357 - ”I Am More Important Than Sex”


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Our guest this week Marie D'Elephant. Marie was immersed in the Christian religion as a child. She attended a Lutheran church growing up and then General Baptist Conference. She took church very seriously as its message satisfied her need for black and white in the world. Correspondingly, her doubts about the supernatural also began early, at the age of 13. The Christian high school she attended required "religion class" every year and in her freshman year, the teacher pretended to be New Age on the first day in order to challenge the students' beliefs and their ability to defend them. Well, that backfired. That experience along with common sense sprung Marie on a journey of doubt. Her teen years were tumultuous as she attempted to respect and follow her doubts while her peers, family, and community all agreed that the doubts were baseless and that coming to the right conclusion was a matter of life and death. ​ When she graduated from high school, she decided to double down on her faith and signed up to do a Discipleship Training School through Youth With a Mission in Mexico. The religious culture was more dogmatic and toxic than anything Marie had experienced up to that point and it galvanized her faith. However, as a recurring theme, Marie's religious passion couldn't withstand her doubts. After being a missionary in Mexico for 2 years, she returned home and continued on her deconversion journey. By her mid-20s, she was no longer calling herself an Christian but was still dealing with the fallout of losing her faith and her entire worldview. Taking their place were major depression, an eating disorder, and panic/anxiety disorders. Marie has spent the subsequent years getting help for her religious trauma, hitting on topics such as autonomy, agency, assertiveness, and authenticity. Now, even at 36 years old, she deals with her religious trauma on a daily basis. ​ She discovered Everyone's Agnostic in 2016 after hearing Ryan Bell from Life After God interviewing Cass Midgley. She started listening to the podcast and found the tone profoundly refreshing. There were plenty of angry atheist podcasts out there but this one seemed to strive to treat others with compassion, to seek empowerment and healing, to embrace nuance, and to develop a life that is fulfilling. In her first email to Cass and Bob as a fan, she invited herself on the show and casually offered that she could co-host anytime they needed her (foreshadow much?). Her interview in late 2016 was deeply healing and cathartic for her. When Cass shared that Bob was leaving the show and that Cass was feeling stretched thin, Marie immediately felt inspired to be a part of it all. She is now the administrator for most of the EA work and as of late November 2018, she is Cass's co-host. She seeks to bring her unique and honest voice to the conversation. Her goal is show up to the world in an vulnerable and authentic way, approach the terrifying questions, and empower others to do the same. Marie is a Senior Executive Assistant for her career. She enjoys photography, videography, hiking, boxing, speaking Spanish, learning, talking about feelings, swearing, watching kitten videos, doing scary things, and being authentic as hell. If you want to help Lyft Driver Larry check out: https://www.gofundme.com/LyftDriverLarry To listen to Omar and Fade to Gray just search "Fade To Gray" in you favorite podcast app! Keep up with our friend dave by visiting: http://www.everyonesagnostic.com/dave.html If you'd like to get on the guest list for our next quarterly gathering visit https://youratheistpastor.org/quarterlygathering Visit https://www.invisiblepinkunicorn.com/ to get a pendant for the sexy stylish atheist in your life. To nominate someone to have good fortune bestowed upon them visit: https://youratheistpastor.org/yap-relief-fund/ Visit our website for more information on contributing to the show and donating to the YAP relief fund: https://youratheistpastor.org/give If you're looking for a loving and supportive community consider joining the YAPPERS, our private facebook group dedicated to making sure you feel supported, loved, and encouraged. To fill out the questions go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/183085855616010/

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