Strategies Session #1

The purpose of the Strategies sessions is to provide a structured forum for recovering religionists to engage in a focused, constructive dialogue on specific topics that directly relate to the process of recovering from deep religious indoctrination. This initial session has two goals: (1.) to allow recovering religionists to share specific issues/concerns that pertain to their own individual religious recovery process and (2.) to define a structured learning approach for future sessions that may best serve to facilitate the recovery process for all participants.

These sessions will most likely NOT benefit you if (1.) you have never been devoutly religious, or (2.) you are not currently in recovery from deep religious indoctrination or (3.) your issues/concerns are not a direct consequence of deep religious indoctrination (these sessions are not intended to be "group psychotherapy"). I will do my best to facilitate these sessions and because I am a recovering former fundamentalist Christian I can relate most readily to those who share that background. However, these sessions may be helpful to anyone recovering from intense involvement in any fundamentalist religion.

Because the alcove tables at this Barnes & Noble store were not available, I have arranged for a table inside the store in the cafe area; I will place a small RR Meetup sign on the table. Please come prepared to share your experience of having left your religion and, more importantly, to discuss what type(s) of structured learning experience(s) you feel might be beneficial to you in your own religious recovery process.

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  • Bob

    Thanks, everyone, for coming today; I appreciate your input, and I am rethinking the "Strategies Sessions" concept.

    June 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the work you put in to it to make it happen. :) It made for good conversation today, and I'm glad I was able to go.

      June 2, 2013

  • Dana D.

    Glad I attended, it was well worth the drive and I appreciated listening to everyone's perspective. I Agree with Linda also on the right amount of differences that added a nice flavor to the conversation. I don't know how to post the "Good to see you" red rectangle sign next to the names, but it was good to see and meet everyone.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just the right amount of differences in beliefs, questions, independent reading and life experiences to make the conversation engaging and progressive.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like I'll be able to make it, and I'm bringing my friend Jim. :)

    May 28, 2013

  • Bob

    Kristin, that's fine; keep me posted. I deliberately picked Sunday AM rather than PM for three reasons: (1.) it's cooler in the morning, (2.) the store will be less crowded and (3.) many recovering religionists became conditioned to being in church on Sunday morning so the sessions could become a much more salutary substitute.

    May 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for explaining that, I think all your reasons make really good sense. Sunday AM is a good idea, specifically for reason 3, imo. I'll keep you posted. :)

      May 27, 2013

  • Bob

    Dana, thanks for the clarification. Please understand that this is not a "class" but a more focused, goal-oriented version of the monthly "friendly chats." There are no "qualifications" in order to attend but I do feel that certain individuals may be better suited to benefit from the sessions than others, which is why I included the three caveats in my description of the sessions. From what you shared about your background, I think that the sessions may be useful to you. If you have a copy of Marlene Winell's book "Leaving the Fold" you might want to bring it with you. I will bring some materials with me but don't have any handouts at the present time.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just really don't know right now. I am free in the afternoons on sundays, but not usually the mornings. I "might" be able to go, but I can't say for sure right now given the time.

    May 26, 2013

  • Dana D.

    This is a continuation from the last post. It posted prior to my finishing, Sorry. Yes, I have been a devout Christian for over 25 years and I have been recovering on my own for about three years. Books and studying have been my primary source of recovery. The issues I face today are a result of the religious indoctrinations, which are primarily difficulty in getting on with activities and life. Please let me know if this does not qualify for attending the class, I may have misunderstood.

    May 26, 2013

  • Bob

    Dana, thank you for your interest in the "Strategies sessions." I'm confused about your comment that "I can also relate to all three of the criteria...." Do you mean that the criteria do not apply to you? I included the criteria because, if any one of them applies to someone, then that person would most likely not be a good "fit" for the sessions.

    May 26, 2013

    • Dana D.

      Hello Bob, 1) I have been a devout Christian for over 25 years.

      May 26, 2013

  • Dana D.

    Yes, Sunday I am not working so this day works good for me. I can also relate to all three of the criteria and would look forward to discussing what I have found to be helpful since leaving religion though it may lack some needed structure.

    May 26, 2013

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