Welcome to the official podcast page for Recovering from Religion.
In these broadcasts, we talk to those who’ve been harmed by extreme religion and religious practices.
You meet guests with personal experiences and insights in various religions and religious groups, including Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Scientology, religio-political activism, and more.
Some of these folks ended up abandoning their faith, others re-defined it, and some are still in process.
Our goal is not to talk anyone into or out of faith, but to provide a safe space to examine what we believe.
And perhaps, why we believe it.
We also bring in experts who can offer help, hope and healing.
The RfR podcast is hosted by volunteers, and supported by your donations.
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Meet your podcast hosts:
Tim Rymel, M.Ed. is the author of Rethinking Everything: When Faith and Reality Don’t Make Sense (2018), Going Gay (2014), and the business book, Everything I Learned About Management I Learned From Having A Kindergartner (2012). He is also an associate member of the American Psychological Association. He holds a graduate degree in education from Colorado State University where he focused his research on cognition and transformative learning.
Tim was an evangelical Christian minister for nearly 25 years, including six years as a leader in “ex-gay” ministry at what was once the world’s oldest and most renowned conversion therapy organization. During that time he married a woman and they had two daughters. Following his divorce Tim began rethinking everything he believed to be true.
Tim’s work has appeared in HuffPost and the Good Men Project where he writes on the confluence of religion, politics and sexuality. He has also been featured on Fox News Radio, Vice News Media, and Public Radio, and in several media outlets, including ThinkProgress, BuzzFeed, and the Advocate.
Tim lives in Northern California with his spouse Abel and an odd little terrier named Habib.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
~ Paulo Freire
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Bill Prickett was raised in Birmingham, Alabama during the historic time of advancing civil rights. As editor of his school newspaper, he had the opportunity to hear the stories, concerns and fears of black and white students—his introduction to the struggle for equality.
During college, he decided to pursue ministry as a vocation. He earned a bachelor's degree in Religion from Samford University, with a double minor in English and Psychology, and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In the 80s, Bill got involved with the “ex-gay” movement, where he eventually became a leader, speaker and consultant. When he realized his sexual orientation had not changed, he left the ministry and went on to build a successful career in public relations and communications.
He was in church ministry for 25 years, including 11 years as senior pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Birmingham, and later, the pastor of a predominately LGBTQ congregation in Fort Worth. For more than 3 decades, he’s been speaking out about the deception and dangers of “ex-gay” programs.
Bill is a blogger, has written three novels and is currently working on his fourth, all set in the deeply religious culture of the South. Now retired, he lives in the Dallas area with his husband and their rescue mutt, Brody. The couple is involved in a progressive Church.
“Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose -- and excluding that which is painful.”
~ Lt. Commander Spock
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Special thanks to Craig Christensen for his guitar accompaniment on our theme music, which was written and performed by our host, Tim Rymel.