Leaving religion behind can have real life consequences for many people, some of them frustrating or even traumatic in nature. When one first walks away from a religious tradition, or stands up to the dominant tradition within their own community, a variety of challenges and questions may present themselves. Where do we turn to for emotional or social support when we are no longer able to talk to friends, family, and the fellow believers we once knew? What do we do when we have doubts? When we just need to vent to someone without feeling judged? In this episode of the podcast, I discuss some of these issues with Gayle Jordan, the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion. Gail is an attorney and a former personal trainer who blogs about secularism, life on her farm in Tennessee, and endurance event training at her website, “Happy. Healthy. Heathen.”
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Recovering from Religion: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org
Gayle’s blog: Happy. Healthy. Heathen.
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