Recovering God Podcast

Recovering God Podcast

The Recovering God Podcast is for people who want to think more about the issues affecting Christian women. Each month, we interview people from a range of backgrounds to ask about Christian faith, feminism and what the implications are for today. If you have any comments, let us know at You can follow us on Twitter @RecoveringGod or Instagram at RecoveringGod. Please remember to rate, subscribe and tell others who you think will be interested. Music written and performed by Dan Lawrence and produced by Lawrence Dinh


March 6, 2023 48 min

In this episode, our guest speaker, Kirsi Cobb , and our very own Sarah M-H,
talk to Vicky about being a disabled Christian woman.
Kirsi Cobb is a lecturer in biblical studies at Cliff College and a co-investigator in the AHRC funded project Abusing God: Reading Bible in the #MeToo Age. The Abusing God Network provides a platform to connect academics, church, and charity practitioners, in order to develop new research into the inte...

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Dr Selina Stone is a scholar-activist, holding together her academic work with the desire to stay connected to her community and create change in the world. She currently works at Durham University as a researcher trying to improve inclusion and belonging in theological education. In this episode we chat with Selina about the limitations of feminism and what we can learn from womanism.

Selina recommends the following books:

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    January 3, 2023 15 min

    Happy New Year
    In this short episode, the current team members talk about our hopes for 2023.

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    Music written and performed by Dan Lawrence and produced by Lawrence Dinh

    RGP History

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    December 14, 2022 39 min

    Marg Mowczko  describes herself as an ordinary person who loves God and loves the Bible.  She hosts a website exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism. She  believes that God’s ideal is for complete affinity, unity, and mutuality between men and women, especially between husband and wife.
    In this episode, Marg talks to Sarah M-H & Amy about her experience and faith. She looks particularly at some of the women...

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     Rev. Amie Aitken is the second woman in the history of the Baptist Union of Scotland to appointed sole pastor of a church.  She was adopted at the age of three, has grown up in the church and that is where her interest in the intersection of faith and attachment comes from.
    She has been a  foster parent and speaks openly about adoption in her advocacy work with 'Home For Good', which aims to place every vulnerable child int...

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    In this episode, Sarah P & Amy interview Dr Katie Gaddini about the findings of her new book: The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women Are Leaving the Church (2022). Katie is a sociologist and scholar of Christianity, gender, race, and politics. She is a Lecturer at UCL and currently a UKRI research fellow based at Stanford University in California.

    You can get copies of Katie's book at bookshops and online.

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    In this unusual episode, Alison asks the fabulous, new team the set questions that we ask all of the people who we interview. It's an opportunity for you to get to know a bit more about who they are ready for when they start interviewing. We are so excited about the new team with their fabulous breadth of experience and skills.
    We hope that you enjoy this episode.

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    Rev. Cham Kaur-Mann has over 25 years of leadership experience in the church, charity and voluntary sectors. She mentors and supports leaders from a variety of sectors, backgrounds and communities and is the first (and currently only) Asian woman minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

    Cham is co-director of Next Leadership and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). She has a unique and compelling ability to ‘stor...

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    Clare Williams is the founder of GET REAL, which endeavours to engage with big questions about the Christian faith. It is an organisation that tackles issues concerning identity, race and religion. Clare is a Christian who is passionate about the intersection of race, faith and apologetics. In this episode, Clare talks about apologetics and the positives of questioning our faith.

    Book Mentions in the Episode

    ·      Esau McCaulley, Re...

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    Dr Karen O’Donnell has published a new book: The Dark Womb: Re-Conceiving Theology through Reproductive Loss. Amazingly, the book is the first academic theological investigation into the impact the experience of reproductive loss has on the way that we think about God and faith. She wrote the book in response to her own personal losses as a young woman and the growing awareness that there were no deep explorations of the issues tha...

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    Beth Allison Barr is Professor of History and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in the US. She’s also a pastor’s wife, a mum and an author. In 2021, her book exploring the history of Christianity and patriarchy was published. It’s entitled: The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became the Gospel Truth and that is primarily what the interview is about. Her knowledge and understanding...
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    Proverbs 31 talks about a ‘capable wife’. In this episode, Esther Zarifi talks to us about her findings when she analysed how the passage has been used to impact on Christian women today. 
    Esther is a former RE teacher, who works for an education charity as leader in Religious Studies, focusing on GCSE and A level courses. She a member of her local Methodist church, and describes herself as ‘social justice advocate and active LGBT&#...

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    Alison is a lay woman who set up the Seeds of Silence project in 2016. Seeds of Silence exists to support and encourage Christians and others in developing a practice of silence-based prayer through on line and face-to-face workshops, discussion groups, training and a signposting website. The project was established as a response to Alison’s PhD research into contemporary Christian women’s intentional engagement in silence as a spi...
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    Valerie Hobbs has been a Christian for most of her life and said that she was brought up in a series of abusive church communities. She grew up around men who dehumanised and abused women, and also weaponised certain women against each other. Because of this, for a significant portion of her life, she was unable to read the Bible because she heard only the voices of these hateful men and women. She has spent the last 25-30 years de...

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    November 5, 2021 34 min

    Revd Canon Eve Pitts is a Church of England vicar who, for the past six years, has been holding an “Ancestors Arise” ceremony in honour of those killed through the slavery and imperialism known as the African holocaust, or the Maafa. In this episode, she talks about honouring, remembering and celebrating her ancestors. She says that is takes courage to have a revolution. 

    She has a husband, three children and two grandchildren. She ...

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    Sheila Wray Gregoire is the face behind, the largest single-blogger marriage blog. A sought-after speaker, she’s also an award-winning author of nine books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. Sheila has a Masters in Public Administration and Master of Arts in Sociology both from Queen’s University.  Her podcast, Bare Marriage, has more than 5,000 downloads each week.  Her latest book, “The Great ...

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    September 5, 2021 20 min

    This month, we are excited to introduce the new RGP team to you. We now have Alex & Amy who have joined Alison. In this shortened episode, Alex & Amy tell us why they wanted to join the RGP team and answer the set questions that we ask all of our guests. 

    Buckle up and get ready for the new team, with some changes coming in the format and no doubt other changes on the way.

    We hope you enjoy listening to us and please remember...

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    In this episode, Janey tells us about a study pack that she has written about Lucy Peppiatt’s book: Rediscovering Scriptures Vision for Women: Fresh Perspectives on Disputed Texts. She gives us an overview of Lucy’s approach to the Biblical passages that have often been used to put women in second place of importance to men.

    You can access the study pack by signing up to WTC’s free resources: 

    She also talks ab...

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    Judith Rossall is a tutor in preaching and church history at the Queen’s Foundation which trains people for ordained ministry.  She is also a Methodist minister and describes herself as being happily single with a keen interest in gardening. Judith has recently had a book published called ‘Forbidden Fruit and Fig Leaves: Reading the Bible with the Shamed’ and shame in the Bible is primarily what the interview is about.

    Books mention...

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    June 3, 2021 27 min

    In this episode, Liz shares her passion for women preachers to preach differently and talks about her new book, written with Kate Bruce: Out of the Shadows: Preaching the Women of the Bible .
     Liz  describes herself as a feminist theologian currently working on doctoral research about women’s preaching. She is on the committee for Women and the Church (WATCH), which I ask her about in the interview. Her job is Director of Studies f...

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