The Life After Podcast
We Were Sanctified Holy Rollers with Suandria Hall

We Were Sanctified Holy Rollers with Suandria Hall

April 30, 2020

Denver-based counselor and coach, Suandria Hall, joins Chuck and Brady to unpack her Life After.

Suandaria's father was a preacher. So much of her life was entrenched in church culture, filled with rules and expectations. After learning beyond what the Bible could offer, she became interested in why people do what they do. She landed on counseling with an emphasis on religious trauma. Though her religious trauma experience didn't begin until leaving the community, she became a mental health provider for those leaving the faith. She helps people set boundaries, have healthier relationships with forgiveness, and become empowered to be who they are without indoctrinated expectations.

In this episode, they also discuss:

  • what it means to be "trauma-informed"
  • growing up in a black church community
  • forgiveness culture
  • why it's okay not to forgive and forget
  • community building after church

To get in touch with Suandaria, visit her website, mychoicemypower.com.

 

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Sheltered and Exposed with Victoria Lynn Myers

Sheltered and Exposed with Victoria Lynn Myers

February 14, 2020

Victoria Lynn Myers (model) joins Chuck and Brady to unpack her life after!

She grew up in a very strict, Independent Baptist home with many, many rules, but Victoria noticed she didn't value the beliefs over her experience like those around her. When her church community showed obsessions with modesty, she knew there were still horrible sexual abuse occurring.

Her world turned up-side down when Victoria had an empowering sexual experience with someone of the same gender, an act her community strictly forbade as shameful and wrong. That wasn't Victoria's experience, and she wasn't set on reading from their script. Instead, she left the shelter of her family and church community to experience the world that she was conditioned to fear. When she faced difficulties on her own, including sexual abuse, she had to lean on herself and pulled through victoriously.

Listen to Victoria's brave story of overcoming oppression and showing her true self to the world.

Visit Victoria's website here: victorialynnmyers.com

 

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Growing Smaller with Laura M.

Growing Smaller with Laura M.

February 4, 2020
CW: Anorexia 
Chuck and Brady are joined by Laura M, who opens up about her childhood struggling in silence with a Fundamentalism-fueled eating disorder.
 
Laura, like many women raised in Christianity, was taught to be silent and smaller. When tragedy struck her family, she developed anorexia out of a need to be seen and to have a feeling of control in a time of uncertainty. The eating disorder became increasingly dangerous, leaving her with the ultimatum: Get well or risk death within 28 days.
 
Listen to Laura's inspiring story of how she gained her life after toxic religion and anorexia with the help of professional therapy. The episode begins with Chuck and Brady's practical mental health advice.
 
To learn more about eating disorders or to find support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one, visit, www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

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Bye Jesus with Carrie Maya

Bye Jesus with Carrie Maya

January 23, 2020

 CW: This episode includes mentions of race-based physical abuse, racial slurs, sexual abuse, and mention of childhood violence.

Carrie Maya, calling from Australia, opens up to Chuck and Brady about her life after leaving a high-demand Charismatic community, spiritual abuse, and life-long conditioning to submit to authority.
 
A very tumultuous childhood and extreme Fundamentalism positioned Carried to be victimized by self-seeking authoritative voices. First, it was family. Then her pastor. And finally, an intimate partner. Carrie retells how she changed the narrative and discovered help in finding spirituality outside of Christianity.
 
To learn more about Carrie and her book, visit her insta @Hexvangelical.
 
 

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Uncomfortable Confessions with Ronna Russell

Uncomfortable Confessions with Ronna Russell

January 13, 2020

Ronna Russell joins Chuck and Brady to discuss her life after strict Pentecostalism and oppressive Purity Culture. Her saucy memoir, The Uncomfortable Confessions Of a Preacher's Kid, tells her story of not fitting into Christian culture's idea of what a woman should be and how she found her true self instead.

The episode begins with advice on how to safely set-up a sexual encounter through an app and other advice for those dipping their toes into the sexual waters. Episode ends with practice guidelines for writing about your experience when it includes harmful actions from family members.

Connect with Ronna and buy her book at https://ronnarussell.com.

CW: Some mentions of sexual abuse

 

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Black Nonbelievers with Elle Reneé

Black Nonbelievers with Elle Reneé

December 11, 2019

Elle Reneé of St. Louis Chapter of Black Nonbelievers joins Chuck and Brady in the studio.

 
Elle's step father was a pastor for multiple churches of varying denominations and current pastor of a nondenominational church, and some of their church services would go all day long. All of this made church a very foundational part of Elle's childhood. Along with the good side of closely-knit church communities also brought the bad, including lot of unwanted touch.
 
Elle got married during the same week she graduated high school and turned 18. After two failed marriages, she learned to stand up for herself. As she started to pull away from the faith, many church people would report back to her family. She set boundaries to protect herself and hasn't looked back since.
 
Chuck and Elle share experiences of being People of Color, and in the finale segment, Brady and Elle discuss parenting after religion.
 
Elle is the Chief Organizer of the St. Louis Chapter of Black Nonbelievers, a friendly, informative secular community connecting People of Color (and allies). Learn more on their website, blacknonbelievers.com.

 

 

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Unloose with Nightlightr

Unloose with Nightlightr

October 8, 2019
Nightlightr (Leighton Pustejovsky, rap artist)​ cuts loose with Chuck and Brady about leaving Christian Fundamentalism after decades of repressing his homosexuality. The three discuss how they had reframed their sexualities to fit within the faith and how discussions on the "unchanging" characteristics of God didn't fit their experiences.
 
Leighton masterfully wrote (and produced) a rap album that nails deconstruction and living honestly as gay.
 
Find Unloose by Nightlightr now on CDBabyiTunes and Spotify.
 
CW: Description of sexual assault (non-violent)
 
 
 
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Many Love with Katelyn Boyles

Many Love with Katelyn Boyles

September 17, 2019

Some people don't fit into the boxes. Katelyn Boyles (she/them/he) joins Chuck and Brady to tell their story of self-discovery after living in a home plagued by rigid Fundamentalism. Now married and practicing ethical polyamory, Katelyn encapsulates the importance of living with authenticity.

 

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Born Again Again with Katie + Joe Bauer

Born Again Again with Katie + Joe Bauer

August 29, 2019

Katie and Joe Bauer, married and newly-deconstructing, join Chuck and Brady to discuss campus ministries, speaking in tongues, questioning the faith, critically examining if they were brainwashed, not wanting to lose their faith, doubling down on doubt with service, the complex feelings of realizing Fundamentalism isn't real, and how deconstruction has touched their marriage.

 

Find Katie and Joe's podcast, Born Again Again, where they discuss their deconversion as it's happening here: linktr.ee/bornagainagain

 

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Here is a link to the Reddit Post mentioned in the show: https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueAtheism/comments/2v36v9/in_response_to_the_pastor_looking_for_honest/

Parenting Forward with Cindy Wang Brandt

Parenting Forward with Cindy Wang Brandt

July 30, 2019

Cindy Wang Brandt, author of Parenting Forward, joins the show to discuss how deconstructing parents can pass values to their children without relying on fear and indoctrination.

Find out more about Cindy's work, including her book and podcast, on her website, cindywangbrandt.com.

 

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Special Show Note: 

We apologize to our friend, Chrissy Stroop, for using the incorrect pronouns in the last episode. Since we had recorded the episode in May, Chrissy has begun transitioning and prefers she/her pronouns. At the time of the recording, they/them were preferred.

We fully support and affirm Chrissy. Read more about her inspiring journey here:

http://ow.ly/ar3350vj4ug

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