"If we had total support, we would change more easily. It's the fear of rejection that prevents our transformation." In this episode on the Deconstructing Mamas podcast, David Hayward, author of that quote, and known as NakedPastor around the internet, allows us to pepper him with your (and our) questions in this "Q&A" style format on this episode. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Why "naked," why "pastor," and why those two words together?
2. What was the turning point in your spiritual journey that gave you new lenses to see clearly how to truly love "without the fine print"?
3. What do you think heaven will be like? Do you still believe in one?
4. What can you say to our listeners who are parents, and already feel like they've made so many mistakes and wonder if it’s too late with their own kids?
David is "everyone's pastor," especially those who have been oppressed by harmful and toxic religious systems. He has a personal mission to help others on their journey to freedom, having been on that quest for many years and finding so much of it now himself. Not only is he the parent of three grown children, who he calls his best friends, he has a wife who he completely adores. He is an artist and writer extraordinaire, creating works that speak to the soul that longs for freedom.
He believes that questions are the answer to authentic growth. It’s why he uses words and images to challenge the status quo, deconstruct dogma, and offer hope for those who suffer under it. During this interview, we felt like we had a long sigh for our deconstructing souls as David is one of the kindest and wisest people you'll ever listen to.