Content Warning: Spiritual, physical and sexual abuse. Depression, post-partum depression, infertility and suicidal idealization.
Arline guest hosts interviewing author and podcaster, Nicki Pappas. Nicki Pappas is a writer who critiques the evangelical establishment that shaped her. She’s the author of As Familiar as Family: Leaving the Toxic Religion I Was Groomed For. She’s also the host of the Broadening the Narrative podcast where she interviews guests who are broadening the narratives she was taught within white evangelicalism. She has three young children with Stephen Pappas, her steady partner in the chaos since 2010. Through her work, she desires to spark hope in the world around her and live out an embodied faith.
Broadening the Narrative Podcast
I wasn’t ready for Rachel Held Evans but I read her.
Who am I if I am not going to church?
And over the next few months I really got to spend a lot of time with myself and was, ‘Oh, I really like myself apart from a church … and like the person who I’m getting to know.
Curiosity and compassion
I feared I was gonna fall apart. And that was when I was like,
‘Okay so we can actually leave church and I’m not gonna fall apart because I have something better than my trust placed in [pastor].
I trust me. I trust myself.’
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“Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats