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January 31, 2018

Faith transitions are brutal – for everyone involved.  

Those who are facing information or experiences that no longer resonate with their religious upbringing or conversion find themselves in painful situations where they feel confusion, pain, tremendous loss, doubts,...

December 22, 2017

I have always considered myself to be a compassionate person. Growing up as a person of faith, I was taught that it was one of the greatest virtues I could possess. Different faiths have different names for compassion. In my particular brand of Christianity, the word c...

December 20, 2017

I recently attended a speaking series called 'The Hearth' in Palo Alto, California. This is a community that has been created in the past few years by members of the LDS or Mormon church. The founders are concerned that their church is leaving behind, ignoring and harm...

December 8, 2017

Are your difficult conversations stuck on repeat?

Do you feel like you are getting nowhere with your loved ones and friends?

If so, consider changing up the questions you keep asking.


I often have the privilege of working with clients who are experiencing a faith crisis...

November 30, 2017

Missed Part 1? Read it here.

What does Dr. Martinez suggest we do to rise up against tribal shaming and still heed the call to our own individual path of learning and being who are/were meant to be?  4 steps: 

  1. Ask yourself which person in your life, living...

November 15, 2017

How do groups tend to behave when an individual from within doesn't play by the rules? Learn about tribal shame.

October 25, 2017

Converting to a new religion can be a difficult and daunting process. Here are some tips to ease the transition.

September 27, 2017

               

               As a former hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor, I’m well-acquainted with the downcast, bewildered look in the faces of those who have lost a loved one. Their brows are often constantly knit, their...

May 4, 2017

At church we hear “Judge not, that ye be not judged." And yet church is often the place where we feel the most judged.

Sometimes our family says “I am worried about you” in a way that feels less like worry and more like condemnation. Sometimes they outright say “You are...

February 21, 2017

Ask anyone who has been through a faith crisis and nearly all will tell you that significant pain was central to their experience. Faith crisis involves great losses – from certainty and stability to relationships and community belonging – which must be grieved. Anger...