Are fear-based, toxic religious beliefs impacting your ability
to cope with loss, trauma and grief in a healthy way?
Welcome to Our Community
We are a consortium of educators, researchers and counselors exploring religious trauma and toxic theology, and any spiritual beliefs that cause psychological harm, especially when coping with death, trauma and bereavement.
We understand that spiritual thought exists on a spectrum, and extremism can be present on either end, from evangelical Christianity to New Age theology (or from Atheism to Zoroastrianism), and everywhere in between.
While our focus is specifically on how religious beliefs and cultural ideologies influence one's relationship with death and grief, this is also a forum for anybody who is...
- Spiritual but not religious (SBNR)
- Atheist, non-believer, former believer, or never-believer.
- Struggling to leave a high-demand religious structure
- Questioning an inherited or chosen faith tradition
- Recovering from religious trauma
- A professional who works with religious trauma
- Deconstructing childhood religious indoctrination
Deconstructing Culture, Myth and Meaning
Our mission is to create a safe space for unpacking religious beliefs and spiritual concepts that can be disempowering and harmful when facing loss and grief. By deconstructing religious doctrines that cause confusion and cognitive dissonance, we can build a philosophical framework with no absolutism, where guilt and shame are not used to manipulate believers, and where leaders don’t claim certainty or spiritual authority.
Our 2022 Conference
Portland, OR. July 15 - 17, 2022
Our first conference will provide a unique opportunity to meet new friends and connect with kindred spirits, whether you're in the process of healing from religious trauma, questioning an embedded theology, or looking for a new spiritual community. The conference provides a safe, supportive setting for exploration, education and empowerment.
Our presenters represent a wide range of disciplines, including psychologists, educators, theologians, hospice physicians and grief counselors. Over the weekend, we will share meals and explore diverse ideas in a lively, fun-filled, communal setting.