The Faithful Deconstruction Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Missio Alliance.
In Episode 2 of 6 of Faithful Deconstruction, Jessie Cruickshank of Whoology and Rowland Smith of ForgeAmerica how we journey with one another through deconstruction so we don’t lose our faith when our world falls apart.
Deconstruction is the process of critically examining and questioning one’s beliefs, which can be a challenging and painful experience, especially when the world around us seems to be falling apart. However, deconstruction is a liminal space that is a natural part of our transformation journey as we are changed by Jesus.
In this video, we will be exploring how to engage in faithful deconstruction when faced with crisis, trauma, and uncertainty. We will discuss the importance of self-compassion, community support, and following the Holy Spirit’s guidance through the deconstruction process.
Whether you are in the midst of a personal crisis or navigating the challenges of a global pandemic, this video will offer you practical insights and guidance on how to engage in faithful deconstruction when the world falls apart.
We have created a free resource called Six Questions to Help you Rediscover Your Faith available to download at Whoology.co/faithfuldeconstruction.
So, if you’re interested in exploring the intersection of faith and doubt and learning how to navigate the deconstruction process in a healthy and transformative way, be sure to watch this video and join us in the conversation in the comments section below.
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