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Episode 16: Should I Raise my Children in Church - Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest, teacher, best selling author, and one of the most profound voices for spiritual seekers and wanderers. It was a treat to get a chance to ask her questions about what it means to parent children into healthy spirituality. We chat about: The spirituality of her childhoodWhat it means to embody healthy spiritualityHow caring for animals teach us to be attentive in this worldHow children show us what it’s like to be fully humanHow to comfort a...


Episode 15: 7 Spiritual Child Protection Policies

Today I am sharing 7 spiritual child protection policies to ensure that while raising our children in faith, we are minimizing the risk of them being harmed by toxic doctrines. These policies can act as a guide in your everyday parenting, or to check against your children’s faith communities or schools. To sum up, the seven spiritual child protection policies are: Don’t convert a child.Don’t limit a child’s spiritual imagination.Give permission to feel the full range of human...


Episode 14: Amanda Meisenheimer - Progressive Children’s Minister

Amanda Meisenheimer is a progressive children and families minister. She creates music and curriculum to help families raise children with healthy spirituality, and I am excited to have her on the show to share the resources she’s created for all of us. Amanda and I start the show with the intense and complicated topic of adoption, as she is the adoptive mother of two children, and how she has changed and repented of some of the views surrounding adoption ethics. Then we talk about her...


Episode 13: Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Rabbi Sandi Eisenberg Sasso is the author of several award winning children’s books on spirituality including God’s Paint Brush and In God’s Name. In this show, we talk about: How she became the first woman to be ordained as rabbi in the Reconstructionist movement.Why she began publishing children’s books.How she ensures complex ideas about God are distilled into accessible language for children.How to read the Bible with question marks with children.How to raise children with healthy...


Episode 12: Kaitlin Curtice - Decolonizing Faith as a Native American Parent

My guest today is Kaitlin Curtice, Native American Christian author and speaker, and a mother of two boys. Kaitlyn shares with us how she embodies race, religion, & resistance in her identity and her work. I ask Kaitlin: - how to raise our children with a decolonized faith how Native American traditions provide a much needed perspective to our parenting via cultivating a relationship with the land, place, and mysticism.Kaitlyn’s boys both started school and she talks about all her...


Episode 11: Carol Howard Merritt - Healing Spiritual Wounds

Important to Parenting Forward is the practice of parenting ourselves, specifically, to name our past wounds and engage in the work of healing. Breaking cycles of pain and shame means dealing with our own childhood trauma first. In this show, I invite author, speaker, and pastor, Carol Howard Merritt, who wrote the book, Healing Spiritual Wounds, to address how we might move through our spiritual wounds to give our kids the best chance of healthy spirituality. We talk about how to form a...


Episode 10: Mihee Kim-Kort Queering Our Faith

Mihee Kim-Kort is a Presbyterian minister, speaker, and author of several books including her most recent one titled, Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith. It is Mihee’s coming out story and is a beautiful book that expands our notions of what it means to be human. In the show, we talk about what it means to embody an intersection of identities, and how that impacts the way we raise our kids. We talk about what queerness does for Mihee’s faith, how it...


Episode 9: Andrew Grant-Thomas at Embrace Race

Andrew Grant-Thomas is the co-founder, along with his partner, Melissa Giraud, of the organization, Embrace Race. Their vision is to help provide parents resources to talk about race with their kids, and their website is chock full of wonderful resources, please be sure to check it out. In this episode, I ask Andrew: why parents are hesitant to speak race with their children,how to respond when our children make embarrassing remarks about people’s skin color in public,whether we should...


Episode 8: Melissa Greene - Parenting with Rituals & Community after Faith Shift

Melissa Greene is a musician, most notably a member of the Christian group, Avalon, from the years 2002-2009, bringing us lots of hit songs. She served as a pastor at Grace Pointe in Tennessee, which is known for its progressive positions, including being LGBTQ affirming. And just recently, she has left that position and are now the founder, alongside Anna Skates, of the intentional community Imaginarium. Melissa is married and the mother of two children. Melissa feels like my sister from...


Episode 7: Parenting without Certainty of Faith

This show addresses some common fears and anxieties of those who are parenting with shifting faith. I am on a mission to convince parents that although it may not be the easy path, parenting with shifting faith actually gives us an advantage in parenting, especially in these unstable times of massive faith changes in the larger climate. Links (affiliates included): The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle Healing Spiritual Wounds by Carol Howard Merritt Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix...


Episode 6: Hayden Brandt - Anxiety and Saving the World

This is a special episode of Parenting Forward where I get to feature my own son, Hayden Brandt, who is 12 years old at this time of recording. I *obviously* love him but I also think you will too because he is articulate and fun and really quite emotionally intelligent. In this episode I ask him to share some light hearted things like what he does for fun as well as serious issues like justice and his struggle with anxiety. I hope you enjoy our conversation! Links: Undertale -...


Episode 5: Danielle Shroyer - Original Sin is Damaging for Children

By far, one of the most damaging doctrines to children is the Original Sin doctrine, and I try to advocate against it as much as possible. Thankfully, I can point people towards Danielle Shroyer’s work on this subject, how to view the Garden story, what Jesus atonement means, etc. if we were to do away with the Original Sin. I learned a ton, and I hope you do too! Links (affiliates included): Danielle on twitter Original Blessing by Danielle Shroyer Original Blessing by Matthew...


Episode 4: Bruce Reyes-Chow - Don’t Be An Asshat

Bruce Reyes Chow is someone I have followed for a long time. I have him on today to discuss his parenting book that he co-wrote with his wife, called Rule #2: Don’t be an Asshat. This interview moves along very quickly as we discuss a smattering of the rules in his book, some serious, and some are just fun life hacks! I have a special note at the end of this episode about where we land on the faith spectrum, what voices are welcome, and which ones are not so much. I hope that gives a...


Episode 3: Kay Bruner - Boundaries

There were so many things I could’ve interviewed Kay about, she is such a treasure trove of wisdom, but I know boundaries, especially for those of us who grew up without them, is so helpful and can literally be life-changing. In this episode, I ask Kay to share about boundaries, how to become aware of them, how to set them with our parents, and how to raise our children with healthy boundaries. Links (affiliates included): Kay Bruner Website Faith Shift Boundaries As Soon As I Fell...


Episode 2: Melvin Bray - Composting Toxic Stories

I always learn so much when I talk to Melvin Bray, he’s brilliant and kind and resourceful. I ask him to tell us about the COMPOST acronym which helps us determine whether a story is worth telling: Confess more than prescribe Opposing forces in dynamic with each other Meekness to admit other interpretations Pose more questions than answers Others-interestedness Susceptibility to harm Tradition as a living word - God is still speaking He also shares why him and his wife don’t...


Episode 1: Five Pillars of Progressive Faith Parenting with Daniel Kirk

In this episode I invite Dr. Daniel Kirk onto the show as my co-host to introduce the five pillars of Parenting Forward. They are: Fluidity of FaithEgalitarianism vs. HierarchyActivism for equalityConnection over boundariesLearning to REIMAGINE stories Links (affiliate links included): Daniel Kirk Twitter Jesus have I Loved but Paul A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels Captain Fantastic John Steinbeck books Faith Forward Raising Children...


Welcome to Parenting Forward!

This is our pilot episode to introduce Parenting Forward, the new podcast exploring the intersection of parenting and progressive faith. I share a little bit of my own story, introduce some of the conversations we’ll host, and say hi to the world in podcast format. I’m so excited about this new adventure, and hope you’ll subscribe and follow for thoughtful and helpful conversations to help you parent! Links (affiliate included): Faith Shift by Kathy Escobar Facebook Group ...