In the 80s, Bill got involved with the “ex-gay” movement, where he eventually became a leader, speaker and consultant. When he realized his sexual orientation had not changed, he left the ministry and went on to build a successful career in public relations and communications. He was in church ministry for 25 years, including 11 years as senior pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Birmingham, and later, the pastor of a predominately LGBTQ congregation in Fort Worth. For more than 3 decades, he’s been speaking out about the deception and dangers of “ex-gay” programs. Bill is a blogger, has written three novels and is currently working on his fourth, all set in the deeply religious culture of the South. Now retired, he lives in the Dallas area with his husband and their rescue mutt, Brody. The couple is involved in a progressive Church.
On today’s episode, the boys skip weekends and get right to business. Tom shares the story of Chick-fil-A pledging to end donating to anti-LGBTQ+ institutions, leading to a conversation on its timing. Chris follows with the embarrassing turn out for the “straight pride” event held in Dallas, Texas.  Returning from break, GayTalk welcomes author Bill Prickett to the show. Bill… Read more →
It’s been one year since Tim and Bill became the hosts of the Recovering from Religion podcast. For this anniversary, the guys look back on the past year. They talk about how the podcast came to be, what they were doing prior to the hosting responsibilities, and some of what they continue do in addition to the podcast. Tim asks Bill about his new novel, and reads a powerful letter from a Mom who was touched by the book, and shared her moving, first-hand story about the harm that comes from extreme religious messages.. This episode is an intimate one-on-one conversation as the hosts share what surprised them, and how they’ve been impacted by the shows, the topics and the guests. And at the end, there’s an announcement about the immediate future of the podcast. Tim's website: https://timrymel.com/Bill's website: https://www.billprickett.com/ Recovering from Religion Resources Need To Talk To Someone On The Phone?Call 1-844-368-2848 for Peer Support Did you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groups  Looking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/ RfR Resource page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/resources We want to hear YOUR story.Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681 Or submit our form: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcastform If you have questions or comments for the podcast team, send us an email: podcast@recoveringfromreligious.org
Tweet This week’s guest is former evangelical pastor, and yet despite leaving the church still remains a person of faith–Bill Prickett. Bill is currently the co-host of the Recovering From Religion podcast, and is speaking out about his time as a pastor–and survivor of evangelical “conversion therapy.” In conservative evangelical circles, coming out as gay is one of the most difficult journeys to navigate. They can’t admit that you were born that way, or made that way by God–as in most evangelical’s views, homosexuality is one of the worst sins people can engage in. So in their view–God has a vested interest in making you straight again…and not only was Bill a victim of this system, as a pastor he promoted it for years. Find out more in this amazing interview! Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon! MindShift Podcast Patreon Link Bill Prickett Website http://billprickett.com Contact Information Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018
Ronna Russell grew up the youngest daughter of a well-known United Pentecostal minister. To escape home, she jumped into marriage at the age of twenty-three, a union that lasted 22 years and produced four children. When her marriage ended, Ronna was free to consider her own desires and interests. With her children grown, she relocated, remarried and returned to school. Ronna is a blogger, an outspoken advocate for women, and the author of the book “The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid” that chronicles her experiences with a controlling, oppressive religious father, a closeted homosexual husband, and her own search for genuine authenticity. Ronna’s website: https://ronnarussell.com/ Ronna’s book: https://tinyurl.com/y5klxupw More about Recovering from Religion Did you know Recovering from Religion has local support groups?https://www.meetup.com/pro/recovering-from-religion/#groups Looking for a therapist who will respect your views?https://www.seculartherapy.org/ We want to hear your story. Use the RfR Podcast hotline: 209-294-0681 Or fill out the form at the bottom of the RfR podcast page: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
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