The Life After Podcast: Holding Space for Those Evolving or Leaving Their Faith
By The Life After: Chuck Parson, Brady Hardin
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TLA interviews special guests with diverse, life-changing exoduses away from Christian Fundamentalism and other oppressive religions.
||Explicit"Conversion Therapy 2: Going Gay" with Tim Rymel||Last season, Chuck and Brady spoke with Curtis, who lived through gay conversion therapy. This season, a former leader of Love in Action (gay conversion therapy) and author, Tim Rymel, tells his experience. TW: This episode can be triggering for those||3/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Way I Am" with Jennifer Knapp||Grammy-nominated songwriter, author, and advocate Jennifer Knapp joins the show to discuss coming out, liberal Christianity, and her music career. Jennifer Knapp runs Inside Out Faith, a non-profit focused on confronting non-affirming churches to encour||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Deliver Us From Your People" with Angie Jay||TW: This episode includes mentions of sexual abuse, extreme spiritual abuse, and a suicide attempt. Angie Jay, spiritual abuse survivor and political activist, joins Chuck and Brady to share her horrifying Evangelical experience when she served as a mis||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Exvangelical" with Blake Chastain (Season 2 Premiere)||Blake Chastain of #Exvangelical Podcast joins Chuck and Brady to discuss his life after. The Life After Podcast and Community | We Hold Space for Those Leaving Their Faith in a Secret Facebook Group and Slack Channel.thelifeafter.org||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS EPISODE! Chuck and Brady at Ethical Society Mid Rivers||Here is some bonus content to hold you over until Season 2 premieres! Chuck and Brady were recently invited to present at the Ethical Society Mid Rivers in Saint Peters, MO. They shared the history of the podcast and discussed topics commonly tackled on||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“I Thought I was the Only One” Season One Finale with Joey Hill||Chuck and Brady interview a new friend they met purely because of the show, Joey Hill. Joey shares his story of overcoming a gauntlet of obstacles after leaving harmful religion. Determined to keep going, Joey found a unique way to shape his future…||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Pushing Beyond” with Verdell Wright||On this episode of The Life After, we are talking with our friend, Verdell Wright. Verdell is a theology nerd in the purest sense. Boasting theology degrees from Rutgers, Howard and Wesley Theological Seminary. Verdell is also black, and gay. Put all th||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Failed Missionary" with Corey Pigg||Corey Pigg joins Brady and Chuck to discuss his experiences as a full-time missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) that made way for his exit from toxic religion. Corey has started his own podcast, which focuses on the dark underbelly of modern miss||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Recovery” with Kendal||Have you recovered what oppressive religion took from you? When Kendal came out as a lesbian, her life never could be the same again. She was once heavily involved in her church’s youth group, but she was banned from being alone with teenagers because||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“The Breakfast Church” with Jessie W.||TW: This episode mentions a suicide attempt, birth trauma She started off Southern Baptist. Then she was Charismatic. And now, she’s with the Breakfast Church, a weekly group at her house of other people deconstructing their faith (their only doctrin||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"The Airing of Grief and Unbelief" with Derek Webb||Derek Webb was the lead vocalist for Caemond's Call, a folk/rock band that was wildly popular within Evangelicalism in the early 2000's, before recording solo albums. Known for pushing against the status quo of Christian culture, Derek created a larg||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Indoctrination” with Tim Warzel and Jamie Lee Finch||Indoctrination is one very essential topic that permeates everything we talk about on this show, but so far we haven’t really addressed it directly. It is so pervasive within religious systems that its almost impossible to talk about anything on this||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Professional Help” with Ari Holtz, PhD||What makes counseling good or bad? What ethical laws are in place to protect people from harmful counselors? Are pastors and “church counselors” held to the same standard? How can you know if you’ve been treated fairly by a pastor, church counselo||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“#EmptyThePews” with Chris Stroop||Chris Stroop, PhD created the #EmptyThePews Movement to ask Evangelicals to examine the fruits of their religion and walk away from its grip. Chris joins Brady and Chuck on this episode of The Life After, focusing on the community of ex-evangelicals, bo||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Prey” with Kyla Bauer and Jamie Lee Finch||TW: This episode contains stories of sexual, physical, and spiritual abuse (not in great detail). The episode that kept growing! What started as a mini-project to release while Chuck worked on a more complex episode kept putting itself in our view as th||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Humanism” with James Croft, Ed.D.||While most of the episodes focus on deconstruction, this episode tackles reconstruction. James Croft, Ed.D., the outreach director of The Ethical Society of Saint Louis, joins Brady and Chuck to answer the extremely important question of what to do afte||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Enough” with Ashley Adams||Trigger warning: Episode touches on domestic abuse (and begins with a John Piper audio clip). Ashley Adams is a strong woman. She has overcome a lot including growing up with Brady, navigating youth group with undiagnosed depression and anxiety, the los||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEvangelical Emergency Mini-sode: Kirk Cameron and Irma||This week, Evangelical superstar Kirk Cameron tried his hand at speaking for God on why God “sent” Hurricane Irma. Needless to say, it didn’t go so well, and we couldn’t wait for the next episode to address it. Even many Christians agree that hi||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Get Out of My Head” with Renée||NSFW Warning: The episode ends with two, wonderfully NSFW stories from Renée’s deconstruction story archives about her exploration of sexuality. Our hilarious, mutual friend, Renée, joins us in the studio to reflect on the indoctrination she experie||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Conversion Therapy Dropout” with Curtis G.||Curtis G. joins Brady and Chuck to discuss this family’s efforts of “fixing” him by sending him to conversion therapy. He reads from his notes, followed by how he recovered, accepting who he is. This episode was recorded on the one day that major||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Out of Control” with Kristen H.||Kristen retells her story of moving across the nation to join a religious community that eroded away her freedoms. After bouncing back from rock bottom, Kristen tells of how she got her life back. Also, Brady and Kristen reflect on their horrible date f||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“Black and White Thinking” with Prisca Jebet Kendagor||Prisca was brought up in white, Christian suburbia. At times, her skin contrasted with the world around her. Chuck and Brady talk to Prisca about her experiences in church and how those events made the way for her exit from evangelical Christianity. T||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“It’s Okay Not to Believe” with Caleb Doyle||Caleb Doyle joins Brady and Chuck. Brady was Caleb’s church camp counselor as a kid. The three discuss their shift in politics after leaving church, and Caleb describes life without a father. Caleb proves that not all exits have to be traumatic to be||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“God’s Only Forgotten Son” with Brady Hardin||Instead of a regular guest, Chuck interviews Brady, host and founder of The Life After, about his childhood and exit from religion. Brady opens up about his difficult childhood, growing up gay in church, and the spiritual abuse that eventually led to hi||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Unbuckling The Bible Belt” with Jamie Lee Finch||This episode includes an honest, frank conversation about sex. Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson take the show on the road to Nashville, TN to interview Jamie Lee Finch on the subjects of sexuality, the dangers of Purity Culture, and the downfalls of Patria||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Facing Death Without Faith or Fear” with Zach B.||Hosts, Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson, interview Zach B. about his two close encounters with death. The first was of a friend. The second was his own. Zach discusses his appreciation for his Christian mother’s willingness to sacrifice in order to save||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit"Homeschooled to Homewrecked” with Marnie K.||Hosts, Brady Hardin and Chuck Parson, interview Marnie K., a former member of the same church Brady was kicked out of. Marnie retells her experience of discovering homeschool as an option for her daughter that needed a one-on-one approach to education.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit“What the Hell?” with Chuck Parson||Listen to the first episode of The *Life After Podcast. Host, Brady Hardin, describes his exit from a toxic, religious environment. He interviews Chuck Parson, a friend he had while a practicing Christian. Chuck, like Brady, had left his faith. Together||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Brady and Chuck do a fantastic job. The authenticity in this show is powerful and will help anyone recovering from religious trauma get to a new level of healing and acceptance. Keep it up guys !!!
Thank you for the podcast and the support group!
Guys, I cannot thank you enough for the amazing work you’re doing with this podcast. I found you through the #Exvangelical podcast community and am so grateful to add this podcast to my library. Your episode with Jamie Lee Finch blew my mind and was so incredibly healing. And all your call outs about brainwashing and indoctrination are spot on. The online community you have created to give folks a safe space to deconstruct is a beautiful place. You’re making such a positive difference in all our lives.
I’m so grateful for Chuck and Brady and the work they’ve done between this podcast and the online community. It’s provided me a safe space to deconstruct my dogmatic religion and find freedom to live my life and great people well just because. This is the podcast and group of people I needed in my life a decade ago. Thanks for giving me my second Saturday back!