledger.mypixieset.com/links



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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Stumbling - Brandon Flanery

    Stumbling - Brandon Flanery

    Brandon Flanery is an ex-pastor, ex-missionary, ex-evangelical who has been writing and researching the intersection of faith and sexuality, most recently why people are leaving Christianity. He’s been featured in Baptist News Global, the Colorado Springs Indy, and with the University of Colorado. His new book Stumbling: a sassy memoir about coming out of Evangelicalism debuts August 22 and is available for pre-order. You can learn more about Brandon and his writings by going to BrandonFlanery.com.
    Order his book: https://brandonflanery.com/book/
    Linkree: https://brandonflanery.com/link-tree/
    Andrew's Links
    Become a Patreon member HERE and access all bonus episodes + other benefits. https://www.patreon.com/4ndrewpledger
    Connect with Andrew Pledger through social media, and his website. https://andrewpledger.mypixieset.com/links

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Amberleigh164 ,

Love the work Andrew is doing!

Andrew has a huge heart and I am so glad that he is out here doing the work to shine a light on these issues. Keep it up, Andrew! <3

emjay217 ,

Important Conversations

The stories that Andrew shares on his podcast through his guests are important. I have never been a religious person, so I find these stories fascinating for multiple reasons. Hopefully the episodes are finding the ears that need to hear the stories the most.

Cdraw18 ,

Wow

This is a fascinating topic. I believe in the message behind this podcast, and Andrew is a kind and compassionate host. I appreciate all of the work he’s doing to support victims of religious abuse.

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