Poema Podcast
Poema S8 026 | K.J. Ramsey on Finding Courage in the Midst of Spiritual Abuse

Poema S8 026 | K.J. Ramsey on Finding Courage in the Midst of Spiritual Abuse

June 27, 2022

My friend K.J. Ramsey joins me to talk about her new book, 'The Lord is my Courage', The book and this conversation explore how we can discover courage and deeper spiritual connection as we step through faith deconstruction and into freedom from toxic religious systems & the spiritual abuse many of us experienced there.

KJ tells us some of her own experiences of this journey, talking about the impact spiritual abuse toxic religion & leaving it behind can have on our mental and physical health, and relationships.

She then shares how the creative process with this book & her own exploration of this Psalm both liberated, healed, and helped her find a new depth to her connection with the divine - and how it can do so for us.

Poema S8 025 | Jarred the Wyrd Worker on Witchcraft & Paganism

Poema S8 025 | Jarred the Wyrd Worker on Witchcraft & Paganism

June 20, 2022

Today on I'm honoured to be joined by my friend Jarred, who tells me his story of discovering his queer identity, and deconstruction, which led him into witchcraft and paganism. 

He shares how this has transformed his life, relationships and spirituality, and some of the challenges he's faced along the way, including the response to his embrace of his true identity and leaving his Christian faith behind.

He is both courageous, honest and compassionate in how he tells us his story and the sharing the wisdom he's learned. 

Poema S8 024 | Kacey on Coming Out & Living Free

Poema S8 024 | Kacey on Coming Out & Living Free

June 13, 2022

Today my beloved friend Kacey returns to the show, to bring us up to date with their story, including their coming out as non-binary and bi, and the impact this has had on them, their life and family, and how her partner supported them with this.

Kacey and I explore the concept of identity and the constructs which can restrict us, and the impact of good embodiment work. And then move to explore how we can live free of those identities and live a healthy, thriving life where we can be fully ourselves. 

Poema S8 023 | Brandan Robertson on Becoming A TikTok Star & Being Filled To Be Emptied

Poema S8 023 | Brandan Robertson on Becoming A TikTok Star & Being Filled To Be Emptied

June 6, 2022

I'm honoured to welcome back my friend, author & activist (and now tik-tok star), Brandan Robertson today. In this episode we talk about his journey in the last year, becoming an advocate for LGBTQIA+ inclusion on Tik Tok & being featured in Rolling Stone.

He also shares his lived experience of unlearning his white male privilege, doing anti-racist work and its role in his deconstruction and personal journey, and the importance of this for all white people. He uses the metaphor of Jesus laying his divinity aside as a metaphor for laying privilege permanently aside for the betterment and liberation of ourselves, and the world.

Poema S8 022 | Rhea Robyn on Creativity & Deconstruction

Poema S8 022 | Rhea Robyn on Creativity & Deconstruction

May 31, 2022

Today I'm joined by my friend Rhea, who shares their personal spiritual, creative and personal transformation. They share about how their deconstruction, healing and journey impacted their creativity. 

Rhea also explores what true, authentic creativity looks like outside toxic systems of control and oppression, and beyond capitalist structures which demand results, numbers, money and approval. The answer is inspiring and liberating. 

Poema S8 021 | Natalie & Heather on Transitioning & Doctor Who

Poema S8 021 | Natalie & Heather on Transitioning & Doctor Who

May 24, 2022

In this episode joined by Natalie and Heather, to share the story of Natalie's transitioning to a trans woman, and the impact it had on her wife Heather and the family.

They share about the challenges they've faced both within and outside their family, and how its impacted their spirituality and relationships. 

We also talk about our shared love of Doctor Who, and in particular the concept of regeneration as a metaphor for both personal transformation and the process of transitioning. Natalie and Heather are courageous, wonderful people with a powerful story, its an honour to share their story today.

Poema S8 020 | A Conversation with Molly Hale (Mollyamorous)

Poema S8 020 | A Conversation with Molly Hale (Mollyamorous)

May 16, 2022

Today I welcome Molly Hale (@Mollyamourous) to the podcast. We had a great conversation about deconstruction, embodiment, polyamory, blended families, healthy sexuality and choosing yourself. 

It was both a fun, inspiring and enlightening conversation, and Molly actually interviewed me at times which was really great! This was different to any other episode I've recorded in the best of ways. 

Poema S8 019 | Megan Crozier (The Pursuing Life) On Leaving Toxic Religion

Poema S8 019 | Megan Crozier (The Pursuing Life) On Leaving Toxic Religion

May 9, 2022

Today I'm joined by Meghan Crozier (@ThePursuingLife on twitter) who tells her story. She talks about her experiences in evangelicalism and what drove her to begin her deconstruction journey, and where it has taken her. 

Meghan goes on to share just how this process has impacted different areas of her life, including her relationships, marriage, and work. She also talks about how it opened her eyes to oppressive and systemically racist systems & her own response to this revelation.

She reveals just how much she has had to learn, unlearn or relearn as part of this journey, and how much bigger this work is than just a faith deconstruction or change of belief. 

Poema S8 018 | Carly M Button Tells Her Story

Poema S8 018 | Carly M Button Tells Her Story

May 2, 2022

I'm honoured to welcome Carly Button to my podcast today. Carly, with great tenderness and courage, shares her own story. 

She speaks about moving to Canada as a child, her upbringing and worldview she was taught to believe, having to hide her nationality and identity. She then moves on to talk through her faith deconstruction, spiritual journey, embracing her native heritage and coming out.

I'll let the story speak from itself. But I'm certain it will deeply move you, challenge, discomfort and inspire you. It was an honour to bear witness to Carly sharing her story.

Poema S8 017 | Jo Luehmann on Indoctrination Into Toxic Systems & Abusive Behaviours

Poema S8 017 | Jo Luehmann on Indoctrination Into Toxic Systems & Abusive Behaviours

April 25, 2022

Today writer and activist Jo Luehmann joins me to explore how indoctrination to oppressive systems can impact our behaviours and lead to different forms abuse, prejudice & racist behaviour.

We discuss the roots of capitalism, going back to its colonial roots and links to archaic institutions in the UK and Europe, such the royal family. Jo shares how we can become so indoctrinated into these systems we often can't see how we're causing harm.

Then they cover how to unlearn these systems and be teachable in healthy ways so we can actually help tear down these systems, heal ourselves and love others well.

Poema S8 016 | Atlas Talos on Toxic Masculinity, Deconstruction & Geek Culture

Poema S8 016 | Atlas Talos on Toxic Masculinity, Deconstruction & Geek Culture

April 18, 2022

This week my friend, artist and illustrator Atlas Talos joins me on the podcast. He tells us a bit of his own story, and then we dive deep into a discussion on toxic masculinity and its relationship to evangelicalism and capitalism - and the damage it can do, even to men who try and escape it - and how he escaped and unlearned this. 

We also talk about how deconstruction & transformation journeys are as much about our identity and creativity as much as spirituality - and how he discovered more of his true identity and vocation through the process.

And we end with a discussion about geek culture and how this can be a reflection of other aspects of our culture, with its own toxic traits and reflections of capitalism. 

Poema S8 015 | Ali ’Anxious Bi Queen’ On Gender Identity & Autism

Poema S8 015 | Ali ’Anxious Bi Queen’ On Gender Identity & Autism

April 12, 2022

Today I'm honoured to be joined by my friend Ali, who tells us their story.

They share about exploring and discovering their true gender identity and how this journey intertwined with faith deconstruction, discovering witchery, and being autistic.

It's a powerful and inspiring story. Ali has such courage and this a story we all need to hear.

(Oh, and we both love Taylor Swift and Ali makes Taylor Swift memes so this obviously that came up...)

Poema S8 014 | Andre Henry on All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep

Poema S8 014 | Andre Henry on All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep

April 4, 2022

I'm honoured today to be joined by author, activist and musician Andre Henry. In this episode we talk about his new book, "All The White Friends I Couldn't Keep". 

Andre talks about the power dynamics of systemic racism and it's origins, in particularly discussing the oppressive systems of the British empire, which was built on the breaking of black bodies. He also challenges the cultural assumptions we make which are often impacted by racial cultural conditioning, and the type of change we need, and how it can be achieved. 

This episode is discomforting in an absolutely necessary sense, and a must listen. 

*Please note, we had some technical issues with the recording so my track runs over Andre's on occasion - this is a tech issue which I couldn't resolve but I hope the spirit of the conversation comes through.

Poema S8 013 | Mandy Capehart on Restorative Grief

Poema S8 013 | Mandy Capehart on Restorative Grief

March 28, 2022

Today I'm joined by Mandy Capehart, a trauma-aware licenced grief coach, who shares her own experiences of grief, the lessons she learned and how we can have a healthy relationship with our grief. 

Mandy shares different practices she's found for helping her process grief and how she helps others to do the same. She makes the point we are different, all manifest our grief in unique ways, so the ways we process it will always be unique for each of us - and all of them belong.

Mandy also discusses how griefing ties in with the experience of faith deconstruction and our unique spiritual journeys - and how she experienced this herself.

Poema S8 012 | Trace Bell asks Tina Olsen & James about Death, Consciousness & After Death

Poema S8 012 | Trace Bell asks Tina Olsen & James about Death, Consciousness & After Death

March 21, 2022

My dear friends Tina Olsen and Trace Bell return to the podcast today, and Trace asks both myself and Tina to share our stories of grief and loss. We then explore this in the context of a fresh understanding of human consciousness, of our bodies living in our consciousness, and consciousness continuing after physical death.

Both Tina and myself have some transcendent experiences to share with the consciousness of family members who have passed. We share little incidents from their lives and what seem random stories from our lives and from experiences with movies we've seen since which suggest there is more going on with our consciousness than just our bodies. We also talk about the science which could suggest this might be true.

Trace adds his own perspective as someone exploring and learning about consciousness, and getting to know the consciousness of someone who has passed.

This is a fascinating conversation which opens up a lot of questions and possibilities..I'd encourage you as you listen to open yourself up to new ideas and questions yourself.

Poema S8 011 | Amanda Held Opelt on Rituals of Grief

Poema S8 011 | Amanda Held Opelt on Rituals of Grief

March 14, 2022

Amanda Held Opelt returns to the show this week, to discuss her new book 'A Hole in the World', and talk about her journey discovering and exploring rituals of grief. 

Using some examples, Amanda demonstrates the importance of having rituals around grief and mourning, and how these can aid the process of healing. We also discuss the damage which has and can be done to us individually and as a society, when we don't practice any kind of grief ritual or practice which engages with our grief and trauma. 

Finally, Amanda gives some examples of rituals she's found helpful and how we can begin to create our own practices which can help the healing process.

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Amanda's upcoming book, 'A Hole in the World: Finding Hope in Rituals of Grief and Healing', can be pre-ordered now at all online booksellers.

Poema S8 010 | Dr Jill Harrington on Superhero Grief

Poema S8 010 | Dr Jill Harrington on Superhero Grief

March 7, 2022

This week Dr Jill A. Harrington, DSW, LCSW, psychologist and author, joins me to discuss grief as explored in the context of superhero stories.

She is the co-author and editor of the book 'Superhero Grief'. In this episode we explore various experiences and responses to grief as we see in the stories of several superheroes - in particular Batman, a character who suffered violent trauma and grief.

We talk about how she's used various superhero stories in her research into the psychology of grief, attachment, and grief responses, and different ways we grieve. We also explore the concept of duality, and the background of the creation of Superman, and how in many ways this was a response to the grief experiences his creators and collective grieving and trauma Jews experienced in the 1930s and 1940s. 

With the recent release of 'The Batman', about this character who experienced grief, and in a world experiencing a collective grief and trauma, this conversation feels more relevant than ever.

 

Poema S8 009 | M J Weissenberger on Trauma, Grief & Deconstruction

Poema S8 009 | M J Weissenberger on Trauma, Grief & Deconstruction

February 28, 2022

Today my friend MJ Weissenberger joins me to tell her story.

MJ's is a powerful story of learning how to process grief of losing a parent, as well as recovering from abuse and trauma in the process of deconstruction.

We hear this story and then explore how this tied in with her personal and spiritual deconstruction, where this journey has taken her, and how this impacted her life, relationships, and understanding of the world we live in. MJ's story is powerful and I felt great solidarity as I bore witness to it. 

Poema S8 008 | Dr Hillary McBride PhD on the Wisdom of Your Body

Poema S8 008 | Dr Hillary McBride PhD on the Wisdom of Your Body

February 21, 2022

I'm honoured to welcome back author, speaker therapist and podcaster Dr Hillary McBride Phd to the podcast today. 

In this episode we talk about embodiment, and 'the wisdom of our bodies'. Hillary talks about how through trauma, grief and messages from toxic systems, we can become disconnected from our bodies.

She shares how part of our transformation journey always has to be learning how to listen to our bodies, and the different ways our bodies communicates with us & we can learn to listen to them.

Dr McBride shares how systems like capitalism and evangelicalism directly impact our bodies, and how deconstructing those systems is key to having a healthy relationship with our bodies, and how our relationship with our bodies inherently political.

Hillary has so much wisdom and understanding on embodiment, mental/emotional health and how we heal. This is a powerful episode. 

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Dr McBride's book 'The Wisdom of Your Body' is available to buy at all online booksellers now!

Poema S8 007 | Sarah the Human on Being Borderline Brainwashed

Poema S8 007 | Sarah the Human on Being Borderline Brainwashed

February 14, 2022

Today my friend, author Sarah 'The Human', joins me to tell her story of deconstruction and spiritual awakening.

Sarah talks about what led her to begin questioning her faith, and where this path led her and the challenges she faced along the way. She also shares how the more she asked questions, the more she moved away from what she'd known, the more she saw how she'd been 'borderline brainwashed' by evangelicalism and toxic religion.

Sarah also shares how this impacted her relationships, with family, her husband and other communities - and how in the process she discovered a deeper, wider spirituality, and more of her true identity. 

Poema S8 006 | Cat with Da Cards on Spiritual Capitalism

Poema S8 006 | Cat with Da Cards on Spiritual Capitalism

February 7, 2022

My friend, tarot reader & eclectic witch Cat, joins me today to talk about an important and not often discussed issue - spiritual capitalism. 

Sharing their own experiences and insight, Cat unpacks what spiritual capitalism is, and how people can be & have been exploited by certain groups or individuals as they seek support and guidance on their spiritual journey, using some prominent examples.

They explain how we can discern the difference between truly wise and gifted people who genuinely want to help us on our journeys, and those just looking to manipulate us. 

Poema S8 005 | Kacey’s Journey to Freedom & Discovering Themselves

Poema S8 005 | Kacey’s Journey to Freedom & Discovering Themselves

January 31, 2022

TW: spiritual abuse, emotional abuse, domestic abuse, 

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In this episode my friend Kacey tells their story. They share their experience of growing up in an evangelical home, the expectations and demands, and their experiences of several types of abuse, in particular from their ex-husband.  They talk about the impact this had on them physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Kacey then talks about how they finally began to break free from this environment, in the process deconstructing their faith and their very identity. They tell us the challenges this brought, what they discovered about themselves, and how they've finally discovered freedom and embodiment in this process.

Kacey is both inspiring and courageous, and I'm so grateful they shared their story today.

Please Note: Since this was recorded Kacey has come out as non-binary. When this episode was originally recorded they had yet to do this and were using different pronouns (including she/her). As such different pronouns to their current ones are used in this episode.

I've used Kacey's current pronouns in these show notes and will do if they return to the podcast in future.

Poema S8 004 | Rashid Darden on Anti-Racism & Pop Culture

Poema S8 004 | Rashid Darden on Anti-Racism & Pop Culture

January 24, 2022

I'm honoured today to be joined by best-selling author, novelist, educator and activist Rashid Darden. 

Rashid tells us his story, and his lived experiences growing up and living as an LGBTQI black man raised by a single mother, and how this influenced his writing and his activism.

We explore together how pop culture and black & LGTQIA representation, past, present and future, and why it continues to be increasingly important. 

We also touch on examples from the MCU, Superman and even Doctor Who (a mutual love) where we are seeing more representation and his hopes for this. Rashid talks about his own experience of watching Black Panther, and the significance of that movie and the metaphors & messages within it. 

Rashid has so much wisdom and insight on all these important issues, and it was an honour to chat with him.

Poema S8 003 | Luke Wilson on Conversion Therapy & Deconstruction

Poema S8 003 | Luke Wilson on Conversion Therapy & Deconstruction

January 17, 2022

**TW: conversion therapy**

Today I'm joined by writer, PhD candidate and lecturer Luke Wilson, to hear his story of deconstruction, as well as his experience with and escape from conversion therapy.

Luke lays bare his lived experience of conversion therapy and how he broke free of this and how this impacted his own mental health, his spiritual journey and his work.

He also tells us about the advocacy and writing he does now, against conversion therapy and other practices which hurt the LGBTQIA community.

Poema S8 002 | Wandavision & Grief with Emma Morrison & Kevin Nye (Special preview of The Kryptonian, the Princess and the Avenger)

Poema S8 002 | Wandavision & Grief with Emma Morrison & Kevin Nye (Special preview of The Kryptonian, the Princess and the Avenger)

January 13, 2022

Special bonus episode today, with my friends Kevin Nye and Emma Morrison where they and I chat together about the award-winning show, Wandavision.

We explore the themes of processing grief, certainty and how this show gives us an echo of the roots of fundamentalism and oppressive systems. We explore some of the deeper themes and story arcs and reflect on what the story means for us, and what we can learn from it.

This is also a semi-preview of my second podcast, launching this coming week, "The Kryptonian, the Princess and The Avenger", where all three of us (me 'the Kryptonian', Emma 'the Princess', and Kevin 'The Avenger) and others will be chatting every fortnight about the stories which shape us, talking about movies, TV shows and other geeky stuff which inspires us. 

You can follow the new show on IG and Twitter @KalElLeiaKevin and it'll be on all podcast platforms soon.

Meanwhile the Poema Podcast will continue every week...with some great guests coming up in the next few months!

Poema S8 001 | Holly Smale on Ending the Stigma around Autism

Poema S8 001 | Holly Smale on Ending the Stigma around Autism

January 10, 2022

Today author Holly Smale, author of the bestselling Geek Girl books, joins me to share her story and talk about the lived experience of being autistic. 

She talks about her writing career, and how creating geek girl actually helped her discover she was autistic and get a formal diagnosis. We discuss together our shared lived experiences of being autistic and the challenges autistic people face living in the world as it is - and the stigma and lack of understanding which still exists. 

We also talk about how we've found solidarity and support in fictional characters such as Tony Stark (we're both MCU fans) and what we can do to create a better world for autistic people. 

Poema S7 056 | The 300th : Ask James Anything with Becky Castle Miller

Poema S7 056 | The 300th : Ask James Anything with Becky Castle Miller

December 6, 2021

Today is the 300th episode of the Poema Podcast (despite some numbering issues with iTunes), and to celebrate, my friend Becky Castle Miller is acting as host, in a semi-fun ask me anything!

Many listeners and friends sent in questions, and I had no idea what they were before recording. Questions on podcasts, how the podcast started, on my dreams, on creativity, spirituality, curiosity and a whole lot more.

This episode was so much fun and a perfect way to end 2021 on the podcast. I'll be back in January 2022 with lots more incredible guests and episodes. 

Poema S7 055 | Kristyn DeNooyer on Singleness and Hospitality

Poema S7 055 | Kristyn DeNooyer on Singleness and Hospitality

November 29, 2021

Today I talk with fellow singleton Kristyn DeNooyer about the challenges of singleness and stigma around this, and the importance of hospitality to and by single people in order to have healthy support networks. 

Kristyn shares her own story and the challenges she's faced and how its impacted her mental health. She also discusses the stigma single people can often face in spiritual communities and even society and how it can affect us.

And she gives us hope and insight into how we can make the world and churches more welcoming, and accepting of singleness.

Poema S7 054 | Trace Bell & Tina Olsen on Living the Spiral

Poema S7 054 | Trace Bell & Tina Olsen on Living the Spiral

November 22, 2021

Today my friends Trace Bell & Tina Olsen join me to talk about everything spiral dynamics - and how we can apply the concept of spiral dynamics to our every day living and grow in awareness and consciousness. 

We talk about what spiral dynamics is, and Trace and Lisa unpack some very practical lessons they've learned about how we can use spiral dynamics as a tool. They explain how living the spiral can help us live more creative, healthy lives, as well as growing in our own level of consciousness. 

Poema S7 053 | Geek Philosophy: The Grief & Deconstruction of Loki with Doug Humphries

Poema S7 053 | Geek Philosophy: The Grief & Deconstruction of Loki with Doug Humphries

November 15, 2021

My geek philosophy series continues today as writer Doug Humphries and I spend time reflecting on the season one of 'Loki' and the lead characters personal journey. 

We explore how Loki confronts his past, his actions, and his grief and goes through an incredible personal deconstruction & transformation, and how his journey is often reflected in our own.

We also talk about the similarities between TVA and evangelicalism/capitalism, - a system we are part of and seems friendly, but has a sinister side - and a lot more too. This is one of my favourite shows, and one of my favourite episodes in this series.

Poema S7 052 | Geek Philosophy : Drew Brown on Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Poema S7 052 | Geek Philosophy : Drew Brown on Falcon and the Winter Soldier

November 8, 2021

Today my geek philosophy series continues, as my friend Drew Brown and I sit down to discuss the series 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier'.

We explore the character arcs of the two central characters, their processing of grief and trauma from the events of Avengers Endgame and loss of Steve, and how this journey helps them discover themselves. 

We also explore the issues around systemic racism and white supremacy in the US and how these manifest themselves in the show, and the lessons they can teach us. 

This was a fascinating conversation which covered a number of important topics, and Drew has some great insights to share. 

Poema S7 051 | Deborah Brunt on Spiritual Abuse & Escaping Toxic Religion

Poema S7 051 | Deborah Brunt on Spiritual Abuse & Escaping Toxic Religion

November 1, 2021

Today on the podcast, another in our occasional series of deconstruction / spiritual transformation journeys, this time blogger and author Deborah Brunt. 

Deborah shares with us her experiences of growing up in a toxic religious environment and the spiritual abuse she experienced, and how it impacted her faith & her mental/emotional health.

She tells me how in order to follow what she believed to be a call to ministry and be free of this abuse and toxicity, she had to make tough choices, and let go of everything she'd known in relation to her life and faith.

**TW: Spiritual abuse, toxic religion**

Poema S7 050 | Marie (Mystic Kootenaygirl) on Deconstruction & Liberation

Poema S7 050 | Marie (Mystic Kootenaygirl) on Deconstruction & Liberation

October 25, 2021

Today my friend Marie joins me to tell her deconstruction story. She talks about how she and her husband found their way into evangelical culture as adults, and how she slowly began to feel trapped in toxic religion.

She shares her experience of purity culture and how this impacted her marriage & her faith. Marie then tells us how she began her journey out of of toxic religion and purity culture, and found true liberation on the other side.

Poema S7 049 | Ana on Narcisstic Abuse & Christian Fundamentalism

Poema S7 049 | Ana on Narcisstic Abuse & Christian Fundamentalism

October 18, 2021

**Trigger warning: Narcissistic abuse, spiritual abuse, emotional abuse**

My friend Ana returns to the podcast today, to share her lived experience of narcissistic abuse within Christian fundamentalism. 

It's a powerful, discomforting story which shows us the depths of narcissism within evangelical Christianity and patriarchy, and how challenging it is to break free of it. 

Ana tells us how she found a way to freedom, her deconstruction, the challenges she faced along the way - and still does - and how she discovered freedom to be fully herself & embrace her identity an LGBTQIA native woman. 

 

 

Poema S7 048 | Bridge Livwat on Life Uncaged

Poema S7 048 | Bridge Livwat on Life Uncaged

October 11, 2021

Today I'm joined by John Howey, otherwise known as Bridge Livwat, who shares with us his personal, spiritual and creative journey.

He talks about his faith deconstruction and the journey from aspiring worship leader into creating his own music, and his creative and spiritual journeys intertwined and interacted. We talk about our shared love of the work of Rob Bell, and how he's impacted each of our lives and journeys, including the principle of sabbath, and time.

Ultimately, it's a story of how John escaped from a God and life which was caged and restricted, to a an uncaged life and spirituality, with a divine who is not contained by religion or structure.

Poema S7 047 | Cat with the Cards on Journeying into Tarot

Poema S7 047 | Cat with the Cards on Journeying into Tarot

October 4, 2021

My friend Cat, tarot reader, joins me today. They tell their powerful, challenging story from evangelicalism through deconstruction into tarot and spellwork, and coming out. 

They also tell us about how they discovered the transformative power of tarot and spellwork, and the impact it's had on their life. 

It's a discomforting but honest story, of Cat's experiences within an evangelical cult, the struggles of leaving it behind and the freedom from discovering & embracing their true identity.

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Poema S7 046 | April Kling Mayer on Why Creativity Is Spirituality

Poema S7 046 | April Kling Mayer on Why Creativity Is Spirituality

September 30, 2021

Today I'm joined by podcaster, creator, artist and spiritual mentor April Kling Meyer.

April tells us her own story and talks to us about the intersection between creativity and spiritual journey. She shares through her story and experience how our spiritual and personal journeys inform our creative journey.

Finally, we discover how we can use the energy of grief and trauma to transform our lives, our spirituality and allow us create something fresh, new and life giving.

Poema S7 045 | Jenna DeWitt & Holly Stallcup on Being Sex Positive

Poema S7 045 | Jenna DeWitt & Holly Stallcup on Being Sex Positive

September 27, 2021

I'm honoured to be joined again by my friends Jenna DeWitt & Holly Stallcup today, to explore healthy sexual ethics in the church and being sex positive.

We explore topics like masturbation, sex toys and other things which rarely get discussed in church environments. We also go on to explore different sexual ethics, and how we should honour and respect each others sexual ethics, even if they're different. 

We discuss how harmful it can be to force one sexual ethic on everyone, and how sexuality in our culture is very static.

We share about how this static view differs from our basic biological make ups, which are all very different and how every ethical expression of sexuality - including things like abstinence and asexuality and waiting till marriage  - all belong. 

Holly and Jenna have such wisdom in this area and talk with such honesty, in a way which is reassuring, inclusive and encouraging, without shame. 

Poema S7 044 | Suzanne & Declan Dewitt Hall on Being Transgender Before God

Poema S7 044 | Suzanne & Declan Dewitt Hall on Being Transgender Before God

September 20, 2021

I'm honoured today to be joined by Suzanne and Declan DeWitt Hall, authors, activists and Christians. They tell us their story as a couple, and in particular the journey of Declan to embrace his gender identity.

Declan talks about his own journey of coming to terms with his true gender identity, being honest about this with herself, before God and the world, and beginning the transitioning into that identity. 

It's a powerful, courageous story, which shows once again the divine loves and accepts us as we are, for who we are, and is fully inclusive of the LGBTQI community. 

Poema S7 043 | The Trace Bell Experience

Poema S7 043 | The Trace Bell Experience

September 14, 2021

My friend Trace Bell joins me for the first time today Trace has done a lot of work, some with his dad Rob Bell, on talking about spirituality, awareness, time and spiral dynamics.

Today he shares his own spiritual journey, and in particular how his curiosity led him into an understanding of awareness. He shares how he began to see his own consciousness and awareness as separate from his body and even time itself, and how this impacted his understanding of spirituality, his work and his personal journey.

We both share stories of experiences we've had which have given us a greater awareness that time and our bodies are constructs/people which exist within our awareness/consciousness, rather than the other way around. It's a powerful, eye opening and fascinating conversation you won't want to miss. 

Poema S7 042 | Jim Woods on Storytelling & Writing His First Novel

Poema S7 042 | Jim Woods on Storytelling & Writing His First Novel

September 10, 2021

I'm delighted to welcome back my friend, writer, author and coach Jim Woods to the show this week! Jim's just released his first novel 'Bite the Bullet', and today we talk about the creative process behind the novel, how long it took to write, and the experience of novel writing.

Jim talks about the power of storytelling, why stories resonate with us why the best stories connect with us. He also tells me about the process of creating characters and writing their stories, and the interesting dynamic which can happen between author and character.

Jim has such wisdom about story, and has great insight on the creative process. Well worth a listen. 

Poema S7 041 | Jennifer Mathews on Grief, Loss & Connection

Poema S7 041 | Jennifer Mathews on Grief, Loss & Connection

September 6, 2021

Today I'm joined by TED speaker and grief/loss facilitator Jennifer Mathews.

Jennifer tells her own tragic, in some ways unique, and powerful story of loss...and how her response to the death of her life partner was not one she calls grief, and the lessons this experience taught her about dealing with loss.

Jennifer explores how processing loss can lead to connection, and how she experienced this, and why it's so important for our healing and thriving that we confront our trauma and loss, rather than hide from it.

Poema S7 040 | Kat Armas on Abuelita Faith

Poema S7 040 | Kat Armas on Abuelita Faith

August 30, 2021

Today on the podcast I'm joined by author Kat Armas (MDiv and MAT), who shares her own story, and talks about the wisdom of women on the margins - mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters - and how & what it teaches us about spirituality and the divine. 

Kat shares her own experiences and lessons she's learned, as well as some other powerful stories, and we see how some of the great theologians of our time have been previously overlooked women.

Poema S7 039 | Living with ADHD: Robert Vore APC, NCC, CCATP

Poema S7 039 | Living with ADHD: Robert Vore APC, NCC, CCATP

August 23, 2021

Today my occasional series on ADHD continues with therapist, mental health advocate and podcast host Robert Vore sharing his own story. 

Robert shares his own unique experience of growing up with ADHD and then becoming a therapist and advocate himself and encountering/working with others with ADHD and trauma. 

Robert gives us a valuable insight into the lived experience of ADHD and insight into working with others with the condition. 

Poema S7 038 | Living with ADHD: Elle Rose

Poema S7 038 | Living with ADHD: Elle Rose

August 16, 2021

Today my series on ADHD continues with the return of my friend Elle Rose, to share their lived experience of ADHD, and the challenges and stigma they have experienced growing up with ADHD and in getting a diagnosis. 

Elle shares honestly, and with great courage, about their day to day experience of ADHD, patterns of behaviour which can be linked with the condition, and the difference getting a diagnosis and medication can make. They also share words of solidarity, encouragement and wisdom for those with ADHD and for those who know people with ADHD.

I'm so grateful to Elle for sharing their story. 

Poema S7 037 | Sheologian (Sarah) on Living with ADHD

Poema S7 037 | Sheologian (Sarah) on Living with ADHD

August 2, 2021

Today I'm delighted to welcome my friend Sarah ('Sheologian' from Twitter) to the podcast for a new series of episodes focussing on ADHD. I myself have undiagnosed ADHD and there's a lot of stigma and misunderstanding about it. This series aims to raise awareness.

Sarah shares her own story and experiences growing up with ADHD, in particularly in evangelical patriarchal culture, the day to day challenges she encounters, her own lived experience and lessons she's learned. She also talks about the challenges she faces as a therapist with clients who themselves often have ADHD. 

Sarah has a lot of wisdom, solidarity encouragement and insight into living with ADHD and supporting people ADHD, this is a powerful episode we all need to hear.

Poema S7 036 | Geek Philosophy: Emma Morrison on Star Wars, Deconstruction and Grief

Poema S7 036 | Geek Philosophy: Emma Morrison on Star Wars, Deconstruction and Grief

July 26, 2021

Today in the vlatest of my 'Geek Philosophy' series I'm joined by good friend Emma Morrison, and we talk about the world of Star Wars and its links to deconstruction and processing trauma.

Emma tells her own story, sharing how Star Wars - and in particular the character of Leia Organa - influenced her growing up, how she inspired her and how as she went her own deconstruction journey she saw this reflected in the character development of Leia and others in the Star Wars canon.

We also explore the topic processing grief and how this ties in with the journey of Anakin/Darth Vader, the importance of Qui-Gon Jin, and how the Jedi and Sith can be metaphors for toxic religion and religious certainty. We talk about where we see embodiment and the journey of identity, and where we can see hope in these stories. 

This was such a fun and insightful conversation, I hope you like it!

Poema S7 035 | Geek Philosophy: Kevin M Nye on the Theology of the MCU

Poema S7 035 | Geek Philosophy: Kevin M Nye on the Theology of the MCU

July 19, 2021

Today I'm joined by author and writer Kevin M Nye, contributing author of the book 'Theology of the Marvel Universe' to explore this subject in more depth.

As the latest MCU movie 'Black Widow' hits theatres we explore some of the deeper themes behind several characters stories and different movies within the MCU.

We talk about where we see metaphors for faith deconstruction, decolonialism, patriarchy and other massive issues/lived experiences which we see playing out in today's world and in the realms of spirituality. We also each discuss where we see stories in the MCU reflecting our own spiritual and personal journeys.

We conclude by highlighting, how these movies, stories and characters can inspire and challenge each of us. 

Poema S7 034 | Geek Philosophy: Mario-Francisco Robles on the Philosophy of Superman

Poema S7 034 | Geek Philosophy: Mario-Francisco Robles on the Philosophy of Superman

July 12, 2021

In this new series, I explore with guests the philosophy, theology and mythology of geek world - superheroes, Star Wars, and more. 

This episode, I talk to Mario-Francisco Robles of 'Superman on Film', about the mythology and philosophy around Superman and the early Superman movies. We each share our own experiences of this character and what he's meant to each of us.

We also talk about Superman's journey, his experiences - including those of grief and loss - as well his identity and values. We explore how these have shaped each of us, and why they're more important than ever in our wider cultural context.

This was such a fun and meaningful episode to do, one of my most personal too.

Poema S7 033 | Kristin Kobes Du Mez on Jesus & John Wayne

Poema S7 033 | Kristin Kobes Du Mez on Jesus & John Wayne

July 5, 2021

Today, historian and author Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins me to talk about her bestselling book "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation".

We talk about the forces in US evangelical culture which led to the rise and election of Donald Trump as President, dating back to the 70s and 80s and the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. We touch on the truths President Jimmy Carter confronted the US with...which they chose to ignore in favour of certainty. 

We discuss the patriarchal and systemically racist system of evangelicalism and capitalism, how this has impacted wider US culture, and where we see this in the UK, where colonialism and patriarchal system had its genesis.

In the process, we discover how the election of Donald Trump was almost an inevitable, and how this system counterintuitively sees white evangelical men percieve moral failings and law breaking almost as a badge of honour. We also explore how all of this has led to many people beginning to deconstruct their faith and from this system, and where this could all go.

Kristen ends by sharing how the response to her book has given her hope that things can change...and shares this hope with us. 

 

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