The Airing of Grief
By Derek Webb
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Recording & compiling conversations about spiritual de/reconstruction, curating them by topic, and releasing them in episodes. Let’s stop having detached debates on social media and really talk.
||CleanWHERE SEASON 3 IS GOING (and how YOU can be a part of it)!||Season 3 of The Airing of Grief is coming very soon. Here is everything you need to know!||2/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e23: Singing Over Shadows||How do you “end” a season like this? We’re not sure you really can. So maybe this is more of a pause. An array of voices in a flowing conversation – meandering together like objects in shared, resonant space. A coda to embodiment and finding our||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e22: Fragments||You can spend a long time reforming and even reconstructing faith before you ultimately encounter some of the biggest and hardest questions. Sometimes gravity takes a long time to catch up.||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e21: Personas||We continue this week with another experimental episode in the form of a conversation between longtime friends.||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e20: The Meaning We Assign||With just a few more episodes left to come in Season 2, we're taking a moment for a more experimental conversation within our format.||8/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e19: Sacred Masculine||From repressive constructs which drag us down and hold us back... some men are fighting the better fight to emerge newly embodied and in touch.||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e18: In A Mirror Clearly||So much of our spiritual baggage concerns how we perceive ourselves.||8/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e17: Enough||The need for approval, to have purpose, to be accepted, to be closer, to be ENOUGH... all of these things exploited by a system which seeks to keep us from reconnecting to who we were before our fragmentation ever set in.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e16: Liminal Space||If we can learn to embrace the wait, we will also learn that we are being newly formed. Liminal space is where our transformations take their shape.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e15: When the Fires Subside||Here’s to the unexpected devastations and rebirths – the fires which brought us to the ground and then remade us.||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e14: The Source We Carried With Us||You can spend a long time feeling like you will lose your spark if you leave, but it turns out that isn't true. The spark is within. And you take it with you.||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e13: Complexity and Convergence||When so much of who we are told to be is rooted in fear and simplistic thinking... embracing confusion and complexity is a truly revolutionary act.||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e12: Original Innocence||We are born innocent. But then many of us are told we’re born guilty – accountable to some choice we didn’t make, but should definitely suffer for anyway.||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e11: In Our Wake||It's awkward to realize you struggle with the sort of faith you've been handed while you're actively and vocationally leading a ministry. And it’s awkward on many levels – practical, personal, not to mention spiritual.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e10: Sacred Feminine||The narratives surrounding women are strong, and can convince even the abused that their abuse is somehow justified, natural, fitting... even necessary. Fighting those narratives is costly – and yet essential – to those who suffer because of them.||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e9: The Outside Body||A "still, small voice." So they used to say. And whatever we call that voice – whether "spirit" or "body" or "gut" – it's there. An intuition. Giving us a greater sense of... something.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e8: All of Me is Here||The defiant act of demanding to be whole and known in our fulness is one of the most essential, healing things we can do.||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e7: The Long Road Home||The most important journey home is to ourselves.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e6: Either Side of the World||It’s harder to see honestly in the distance when we’ve had such a culture of blindness up close.||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e5: A Reimagining in Three Acts||From the experiences common to so many of us, to the experiences of others that we're just now coming to understand... we are surrounded by opportunities to imagine everything differently.||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e4: Shallow Answers in the Deep||As cliches fail to provide any real comfort, many people have been sacrificed on the altar of our need for "simple" – their identities abused and their hearts left adrift, offered up to a hollow god.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e3: From Cage to Catalyst||Would some of us find our way "home" if we could ensure that home no longer felt like a cage?||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e2: As Good As You Have Always Been||Coming of age is hard enough without a religious culture feeding you the narrative that you are... somehow... especially defective.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicits2e1: False Start||We dedicate the premiere episode of SEASON 2 to good intentions... and false starts.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSurprise Episode: A Reckoning Between Seasons||This is essential listening before season 2.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 13: Goodbye For Now||Pretty much everything comes to an end, but grief can be persistent.||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 12: Fingers Crossed||A persistent thread of doubt is worth pulling on. It might just lead us somewhere better...||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 11: I Am Redeeming This Guitar||God doesn't get to keep everything in the divorce. Whatever goodness you have known still belongs to you.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 10: Dodged A Bullet||For many of us, it's not long after the change comes that we find ourselves on the margins. No longer trusted. No longer safe.||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 09: I Will||It's painful to be hurt. It's also painful to be the one doing the hurting.||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 08: The Braver One||Not everyone believes in an afterlife... but to some degree, everyone believes in immortality.||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 07: Easter Eggs||Our expressed doubts are so often not met with comfort and embrace, but instead with painful separation.||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS EPISODE: A Conversation With the Producers of The Airing of Grief||A Conversation With the Producers of The Airing of Grief||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 06: Chasing Empty Mangers||We find ourselves living within the stark contrast. The new normal.||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 05: Love Is Not A Choice||The failure... and the fallout.||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 04: A Tempest In A Teacup||The loss of identity is a staggering thing, but we've learned to expect it... sometimes.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 03: The Spirit Bears the Curse||Community can be found in the strangest of places.||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 02: The Devil You Know||How do we reconcile our longing for the simplicity of the past with our new – and increasingly complex – perspectives?||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 01: Stop Listening||Change is inevitable. Some would say change is the only thing that's truly constant.||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
this is church!
This podcast was recommended to me from a female pastor friend who knew I was going thru one of the toughest times in my life! I had never heard of Derek ( the musician ) when this journey began but I can’t even explain how relatable most of the conversations are personally to me and the warmth and trust I feel from being a part of this community! I will be sharing my story with your team soon via your website and want to thank you, even though you’ll probably not accept it, for your courage and transparency that has begun to help me heal!
Whiny and pathetic
At first this was interesting, but after two or three episodes of listening to these insecure drama-addicts wallow in pretentious self-pity, I couldn’t take any more. It’s looking more and more like “deconstruction” is nothing but the newest, edgy, Christian Church fad...if you were really leaving Christianity you would just leave, you wouldn’t feel the need to hang around and brag about it to Christians. Struggle is one thing, making an album that revels in your moral failures and using struggle as a marketing gimmick to convince people you’re “just being honest” is something else.
“I screwed up my life, so God must not be real, boo hoo hoo.”
Stop crying, staring into your navel, and grow a backbone. The immaturity and naïveté on this podcast is nauseating. None of this has happened to you, you did it all to yourself.
PS- I know LOTS of drunks who are way better at justifying their alcoholism than you are. Give it up.
It’s one thing to deconstruct your faith and point to legitimate abuses and wrongs in the church as reasons why, but it’s quite another to then commiserate and complain that the faith you’ve left hasn’t remade itself in your own image. This podcast claims the former but consistently wallows in the latter. The bitterness and arrogance in the producers and their claims about Christianity as a whole based purely on their own experiences in a very specific, very small subculture within it often ruin conversations and their ability to reach an audience wider than those who share exactly their own views.
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