Scott and I continue our discussion, hitting the importance of story telling for humans, and the importance of finding the positives as well as the negatives in our lived experiences, especially as it relates to our Mormon background and culture. Badbelievers: find on Instagram- @badbelieverpodcast Scotts instagram:@scott_strolls Scotts facebook: @ScottSessions
In part 1 of a two part series we talk to Scott, a gay man from the Salt Lake Valley who grew up believing and has searched for a way to connect to his culture and redefine his faith and beliefs after leaving the church. In part 1 we learn about some of the events that shaped him and lead him to want to become a chaplain. Links for Scott and things related to this episode will be available in part 2.
Nancy, Originally from Illinois, goes to Utah States and meets the love of her life and learns all sorts about mormonism. Also in this episode, an introduction to a different kind of Jesus. What is the penal substitutionary atonement? We don't really find out, but we find out the atonement /savior isn't the only version for Jesus being our spiritual figure.
Aunt Lydia is one of many in the popular wave of Ex-mormon Tik Tokers and today she takes more than her usual allotted Tik Tok minute to tell us how she got started on Tik Tok, and more of her personal story with the church. Follow her on tik tok at https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeMh8nv2/
Elle Milles-Warner grew up in a jack mormon home, tried to give the church a real run but the ridiculousness of Kolob and Missionary work brought out her dramatic side. In the end, she got a masters degree in Divinity and became a speaker of many religious languages and beliefs.
Keith was all in, until racism, church history and finally homophobic policies and church actions destroyed all hope of "staying in the boat." But what do you do when your shelf breaks and your wife's doesn't? Can you stay together? Keith has found a way to make it work.
Ver is a non-binary asexual young adult that is finding zer way to stay active in the church by taking it a la carte and figuring out what zie wants to keep, and what zie does not want to keep. Oh by the way, all of Zers siblings are LGBTQ as well and have only recently come out. How are zer parents who are active and believing mormons dealing with this? How is the ward handling it? And what resources has Ver found along the way that would be helpful to others? Zie tells us all about it in this episode of ex-mormon bookclub.
Leslie is a Never-Mo Member of the IRL book club. Grew up in the Quaker and a couple of Evangelical churches and eventually broke free. In the last of our Non-Member November series we take a look at some similarities and difference between Mormons, Evangelicals, and Quakers.
Ben Grace grew up in the Christadelphian faith. When that no longer worked for him, he used music to find healing and a help create a new faith home and community where others could also come, and heal
Henry has had one of the most interesting and unique journeys through and then out of Mormonism. Born in Arizona, with a good chunk of life in Sanpete County, UT and a mission to Pittsburgh. Henry has seen some things. But the most surprising thing of all? A trip to West Side Story was the beginning of the end not just for his testimony, but also his political views.
We chatted with an exmormon convert who's whole family was impacted by her flirt to convert moment. Plus and I depth convo on the word of wisdom and how coffee is good! And a few important thoughts on worthiness interviews and the corporate nature of the LDS church.
Eric Pratt is a Police Officer in Central Utah, a hopeful restaurateur, a return missionary and a self-identified ex-radical Mormon. How did he go from extreemly dedicated believer to science minded Anti-Theist in less than two hours? And where does he sit on the spiritual spectrum now? Join us as we get to know Eric and his story.
Thoughts and feelings about aligning with the universe, and my first experience as an ordanined minister of the universal life church (non religious affiliated) creating my own religious rite, a sage smudging walking meditation ceremony
Luna Corbden (Pen name Luna Lindsay) joins us to tell some of her personal story and journey, and talk about her book Recovering Agency: Lifting the Veil On Mormon Mind Control. We discuss Ants and God, Meditation, and what is a cult vs what is a high demand group.
Danessa is a queer person of color, originally from New York, currently living in Utah. She covers her experiences with racism, sexism, homophobia, and more and asks for people to not only listen and not dismiss her experiences, but be prepared to act in every day situations, not just march in protests
Ex- Jehovas Witness member, pro football player, and Transgender rights activist Erica tackles a conversation about leaving her childhood religion, owning her life as an out and proud transgender woman, and athlete. We also discuss things we have learned and watched and read this week as Black Lives Matter protests and activism swept our country in one of the most fitting starts to LBGTQ pride month since Marsha Johnson (a Black Trans Woman) lead the stonewall riots. We talk intersectionality, systemic issues, myths about trans women and as always the religions we grew up in, and how our world views shifted from those beliefs.
Steve joins us to talk about his journey in to and out of Mormonism, being a journalist in Utah, Church history issues, being the parent of a transgender child in mormonism, mormon racism history and issues, surviving Covid-19, and the possibilities of soccer, baseball and a review of tasting that Jim Beam Budwiser larger at our very last in person book club meeting.
Never-Mormon Carmen talks about growing up in the south, going to Christian school, and finding her own spiritual path. Plus a discussion on the reality TV Netflix binge Love Is Blind, and Glennon Doyle's master piece of a book- Untamed.
Sabrina has a conversation with two Never-mormons trying to understand the churches World Wide Fast on Good Friday. The group also discusses the Word of Wisdom, EFY and Mormon pop music, and how to survive quarantine during Covid-19.
We talk about choosing to watch Tiger King over General Conference. To fast or not to fast? And how to stay in the church and not be of the church when you disagree with racism and homophobia in the church and its policies.
Royce recaps his adventures with Utah State's Conference Championship victory, and trying to get back home mid-COVID-19. He shares his story, growing up in a Mormon family of ten kids, and leaving the church as the eldest male of the brood. We talk food storage mid apocalypse. Is wheat the new gold? Find out in this episode of ex-mormon book club.
Moana, a Pacific Iander who grew up in Utah discusses privilege, racism, sexism, and family within Mormon culture. Laughter lightens this heavy episode and helps us all weather lives ridiculousness, storms, and social isolation.
We speak with fringe mormon Sister Pigeon, who has moved across multiple states to settle in Provo and help provide a safe space for the LGBTQ population. This week she helped "Rainbow" the campus after a mixed bag of hurtful and helpful BYU and LDS church policy changes
Sabrina Smith has an open discussion with her Never-Mormon friend Crystal, covering general questions from what a typical mormon week looks like, to missions, family life, and feelings about polygamy vs polyamory.
We have our first Never-Mo on to discuss Christmas and New Years traditions, something called Phoenix Festival, the Netflix movie Kalus, the LDS Churches reaction to fires in Austrailia, and entitled boomers at Sheri's on Christmas.
Kathy Carlston meets with us to discuss her life experiences as a queer former member of the LDS faith, a Columbine survivor, her involvement with prop 8 and navigating the death of her wife. We also discuss #LightTheWorld, and suggest an alternative. Books featured this week include Catcher in the Rye, Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) and a book with an interesting new take on David vs. Goliath.
A chat with host Sabrina Smith and long time friend and former fellow ward (congregation) member Anna about her recent journey out of Mormonism, current event- Housewives SLC, and an assortment of important readings and books.