This Little Light of Mine is a progressive, inclusive and safe community focused on bringing people together for healing, forgiveness, joy, abundance and love.
Together we stand in opposition to any organization that would teach or claim that any person is unlovable or not allowed to love.
We believe in standing up for LOVE and for prioritizing mental health, emotional health and spiritual health in YOUR life and the lives of ALL people.
We believe that healing our world starts with YOU
For most of my life, I've lived in a binary mode of all or nothing. Full steam ahead or quit and walk away. My normal way of operating would be to push myself and force out these last episodes but I'm going to practice what I preach...
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In today's story episode, I take you back inside the walls of my rehab experience to share what I learned about grief and loss and about how avoiding pain was also helping me to avoid the one thing that I've been searching for my entire life. When I...
On today's episode I'm joined with the incredible mother and son team, Candace & Riley. Candace and Riley are going to share part of their journey of unconditional love, acceptance, courage, strength & hope and how they made a decision to come out as a family in the...
S02E16 – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Hello and welcome to This Little Light of Mine, my name is James Powell and I’m so glad that you are able to join me for today’s story episode entitled Adverse Childhood Experiences In today’s episode I’m going deep into one of the most...
By sharing his own personal experience with religious trauma and evolution towards leaving fundamentalism behind, Andrew Pledger was fired from his campus job and expelled from Bob Jones University.
Join our conversation as Andrew shares how his art gave him a unique opportunity to explore how religious trauma...
Trauma response - When children don’t perceive safety from anyone in their world, they teach themselves that it is never safe to trust anyone. This approach creates a feeling of complete isolation, loneliness, disconnection, and can introduce and reinforce a feeling of being broken. This type of...
"The sexy thing in the #exvangelical world right now is destruction. That's the easiest path, just shoot flaming arrows at the thing, tear it apart, poke holes in it.
Destroying something is deeply satisfying the moment, especially when there is a lot of hurt.
Deconstruction has a lot more...
Looking back, I can now describe my time in treatment as the most difficult, most exposed, and most rewarding time of my life. I started to pull the wool back from my eyes and began to see how my approach to 'strength' hurt me, hurt others around me, and...
Are evangelical churches safe spaces for 2SLGBTQ humans? How can a space that may be considered 'unsafe' transform into a welcoming and affirming space? Is it possible to create a safe space for all people?
In today's episode I'm joined with my personal friend James Sholl who will...
Christmas survival tips for LGBTQ Christians - This year has been a doozie for so many of us. And if you're anything like me the holiday season usually amplifies any feelings of loneliness, disconnection, or otherness that I may have swirling around in my head. I know...
James P is a certified co-active coach, speaker, facilitator, brand & marketing strategist, and cause marketing leader.
James’ experience seamlessly blends the profit and nonprofit sectors where he has worked with mega brands like Virgin, BMW, TAXI, Nike, Playboy, Best Buy, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, SickKids, M&C Saatchi, WE, Children’s Miracle Network and many others.
James works with both brands and individuals to help them connect to their core values so that they can build outcomes that allow them to grow and thrive. James is an expert at looking at the bigger picture and helping to design systems, structures and process that facilitate ease, flexibility and performance.
James is an avid reader, journal writer, runner, HIIT enthusiast, proud dog Dad, uncle to four nieces, three nephews and a Big Brother to a Little Brother.
And all of the above is what James WANTS you to see. Beneath the surface it’s a very different story… a story of what happens when you teach a child that they’re not allowed to love.
James mission moving forward is to build a community that advocates for love, mental health and spiritual health.
James is currently building this community through spoken word and mixed media to share his story of spiritual abuse, religious trauma, sexual abuse & addiction.
By using his voice through a variety of creative mediums his intention is to bring light to the hidden psychological, spiritual, emotional and mental abuse that continues to be inflicted on LGBTQ+ children in religious communities.
Michael M is a content, scheduling and social media specialist. He has a passion for working with creators to help share their voices across multiple platforms.
In the first part of his career, Michael created and implemented content strategies for large global brands with a focus on fitness, lifestyle and entertainment sectors.
After recognizing and working through some of his own trauma Michael brings a wealth of empathy and experience around trauma informed care, religious trauma and addiction recovery.
Michael is now charting a new path forward that puts self-care and self-love first, while continuing to use the many skills he mastered in the ‘agency world’. Michael loves the nomad life where he lives to travel and brings his work and passion for storytelling along for the journey.
David Laskovski joins us to help us get a little more comfortable talking about suicide. David developed the HELP model, that provides new tools and resources to professionals in Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services to intervene and help those who may be suicidal.
In addition to helping others, David, my partner, has also helped me to grow in a number of ways over the past couple years. I’m excited to invite David on to share some of his kindness, wisdom, and love so that it might help others too.
Bonnie Violet is a trans femme genderqueer spiritual drag artist and digital chaplain. YouTuber, Twitcher & Host of a queer chaplain podcast with such series as Drag & Spirituality, TranSpirit & Faith Leaders. Co-host of Splintered Grace with her conservative christian aunt & At the CCC recovery podcast.
Bonnie Violet shares her experience of strength and hope with HIV, recovering from drugs, alcohol, and sexual assault among other things in classrooms, community centers, churches, online and pretty much anywhere they’ll let her.
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Episodes 27 & 28
Meet the Powells. On episodes 27 & 28 I’m joined with Christian parenting experts, LGBTQ2S+ advocates, and the earthly creators of me… yup, these are the interview episodes with my Mom & Dad.
Families can be some of the most complicated relationships that we have. Adding elements of religion and queerness can be like adding fuel to an already roaring fire.
I am so incredibly proud of the vulnerability, honesty, strength, and love that my parents brought into this healing conversation
Meet orientation advocate Mark Smith and his wife Victoria. Mark runs an Instagram support site, called @notdefining, for anyone struggling with their orientation. He has an expanded heart and focus on humans who may be questioning, undefined, changing, Bi+, or fluid.
Vic and Mark put share how our human need to DEFINE takes our focus away from where our focus should actually be.
Mark and Vic formed and defined their relationship around honesty.
Honesty, vulnerability, connection, and love – these are what we need if we want to define relationships.
Author Marc-Henri, grew up in Europe and was the son of a charismatic Pentecostal minister. As a young boy, Marc-Henri was spiritually and psychologically abused, as he forced to undergo multiple public faith healings to cure him of a leg impairment.
After pastoring an evangelical church for 15 years Marc-Henri’s internalized messages of shame and unworthiness never went away. Toxic Jesus shares how Marc-Henri faced his shadows, began long-term therapeutic and integrative work and began his process of deconstruction and reconstruction.
Junia “June” Joplin began serving in church ministry over twenty years ago. She holds degrees from Appalachain State University and the Baptist Theologica Seminary at Richardmon and has served congregations in the U.S. and Canada.
A long-time advocate for greater LGBTQ+ acceptance in faith communities, June made international headlines last summer when she came out as a trans woman and was subsequently fired by her congregation.
Chad currently lives in Windsor, Ontario (across the border from Detroit) with his husband Bill and three cats. Chad is an IT Consultant and teaches part time at a local college.
Coming from a strict conservative faith, Chad spent years deconstructing his faith. He was blessed to meet different people and organizations to help and guide him along the way. Chad’s faith has always been extremely important to him and being able to deconstruct and re-evaluate what aspects of his faith are important; he can now say with 100% certainty that he is more at peace than he has ever been.
Colby is a best-selling author, podcaster, and PROGRESSIVE co-pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego
Colby is one of leading voices of the Progressive Christian movement with two books on this topic UnClobber – Rethinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality and his newest release The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity
Michael Coren is a best-selling author, columnist, Anglican cleric and former nightly television and radio host.
Michael joins This Little Light Of Mine to talk about his book Epiphany and “what went wrong” on his journey from being the posterboy of Catholic conservatism towards his profound spiritual and personal change of heart towards the queer community.
Matthias Roberts, host of Queerology, named one of the top 12 LGBTQ Podcasts by Oprah’s magazine O.
Matthias is also a psychologist and author of ‘Beyond Shame – Creating a healthy sex life on your own terms’.
Matthias holds an M.A. in Theology and Culture and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the state of Washington.
For most of her life Cathy Webber believed that God was punishing her after a self-started childhood accident covered her body with third degree burns.
Filled with self-hate Cathy tried to sedate her pain multiple addictions until the day she surrendered and called out ‘God, help me!’. Cathy now dedicates her life sharing how the gift of pain brought her back to God and provides her with the daily strength to be a grateful addict who grows in recovery on day at a time.
Personal trainer and personal friend Byron Fulkerth joins us for a special PRIDE Month bonus episode of This Little Light Of Mine.
Byron will be joining me for five weeks as we celebrate our pride edition of afFIRMation Thursdays. Each Thursday we will be sharing some of Byron’s personal intentions, visualizations and affirmations to help pump up your soul so that you can build the ultimate pride body from the inside OUT as we help you see that pride is an inside job.
Michael Cassabon, a native of the Bible Belt in South Carolina, served in parish ministry as a Roman Catholic priest for nearly ten years. He attended seminary at the Vatican, and studied theology and church law at the Jesuit and Opus Dei universities in Rome. He received another degree in theology from Duke Divinity School. Michael left ministry shortly after coming to terms with the abuse he suffered as a teenager by another priest. Ironically, this information came to the surface when Michael was forced into therapy by the Church when it was discovered that he was gay.
A civil rights & LGBTQ icon, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M., is the Founder and Executive Director of Rainbow Faith and Freedom, and Senior Pastor Emeritus of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, where he was at the forefront of ministry to the LGBTIQ2S community for over 40 years. On January 14, 2001, he officiated at the first legal same sex marriages in the world. He received the Order of Canada, the Order of New Brunswick and three honorary degrees for his stand on social justice and human rights within the LGBTIQ2S communities.