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It’s our turn. We’re Speaking.For women who have walked away from faith, the challenges can be overwhelming. Finding how and where we fit into this crazy world can be tough.We matter. And our stories matter. And each and every time we tell a story the narrative shifts. We listen to other brave ass beauties who’ve walked comparable journeys and are reminded that we’re not alone. Here we are – It’s our turn. We’re Speaking. Speaking Up. Speaking Out. Even if our voices shake.We’re Speaking. By Women Beyond Faith.Finding Freedom on the Other Side. One story at a time.

Women Beyond Faith Leah Janet

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 31 Ratings

It’s our turn. We’re Speaking.For women who have walked away from faith, the challenges can be overwhelming. Finding how and where we fit into this crazy world can be tough.We matter. And our stories matter. And each and every time we tell a story the narrative shifts. We listen to other brave ass beauties who’ve walked comparable journeys and are reminded that we’re not alone. Here we are – It’s our turn. We’re Speaking. Speaking Up. Speaking Out. Even if our voices shake.We’re Speaking. By Women Beyond Faith.Finding Freedom on the Other Side. One story at a time.

    Meet Alaine Part 2 --

    Meet Alaine Part 2 --

    Alaine is back! In this episode she shares the pain, isolation and wonder associated with deconstruction.
    It takes considerable courage to confront cognitive bias head on. Many of us, hoodwinked since childhood,  become driven to discover the truth. We're so over the BS!  We sprint forward – often times ignorant to the enormity of the fallout for doing so.
    Alaine carried on. She kept asking the questions and fought hard to find honest answers.  
    Still working through the aftereffects of her deconstruction. Alaine moved to the D.C. suburbs, leaving her family behind.  She’s starting over.
    A new career. A new city. A new Alaine.
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    Meet Alaine Part 1 —

    Meet Alaine Part 1 —

    Alaine is a Gen-X former evangelical raised in the Deep South who found out the hard way that the unconditional love of Jesus had more than a few conditions.
     
    When her world began to crumble following a difficult divorce, her strict, conservative family and Southern Baptist community were not there for her the way she expected. Their shunning pushed her to question all the beliefs she’d clung to her whole life. 
     
    A support group for women of faith showed her how many verses in the Bible had been mistranslated and misappropriated through the years to support patriarchal theologies detrimental to women—and if this was possible, what ELSE in the Bible might not be the literal “Word of God”? 
     
    Alaine’s intense journey of deconstruction has led her down new roads away from almost everything and everyone in her former world. Today, identifying as an atheist/humanist, she is rebuilding her life and career as a paralegal in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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    Meet Bess Part 3 --

    Meet Bess Part 3 --

    Bess is back from rural Pennsylvania to share with us the rest of her story – at least up to current day Spring of 2022. 

    In her mid 20s and wise beyond her years Bess talks university, working through anxiety and panic attacks, therapy, finding the love of her life, managing relationships with still believing family members, and finding community with other out of the box thinkers in her small town. 

    Bess is an animal lover and her gentle, soft spoken connection with these non-humans offers some calm and serenity during these difficult days -- these days of discovery – these days of redefining the dreams of her youth – these days of finding freedom outside the confines of a religious order – these days of post pandemic uncertainty –  you’ll even her rooster crowing in the background!
    Damn! Bess is a badass!!

    If you'd like to reach out to Bess, she’d love to chat with you. You can reach her at Bess569@yahoo.com.
    Bess is learning how to use her voice. She is Speaking Up. And Speaking Out. And in so doing, she is Finding Freedom. On the Other Side. One Story at a Time. 

    #WereSpeaking
    #WomenBeyondFaith
    #FindingFreedom
    #OneStoryataTime
    #SpeakingUp
    #SpeakingOut
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    Meet Reagan Part 2 --

    Meet Reagan Part 2 --

    Reagan's back! In this conversation she talks specifics regarding the multiple small businesses she runs here in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

    Reagan is a career coach, professional photographer, CEO of a Nature Preschool, blogger, AND does speaking engagements. Whew! That makes me tired just typing it all out!!  

    Reagan continues to inspire me -- she's changing the world by being herself! 
    Here's Reagan --  sharing more of her journey -- from evangelical homeschool kiddo to earth loving, tree hugging inspirational homeschool mama and entrepreneur. 
    Enjoy the conversation. I’m pretty sure you, too, will continue to be inspired by Reagan’s moxie. 
    Find out more about Reagan at the links below:
    https://www.playfulacre.com
    https://www.instagram.com/playfulacre/
    https://www.facebook.com/playfulacre
    https://twitter.com/playfulacre
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    • 53 min
    Meet Reagan Part 1 --

    Meet Reagan Part 1 --

    Reagan is a mom and owner of multiple small businesses here in the Greater Cincinnati area. She grew up in the church. She and her family frequented the same homeschool circles as my family. Her people played on the same homeschool sports teams as my people. Her sister actually dated one of my favorite human’s brother. We knew, and -- still know—a lot of the same people.
    I’m not sure how or when I was first introduced to Reagan’s Instagram page. I don’t think I realized at the time that she was someone from our homeschool past, I was just attracted to the passion and pizzazz she oozed.  I loved what she was saying about preserving the magic of childhood and getting kids out in to nature. 
    She inspired me. Reagan was raising her kid the way I wished I would have raised my kids. She was teaching me things. 
    One day last fall I put two and two together and realized our families used to do life in the same Cincinnati homeschool circles. And I wanted to know more. So -- I reached out and asked Reagan if she’d be interested in sharing her journey -- from evangelical homeschool kiddo to earth loving, tree hugging inspirational homeschool mama and entrepreneur. Luckily, for me and you, she said yes. 
    Enjoy the conversation. I’m pretty sure you, too, will be inspired by Reagan’s moxie. 
    You can find out more about Reagan at the links below:
    https://www.playfulacre.com
    https://www.instagram.com/playfulacre/
    https://www.facebook.com/playfulacre
    https://twitter.com/playfulacre



     
     
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    Leah & Bess talk Purity Culture --

    Leah & Bess talk Purity Culture --

    Trigger warning: 

    This episode contains material that may be difficult for some of our listeners to hear. 

    Conversations cover porn, body shaming, Josh Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, statutory rape,  purity culture and abortion. 

    #porn 
    #bodyshaming
    #JoshuaHarris #JoshHarris
    #IKissedDatingGoodbye
    #statutoryrape
    #purityculture
    #abortion
    #sexuallycurious
    #shamed
    #dating
    #relationships
    #courting
    #courtship
    #exvangelical
    #boymeetsgirl
    #findingfreedom
    #onestoryatatime
    #speakingup
    #speakingout



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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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