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Andrew Pledger, a queer cult survivor and religion recovery coach, hosts “Speaking Up w/ Andrew Pledger", a podcast that allows people to share their stories of abuse and religious trauma in various religions and cults. Some guests discuss specific topics to educate and bring awareness. *TRIGGER WARNING Discussions range from purity culture, mental health, religious trauma, Christian culture, deconstruction, and much more. Influencers like the Naked Pastor, Brandan Robertson, Phil Drysdale, and Jegaysus have appeared on the show. - 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 with Andrew Pledger Andrew Pledger

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

Andrew Pledger, a queer cult survivor and religion recovery coach, hosts “Speaking Up w/ Andrew Pledger", a podcast that allows people to share their stories of abuse and religious trauma in various religions and cults. Some guests discuss specific topics to educate and bring awareness. *TRIGGER WARNING Discussions range from purity culture, mental health, religious trauma, Christian culture, deconstruction, and much more. Influencers like the Naked Pastor, Brandan Robertson, Phil Drysdale, and Jegaysus have appeared on the show. - Exvangelical Podcasts, Cult Podcasts, Deconstruction Podcasts Support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/4ndrewpledger - Linktree: https://andrewpledger.mypixieset.com/links
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    Ministry, Manipulation and MLMs! Oh My! - Hollyanne Simon - S2E5

    Ministry, Manipulation and MLMs! Oh My! - Hollyanne Simon - S2E5

    Hollyanne Simon did not grow up in the Church but made it her life beginning at age 13. She accepted Jesus in a moment of "worship" at a Summer Camp, and when coming back home, she dove head first into all things Church. She began volunteering in the Children's Ministry, on the worship team, and in the office. By the age of 16, she was working in the Church as a Children's ministry intern, and worship intern, which later turned into full-time ministry positions. She worked on Church staff for a decade, six of those years being pastoral. Hollyanne comes on the podcast to share her deconstruction and healing journey.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Apostacie - S2E4

    Apostacie - S2E4

    Apostacie is a co-host for the Skeptic Haven show “Secular Soapbox” every Wednesday on YouTube at 5pm PST. Apostacie comes on the show to tell her story of publicly deconverting from Christianity and the aftermath.
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Christianity, Atheism, and the Global Problems in the 21st Century - Jakub Ferencik - S2E3

    Christianity, Atheism, and the Global Problems in the 21st Century - Jakub Ferencik - S2E3

    Jakub Ferencik is Slovakian Canadian who lived in England, Barcelona, and Warsaw. For much of his life, he was a firm believer in Christianity but I left it after his time in Oxford. After that, he moved on to study political science and philosophy at UBC. Presently he is working as a research assistant and doing his master's degree in the history of populism in the Visegrad states (Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary).
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    His Books
    Up in The Air: Christianity, Atheism, and the Global Problems of the 21st Century
    Beyond Reason: Why We Fail at Understanding Each Other
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    • 47 min
    Psychedelics and Religious Trauma - Andrew Jasko - S2E2

    Psychedelics and Religious Trauma - Andrew Jasko - S2E2

    Andrew Jasko, MDiv, MA in Counseling Psychology, Founder of Life After Dogma. As a former Princeton Seminary-educated minister, Andrew had to leave his religious faith and community because of the severe psychological trauma he experienced. After spending years healing his trauma and helping hundreds of people transform their lives, he is now considered an expert in healing religious trauma. Andrew’s clients hire him to heal and find a healthy, authentic spiritual or secular connection that suits them.

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    • 55 min
    Church Sanctioned Abuse - Tia Levings - S2E1

    Church Sanctioned Abuse - Tia Levings - S2E1

    Tia Levings is a writer, creator, and content specialist. Her work explores the female narrative in patriarchal spaces. 
    She has a memoir releasing in 2024 through St. Martin's Press.
    Her videos on social media have millions of views. Through the lens of her personal experience, she connects entertainment, news headlines, and current events to fundamentalist influences and strategy. 
    She writes about religious trauma and Christian fundamentalism to educate, validate, and empower those who feel smashed by the patriarchy. She does it to create something beautiful from pain.
    And, because when she went through the hell of church-sanctioned violence, she felt alone. She wants you to know you aren’t alone. And even if the church condones and shelters it, abuse is never okay. 
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    • 57 min
    Season 2 COMING SOON

    Season 2 COMING SOON

    Season 2 COMING January 9, 2023.
    Andrew Pledger, a queer cult survivor and religion recovery coach, hosts Speaking Up w/ Andrew Pledger, a podcast that allows people to share their stories of abuse and religious trauma in various religious groups and cults. Some guests discuss specific topics to educate and bring awareness. Discussions range from purity culture, mental health, religious trauma, Christian culture, deconstruction, spirituality, and much more. Deconstruction icons like the Naked Pastor, Brandan Robertson, Phil Drysdale, The New Evangelicals, and Jegaysus have appeared on the show.

    Connect with Andrew Pledger
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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.

nickipappas ,

Empowering Conversations

Andrew is a wonderful host. His patience and kindness open up the space for survivors of religious abuse to vulnerably share their stories. It’s empowering to listen in on these conversations.

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