Here are some helpful podcasts, organizations and Blogs.
Hosts Heather and Christine have such fascinating stories! Each of their paths led them out of Christianity, but their individual experiences are so unique. The contrast in their stories makes for great conversations and wonderful insights.
The Life After
An excellent interview based podcast that discusses issues related to life after leaving toxic religion. I find the hosts Brady and Chuck to be down to earth, funny and nice guys who are enjoyable to listen to. Be sure to check them out!
A thought provoking weekly podcast that interviews guests ranging from progressive Christians to lifelong atheists. They let their guests share their personal experience, which is always inspirational and very fascinating. Their website says, "We interview people you don't know, on a subject no one wants to talk about, using purely speculative terms. What's not to like"?
Hope After Faith
A topic based podcast hosted by a former devout Christian pastor, Jerry DeWitt and his co-host Bobby Cary. Hope After Faith's mission is: We want everyone to feel at home here. Whether you’re a questioning believer, consider yourself spiritual but not religious, or have moved on from religion entirely, you’re welcome here.
Life After God
Ryan Bell is a former pastor who is well known for declaring that he would try a year without God. He has now started a podcast discussing topics related to life after God. His guests are at various stages in their spiritual journey, but mostly ex-Christians. He's great at interviewing his guests and engaging with them on a variety of fascinating subjects.
Recovering from Religion
Recovering from Religion offers several wonderful resources including information on support groups, the Hotline Project and the Secular Therapy Project. Check out their Resources page for information on support groups. Their website describes the Hotline Project as "a unique avenue for callers to share and explore their thoughts, feelings, and perspectives while providing them with immediate, anonymous, confidential, and compassionate support combined with relevant resource referrals". 1-84-I-DOUBT-IT. If you are looking for a secular mental health professional then check out their Secular Therapy Project.
Life After God
As described on the website, "Life After God exists to empower people and communities to live deeply into the space after God. This in-between world is lonely and uncharted. Our mission is to create safe, hospitable space for people to explore their doubts, recalibrate their ‘moral compass,’ and create new friendships". Life After God offers consulting and coaching for those going through doubts about their belief in God. They point out "Our goal is not to convert you or lead you to a particular conclusion, but to hold this space together and provide some tools to explore your doubts, embrace the world as it is, and ask your most important questions about life, meaning, and ethics".
Their website describes The Sunday Assembly as "a secular congregation that celebrates life. Our motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Our mission: A Sunday Assembly in every town, city and village that wants one. Our vision: To help everyone live life as fully as possible".
The Clergy Project (TCP)
If you are a current or former religious professional, check out the great work being done at TCP. TCP was established in 2011 to provide a safe haven of protected, anonymous online community for former and active religious professionals who no longer hold to supernatural beliefs. TCP's mission is to provide support, community, and hope to current and former religious professionals who no longer hold supernatural beliefs.
American Humanist Association (AHA)
The AHA is a great place to check out if you want to know about secular current events. They will keep you updated on the latest news related to religion in America. Their website headline, "Advocating progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists, and freethinkers".
Foundation Beyond Belief
This is a wonderful organization that does good in the name of humanism. If you are looking to donate to a charity, check out the list on their website. "Humanity at work. Compassionate humanists supporting charities worldwide".
This is a camp beyond belief for kids ages 8-17. This is a great resource for secular parents. Their website explains, "Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Values we teach: integrity, empathy, creativity, critical thinking and community".
Freedom From Religion Foundation
"Protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church". This is an organization that does a variety of things to promote non-theism. This is a great organization for legal questions regarding separation of government and religion.
The Secular Directory
Looking for a way to connect to a secular group in your area? This is a super helpful directory, check it out.
ExChristian.Net is a community of deconverted/deconverting Christians supporting and encouraging each other. There are blog posts, stories of deconversion, forums and a good list of books about former Christians here. Their website headline, "Encouraging deconverting and former Christians".
Luciano Gonzalez is a vocal atheist. As a Latin American born in the United States, and raised in Latin America, he has quite a lifetime of experience with the Church. “Sin God" is Spanglish. The word “Sin” in this context refers to it’s Spanish definition, not “Sin” as in a transgression of divine law. It actually means “Without God”.
How I Told My Devout Christian Mother I'm Atheist
I had just graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and as far as my mother knew, I still planned to be a pastor. I couldn't keep it inside any longer. This is the story of how I told my devout Christian mother that I was an atheist.