Spiritual Trauma

May 16, 2017
We’ve heard thousands of stories from people who’ve been hurt by someone in their faith communities–it’s one of the most common elements among The Liturgists. In this episode we discuss spiritual trauma: what it is, how to cope with it, and how to support others through it. Michael Gungor and Science Mike spoke with Hillary McBride, Teresa Pasquale Mateus, and Carol Howard Merritt about trauma in spiritual contexts.
 
Hillary McBride is a registered clinical counsellor in Vancouver BC, and is a PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She has her own private practice specializing in trauma and trauma therapies, both single incident traumas and complex developmental traumas. Hillary has a book coming out in October 2017 called 'mothers, daughters, and body image: learning to love ourselves as we are" about women making peace with their bodies, and learning to embrace and enjoy their bodies- shifting the tide of normative body dissatisfaction among westernized women. You can learn more about Hillary on her website.
 
Teresa B. Pasquale Mateus, LCSW, E-RYT 200 is a trauma psychotherapist, yoga and contemplative practice teacher and author based out of Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of New York University's School of Clinical Social work and Richard Rohr's Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. She is co-founder and Executive Director of The Mystic Soul Project whose mission is to center the voices, work, and formation for people of color in contemplation, action and healing. She is the author of Sacred Wounds: A Path To Healing from Spiritual Trauma and Mending Broken: A Personal Journey Through the Stages of Trauma & Recovery. Teresa teaches, preaches, lectures, facilitates experiential workshops and retreats around issues of trauma, spiritual journey, ritual, as well as the interconnection between contemplation and action (often with a specifically people of color centered approach). You can learn more about Teresa on her website.
 
Rev. Carol Howard Merritt is a minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching is anchored in theological wisdom and sociological insight. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation. The award-winning author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation, Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation, and Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church. Carol is a frequent contributor to books, websites, magazines, and journals. She is a regular writer at the Christian Century where her blog is hosted. You can learn more about Carol on her website.
 
Additional Resources on Spiritual Trauma
 
Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma by Teresa B. Pasquale Mateus (a guest on this episode).
 
Hillary offers these suggestions for additional resources:
 
TW: Please read these books at your discretion. Some books may be more academic and clinical, while others are designed to help you work through trauma or support people you love with trauma. 
 
these books contain information and narratives about:
interpersonal violence, sexual assault, military trauma, incest, catastrophic disasters, verbal, physical, and sexual abuse, clergy abuse. 
 
If you are looking for a trauma therapist following listening to this episode, consider looking for a therapist who has training in:
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy)
SE (Somatic experiencing)
SP (Sensorimotor psychotherapy)
LI (Lifespan integration)
OEI (Observed and experiential integration)
Hakomi - body based therapy 
 
 
getting past your past- francine shapiro
the sexual healing journey- wendy maltz
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Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017

A liturgy for the beginnging of Holy Week.

If you'd like a daily resource for all of holy week, join us on Patreon.

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Two Minute Meditation: Relax

March 28, 2017

We're starting something new in the off-weeks for the podcast: Two Minute Meditations. These will be brief, accessible introductions to meditative practice. For week two, we explore the second of four foundations of a meditative practice, the importance of relaxation.

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Advocacy

March 21, 2017
How can we engage in effective advocacy that creates change? And how can we do so without losing hope? We talked to two experts in the world of social justice and advocacy to find out.
 
Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist, public theologian, author and professor. She is the first Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke University’s Divinity School and the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. You can learn more about her at http://www.christenacleveland.com
 
Micky is a perpetual learner, “justice doula”, consultant, facilitator, mama/sister/friend, nonviolence practitioner and contemplative activist living just south of Nashville, TN. After 10 plus years as a mother-baby specialist, trainer and author, she decided to shift back to earlier interests: theology and community development. She is a member of the co-learning community of NAIITS (North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies) and graduated with a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Learn more about her at http://www.mickyscottbeyjones.com
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Two Minute Meditation: Non-Judgement

March 14, 2017

We're starting something new in the off-weeks for the podcast: Two Minute Meditations. These will be brief, accessible introductions to meditative practice. For week one, we explore one of the foundations of a meditative practice, the non-judgemental posture.

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Fake News & Media Literacy

March 7, 2017
What’s fake news, and how can we spot it? This episode is about media literacy, and offers insights on how to spot fake news, as well as media bias, and skewed data.
 
We talked with Clay Johnson, author of The Information Diet and the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008.
 
Here’s a few resources to dig deeper:
 
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Bonus - Lent 2017

March 1, 2017

We're producing a daily medititation for our subscribers on Patreon for Lent this year. If you'd like to join us, vist our website at http://theliturgists.com and click the "Donate Now" button to learn more.

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How Do We Know What We Know? (Epistemology)

February 21, 2017

We're talking about epistemology on this episode–the study of truth, belief, and justification. Sound boring? In the age of "fake news," this may be the most important topic we can cover.

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Ableism

February 7, 2017

This episode is all about ableism–the conscious and unconcious ways that people tend to discrimnate against disabled people.

Ginny Owens joined us to talk about her experiences as a blind muscian living and working in Nashville. You can learn more about Ginny and her music at ginnyowens.com.

Heather Avis told us about her children with Down syndrome, and how people respond to them. Her book, The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best in the Most Unlikely Places, comes out March 21, 2017.

Michele in NYC shared her perspective as a queer, intersectional, disabled activist. She invites you to learn more about ableism (and how to rid the world of it) at whatisableism.tumblr.com.

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Parenting and Deconstruction

January 24, 2017

As a follow-up to Lost & Found and The Other Side of the Mattress, we respond to our most common request: an episode on how to talk to your kids during and after faith transitions.

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