Recovering from Religion

Recovering from Religion
“Recovering from Religion” is an international community for those who have questions or doubts about their faith. We aren’t here to talk you out of or into faith, just provide a safe place to examine what you believe. And perhaps, why you believe it. Your hosts, authors Tim Rymel, M.Ed., and Bill Prickett, bring guests who’ve experienced harm from extreme religious beliefs and practices, as well as experts who can offer help, hope and healing.

E18: “Divine Currency” with Devin Singh
Jul 11 • 70 min
Dr. Devin Singh is a social theorist and scholar of religion and theology, serving as Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. from Yale, where he was named a Whiting Fellow, Yale’s highest recognition for research in…
E17: Gender Non-Conformity in the Faith Community
Jun 28 • 87 min
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we’ve put together this special PRIDE edition. First, we proudly introduce our new producer, Julian Apostata, and our engineer, Sarah Austin, then the four of us talk about gender…
E16: Leaving Mormonism…with a Song
Jun 13 • 57 min
Angela Soffe grew up in the Mormon faith, while living abroad in Southeast Asia. When she came back to America for college, it was culture shock on several levels, even though it was a Mormon school. There she began to discover her love and aptitude for…
E15: The Power of Cults
May 16 • 69 min
Cults come in a variety of expressions, though they have commonalities. Our guest for this episode is an expert on this subject, as well as a former cult member herself. Dr. Janja Lalich is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and…
E14: Beneath the Hare Krishna Message of Peace and Higher Consciousness
Apr 26 • 65 min
Nitai Joseph was born into a Hare Krishna family. After becoming very devout as a teenager, he joined an offshoot sect, and moved to a small, off-grid monastery in Northern California. For almost seven years, Nitai was assistant to the leader,…
E13: Religious Abuse
Mar 29 • 62 min
Debbie Glander is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, cofounder of Authenticity Workshops, and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, utilizing methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Debbie works with clients individually in her private…
E12: From Make-Up Tips to Faith Deconstruction
Mar 12 • 67 min
Sarah Rocksdale created her YouTube channel in 2011 to share her passion for topics such as beauty, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle. She won the Rimmel London Look contest and was a NYX Cosmetics Face Awards finalist two years in a row, and garnered a…
E11: Scientology and Critical Thinking
Feb 26 • 62 min
Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology, and was a Sea Org member for more than 17 years. Since his exit, he’s been a passionate, outspoken critic, to the point of being labeled a “suppressive person” by the Church. He was featured on Leah Remini’s…
E10: Sarah and Becca – Facing Changes as a Couple
Feb 13 • 70 min
We were excited for our first interview with a married couple! Sarah Austin, a transgender woman, grew up in a small town as a “vanilla Christian” working in conservative talk radio. Her wife Becca grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness. Sarah and Becca married…
E9: Atheist Pastor Luke King
Jan 23 • 72 min
Tim and Bill discuss the many ways people re-examine, and often abandoned, their faith, as well as the many emotions that go with it. Then they’re joined by Luke King, a former Four-Square, Pentecostal Pastor and now host of the “Your Atheist Pastor”…
E8: Lloyd Evans talks Jehovah’s Witnesses
Jan 11 • 61 min
Lloyd Evans is a much sought-after expert on Jehovah’s Witnesses, the religion of his upbringing. He’s the founder of, and author of “The Reluctant Apostate” which is both a memoir and a reference guide. He points to JW’s as just one example…
E7: A New Year with Recovering from Religion
Jan 3 • 59 min
To start off 2019, our guests are Dr. Darrel Ray, the psychologist and author who founded Recovering from Religion and currently serves as president, and Gayle Jordan, an attorney who works as our executive director. These two tireless leaders tell their…
E6: Everyone’s Agnostic with Cass Midgley
Dec 19, 2018 • 59 min
Who earns a Masters degree in Theological Studies…as an atheist? Cass Midgley did! But his infatuation with God began much earlier. As a boy, he knew there was a God, and they were good friends. As a teen, he discovered there were many Christianities, and…
E5: Gothardism with Micah J. Murray
Dec 11, 2018 • 62 min
In the 70s and 80s, a prominent and influential name among Fundamental / Evangelical Christians was Bill Gothard, and his Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts seminars. Thousands of people would fill auditoriums to hear his “Biblical Principles of Life.”…
E4: Anger and Grace with John Smid
Dec 4, 2018 • 60 min
At one time, John Smid was one the most well-known names in “ex-gay” leadership, as the Executive Director of the country’s largest Conversion Therapy programs. These days, he lives a quiet live with his husband in a small town in Texas, and spends his…
E3: Fundamental Politics with Yvette Cantu Schneider
Nov 20, 2018 • 61 min
Author Yvette Cantu Schneider recalls her work as policy analyst for the right-wing, politico-religious organization, the Family Research Council, and shares the family crisis that forced her to re-examine her faith. You can find Yvette’s book, “Never Not…
E2: QuickiePod “Boy Erased”
Nov 12, 2018 • 38 min
Hosts Tim Rymel and Bill Prickett were both once involved in Conversion Therapy, and they discuss the new movie, “Boy Erased,” based on the true story of a young man who’s sent to a program that promises to change his sexual orientation. (cf:…
E1: Intro of Podcast and Co-Hosts
Oct 25, 2018 • 44 min
Former conversion therapy survivors, authors and speakers, now co-hosts, Tim Rymel and Bill Prickett kick off Recovering from Religion’s new podcast, with introductions and personal stories.