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This is the official broadcast of the nonprofit organization Recovering from Religion (RfR), hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith, two volunteers on RfR's Hotline Project. Every aspect of leaving, questioning, or changing one's faith is explored.




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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Show Notes:


Scott was recently a guest on these three great podcasts.
Utah Outcasts:
(Also on iTunes, Stitcher, etc)

Secular Yakking Podcast:

Zachrilege Cast:
Podbean, Stitcher, iTunes, etc

Interview #1 (Dr. Caleb Lack)

Secular Therapist Project:

Mentioned as a very different kind of option, finding a therapist through Psychology Today:

Dr. Lack’s Website:

Books of his:

Skeptic Brett's Listener's Story:

Atheist on High Podcast: http://www.atheistsonhigh.com/ or their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/atheistsonhigh

Interview #2 (Dr. Marlene Winell)

Journey Free: http://journeyfree.org/

An article about Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS): http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/religious-trauma-syndrome-how-some-organized-religion-leads-to-mental-health-problems/

Leaving the Fold (book):


Marlene's/Journey Free's YouTube channel:

Ex-Christian.net, forum, etc, a blog for Kate is also linked below. Mentioned in interview as a place to read stories.

Christopher Tanner's Listener's Story

Cellar Door Skeptics podcast: https://cellardoorskeptics.com/ (or iTunes, Spreaker, etc) 

and their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CellarDoorSkeptics

Rebecca Fox's segment

Email: becky@rebeccafox.net

Kate Ashcraft's Listener's Story

Unbuckling the Bible Belt Podcast: http://www.spreaker.com/user/unbuckling and their Facebook,

Kate's "Bluegrass Skeptic" YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdQTowJacDjnZF2OL38EIGw

Bluegrass Skeptic Blog:http://www.ex-christian.net/blog/170-the-bluegrass-skeptic/#.WJ_VZbYrLFM

Upcoming Secular Events

University of Wisconsin-Madison Freethought Festival 6, FREE, March 3rd & 4th (Madison, Wisoconsin) http://freethoughtfestival.org/

NanoCon (Nashville Nones) Tennessee March 18th: https://nashvillenones.com/

ReAsonCon 3 - April 21 and 22nd  Hickory, North Carolina: http://reasonnc.com/

American Atheists Solar Eclipse Convention August 19th-21st, North Charleston, South Carolina: https://www.atheists.org/eclipse

Mentioned in the episode's closing remarks:

Secular Therapy Project: https://seculartherapy.org/

Recovering from Religion support groups:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/support-groups

Hotline Project phone number:  1-84 I DOUBT IT (1-844-368-2848)

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New episodes of the podcast will be published every other Sunday.

Scott Smith was raised Southern Baptist and has been identifying as an atheist since 2009.  He is a retired U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served in West Germany, Fort Drum, NY, Haiti, Somalia, Hawaii, Iraq, Washington D.C., and San Antonio, TX where he also resides now.  Prior to that, he attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. 

He has been with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since September 2015. Scott is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast. His hobbies include marathon running, bass guitar, and golf.

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Emily Karp was raised in Catholicism, and has extended family who are Jewish. She has been identifying as an atheist since 2010 and has been volunteering with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since it launched at at end of February 2015. She is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast.

Emily currently resides in Maryland. She possesses a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Boston University, MA and works in Washington DC at the Department of Interior's Document Management Unit. Her main hobbies are fanvideo editing, writing fanfiction, and blogging about asexuality.