Matthew Blake, or as I like to call him Mr. Heathen, is the host of Heathen podcast. He’s on the other side of Christianity; the outskirts filled with mysticism, spirituality and well…. Questions. After a very religious upbringing he somehow found himself in this no-mans-land and instead of running scared he’s setting up camp and interviewing the natives. He calls each episode, "spiritual conversations for the godless," answering the call for each of us whether we are a believer or not. How can you not love what he's about? You can catch up with him at https://www.heathenpodcast.com/ or on most social media platforms @HeathenPodcast.
Antonia Terrazas and her project Holy Blacked Out is a manifesto against bad theology. Using it as an effort to reframe a history of run-ins with crooked-ish Christianity, Antonia is here to talk about her work and the Mountain Top Moments that brought her to it. You should see her work at @HolyBlackedOut on Instagram. I created one from an old purity book on courtship (yeah, I know right?!) one and it truly is therapeutic, allowing us to unbind the damaging messages from books we read years ago. Check out my poem above!
“Sex at its best. Great sex! Sex with cries of delight, with passion and pure desire, not only as a relationship. Your love, far from a curse, is a blessing.” By @CrystalCheatham @holyblackedout #LordHaveMercy @AntoniaTerrazas
Church is a very Christmasy thing, is it not? There's always some choir to go hear or play of children to witness. But for some folks, church isn't a once a year kind of thing. It's an entire life kind of ritual. Teammates Ray Gentry and Elizabeth Rawlings are here to disrupt all that and they do a fantastic job of make the finer parts of church more appealing. They are definitely onto something. Find out how host Crystal Cheatham brings together liturgy, Wicca and Ray's glorious beard all in a brief 40 minute episode. Find them at DisruptWorshipProject.com Oh and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
They call it "a visceral language for a visceral gospel." Tuhina Rasche and Jason Chestnut have decided to amplify the intensity of how the good book is read and we are all for it. Join host Crystal Cheatham as she discusses their annual project and what led these two faith leaders to embrace such apparent irreverence.
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Listen in as Ryan Johnstone opens up about their struggles with Christian fundamentalism and being afraid to look at their own body naked in a mirror. Now they are a sex educator and a founder of the sex app KinkedIn. Later on in the episode Rev Sex unravels one of the toughest queer shaming texts in the New Testament.
We all get mad at what's going on in the US today but here's someone who can't stand still and watch. Yaz is a queer faith activist and works for Soulforce. In this episode they talk about the National Religious Broadcasters, the Marriott and what those two things have to do with remembering PULSE. Later Rev. Sex talks about what it's like to get arrested for a God and a people they believe in.
A sexy scandal was afoot when guest Candice met her wife. Candice Czubernat is a writer, speaker, therapist and the founder of The Christian Closet, a web-based counseling practice where she specializes in seeing those needing a safe place to reconcile their faith with their sexual and gender identities. We hear from Rev. Sex about choosing to defer gender pronouns for your kids.
This episode is all about social change. Incase you missed him Peterson Toscano is back for round 2. He makes a surprising yet obvious connection between climate change and queer Christians. Rev Sex hands her mic to social justice activist Yaz Nunez who is planning to defend Pulse Night Club from the National Religious Broadcasters.
Brandan Robertson was like a bull in a china shop when he came out while completing his pastor-man degree at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Before he graduated they tried to kick him out 6 times! His zeal hasn't fizzled out either. Rev Sex follows it up with a chat about gender pronouns.
Crystal Cheatham interviews Amanda Lynn Holmes on how queer Christians can take their activism to local and state levels by challenging their government leaders. Then Rev. Sex shares about the role Christian supremacy has had in creating Trump.
Amanda Lynn Holmes is by day a marketing assistant for a non-profit and in her free time is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, especially its reconciliation with the Church. She has worked on several marriage equality and Democratic campaigns as a field organizer and actively volunteers with Equality Virginia. Additionally, she most recently organized the LGBTQ Voices of Faith series at her local congregation, Mount Olivet UMC in Arlington. Amanda wants everyone to know that they, too, can make a difference by sharing their stories and she would love to talk with you about it!
Alison Brook is a singer songwriter and the guest of this episode. Crystal and Alison are long time friends and could not have had more opposite experiences around sex, virginity and body shaming. Alison is up close and personal about her journey and ends the episode with an offering of her music. Later Rev. Sex discusses another side of purity culture--shacking up. Find out more about Alison Brook at www.AlisonBrook.com
Take a real look into the social justice movement happening now in Christianity, through the work of Lyndsey Godwin at Vanderbilt School of Divinity. Crystal and Rev Sex take a listener's question of a youth pastor shepherding queer teens.
Crystal Cheatham interviews Deborah Jian Lee, award-winning journalist, radio producer and author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. Deborah opens up about her spiritual journey and her current project One Book, One Church. Crystal gets to discuss sex and sin with Rev Sex aka Alba.
Peterson Toscano is hilarious and poignant and our in-the-meantime-guest as Alba and Crystal craft an entire season of podcasts that don't skimp on the awkward, tense and cringe worthy truths about God, Sex and the Bible. Peterson is one of Crystal's favorite performers and a true trailblazer who has been handling top tier discussions on sex and the bible long before this podcast. Find out more about Peterson's work on his website, his youtube channel, and HuffPo. You can also follow him on Twitter @P2Son.
Crystal and Alba get deep and personal when they discuss the sensuality of Song of Solomon.
Dig deep into the discussions about God the Bible and Sex with co-hosts Crystal Cheatham and Sexologist Reverend Alba Onofrio. Join in on the upbeat banter that is both hilariously irreverent and appropriately pensive as they hit key topics so on-the-nose you will squeal and clap with excitement. 'Cuz let's be honest, people never say these things! As sexual as we all are, we still want to know how the Bible applies to our personal identities. Oh, and it's queer. Ok bye!