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Nov. 17, 2021

Reconstruction After Deconstruction Featuring Karl Forehand

Reconstruction After Deconstruction Featuring Karl Forehand

Religious trauma is no joke. And while it’s not new, the conversation around deconstruction is crescendoing as people around the globe are outing systematic indoctrination and toxic theology. Join me and my guest Karl Forehand as we hold space for the vulnerability of examining belief structures and the hope and wholeness found in designing a life you love on your personal pathway of Becoming.

I invite you to a deeply personal, deeply healing conversation.

Back when I awakening to what really is and doing my personal archaeology on my belief structure, roles I had assumed, the system of indoctrination that had shaped my psyche - I didn't have the words "religious trauma" or "deconstruction" to ground my process. To affirm the deep work underway.

It felt like I had been stripped to the studs. No, actually it felt like digging out my foundation and pouring a new one. Not just a renovation, a complete new build.

The massive awakening under way right now has amplified this conversation and created some beautiful community around it. People from all different traditions are talking about the trauma produced by fundamentalism and the truths rushing to the forefront exposing the destruction caused by toxic theology.

The good news is that there is so much healing, wholesomeness and possibility on this deconstruction and reconstruction journey.

I'm joined in the cafe by Karl Forehand, author and former pastor, who shares his pivot point and the ways he's living this journey out loud, welcoming others into his desert sanctuary (also the name of his podcast!). I felt uneasy wrestling down doubt and asking questions and getting feedback from fellow Christian folk during my deconstruction process (heck, I still get "feedback"), but the courage of walking that path from the pulpit is epic. 

Karl and I talk about the vulnerable insides of this journey and what we've discovered along the way. He shares a powerful practice you can bring into your work that you won't want to miss. 

Share this conversation widely!

A few resources mentioned during this episode you may want to check out:

  • Marlene Winell's book Leaving the Fold: A Guide For Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion is an outstanding, compassionate resource
  • Karl and my conversation on his podcast The Desert Sanctuary on the challenges of deconstruction, why I call myself a Mystic, and next steps you can take on your becoming journey
  • And don't forget to check out Karl's books that he references in our conversation - Apparent Faith and Being: A Journey Toward Presence and Authenticity.

I'd love if you hop in on the comments to let us know what insights popped for you during this episode and practices or resources you've found helpful on the reconstruction journey.

And don't forget to follow the podcast on Apple Podcasts (or your fave app) and leave us a review (you can do that right here on our website!) to let others know this is a cool place to hang out and get super charged to be the most authentic and powerful You! 

Appreciate you!

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Karl J Forehand (he/him)


Karl Forehand is a former pastor, author, speaker, and podcaster. He and his wife, Laura, founded The Desert Sanctuary, a resting place for spiritual nomads, and the Being Journey, which serves as a companion to this book. His books include: Out Into The Desert, Apparent Faith: What Fatherhood Taught Me About the Father's Heart and The Tea Shop.