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What about Music and Deconstructing?

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Last week, we asked the question on social media, "What music has played a healing part in your deconstructing/evolving faith journey?"

One interesting thing we found out was that when it comes to deconstructing, music has been one of the trickiest and hardest parts to navigate.

From Sunday schools songs we learned as tots to old-school hymns we may have grown up with to worship music with guitars and drums even to pop culture songs we listened to on religious radio, music was an integral part of our past faith practices and systems.

And there's something about music that goes deeper and hits us in a space inside us that is almost impossible to articulate with words. Music, something that used to perhaps soothe our hurried and worried souls, get us "pumped" about our faith, connect us with our fellow believers (whatever sect we found ourselves in) or help us get in the mood for the sermon we were about to hear, now sets off alarm bells all over our nervous systems and perhaps even stirs emotions like anger and grief.

Music is powerful and we need to say so.

And we have the right to find artists, genres, songs that bring hope and healing to our evolving selves and provide what we need to express all of our new-found feelings surrounding whatever new faith space we find ourselves in.

So thank you for answering our question with gusto and sharing with us what has been supporting you through your deconstruction / reconstruction.

Some of you provided songs.Some of you spoke of bands and musicians.Some of you even shared certain genres like "break-up songs" or "Indigenous" or "heavy metal."

We are all about community here at Deconstructing Mamas so we've taken what you've told us so far and have created an evolving playlist on Spotify for your listening pleasure.

Here's to finding what works for you!!

DECONSTRUCTING MAMAS PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY P.S. We also have a BIG announcement about our Patreon community below. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!


Latest News:

BIG NEWS - WE ARE MOVING OUR COMMUNITY TO PATREON AND OTHER GOODIES! (PLUS, something about Lizz's birthday and building our community!!) Facebook just was not working for us. We couldn't get what we wanted to our community (based on the lovely algorithm, so this past week, we moved everything to PATREON.

For as little as $3/month, you will get lots of extras from Lizz and Esther, including deeper discussions about topics on the podcast, first dibs on knowing about future exciting projects and perhaps some special deals exclusive to those projects and our NEW QUARTERLY ZOOM GROUP where we dive lots deeper into the things we need to sort out with parenting and deconstructing. We have a really FUN GOAL we are setting for this community by the beginning of Season 5, coming up on March 5th. We are trying to get to 73 PATREONS before that point. "WHY 73?" you ask! Lizz's birthday is July 3. 7/3. So it feels like a lovely number of people. Plus, there's something in the Bible about 7 being the number of perfection and 3 being the number of wholeness. So WHY NOT??? We still love the Bible, right? Well, at least in this case, we do!! (winky face) Head to this LINK to join us! You won't regret it! And plus, the reality is that you will help us keep the lights on over here at Deconstructing Mamas. We really really want to! Thank you in advance!


Resource Alert:

When we're not recording our own podcast, we are often invited to be guests on a podcast. One of our own upcoming guests, Leslie Nease, Survivor contestant, former radio host and spiritual coach, has a podcast with Karen Shock, called Honoring the Journey.

They chat with guests who have had faith journeys worth exploring and dive into different faith practices, ideas and ways to connect with the Divine without religious baggage. Both of their journeys are evolving and filled with curiosity and a willingness to explore all things with an open and soft heart.

Esther was invited to share her ever-evolving faith story on this week's episode and here's what they had to say:

Esther is a budding Spiritual Director and this conversation is so rich and wonderful, you'll want to listen to it twice! Her journey is incredibly relatable and it's beautiful to hear how she has navigated her life inside and outside of Evangelicalism, always being led by love and authenticity.


One last thing. We want to remind you that we are so glad you are here. We wouldn't be the same without you. You will always find GRACE for where you've been and who you are now, and SPACE for who you are becoming and will be.

Carry on, our new-found friends. Welcome to the twisty-windy, full -of-adventure faith path that's laid out before us all. Love,

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