Untangled Faith: Recovering From Spiritual Abuse

A podcast for anyone who has found themself disillusioned or discouraged in their Christian faith journey and who want to hold on to their faith while untangling it from all that is not good or true. This is a podcast for those who want to recognize and recover from spiritual abuse or help provide healing for those who have been harmed in the church.

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Episodes

Wednesday Jun 19, 2024

Boz Tchividjian, attorney and advocate for abuse survivors joins Amy Fritz on the Untangled Faith podcast to answer your questions.
What’s his origin story as an attorney?
The origins of GRACE.
Thoughts on the Us v Them messaging from many churches.
NDAs
Who is the Ronan Farrow or Jody Kantor of  #churchtoo reporting?
Who did Billy Graham vote for? (Just kidding. Boz didn’t completely clear this one up for us!)
Links:
Sexual Abuse Attorney For Victims | Boz Tchividjian Sexual Abuse Lawyer (bozlawpa.com)
GRACE:
GRACE (netgrace.org)
Diane Langberg at the Caring Well Conference:
Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores – Diane Langberg on Vimeo
Boz at the Caring Well Conference:
Winter Inside the Church and Hope for Spring – Boz Tchividjian on Vimeo
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Twitter: Amy Fritz 
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Website: Untangled Faith
Host/Creator: Amy Fritz

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Ryan Ramsey joins Amy Fritz to offer encouragement for those wounded in their faith community.
If you've been hurt and feel alone, I know this conversation will encourage you.
 
Links:
Ryan Ramsey
Under the Unpredictable Plant by Eugene Peterson
 
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Website: Untangled Faith

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

This episode is part 2 of the conversation that Amy Fritz and Melissa Hogan started in the previous episode. Amy shares more of what she was seeing in Ramsey Solutions that felt very similar to news of scandal with other Christian ministries and leaders. In this conversation Melissa and Amy talk about over two dozen resources they found helpful in recognizing and processing abusive and/or unhealthy organizations, understanding the hurdles whistle-blowers have to telling the truth, and the voices that gave them courage to speak up.
You can find the full list of resources at the podcast website: Untangled Faith Podcast 
Links:
 Boz Tchividjian, Abuse Survivor Advocate/Attorney
 Julie Roys 
Diane Langberg: Narcissism and the System it Breeds
 
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Instagram: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith
Website: Untangled Faith

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Amy Fritz is joined by Melissa J. Hogan for a conversation about how they realized they were connected to an unhealthy organization.
Amy and Melissa met when Melissa's husband at the time, and Nathan, Amy's husband, were working at Ramsey Solutions. In this episode they talk about how the events happening in the Evangelical world in 2018 and 2019, along with different strategic resources, helped to open their eyes to red flags in the organization.
Links: 
The Way of the Dragon of the Way of the Lamb 
PhD dissertation from Wade Mullen
 Bill Hybels abuse report
 James MacDonald reporting by Julie Roys
 Rachael Denhollander speaks up about abuse at Sovereign Grace
 Boz Tchividjian, Abuse Survivor Advocate/Attorney
 Julie Roys
 Diane Langberg: Narcissism and the System it Breeds
 The Body Keeps the Score
 Afraid of the Doctor 
Steve Hassan, cult expert
 Melissa J. Hogan
 
Find us here:
Instagram: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith
Website: Untangled Faith

Saturday Apr 06, 2024

On Episode 2 of the Untangled Faith Podcast, Dr. Gary David Stratton joins Amy Fritz to discuss  Zach Stewart's pastoral plagiarism. Mary DeMuth joins us again to talk about what healing looks like on the other side of spiritual abuse, and we hear the second part of Colleen's story of what happened after discovering that her pastor had plagiarized hundreds of sermons.
 
 Links: Episode 1: Recognizing Spiritual Abuse and Part 1 of Colleen's Story Honesty Matters: The Problem of Pastoral Plagiarism Ask Bob: What should I do about a pastor who is plagiarizing sermons? Gary Stratton Mary DeMuth We Too: How The Church can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis. Wade Mullen CH Spurgeon Lectures to my Students
Find us here:  Instagram: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Website: Untangled Faith 

Friday Apr 05, 2024

We're no longer releasing new episodes of the Untangled Faith podcast. Instead, we'll be re-sharing some of the old classic episodes. Thanks for supporting the podcast!
 
On the first episode of The Untangled Faith Podcast, Amy has a conversation with author and speaker, Mary DeMuth about the characteristics of a spiritually abusive environment.  We also hear from the first in our series of wounded resisters as Colleen shares part 1 of her story of discovering her pastor was hiding a big secret from their congregation. Show links:
10 Ways to Spot Spiritual Abuse | Mary DeMuth
A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing
Amy and Heather go on the record for Bob Smietana in this article
Esau McCaulley, The Unsettling Power of Easter
Mary Demuth

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Amy shares her decision regarding the future of the Untangled Faith podcast.
Thanks so much for your support over the last three years.
 
How to reach Amy:
Email: amy@untangledfaithpodcast.com
 
 

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

Chuck DeGroat returns to the Untangled Faith podcast with host Amy Fritz to explore the transformative work of moving from self-awareness to self-regulation and how our response to shame changes everything.
“I call the work that I do sometimes excavation work, because we're removing rubble. . .There's a lot of rubble that has kept me inwardly oriented and not as merciful or more prone to bitterness than prone to justice as I do my own work. And as I identify these parts of me that are self-protective, and befriend them and bless them and offer peace to them, there is a sense in which we all can live from that deep heart God created us for in love, goodness, faith, gentleness, meekness. . .And so I often say in the work that I do, the greatest asset is that I'm working with image bearers.” - Chuck DeGroat
 
In this episode we:
- Address the repercussions of the Calvin University president's resignation and its ripple effect on community leaders.
- Discuss the need for self-awareness in understanding one's actions as incomplete without self-regulation
- Discuss the delicate balance between speaking out on issues and exercising prudence in engagement.
- Unpack the concept of shame, its link to narcissism, and the importance of having strategies to work through it.
- Share personal stories that highlight our relationship with shame in relationship dynamics.
Other Episodes you might enjoy:
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2022/07/13/46-when-narcissism-comes-to-church-guest-chuck-degroat/
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2022/08/10/51-celebrities-for-jesus-guest-katelyn-beaty/
Support the Show:
Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com
Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith
This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled
Where you can find me:
Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com
https://instagram.com/untangledfaith
 https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Content Note: There is discussion regarding abuse in this episode. Please take care when listening.
Author, Ryan George, joins Amy to share his personal experience of leaving a high-control religious community, and what it was like to realize, while listening to a podcast, that his dad was a serial abuser. He also shares what pulled him out of the IFB world and what that means when it comes to helping others.
 
Buy Ryan's book: Hurt and Healed by the Church: Redemption and Reconstruction After Spiritual Abuse
Episodes you might enjoy:
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/09/27/97-when-mlms-come-to-church-guest-chris-staron/
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/08/16/91-navigating-the-intersection-of-faith-politics-guest-kaitlyn-schiess/
 
Support the show:
Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com
Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith
This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled
Where you can find me:
Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com
https://instagram.com/untangledfaith
 https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz
 

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Becky Castle Miller joins Amy to discuss strategies for assessing the character of church leaders, the importance of being informed, and how to navigate the often-discomforting process of learning about and responding to accusations against those in power. 
You'll also get to listen in on some of our personal experiences—the struggle of having to reconcile conflicting information about individuals we once admired and our responsibility to inform others, while remaining sensitive to those at different places of being able to receive that information.
You'll hear about the responsibility individuals have to speak out within their communities and organizations, responsibly handling these issues, and why it's crucial to believe and act upon allegations, even when they first emerge in less formal settings.
Where you can find Becky:
Website: beckycastlemiller.com
Substack: beckycastlemiller.substack.com
Instagram: @wholeemotion
Threads: @wholeemotion
TikTok: @beckycastlemiller
X: @bcastlemiller 
 
Links to reports/reporters mentioned in this episode:
Ravi Zacharias
Teen Mania
Recovering Grace
Chris Rice
Mark Driscoll
ACNA
Sovereign Grace
Larry Nassar
Northern Seminary
John Crist
Duggars
 
Reporters/News Sources to follow:
RNS
Dee- Wartburg Watch
Ministry Watch
Roys Report
 
 
Episodes you might enjoy:
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2022/08/03/50-dr-scot-mcknight-and-laura-barringer-share-what-they-have-learned-from-publishing-a-church-called-tov/
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com/2023/01/25/67-the-secret-to-being-courageous-guest-kj-ramsey/
 
Support the show:
Subscribe to my newsletter: https://untangledfaith.substack.com
Join us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/untangledfaith
This podcast is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For more information and 10% off your first month, visit Faithful Counseling- https://faithfulcounseling.com/untangled
Where you can find me:
Youtube channel- https://youtube.com/channel/UCPfFk-I6QShXXvEpSFaJOvg
https://untangledfaithpodcast.com
https://instagram.com/untangledfaith
 https://instagram.com/amyhenningfritz
Host/Creator: Amy Fritz
Producers:
Michele Pjanic
Phil and Susan Perdue
Pam Forsythe
Chelle Taylor

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