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Women Beyond Belief Podcast

A Podcast For Women Moving Beyond Religion The Women Beyond Belief Podcast features interviews with women who have left religion. Wendy Marsman, who is a former Evangelical missionary to Brazil, hosts the podcast. The name is also the title of a book by author Dr. Karen Garst, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion. The podcast is a platform for women to express the frustrations, anger and loneliness they find when they exit religion. It is for any woman who is deconverting and finding freedom outside the walls of the church. It can open up doors of opportunity for women who were from religious backgrounds where women’s voices were suppressed. The podcast is for Humanist, Feminist, Agnostic and Atheist women who have left religion and together are Women Beyond Belief.
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The Women Beyond Belief Podcast features interviews with women who have left religion.

Feb 14, 2018

My name is Wendy Marsman and this is my final episode hosting under the Women Beyond Belief title. I have decided to rebrand under a new name.

Today (Feb. 14, 2018) marks the 1-year anniversary when I first met Karen Garst and we talked on the phone. She agreed to share the name Women beyond belief as if was also the name of her book. we agreed to collaborate, and we have been in partnership with cross-promoting each other, etc. However, because the name Women Beyond Belief was originally “owned” by Karen, it will always be connected to her and her book.

My original focus for the WBB podcast was to help women who had left religion and bring more women’s voices to the atheist movement.

Due to my views and focus changing away from the atheist movement, I just could no longer keep the name and the partnership with Karen.  I talked to Karen Garst a few days ago on the phone and I told her that I feel I am needing to rebrand the podcast. Originally I didn’t’ think I would need to but feel it is the right choice I feel. I do want to acknowledge that I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help and collaboration.

I will aim to still keep the domain name for another year (womenbeyondbelief.com and womenbeyondbelief.org)

I will aim to still pay for and maintain the WordPress Website, Libsyn monthly media hosting so that the archived podcasts will still be available to listen to. And all of you who were guests on the podcast will still be able to share the links etc. for another year.

At that point, I’m not sure if I will keeping paying for it to stay up and running or not. I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

Due to feeling some burn-out from a number of issues, I am taking a bit of a break from activism. I still feel very strongly that social justice issues and feminism is is needed to change our patricidal society but I’m not strong enough to fight all the time. I have very little RL support and so need to dial down the extra drama in my life. If I use the terms atheist, feminist, social justice etc. I know there are haters out there. I don’t do well with hate mail at all!

So, I’m looking for a more neutral name and theme but still hoping it to be a platform for women telling their stories of leaving religion and learning to live in the big wide secular world.

My new podcast will be very similar in that I will still focused on women’ stories of leaving religion. I still see a great need to get women to find out they have a voice after so many years in religion thinking they didn’t. I know I have some episodes already recorded and just needing some editing and I hope to be able to publish them soon, but I will with the new podcast name. I also want to change some things, have more topical series, as with the 3-part body image and 6-part sex and religion series (which I have over 10 women lined up and 4 already interviewed).

After having dozens of emails from women telling their stories, I want to start reading these emails during the episodes as well. I will not be interviewing or reading emails from men. I have decided this is a women’s only podcast going forward. There are literally hundreds of male hosted podcasts so if you want to tell your story men, there are so many places to do that.

I will review the long guest waiting list and see if there are any that I had agreed to that may be too focused on the atheist movement still and let them know that my new podcast won’t be a good fit for them. I am an atheist and secular feminist. Those views influence who I do and who I don’t interview.

I will be careful with who I endorse going forward and if in doubt, I will publish this declaimer with many of the episodes. The disclaimer being that the views and opinions expressed by the podcast guest do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the podcast host.

I will NOT be featuring any “big name” atheist or secular women from now on. I feel that there is just too much controversy and drama there that I have already been a part of. My blood pressure can’t take any more of it!

ALSO, part of my motivation to keep doing a podcast is to let those in the closet have a peak into what its like to come out and vocalize their experiences from their past. I AM NOT a therapist. But I do see the value in talk therapy among friends. I see the value in support groups. And the value in sharing your story with others to help you articulate things from your past that are hard to talk about. It helps us start to unpack the baggage that the church has told us women to keep packed up and hidden in the attic.

9 of the women I interviewed this past year wanted to use a pseudonym. That is almost 1/3 of the total women interviewed. That’s 9 women who are still stuck with some kind of harm that could come to them, or their family if they came out publicly as a non-believer. Our society still has so far to go before there is freedom for women. I want to do my small part in helping to enable women to feel stronger, empowered, braver and confident. We can each play a role in helping women find equality. My small part I hope to play is continuing to bring more women’s voices to the forefront.

One of my favorite podcasts is called the Guilty Feminist. The host, Deborah Francis White used to be a part of the Jehovah witness cult. When she left she was shunned and lost all her friends and community. One way she found friends was by started her podcast.

I realized that is what has happened for me too. This past year has been incredible. I literally had no one I felt I could call when I found out my husband had cancer in the fall of 2016. Now, I have over 75 women in the FB group and even more that I have met through various feminist, secular, body acceptance communities, and some that are still part of the atheist movement who have remained my online friends which I never would have made if I hadn’t had this podcast.

I will rebrand the online women’s group with the new name though. It has been so helpful for women to find a safe community. I will be archiving or deleting the original twitter, Instagram and FB pages related to the current WBB podcast. I will be creating new ones with the new podcast name in the coming weeks.

THANK YOU

I wanted to take this opportunity to let all my PayPal and Patreon contributors know that I will be rebranding the current Patreon account under the new name. I will updated the patreon page as well with the new name and logo.

I want to thank everyone one of you who have listened faithfully to the episodes, sent me emails, private messaged me, skyped with me and encouraged me in this journey. I hope you all continue to listen with the new podcast.

So, in closing, I wanted to share something.

This is from a woman I have met this year through our fb group. She has given me permission to share.

This is her post:

Yesterday my dad was in a car accident. He’s ok thankfully, but the only reason I found out about it was because my sister told me.  I called my mom to ask why she didn’t call me and she said “Because I needed prayer, and you don’t pray so you can’t help me and there was no point in calling you.”

Then she hung up because my brother was calling her back. Later, she called back to apologize about the way she said it and for hurting my feelings.  It really hurts because this is not the first time and I know it’s not the last time that this will happen.

When my uncle was going through cancer treatments, his family wouldn’t let me come see him because they believed he was going to be healed.  They didn’t want someone who didn’t have faith to be around him (Which is ironic, because isn’t that showing a lack of faith?) My mom lied to me (she said she wasn’t lying and that she really believed he would be healed). She told me he was doing great with the treatments. I found out that he was dying when it was too late for him to hear me say goodbye.

That is the kind of story I hear over and over again.

It’s heartbreaking and shows the reason it’s important to help women find community when leaving religion. Women need a safe space, a place to vent and share what harm religion does to families. There are challenges with finding community when the church has slammed the door and the online community can be a place to share the joys of meeting new secular friends. And the comfort in knowing you are not alone.

So, I hope all of you can follow me at my new podcast titled “Just Us Women”.

The first episode will be coming out in the next week or so

Thanks for your patience as I make this transition.

Feb 9, 2018

Interview recorded on January 18th, 2018

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the podcast guest do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the podcast host. 

Valerie Tarico is the author of Trusting Doubt:  A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings.  Raised in a staunch fundamentalist family, Valerie attended Wheaton College, of Billy Graham fame.  She completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington.  

For years Valerie maintained a psychotherapy practice and practiced "don't ask, don't tell" about matters of faith.  But as it became clear that Evangelicals weren’t playing by the same rules, she decided to join the fray.  She closed her practice and began writing and speaking about fundamentalism, American style.  Her articles about religion, reproductive health, and the role of women in society are featured at Salon, AlterNet and Raw Story. They all can be found at her website, ValerieTarico.com along with links to media and her Youtube Channel.  Only one of her brothers thinks that she is actually channeling Satan. 

 Valeris’ blog: https://valerietarico.com/ 

Blog re: #MeToo

Beyond Fear and Fury – Eight Musings on #MeToo, Parts I-IV 

https://valerietarico.com/2018/01/15/eight-musings-on-metoo-parts-i-iv/

 Valerie’s book

Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light

 https://www.amazon.ca/Trusting-Doubt-Former-Evangelical-Beliefs/dp/0977392937

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Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/ 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Feb 5, 2018

Glenys Oyston is a registered dietitian who helps women recover from toxic diet culture and eating anxiety through the non-diet approach. As someone who struggled with her weight, chronic hunger, and feeling out-of-control around food for years, Glenys knows exactly what others are going through and how to get them to food freedom. She works with people in person in her Los Angeles office and remotely via video. She is the creator of Dare to Eat, an online program that helps women to learn to eat as much as they want, without guilt, in total freedom.

You can find her at www.daretonotdiet.com and on her podcast Dietitians Unplugged

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist with nearly10 years of experience in the field.  Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings, including the VA of Greater Los Angeles, Destinations to Recovery, La Ventana and currently with Center for Discovery.  Aaron Flores’s private practice is in Calabasas, CA where he uses Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® in his work to help adults and adolescents learn how to make peace with food and reclaim Body Trust®.  Aaron is also the co-host of the popular podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.   

Aaron Flores, RDN - Balance Variety and Moderation RDN

www.bvmrd.com

Podcast: http://dietitiansunplugged.libsyn.com/ 

Other Recommended resources: 

Book: The Gluten Lie – Allan Lavinovitz

https://www.amazon.ca/Gluten-Lie-Other-Myths-About/dp/1941393063 

Food Psych Podcast – Episode #94 – How to Leave the Religion of Dieting with Alan Levinovitz

https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych/4/how-to-leave-the-religion-of-dieting-with-alan-levinovitz

Secrets behind the Biggest Loser - Kai Hibbard - Every Body Podcast 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr8lW_kYqLM

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Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/ 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Jan 30, 2018

This episode marks a new focus, a course correction and some thoughts on leaving the atheist movement. The views and opinions expressed in this episode may change in the future as new information becomes available.

Links related to this episode:

Kristi Winters YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/drkmwinters

Steve Shives YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/stevelikes2curse/videos

Inciting Incident Podcast

http://www.incitingincident.libsyn.com/

Skeptics Defending Jerry Sandusky?! - Steve Shives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jryqNhbzIyQ&feature=share

Rebecca Watson and "Elevator Gate"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Watson#Elevator_incident

Michael Shermer's allegations

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Michael_Shermer

Timeline of Sexual Harassment Accusations

https://the-orbit.net/lousycanuck/2013/08/12/sexual-harassment-accusations-in-the-skeptical-and-secular-communities-a-timeline-of-major-events/

Lawrence Krauss 

http://skepchick.org/2011/04/lawrence-krauss-defends-a-sex-offender-embarrasses-scientists-everywhere/

1st of Neil Carter's Scandal

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2016/06/my-final-report-on-neil-carter-and-recovering-from-religion/

Lawsuit issue Stephanie Zvan's blog

https://the-orbit.net/almostdiamonds/2016/06/20/summarizing-current-allegations-richard-carrier/

Legal defense fund for Slapp Suit against Stephanie and others

https://www.gofundme.com/defense-vs-carrier-slapp

Jan 25, 2018

Stephanie Zvan is an atheist and feminist activist and speaker. She writes at Almost Diamonds on The Orbit network and interviews interesting people on Minnesota Atheists' Atheists Talk radio show. She serves on the board of Secular Woman and is one of the founders of the Secular Women Work conference.

Stephanie’s blog - Almost Diamonds

Secular Woman website

http://secularwomenwork.org/ 

Minnesota Atheists' Atheists Talk radio show

Rebecca Watson and "Elevator Gate"

Legal defense fund for "Slapp Suit" against Stephanie and others

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Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/ 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Jan 21, 2018

Brittany Stirling (Pseudonym) was born 32 years ago and raised in the Canadian Reformed Church in southern Ontario. She doesn't remember having many questions or doubts as a child. Her parents were devout and somewhat legalistic about their Christianity. Brittany wasn’t raised with a very pervasive feeling of God's love in her life, but she does remember the feeling of being part of an exclusive group – and that essentially the rest of the world was full of outsiders who were different from her and were inferior in some way.

When Brittany was 12, she moved to Ottawa for a few years and then spent Grade 10-12 in Indonesia. She made friends with people from different races/religions along the way. She moved home to Ottawa for 2 years after high school and then spent her early 20's in Alberta.

Throughout all these stages she was a good Christian girl (FAR from perfect) but with no major questions against what she had always been taught. But she was time and time again being exposed to other people and other people’s beliefs. The slow and constant barrage began wearing away at her foundation.

Ultimately it came down to a few things. A sexual relationship, questions about human nature and how responsible we actually are for choices we make, and the death of a friend who had been going through his own tumultuous deconversion journey. She remembers the moment she first truly realized there was no god. Brittany had been contemplating that thought for a couple years already, but felt like everything in that moment shifted. 

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/?ref=bookmarks 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Jan 14, 2018

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the editor of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie Tarico, Peter Boghossian, Rebecca Hale, John Loftus, Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham.

Karen has a blog which can be found at www.faithlessfeminist.com

This podcast episode is the 9th in a series where Karen reads two guest posts from her blog. In the first blog post, Dorothy Husen, writes a letter to her two children, apologizing for raising them in a conservative religious home and passing on the trauma she learned from her parents. She emphasizes how much she loved them when they were young and even more now. 

The second post is written by an atheist parent, Karen Leothen, who talks about how to discuss religiosity with your children. 

Blog #1 -  A letter to my children: Emma, who is 27 years old and Dustin, who is 24 years old (Dorothy Husen)

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/letter-children-emma-27-years-old-dustin-24-years-old/ 

Blog #2 -  Talking About Religion in Your Skeptical Family (Karen Leothen)

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/talking-about-religion-in-your-skeptical-family/ 

Karen’s Book: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion

https://www.amazon.ca/Women-Beyond-Belief-Discovering-Religion/dp/1634310829

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Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/?ref=bookmarks 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Jan 5, 2018

Sarah Nicholson is back in an impromptu discussion about the responsibility of the four horsemen and other atheist leaders. She calls on them to be better intellectuals and make a positive difference on social issues. This episode includes a criticism of some of the common tactics used by skeptics to silence the conversation, and the search for the difference between protecting freedom of speech and allowing for cultural feedback is discussed. 

Evolving into a dialogue about the future of feminism, Sarah talks about the way all markets are broadening to include diverse voices. She ends on a hopeful note with a challenge for those in science and in the skeptical community to "widen the door".

It is a discussion about: 

  • race
  • gender
  • leaving fundamental religion (including Islam)
  • the economic struggles and anxieties of white men
  • improving engineering design by considering different perspectives
  • sex and beauty
  • reclaiming the dialogue space for more interesting and useful discussions 

Sarah’s blog: http://sarahnicholson.co/ 

Sarah on Twitter : https://twitter.com/sarahnicholsons 

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/?ref=bookmarks 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Dec 29, 2017

NEW Series #2 of 3 – Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery

 Kaila Prins is a multifaceted, multi-passionate explorer of culture, performance, body image, and marketing. In other words: she has no idea what to call herself, because she does a lot. After recovering from orthorexia, anorexia, and an exercise addiction, Kaila began a career in marketing while moonlighting as a body image coach for recovering women.

 She is now a speaker on and writer of unpopular opinions about marketing psychology and behavioral economics in the context of body image and will be the host of the forthcoming podcast, Your Body, Your Brand. In her “spare” time, she is the burlesque dancer and drag artist DeeDeeQueen, and she teaches burlesque dance, storytelling, and theatre in San Jose, California.

 Visit bodybrandpod.com for updates on the new podcast and siliconvalleyburlesque.com for burlesque classes and more!  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourbodyyourbrand/ 

Finding Our Hunger Podcast

http://findingourhunger.com/#!/category/podcasts/   

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/?ref=bookmarks 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Dec 20, 2017

Janelle Leegstra was raised in a very specific branch of Christianity: the Reformed or Calvinist branch. Most people who think of Reformed think of Christian Reformed, which was the liberal side of the Reformed spectrum. They resided somewhere in the middle. Her family believed in a lot of fundamentalist teachings such as: women couldn’t lead in the church, original sin makes everyone prone to evil, no sex outside of marriage, etc.  

However, some more conservative versions of Calvinism went steps further, and believed things like: women should always wear skirts and you could never know if you were saved (Janelle’s husband belonged to one of these). They believed they were chosen by God and must now follow his teachings. A lot of what they believed was quite conservative. 

She grew up very absorbed in this tradition. She was homeschooled for 8 of her school years because they moved a lot and also due to the fact that her parents didn’t like the mainstream Christian schools because they were too liberal. Eventually, in grade 9, Janelle was enrolled in a Canadian Reformed School and graduated from there. She even went to a Christian university in Ontario for a year.  

She didn’t break out of Christian circles until she came to Lethbridge, Alberta to go to a secular university. This is where Janelle finally got a glimpse of what outside ways of thinking looked like and began her journey of de-conversion. It took a couple years before she finally realized she didn’t believe it anymore, and it’s still a work-in-progress to let go of all of the inner thought processes. But, she is definitely an Atheist now, and has recently come out to her family as such. The fallout from that is very recent, and is pretty tense still. It’s been a long road with a long way to go yet, but she is very excited to see where it goes. 

Janelle was definitely influenced by the misogynistic culture of her church community. There was a lot of emphasis on virginity and definitely an unequal partnership in dating and marriage. She and her dad picked out a purity ring when she got her first period and Janelle was deeply immersed in purity culture until her boyfriend (now husband) began to leave the church. Her dad was very proud of the fact that he worked hard to make sure her mom didn’t “have to” work. Janelle’s mom left university to get her “MRS degree” and never finished becoming a teacher (she would have been an amazing one). She was not an outwardly confident woman, although she was very strong and very smart. Her mother stood in her dad’s shadow and didn’t speak out for herself very often.  

Growing up, Janelle witnessed the control her dad had over her mom. Their religion dictated that the man was the “head of the house” and that the final word in any major decision belonged to the man. He was never violent, but her mother had little freedom to be herself. He dictated a lot, down to even the clothes she was allowed to wear. As for Janelle, she had always been a very vocal person, and when she was young (and often still now) she would get put down for voicing her opinions too much. She still struggles with a lack of confidence in her ability to have valid ideas or opinions. She was always portrayed as “silly” and no one ever really took her seriously. Janelle’s husband was the first person to tell her that she was smart and capable, and he still is her biggest support even now. 

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

 Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast

 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCizIjQrmLqBSbPy0jqkEl3A/videos

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast

 Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

 Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Dec 11, 2017

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the editor of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. She and I are working together to tell the stories of women who have left religion and why more should do so. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie Tarico, Peter Boghossian, Rebecca Hale, John Loftus, Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham.

Karen has a blog which can be found at www.faithlessfeminist.com.

 This podcast episode is the 8th in a series where Karen reads two posts from her blog - www.faithlessfeminist.com. The first blog, "Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse” is written by Karen discussing the essay by Ann Wilcox, one of the 22 women authors in Karen's book. Ann was in a fundamentalist religion and even 30 years after leaving it, she is haunted by the shame and guilt that was instilled in her at a very young age. The second blog, "Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience" is written by Marsha Abelman, another of the authors. She talks about her "aha" moment when she was asked to teach the story of the Levite and his concubine in a Sunday school class. 

Blog #1- Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse 

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/instilling-shame-and-guilt-is-child-abuse/ 

Blog #2 – Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience 

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/teaching-an-x-rated-book/

 Karen’s Book: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion

https://www.amazon.ca/Women-Beyond-Belief-Discovering-Religion/dp/1634310829

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Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Dec 11, 2017

NEW Series #1 – Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery 

Tabitha Farrar is the author of the book, Love Fat which was published in 2015. She battled with Anorexia for 8 years and as she started to recover, she realized she wanted to help be an advocate for a proper understanding of eating disorders. Tabitha became an eating disorder recovery coach and founded the new innovative online meal support service for people who are in recovery from eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating disorder, Avoidance/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Orthorexia.

Tabitha has a blog where she writes about her own eating disorder recovery She also is the host of a Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast. She has some excellent advice and helpful tips for people who are realizing that they are tired of dieting and wanting to be free of body shame. For others, who are finding out that they have an eating disorder, Tabitha has some insightful thoughts and really challenges that status quo. She interviews guests in the body positivity movement and Health At Every Size (HAES) movement. 

Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-eating-disorder-recovery-podcast/id1138563928?mt=2

Some notable episodes include:

  • Carmen Cool (Carmen Cool on HAES and Community Power)
  • Audrey Boss (Beyond Chocolate)
  • Eating Disorders and PTSD
  • The importance of recognizing Anorexia in people in larger bodies
  • Defining Restriction. Defining Unrestricted Eating

Website: http://tabithafarrar.com/

Twitter: @Love_Fat_ https://twitter.com/Love_Fat_

Book: Love Fat  

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Fat-autobiography-Tabitha-Farrar/dp/0692461426/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Women Beyond Belief Podcast

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Nov 23, 2017

Sabrina Deal is a humanist freethinker, mother of 4, entrepreneur, an advocate of courage and self-expression and a lover of all things colorful, living and loving life in Southern California. 

She is a former charismatic Christian who had a strong involvement in the church from a young age and throughout her 20s.  She began her conscious deconversion at the age of 31, and while she has come a long way she considers, what she calls, “The Untangling” to be an indefinite process. 

Sabrina is driven to help people, and her primary objective is to empower others. She encourages wholehearted courageous passionate vulnerable living through self-awareness and self-expression. 

You can follow and reach Sabrina at https://www.facebook.com/RainbowBrina/ 

Feel free to message her on social media with any questions or even just to chat. She encourages you, above all, to always ask, “Why?”. 

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCizIjQrmLqBSbPy0jqkEl3A/videos 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Nov 16, 2017

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. She and I are working together to tell the stories of women who have left religion and why more should do so. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie TaricoPeter BoghossianRebecca HaleJohn Loftus,Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham.

Karen has a blog which can be found at www.faithlessfeminist.com.

This podcast episode is the 7th in a series where Karen records the audio version of her blog articles. In the first section, Karen talks about early women atheists in the 19th century in the U. S. This essay is based on the book by Annie Laurie Gaylor entitled "Women without Superstition: No Gods, No Masters." It features Anne Hutchinson, Ernestine L. Rose, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. We owe them a great deal for paving the way for us.

And in the 2nd section of this episode, Karen talks about how the "New Atheism" movement started out with four prominent men dubbed the Four Horsemen. She then outlines some of the reasons more women are tied to their churches in general than men. She hopes that more women atheists will speak out and become part of the non-religion movement.

 Blog #1- Early Women Atheists

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/early-women-atheists-us/ 

Blog #2 - Why Aren’t There More Women Atheists? 

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/arent-women-atheists/

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Contributions through Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Nov 5, 2017

Lynn (Anonymous) grew up attending a fundamentalist church (IFCA–Independent Fundamental Churches of America), complete with parenting via James Dobson books and participation in AWANA, youth group, Bible Quiz Team, and youth choir. 

She loved it, and yet from the beginning, she suffered under its influence and questioned a great deal due to severe sexual violence she experienced as a small child. Because of the trauma, Lynn had questions about the problem of evil and the hiddenness of God for as long as she can recall. Her faith endlessly revolved around trying to resolve these questions, as well as wondering if she could ever be a good person or have any sense of self-worth one day.

Lynn always assumed Christianity was true, and she merely needed to find the “right” version that would be a good fit for her particular needs. Also, as she progressed through various stages of the educational process, Lynn strived to reconcile her Christianity with the contradictory yet demonstrable truths she was learning about the human condition. Struggling to make sense of her experiences in spite of the contradictory worldview she'd been given, she was driven to study psychology, and became a clinical psychologist. 

Parallel to her educational process, Lynn went through some theological and denominational shifts, from fundamentalism to more mainstream evangelicalism. Then from mainline Protestantism, to Catholicism, followed by the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (super liberal Catholics whose teachings fall outside of catholic orthodoxy). 

Each shift was fraught with fear, wondering if she'd go to hell for pursuing teaching that merely “tickled her ears.” The more loving and affirming the church, the more anxiety she had in attending, to the point that once Lynn found a truly accepting and affirming church in the ECC, she really couldn't attend because the anxiety became unbearable. 

In the midst of this journey was an additional conflict regarding her sexuality. Lynn loved the man she met at 18 and married at 21, and she loved the life they had together. She didn't want to be gay, but she was. She and her husband were ultimately together for 20 years, and married for 17 of those years. While Lynn couldn't fully own her orientation, and couldn't even be sure of it in the midst of marriage to a man, she is sure it contributed to the end of the marriage, though that wasn't the main reason for the divorce (for her). Lynn sees herself as one of the multitudes who REALLY tried to "pray away the gay". She remembers crying and pleading with God so many times. It really only compounded the self-hatred she learned through abuse and had reinforced through indoctrination. 

The divorce was almost 5 years ago, and Lynn has been in a relationship with a wonderful woman for 3 years. She loves her partner and loves her life, but still struggles with the impact of indoctrination and what that means in terms of her ability to accept herself. Lynn works as a psychologist, though she is taking a break from clinical work. Her faith was really integral in how she coped with the challenges of working with a severely mentally ill population, and stripping that away changed her entire framework and motivation. 

Lynn considers herself still pretty new to this deconversion process. It’s been approximately 3 years since she first questioned the truthfulness/reality of Christianity. She considers herself agnostic, but can't recall when exactly she took on the label. She just remembers that moment three years ago when she began to question, “What if it isn't about finding a version of Christianity I don't experience as harmful? What if the whole thing isn't real and there is no God?” It REALLY felt like scales falling away from her eyes and beginning to see the world clearly for the first time.  

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Oct 27, 2017

Elle Albus (Pseudonym) grew up in a rural Oklahoma, Southern Baptist family. Bookish and introverted, she never really fit in, but, as a people pleaser on the receiving end of corporal punishment and terrified of hell, she tried her best. She was close with her mom and a few trusted friends and thrived in the classroom, becoming valedictorian at her public (but still very white, conservative, and Christian) high school.

When she moved to college, she found a new community within the faith and, young and in her first ever romantic relationship, married a man she met there. Elle and her husband were committed to following the faith as best they could: they tithed dutifully, attended every week, always voted Republican, and promised to raise their children to follow god.

She tried, awkwardly, to submit and felt subtly guilty when she took the lead, even though it worked better that way.

After a few years of wedded bliss, they started trying to get pregnant, something Elle had always looked forward to, given her relationship with her own mother and how motherhood was emphasized in the church. Instead of the idyllic family they had planned, however, they were blindsided by infertility.

The pain of that experience and the abuse she endured at the hands of well-meaning Christians gave her the courage to finally question the beliefs she’d been raised with. As she fought to become a mom, she realized she would never treat her children the way the church and, by extension, the Christian god, had treated her and others. Nothing could ever make her send someone to hell.

When she came upon a blog article describing abusive relationships, it clicked into place that fundamentalism is abuse, and the last grips of her Christian indoctrination faded. Elle left fundamentalism behind, but more progressive Christianity held little appeal for her either. After researching and weighing the evidence, she found the evidence unconvincing and now identifies as a secular humanist.

While Elle is no longer a believer, her husband and most family members still are, and she is in the process of going public with her non-belief. She lives in the American South with her husband and toddlers, where she teaches high school science and math.

Elle is passionate about exposing the harm and abuse inherent in doctrines such as total depravity, female submission, purity culture, and hell and hopes to help others struggling with fundamentalism and with what life looks like on the other side.

Elle’s recommended resources:

Love, Joy, Feminism: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/

Christopher Stroop – Not Your Mission Field https://chrisstroop.com/

Christopher Stroop on Twitter @C_stroop:  https://twitter.com/C_Stroop

Sunday School Dropouts podcast: http://sundayschooldropouts.lol/

Bart Ehrman’s Blog - https://ehrmanblog.org/

Elle also sees value in the work of Rachel Held Evans, although she is still a Christian. Her insights into evangelicalism and providing a less-harmful version of belief were a vital stepping stone for her, as they are for many, and Elle appreciated that work.

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Oct 17, 2017

Angela Reddekopp and Wendy Marsman, both Canadian podcasters, had an informal discussion on September 10th, 2017. Topics discussed included social media, scandals, feminism and the atheist movement, patriarchal issues, ideas for improving how the movement can help women and other topics that they rant and brainstorm about. Due to some of the topics being more sensitive and private in nature, the full conversation was edited from 2 hours down to 1 hour.

If you are interested in sending feedback related to the initiatives discussed, please email Wendy at womenbeyondbelief@gmail.com.

Angela is co-host of the Brainstorm Podcast - https://www.brainstormblog.net/

Angela’s talk at Shift To Reason Conference, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPHUqeDoI50

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Oct 10, 2017

Childhood

Dorothy Husen grew up in a family with parents who were traumatized and passed their trauma onto their kids. Her father had a mental illness and her mother was very controlling with intermittent fits of rage.

In childhood, she survived by becoming the good, quiet, obedient, compliant, and dependent little girl that her mother needed her to be. She scared of her parents and witnessed their anger exploding onto each other and her siblings regularly. Although never physically abused by her parents, Dorothy witnessed her sibling’s beatings and spankings regularly. She was vulnerable to perpetrators and was sexually assaulted and molested by a stranger and 2 family “friends”. 

Christian Identity

When she was 13, Dorothy’s parents converted to Charismatic Christianity through the Jesus movement in Southern California during the late 60’s and 70’s. This was the emergence of Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapels, Maranatha Music, & Melodyland Church. The emphasis was on love, joy, peace, and fellowship. 

Dorothy’s parents were seemingly instantaneously “healed in Jesus”. All was forgiven, healed, and made new in Christ Jesus. Those first few years as a Christian family were the happiest years of her childhood. Although the fighting between my parents did start up again, She was older and she formed her Christian identity to help navigate through life. The Christian faith provided an outer structure in which Dorothy could live her life. It gave her a purpose and role to fulfill as long as she remained within the walls of this structure. The faith held her together but at a high cost. The damage it did to her was that it taught her to repress and deny the pain from childhood. Christianity was a way for her to “spiritually by-pass” the emotional wounds. 

The horrible damage this perpetuated then was that Dorothy passed on her trauma to her children. She felt like an emotionally vacant mother. All she had to give them was Jesus and this outer structure of religion and rules. 

Both Dorothy’s children sought comfort and solace in drugs and alcohol.  Their home became the chaos of her childhood with the constant fighting over the children’s disobedience and “rebellion” from God and the church. 

When she became a mother, Dorothy became triggered by her old childhood wounds and began isolating and escaping even more. Religion provided the perfect avenue to dissociate by:  

1) Praying

2) Reading and studying the bible

3) Reading Christian books

4) Watching tv

4) Sleeping & Working

5) Going to women’s bible studies

6) Going to church 

Finding her True Core Self, her Authentic Identity, and Deconverting 

One day Dorothy’s husband said that he was unable to sustain the stress of being an attorney and that he might die of a heart attack if he kept this up. She got really scared because she loved him and was dependent upon him. He asked her to go back to school with him and they both could become Marriage and Family Therapists. Dorothy agreed. And thus began her journey of healing, identity formation, and deconversion. 

The first day she sat across from her therapist ( a requirement to graduate was 6 months of personal psychotherapy), Dorothy told her that she didn’t know what to talk about because her life was so good and healthy. She thought she was a spiritually mature Christian woman.  The therapist told her, “Dorothy, I think you have PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder]”. Outwardly, she protested, but deep down inside, for the first time ever in her life, she felt validated!  

She started healing, slowly, by journaling. She started having nightmares and journaling about those. And, she started crying for the first time. Eventually she moved on to training in Mind/Body Psychotherapy and then her own personal Mind/Body Psychotherapy which got down into her body releasing from deep within the brain and subconscious. [This is when she stopped going to church] 

Dorothy started provided for herself what her parents couldn’t give her…security, acceptance, unconditional love, a safe haven. She discovered her own moral compass and found that she was GOOD. [This is when she stopped reading her bible] 

Then she moved into the normal human development of curiosity, exploration, and trying new things. She began to make mistakes, then go back to her secure base within, self soothe, and then try again.  As Dorothy found her true authentic identity, the function of religion was no longer needed…and her faith just fell away. 

She opened up her own private practice, joined Toastmasters, found her voice, and grew in confidence. [This is when she threw her Bible away and stopped praying]. 

Dorothy remained agnostic for a couple of years, believing in source, love, or some higher power. Then, in early 2017, she decided to try a Meet-Up with a local agnostic & atheist group. She also started watching TED talks and listening to atheist podcasts. [This is when she completely de-converted and became an atheist] 

Dorothy Husen’s website www.dorothyhusen.com

YouTube channel, Dorothy Husen

Email is dorothyhusen@gmail.com 

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Oct 1, 2017

Jemma Martin is a 40-something world-traveling dream chaser. By day, she is a healthcare professional. She studied music in the past and now, occasionally has a singing gig. Raised in the Deep South, she grew up surrounded by pride, prejudice, and fundamentalist Christianity. Yet somehow, she made it out. 

Feel free to find Jemma on Twitter:

Twitter handle @oneredsoprano (RJW Martin)

https://twitter.com/oneredsoprano

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Patreon Account: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenBeyondBelief/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WBBPodcast

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Sep 27, 2017

Podcast host, Wendy Marsman, talks about subjects such as the 6th month anniversary and milestones since the podcast launched, SJW slurs, hate mail, activism, feminism, and the evolution of a new atheist.

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Sep 22, 2017

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. She and I are working together to tell the stories of women who have left religion and why more should do so. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie Tarico, Peter Boghossian, Rebecca Hale, John Loftus, Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham. 

Karen also has a blog which can be found atwww.faithlessfeminist.com.

This podcast episode is the 6th in a series where Karen records the audio version of her blog articles. In the 1st section, she reads a guest post by Dr. Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt and blogger at www.valerietarico.com. Valerie gives an insightful analysis of the treatment of women in the Bible and early Christianity. She outlines 15 Bible verses that treat women as inferior and then discusses the implications of fundamentals who still cling to these verses as the inerrant voice of God.

 And In the 2nd section of this episode, Karen reads one of her own essays where she talks about the sex education she didn't have and its impact on her. 

Karen's blog: faithlessfeminist.com 

Karen Garst’s Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=974052

Guest Blog #1 - 15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” is at War with Women (Valerie Tarico)

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/gods-own-party-at-war-with-women/

Guest Blog #2 - “You can’t be pregnant – I didn’t come.” (Karen Garst)

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/cant-pregnant-didnt-come/

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Podcast Patreon Contributions: https://www.patreon.com/WBBPodcast

Podcast YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h9jVFWd6hc&t=91s

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson:

http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Sep 14, 2017

Kitty Bo Wilson was born in Dallas, TX, in the early 1950's, and raised in Highland Park.  Her parents were Methodists but not really committed Christians.  Although very much a believer in God anyway, and not really understanding who Jesus was as savior or anything about the concept of original sin, at 14, she went through a questioning, agnostic phase.  At 16, her mother introduced her to the concept of reincarnation, which seemed to explain why there was suffering in the world, and also gave her a book about the psychic, Edgar Cayce.  This was the '60's, the Age of Aquarius and eastern religions, and pot and psychedelics. 

KItty Bo and her mother went to a study group centered around the readings of Edgar Cayce and meditation.  At 17, she paid $25 to a transcendental meditation teacher, received a personal mantra, and began transcendental meditation.  During her sophomore year of college at the University of Texas, after finding an Edgar Cayce youth study group, she learned of a living psychic, there in Austin, who gave readings like Edgar Cayce.  3 weeks after meeting this psychic, at the age of barely 20, she married him.

Kitty Bo became the conductor of the readings.  There were also group meditations where members of the White Brotherhood spoke, which even included Jesus on rare occasions. Her husband claimed to see people's auras. He was also deep into UFOs, and a station to signal UFOs was set up on some land outside of Austin.  What made all this difficult was that her husband was also a paranoid and extremely abusive.

In 1977, on a lark, they went to a Pentecostal tent revival and ended up leaving the metaphysical field and attending that church, which was in many ways a cult.  Finally, after 12 and half years of terrible abuse, Kitty Bo took her 3 children and fled.

She remarried a wonderful Christian man, moved to Indiana, where the moldy house they were living in cratered Kitty Bo's health.  They moved back to TX, settled on 20 acres in the hill country, and after menopause, Kitty Bo finally yielded to all the struggles she'd had with believing in God and became an atheist, in part due to her children becoming atheist after leaving home.

If you would like to connect more with Kitty Bo, you can send me an email and I will pass it along to her. My email is womenbeyondbelief@gmail.com

Podcast YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj0-CtS2t0Q&t=1631s

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

 

Sep 7, 2017

Debbie Allen is a very active member in the secular movement. However, before her activism in secular causes, Debbie was involved in her Reform synagogue, serving on the board of directors and chairing several committees including Education, Social Action, Outreach to Interfaith, and Membership. She is a retired psychotherapist and had a private practice. She was also a research investigator in neuropsychology at the UCSD School of Medicine.

As the founder and local director of the San Diego Coalition of Reason Debbie helped grow the organization from 10 to 18 cooperative atheist, humanist and freethought groups over the past 8 years. This organizing is now one of the leading secular organization in southern California.

Among some of Debbie’s other activist rolls:

  • Past president of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego
  • President of the San Diego Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Co-founder of the San Diego Recovering from Religion Meetup group
  • Founder of the San Diego Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers Meetup group
  • Member of the American Humanist Association board
  • Involved with the International Humanist Ethical Union and the Center for Freethought Equality
  • Camp counselor with Camp Quest for 2 summers
  • Co-founder of local Recovering from Religion support group
  • Board secretary of the Reason Rally Coalition
  • Executive Director of the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley
  • President on the board of the Humanist Society, an adjunct program of the AHA that certifies and educates Humanist Celebrants

Debbie is a certified Humanist Chaplain which helps her advocate for non-theists in the military. She established the first ever humanist meeting at a military base in San Diego, and volunteers at the VA hospital in La Jolla. In addition to the above activism, she has a special interest in creating easily accessible humanist education programs for children and families.

If anyone is interested in creating a humanist chapter in their area, Debbie would be happy to share her experience as a leader of various humanist and freethought groups. She has learned many things the hard way, and as the years go by, there are more and more resources for local groups that she things many people can take advantage of.

Debbie’s favorite Podcasts which made a difference in her knowledge of humanism, atheism, and the secular movement:

The Thinking Atheist - Seth Andrews - http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/

The Humanist Hour - https://thehumanist.com/multimedia/the-humanist-hour/

Waking Up - https://www.samharris.org/podcast

Point of Inquiry - http://www.pointofinquiry.org/

The Atheist Experience - http://www.atheist-experience.com/archive/

Minnesota Atheists - http://mnatheists.org/

Freethought Radio: Freedom From Religion Foundation- https://ffrf.org/news/radio

Skepticality  - https://tunein.com/radio/Skepticality-The-Official-Podcast-of-Skeptic-Magazine-p118952/

Skeptoid - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/skeptoid/id203844864?mt=2

 

 

Debbie's skeptical and science-themed podcasts recommendations:

Mormon Stories Podcast - http://www.mormonstories.org/

Brain Science Podcast - http://brainsciencepodcast.com/

TED Talks - https://www.ted.com/talks

Science Friday - https://www.sciencefriday.com/

Selected Shorts (NPR) - http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381443486/pri-selected-shorts

This American Life - https://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

 

Debbie’s recommended Books:

Creating Change Through Humanism by Roy Speckhardt, Ex Dir, AHA - http://www.humanistpress.com/creating-change-through-humanism.html

Personal Paths to Humanism (Stories of individual humanists from a variety of backgrounds) - http://www.humanistpress.com/personal-paths-to-humanism-vol-1.html

Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving by Marlene Winell - http://marlenewinell.net/leaving-fold-former

(Marlene has also been interviewed on various podcasts, and they are worth listening to)

 Announcements:  

American Humanist Association Conference - May 17-20, 2018 in Las Vegas - http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

 

Podcast YouTube Channel -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHEWiXjTQWU

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson:

http://sarahnicholson.co/

Sep 1, 2017

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. She and I are working together to tell the stories of women who have left religion and why more should do so. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie Tarico, Peter Boghossian, Rebecca Hale, John Loftus, Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham. 

Karen has a blog which can be found at www.faithlessfeminist.com. This podcast episode is the 5th in a series where Karen records the audio version of her blog articles. In the 1st section, she reads a guest post by Carlin Ross Titled “From Fundamentalist to Feminist”. Ross grew up in a Christian Fundamentalist home with no formal schooling. Amazingly, she escaped and attended college with the aid of social services. She and Betty Dodson now have a blog where they write about feminist-based sex-education. 

In the 2nd section of this episode, Karen reads a guest post by Shanna Babilonia titled, “5 Reasons Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women”. Babilonia wrote for years for her website about secular personal development. Her blog had over 20,000 subscribers. Because she has a young child in school in a Bible-belt state, she stopped writing. Now, she gave Karen permission to share this blog article. 

Karen's blog: faithlessfeminist.com 

Guest Blog #1 - From Fundamentalist to Feminist (Carlin Ross) 

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/from-fundamentalist-to-feminist/

Guest Blog #2 - Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women (Shanna Babilonia) 

http://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/why-organized-religion-fears-educated-women/

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/ 

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww 

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Aug 25, 2017

Dave Warnock became a born-again Christian at the age of 18. He is now an ex-Evangelical Pastor who left Christianity after over 30 years as a part time/full time minister. He and his wife have 3 children, 2 of whom have exhibited the "Good Christian" virtue of "Shunning the Sinner", as they view their now-atheist father. This has been very difficult for Dave. After 6 years of living this difficult life and not being allowed to see his grandchildren, he decided to change his future after feeling like a "dead-man walking". He took 2 months off in 2016 and made some big life-changes including deciding to leave his 37-year marriage. 

Dave talks about the difficulty of family relationships, the challenges of divorce, the stress of being shunned, and the freedom found after choosing to move beyond belief. He challenges other men who have left religion to realize when habits of patriarchy, chivalry and misogyny get in the way of seeing women as equals.

Dave’s interview on Everyone’s Agnostic podcast episode #107 

http://everyonesagnostic.libsyn.com/episode-107-dave-warnock

Podcast Website: http://womenbeyondbelief.com/

Music - Original Composition by Esther Nicholson:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcug4tOb0B8WOdBUhYf56ww

Podcast Logo by Sarah Nicholson: http://sarahnicholson.co/

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