The shadow and light of the church are a part of the same story. Integrating the suffering and the healing that the church created is part of our necessary preparation for the next part of our journey.
Acceptance of our past life in church with its blessings is a wholesome alternative to staying locked in the fight with what has been. In which case, there’s no freedom to move on.
Some years ago, Tali Aitofi found Mormon podcasts and became hooked. But Tali isn’t Mormon, he’s Pentecostal. Yet, his own spiritual and religious journey has played out with the hum of Mormon faith crises in the background.
Tali recently came out as gay; he left his family church, and is currently suffering from a life threatening illness. All of this has caused deep and searching questions.
Tali joins me to talk about his life journey and how the Netflix series Midnight Mass spoke to his larger questions about church, God, Jesus, shame and forgiveness.
The 2022 A Thoughtful Faith Podcast season kicks off with a conversation about faith deconstruction and life reconstruction!
Utah based life coach, Jana Spangler, reflects on her extensive work with Mormons who are in the thick of deconstruction and reconstruction. She argues that being in healthy relationship with our bodies will yield precisely the wisdom we need to make critical life decisions.
When I began questioning the LDS Church, I did not expect the Stake Relief Society president to join me.
Nicola Petty went from orthodox and loyal member guided by the priesthood to a Stake Relief Society President who had been woken up by the Ordain Women movement. It was in this capacity that I watched her press priesthood button after priesthood button advocating intelligently and determinedly for the women in our stake.
When the church was no longer reconcilable, rather than spit the church out, Nicola planned her exit well, and took up the challenge to build a new life. Nicola’s story is a story of integrity, integration, and extraordinary grace for a church she once loved deeply but no longer sees as essential to her human becoming.
Painter and documentary film maker Nathan Florence joins me to discuss ‘Bright Spark: The Reconciliation of Trevor Southey’ For eleven years, artist Nathan Florence documented Trevor Southey’s life with his heart and with his lens in …
At Syracuse University, moral injury is defined as, “… the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, …
Child sexual abuse in the church is pernicious and confounding. Why anyone purporting to be Christian would sexually abuse a child is beyond the imagination of many. Yet it happens, and far too often to …