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Andrew Pledger

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Messy Conversations: Andrew Pledger

The Messy Spirituality Podcast

In this Messy Conversations interview, Lola speaks with Andrew Pledger about life, God, and his unconventional spiritual journey.Andrew Pledger is a religious trauma survivor who escaped fundamentalist Christianity (the IFB cult). He brings awareness to spiritual and religious abuse. Andrew's podcast Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger offers a platform for people to share their stories of surviving toxic religion. Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and experiencing religious trauma has inspired Andrew to pursue psychology to help survivors.To connect with Andrew, please check out his website.Please rate and review this show on your podcast platform of choice. That really does help us find our way to new ears!Want to be a producer of the show and get exclusive access to videos, blog posts, and merch from the hosts of the show? Check out our Patreon page!We'll be back with a new episode every two weeks! Thanks for listening to the podcast. We love having you with us on this journey! Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 33mins

1 Aug 2022

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56. Walking Away from Toxic Religion with Andrew Pledger (S4 E7)

Broadening the Narrative

In this episode, I talked with Andrew Pledger about walking away from toxic religion. Andrew is a religious trauma survivor who brings awareness to spiritual and religious abuse. His experiences have inspired him to pursue psychology to help survivors. He is now an influencer using social media to share his story and inspire others.  Connect with Andrew Pledger: Linktree Website: 4ndrewpledger.mypixieset.com/press-kit Resources Mentioned: Andrew Pledger on the Preacher Boys Podcast The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby The music for this episode was created by Joshua Pappas, my oldest child. We worked together using the Chrome Music Lab: Song Maker and had so much fun. I want to thank Danielle Bolin for creating the episode graphic. If you like what you heard in this episode, share it with a friend and on social media. I really think that little by little, person by person, we can broaden the narrative. In addition, make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode. Then, rate and review to help others find the show. Connect with Nicki Pappas: Click here to order As Familiar as Family Website nickipappas.com IG @broadeningthenarrative Twitter @broadnarrative Facebook - facebook.com/groups/broadeningthenarrative Broadening the Narrative blog Episode Transcripts: broadeningthenarrative.blogspot.com (transcripts can be found here as they become available)

1hr 18mins

19 Jul 2022

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Finding a Way Out with Andrew Pledger of the Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger


Have you ever been in a situation that didn’t have a way out? Today we are talking with Andrew Pledger, and his story of leaving the religion he grew up in will make you see the faith differently. Andrew has found power in his story and in sharing other stories for people to share their stories of abuse and religious Trauma in various religions. We dive into the hot issues he has walked through, the enemies he has created, and how he focuses on his healing journey, all while continuing to walk the road to getting better. Key Topics: ·     How to find vision in hard stories for creators (0:40) ·     What is religious Trauma (3:52) ·     What happens when a story burns a bridge or a relationship (10:01) ·     How to reboot your life on the other side of religious Trauma (11:24) ·     Work in situations where the work you do creates enemies (16:24) ·     Why was it easier to work on a Podcast can through Instagram (22:54) ·     What are the lessons you learned as a podcaster (24:20) ·     Why is the Traumas Survivors Foundation the charity of choice (29:41) Website link: (website) Podcast Links: ·     Apple ·     Google ·     Spotify Charity: The Trauma Survivors Foundation (website) Donation: donation link Social Links ·     Twitter ·     Facebook ·     Instagram ·     Patreon Page Thanks for Listening! Be sure to subscribe on Apple, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. And feel free to drop us a line at mathew@thepodcastconsultant.com. Follow Mathew on Social Media to stay up to date on Podcast Me Anything - Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn ****Here are a list of resources for those needing/seeking safe and legal abortion services in the US that were mentioned during this episode's pre-roll.*** abortion.cafe - collection of abortion resourcesshoutyourabortion.com - campaign to normalize abortiondonations4abortion.com - donate to support abortion funds by statesecure.actblue.com/donate/supportabortionfunds - donate to the national network of abortion funds (donations split between 80+ abortion funds)usow.org/repro/volunteer - list of abortion clinics across the country that need volunteersdontbanequality.com - language for companies to use to stand against the rulingplancpills.org/ambassadors - early abortion access pills you can store in your cabinetprochoice.org - abortion access hotlinenatalist.com/products/early-pregnancy-test-strips - buy early pregnancy test stripsplannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control - get info on types of birth controlchoice.crd.co - collection of these above links and more, managed by @starplanes (DM them on twitter to add more)guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/abortion-policy-absence-roe - abortion policy by state as of June 1, 2022 More in-depth version: guttmacher.org/state-policy


5 Jul 2022

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Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger

Butterflies and Bravery

Andrew Pledger was born in a fundamentalist Christian home. He was home schooled and fully immersed in religion from a very young age.  When he began to question things in his teen years, he came to some conclusions that didn't quite line up with what he had been taught. He broke free from his religion and came out to the world as part of the LGBTQ+ community in a very dramatic and public way. Now Andrew is an activist, writer and podcaster helping to bring awareness about spiritual and religious abuse and trauma. He's working on a book about his experiences and also hosts a podcast called....Yep you guessed it, Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger.Follow Andrew on social media:www.liinks.co/4ndrewpledgerListen to Andrew's Podcast:https://anchor.fm/andrew-pledgerSupport the show

1hr 4mins

27 May 2022

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140 - Andrew Pledger - Speaking Up

The Phil Drysdale Show

Andrew is a religious trauma survivor who has made it his goal to bring awareness to religious trauma and spritual abuse. To connect with Andrew and check out his website/podcast etc you can click here: https://www.liinks.co/4ndrewpledgerSupport my work and join our private online community: ╰►Via my site: https://www.phildrysdale.com/partner ╰►Via Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/phildrysdale╰►Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/phildrysdale╰►Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/phildrysdale╰►Find others deconstructing locally: https://www.thedeconstructionnetwork.com╰►More about me: https://www.phildrysdale.com

2hr 52mins

12 May 2022

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103 - Speaking Up About Religious Trauma: Conversation with Andrew Pledger

Potstirrer Podcast

Activist, artist and podcaster Andrew Pledger joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to share his compelling story about growing up in Christian fundamentalism and his road to recovery from spiritual abuse. The conversation includes discussion of mental health, religious trauma and abuse, and the role of ultra conservative Christianity in inflicting and enabling trauma. How did a senior art project and an interview with former evangelical author Joshua Harris lead to Andrew's expulsion from conservative Bob Jones University? Speaking Up with Andrew Pledger:  https://open.spotify.com/show/7gZldnfgcpu4O1JYtNv9iL  Religious Trauma is Trauma (Fine Art Photo Series): https://www.instagram.com/4ndrewpledger/guide/religious-trauma-photo-series/17999363926411608/  Every Story Matters with Josh Harris - Interview with Andrew Pledger: https://www.instagram.com/tv/Ca--9vFAxqs Andrew Pledger link in bio: https://www.liinks.co/4ndrewpledger Link in Bio: http://potstirrerpodcast.com/linkinbio/  Jaye Pool's Medium: http://medium.com/@marinabreeze  Website: PotstirrerPodcast.com Twitter: @potstirrercast Music: Potstirrer Podcast Theme composed by Jon Biegen from Stranger Still http://strangerstillshow.com/ 


30 Apr 2022

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Andrew Pledger: Religious Trauma Awareness

Graceful Atheist Podcast

CW Mental health and depression This week’s guest is Andrew Pledger. Andrew has spent nearly his entire life in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church—where the KJV rules and women do not. Andrew was homeschooled K-12 with a mildly white Christian nationalist curriculum, no sex education and no diverse friendships. For years, Andrew’s mental health suffered, but there were no resources for him. He was told that he wasn’t “reading the Bible enough” and “needed to get closer to God.” In college, Andrew knew he needed professional help but at a fundamentalist Christian college, there was only “biblical counseling”. The first two years were excruciating. Eventually, however, with a little community and a lot of research, Andrew took his mental health into his own hands. He started asking difficult questions about the Bible, and it was not long before the foundations began to crumble. Since leaving Christianity, Andrew has lived out secular grace. He is spreading awareness about toxic religion and working toward becoming a religious trauma therapist. His personal experience of freedom compels him to help others find the same freedom. Links Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/4ndrewpledger/ Josh Harris Interviewhttps://www.instagram.com/tv/Ca–9vFAxqs/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Photo Series https://www.instagram.com/4ndrewpledger/guide/religious-trauma-photo-series/17999363926411608/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= Websitehttps://4ndrewpledger.mypixieset.com Link aggregatorhttps://liinks.co/4ndrewpledger Interact Join the Deconversion Anonymous Facebook grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/deconversion Full episode show noteshttps://gracefulatheist.com/2022/04/24/andrew-pledger-religious-trauma-awareness/Secular Gracehttps://gracefulatheist.com/2016/10/21/secular-grace/Deconversionhttps://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/Deconstructionhttps://gracefulatheist.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/#deconstruction/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beatshttps://makaihbeats.net/

1hr 29mins

25 Apr 2022

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220: Does the Devil Wear Prada? | Andrew Pledger on the BJU Fashion Show Controversy

Preacher Boys Podcast

Support the Preacher Boys Podcast: https://www.patreon.com/preacherboys Purchase a Preacher Boys shirt, mask, sticker, or other merch to rep the show! https://www.teepublic.com/user/preacher-boys-podcast ________________ Find more stories regarding the IFB movement by visiting: – preacherboysdoc.com – https://www.facebook.com/preacherboysdoc/ – https://twitter.com/preacherboysdoc – https://www.instagram.com/preacherboysdoc/ To connect with a community that shares the Preacher Boys Podcast's mission to expose abuse in the IFB, join the OFFICIAL Preacher Boys Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1403898676438188 Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/preacher-boys-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 3mins

10 Apr 2022

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SPECIAL GUEST: Andrew Pledger - PART 2

My Gay Church Days

Part 2 of my wonderful interview with Andrew Pledger.I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Andrew Pledger. Andrew is a talented photographer and an aspiring psychologist. He was recently expelled by Bob Jones University after his segment with Joshua Harris had caught the attention of the university leadership team. He has not been discouraged; rather, encouraged to press harder into pursuing his desire to help others release from the power of systems of control.  This is Part 1 of a two-part series. I could have spoken with Andrew for days, and he will definitely be back on the podcast! What a remarkable human being.  Here is how you can connect with Andrew: Instagram: @4ndrewpledger Website: https://pledgermedia.mypixieset.com/ Blog: https://4ndrewpledger.wordpress.com/ Hire him: https://imageconnect.usa.canon.com/photographer/andrewpledgerhttps://www.fiverr.com/andrewpledger29/composite-photos-with-photoshop--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mygaychurchdays/support


2 Feb 2022

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SPECIAL GUEST: Andrew Pledger - PART 1

My Gay Church Days

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Andrew Pledger. Andrew is a talented photographer and an aspiring psychologist. He was recently expelled by Bob Jones University after his segment with Joshua Harris had caught the attention of the university leadership team. He has not been discouraged; rather, encouraged to press harder into pursuing his desire to help others release from the power of systems of control. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. I could have spoken with Andrew for days, and he will definitely be back on the podcast!What a remarkable human being. Here is how you can connect with Andrew:Instagram: @4ndrewpledgerWebsite: https://pledgermedia.mypixieset.com/Blog: https://4ndrewpledger.wordpress.com/Hire him:https://imageconnect.usa.canon.com/photographer/andrewpledger https://www.fiverr.com/andrewpledger29/composite-photos-with-photoshop--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mygaychurchdays/support


26 Jan 2022