Check out my conversation with Scott Okamoto. Scott was an English professor at Azusa Pacific University, where he was subjected to close-mindedness and judgment around every corner. I loved being a guest on Scott Okamoto's podcast, Chapel Probation. We discuss deconstruction, racism, evangelicalism, friction in family dynamics, and more.
From Liz Mall, the host:
"While at first glance this may seem like an episode more geared towards our agnostic and atheist crew, as someone who follows Christ still I also was deeply impacted (and yes inspired) by Sarah’s book “Giving Up God.” Wherever you land in belief during deconstruction, I believe giving up God as an unhealthy coping mechanism is absolutely needed (even for Christians) and Sarah’s story showed how one person did just that, emerging into a new worldview defined by curiosity, wonder, and joy."
An essay about being aware of current events (which are typically tragic if they're in our mainstream news) and remaining joyful or optimistic without feeling guilty.
An essay about getting through the holidays post-faith deconstruction. Adapted in part from my book, Giving Up God. Click here to read.
The interfaith (and non-faith) news publication that I write for did a feature on my book! You can read it here. The author even interviews my pastor which I found touching.
The tagline: "When Sarah Hayward began to evaluate and question her devout evangelical faith, she looked for books to help her on her journey. She couldn't find one. So, she wrote her own. "
I wrote an article on how we can attempt to connect with folks of differing beliefs in a kind, respectful way to remove some religious strife from the zeitgeist. The essay is titled "Harmony Increases When We Are More Curious About One Another." Check it out here.
David Hayward and I discuss deconstruction and getting through the holidays when your beliefs have shifted and may no longer align with your family's.