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Losing Our Religion
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Losing Our Religion with host Zac Gandara is a wild often comedic ride alongside a community of diverse humans each seeking their desired life and ideal experience away from the dogma and exclusivities they may have been raised to believe.
 
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Transitions in this life are really hard. Death, divorce, job changes, job loss, breakups, moving, how do we make it through these tough changes and overcome the anxiety and often depression. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: 10 Ways to Make It Through Your Life’s Transitions By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: How to Make it ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. So many of you sent me this article, Ask Andrew W.K.: My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole. I knew I had to address it. Thank you for sending it! It has been a reminder to me of how vital the work of our podcast is. It a ...…
 
This episode is a repeat of 160, but it had so many downloads we made it a “Best Of!” Mak is an ExMormon, Exvangelical, Empath who has done a lot of work within herself. She's full of wisdom beyond her years and feels therapeutic in her communication. We talk about her story, her past, and her present. CONTACT THE GUESTS: FOLLOW MAK ON INSTAGRA ...…
 
Fellow Loser Lilith posted this clip, "If You So Christian Forgive Me" from DL Hughley discussing his challenge with Christian Conservatives and their allegiance to Trump. He brings up some good points, particularly about racism and The Satanic Temple. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: DL Hughley - If You So Christian Forgive Me SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MEL ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Sometimes we feel trapped. We feel trapped by our past decisions, by our relationships, by our government, by our…whatever. We feel freaking trapped. Maybe there’s a different perspective, and maybe there’s not. Th ...…
 
This episode is a repeat of 138, but it had so many downloads we made it a “Best Of!” Sarah Quinn is a beautiful human with a beautiful misfit soul. We connect amidst the impression that we wasted our lives on our addiction, religion, Christianity in particular. Is our past something to be frustrated about or something that serves us? CONTACT T ...…
 
Many of us grew up in religions, ideologies, or families that didn't allow the embracing of our humanity, our emotions. We were taught to suppress them with positivity, or not to engage them at all. Here is a healthy alternative. Let's talk about it — Thank's Loser Laird Young for sending this in. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Danger in Fake P ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. I’m a fan of Duncan Trussell. So I listened to Episode 1313 of the Joe Rogan Experience with him. He went on a beautiful tirade about human suffering, the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, Self-Deception, and the work ...…
 
Vee Chattie is a Sex Worker with an upbringing in the Vineyard Church. This episode we talk about their sex worker career while laughing at the jokes that come from Vee’s former Christianity. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Vee Chattie Instagram FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 198: I am the Sex Worker Robin Hood!: Vee Chattie LOSER DEALS: Save 50% on QuickBooks O ...…
 
Many of you sent in this CNN article about Joshua Harris, the author of the book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” He is getting divorced and no longer calls himself a Christian. That book hurt many of us; let’s talk about it. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Joshua Harris, a former pastor who wrote relationship book, says his marriage is over and he is no ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Fellow Loser Brian sent in an article. Capitalism is destroying the Earth: We need a new human right for future generations by George Monbiot. We take a look at it and put it in the critical thinking machine. MENTI ...…
 
Vee Chattie grew up in Florida in the Vineyard Church. A neo-charismatic movement within evangelical protestant Christianity. At an early age, they started questioning the faith. Vee is a sex worker by day and a comedian by night. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Vee Chattie Instagram FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 197: Sex Worker by Day, Comedian By Night: Vee C ...…
 
Fellow Loser Austin writes in while he’s sitting in church. The Pastor is talking about homosexuality and Austin, shaking, wonders if he’ll ever be accepted. Is he crazy? How can he cope? SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Will I Ever Be Accepted? How Can I Cope?: Zac Gandara "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people want ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. A Fellow Loser sends in a Big Think video featuring Kurt Andersen talking about how the Christian Right has seriously harmed the perception of science American politics. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Fantasyland: How ...…
 
An empath is described in SciFi as a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual. Strangely, psychologists use this term as well. I think therapy happens when they talk, let's find out. Jess is an empath, mom, and band manager. She grew up and survived hardcore domestic abuse and came out ...…
 
Fellow Loser Nick, calls in to talk about his new position at work, wondering if it’s possible to work alongside difficult people and lead them while not being difficult himself. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Dealing with Difficult People (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series) by Harvard Business Review,Tony Schwartz, Mark Gerzon. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. I once was told that the only things we have control over are our thoughts and energy/effort. I have since added our focus, and time to the list. What do you think? Do you agree that we have control over these thin ...…
 
Jess is an empath, mom, and band manager. She grew up and survived hardcore domestic abuse and came out of it functioning, healthy, happy, and successful. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Jess McMahon - MatrixFlex Management MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE ...…
 
We get emails or messages from fellow Losers every week sharing with us what the show means to them and how it’s helping them. It’s past time that we hear those emails on the show. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life by Caleb Wilde SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: The Mail Bag: Thoug ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. In life, transitions are inevitable. We can’t avoid change. It comes for us no matter what. Change often happens when we decide to heal our traumas when we learn how to care for and love ourselves — taking on the t ...…
 
Chris and Christina Sellers married at a young age were both raised in American Christianity. Their sexualities oppressed and suppressed by the dogma of religion; now they're both finding healing after infidelity and vaginismus. This is their therapeutic story. CONTACT THE GUESTS: Contact Christina Sellers Contact Chris Sellers MENTIONED IN THI ...…
 
A fellow Loser sent me to the new Adam Conover podcast Factually! On it he chats with the founder of Invisible People, Mark Horvath conducts intimate, groundbreaking interviews with people experiencing homelessness. With these interviews, he is educating the less empathetic in hopes of us having a better future together. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISO ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. We dive into five philosophies to get an overview of some schools of thought to add to our critical thinking toolbox — Nihilism, Existentialism, Stoicism, Hedonism, and Marxism. Also, fellow Loser Jennifer calls in ...…
 
Chris and Tina fell in love as teenagers in a Christian Mega Church. As they’ve deconstructed their past faith together, they realized how much the suppression of sex through purity culture in Christianity not only stifled their sex life but almost ruined their relationship. In this episode, we talk about how to recover your sex life after reli ...…
 
Former show guest Lillith Starr posted this article “How the concept of forgiveness is used to gaslight women.” It’s a perfect meltdown for those of us who have been silenced and been gaslighted because we were hurt. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: How the Concept of Forgiveness is Used to Gaslight: Zac Gandara: Sophia King "You own everything tha ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. A fellow Loser wrote to tell me about Esther Perel on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. I loved it. Then my therapist mentions Esther Perel to me, encouraging me to watch her TED Talk. Here is an excerpt from her e ...…
 
We're back with our Atheist friends Colleen and Rebecca. We get into a conversation around communal liturgies, having community, the connection of all things, the benefits of religion, and what fills the void of religion when we leave. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Richard Rohr - Franciscan Monk on a Universal Christ with Pete Holmes Trekonomics: ...…
 
Show producer, former guest, fellow Loser, and Gay Scientist friend of the podcast, Michael Schmitt comments on last weeks Meltdown regarding "Straight Pride." "Equality for me as a gay minority doesn’t mean that rights are being taken away from a straight white person. Equality isn’t a piece of pie." - Michael Schmitt "When us gays don’t have ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Growing up, I was told, "Satan is the author of confusion," that "There is only one truth." Perhaps that was incorrect? What do you think? Maybe it's time to put those teachings through our critical thinking machin ...…
 
Colleen and Rebecca grew up together in Fresno, California. Rebecca, attending an evangelical youth group, loved her Catholic friend Colleen and wanted to save her from the religiosity of Catholicism. Now they’re both proud atheists taking on the task of describing their atheism to others. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Richard Rohr - Franciscan Mo ...…
 
With the continual resurgence of a “straight pride month,” I’d like to talk about why gay pride is so crucial to straight people. What we can learn from it and why it should inspire all of us. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Why Pride Month is Important by @CaseyJGiven SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Why Gay Pride is Important for Straight People: Zac ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Former show guest John Criscitello posted an image about relationship mental health to kick off this June’s LGBT Pride Month. Originally posted by Jen Moff, we take a look at it and ask if it’s what we think health ...…
 
Howie Echo-Hawk is from rural Alaska, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation, growing up in Alaska with the Athabascan People. Indigenous, Non-binary, and good looking, they found a wonderfully open life after leaving YWAM (Youth with a Mission) and Christianity. Howie is back. This time we’ve been hitting the “water” hard. They share their coming out ...…
 
Transitions, transformation, change is hard. Far too often when we are struggling, we take on the cliché advice of people, gurus, or teachers that don’t understand the context and nuance of our specific situation. How do we hear and heal ourselves? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: @ZacGandara Tweet's About Life. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: What To D ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Former show guest Silas Lindenstein sent in an article entitled “Study finds that children raised without religion show more empathy and kindness.” We talk about and put it through the critical thinking machine. ME ...…
 
An Ideological Savior Complex is killing us. Why do we keep trying to save each other from each other? When can we just let each other live our lives without each other's input? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: @ZacGandara Instagram Conversation About Saviors. SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: An Ideological Savior Complex is Killing Us: Zac Gandara "You ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Fellow Loser Brian sent in this episode of the Marc Maron podcast, WTF, with Jane Fonda. Their discussion on how to help others, especially those with ideologies of the world burning can give new thoughts on how to ...…
 
Emma Darling and I sit down to talk about sex work, how she got into escorting, what her clients desire, relationships, and how spirituality keeps doing things in our lives. CONTACT EMMA DARLING: EmmaLovesYou.com MENTIONED: BUTT CLUB SWOP: Sex Workers Outreach Project FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 188: Meow Meow Daddy: Sex Work is Work: Emma Darling ...…
 
The conversation about abortion is ramping up again since Alabama's recent upheaval. Perhaps it's more important than ever that we find a third-place position that includes nuance and freedom for people based on their own circumstances. "Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't wa ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. Fellow Loser Josh Black posted this opinion article from the New York Times, and it asks the question, are we taking religious freedoms too far? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE: Are we taking reli ...…
 
Emma is a newly sober, professional escort, and sex worker. Starting as a stripper left her motivated for sobriety but sexually frustrated. We talk about her story and the things we've learned in relationships and more. CONTACT EMMA DARLING: EmmaLovesYou.com MENTIONED: BUTT CLUB SWOP: Sex Workers Outreach Project FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 187: A ...…
 
Fellow Loser and listener Brittany writes in to share her meltdown about the sexual assault she was a victim of and how it showed her that she had no voice. How she's healing and making her voice heard now! FULL SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Healing From Sexual Assault: Zac Gandara "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. What do we really think about social inclusivity? Do you think some differences should not be encompassed or embraced? Is it limitless inclusivity, or is there a limit? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Hate Thy Neighbor: ...…
 
A fun conversation with the folks from Wicked Daddy Academy about consensual sex and how to move past guilt and shame to experience the sex life you've always wanted. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: WICKED DADDY ACADEMY FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 186: How to Have All the Sex You Want, Consensual Sex Without Guilt or Shame: Wicked Daddy and Lily VonTra ...…
 
Creating boundaries are one of the fundamental elements of healing ourselves. Dr. Nicole LePera posts some wonderfully helpful thoughts on this subject, and we discuss it. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Dr. Nicole LePera Boundary Examples FULL SHOW NOTES: MONDAY MELTDOWN: Boundaries are a Self-Healing Practice: Zac Gandara: Dr. Nicole LePera "You o ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. When we walk away from cults, ideologies, religions, and corporate thinking we begin the journey of refining our inner voice, trusting ourselves and exploring the world in a new way. But is there ever a time where ...…
 
Raised in a small logging town as Seventh-Day Adventist, then Pentecostal. Brian knew he was gay at a young age. He's had his hardships and traumas by living his truth, but nothing has dwindled his light or hardened his heart of gold in the least. MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: WICKED DADDY ACADEMY FULL SHOW NOTES: EPISODE 185: Unconditional Love i ...…
 
Fellow Loser Kara writes in: So my meltdown is about my son. He’s to the age where he’s very curious. My fear is that what if this is all true and I’ve failed my child? I’ve steered him in the wrong direction? MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Richard Rohr Returns: You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Ch ...…
 
Thinking Thursday’s are about critically thinking, breaking out of boxes, and discussing new ways we could live this life together. When we leave a religion, tribe, or team are we really growing and changing or are we just jumping into another? Call out culture, politics, our need to be better than others, and scapegoating, heaping all the nega ...…
 
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