Welcome to Out of Eden. This is an attempt to document my journey through religious deconstruction starting on day one. Join me, Sam Morse, as I attempt to finally figure out what I believe in by asking the difficult questions regarding my childhood fundamentalist Christian faith. Listen as I wander the no-mans-land that is agnostic uncertainty.

Church Refugee Interview

Church Refugee Interview

Church Refugee Interview

By Sam Morse

A few weeks back I was invited by Pastor Jason Tripp, an Out of Eden regular guest host, to join him for a discussion at his Church on the topic of "church refugees". Church refugees are individuals who have left the church system due personal areas of doubt or disillusionment, but still either personally practice their faith or see spirituality as important aspects of their life.

The reason I chose to do a podcast (vs other media such as YouTube) is because I have a slight case of social anxiety. Truthfully, "slight" is a complete understatement but let’s just go with it shall we? So, when Jason said let’s do a live discussion in front of the church to explain this real-life church exodus I was more than excited; after I completed my massive internal panic attack.

The discussion actually went really well. I somehow swallowed all my internal panic (with the loving support of my partner) and was able to make it through the entire discussion with only a few skipped heart beats and a smack of stuttering. Pastor Jason records his Sunday services, so now I can share the discussion with everyone. It was just lovely to be in a church setting with people willing to hear the other side of the discussion/debate. I want to thank all the congregation members who were open to listening to the discussion and offered loving thoughts afterwards. It was just absolutely wonderful to share that Sunday morning with you all.

Below is the audio recording with the PowerPoint presentation. Please enjoy!

A Special thanks to Valleyview Community Church

 
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