We’re all on a journey of faith, religion, and spirituality, but if you’ve deconstructed Christianity, that journey of yours might not go so well with family and friends, especially during the holiday season.

The holidays bring traditions, church services, prayers at meals, talking to children about religion, and sometimes questions from others.

Listen in below as NakedPastor David Hayward and Giving Up God author Sarah Henn Hayward (no relation) talk about deconstructing religion and how they see themselves and others navigating the holidays.

  • What do we mean by deconstruction and Christianity, as there are different POVs.
  • How do we relate to the practices and traditions of religion at this point, in general?
  • What labels are helpful in how we identify ourselves?
  • How do things change with family and friends?
  • What are some of the pain points about the holidays? Church services, mealtime prayer, consumerism, and debates about faith?
  • What are some coping strategies in the deconstructing journey in general and perhaps at the holidays?
  • What does a positive way forward after deconstruction look like, at least regarding Christmas? Can we still get excited about this season and reconsider the meaning?

David Hayward is a pastor turned artist painting, drawing, and thinking about what it takes to be free to be you. If you’re interested in deconstruction, spiritual journeying, freedom of thought, or looking for your authentic self, you’re welcome to join him while he searches too. He’s the author of Flip It Like This! and lives in New Brunswick, Canada.

Sarah Henn Hayward is a writer, a voracious reader, a deep thinker, a curious learner, a nature lover, a brave adventurer, an Enneagram 7, a former Christian, a doctor of physical therapy, and a loyal friend. Hayward is the author of Giving Up God: Resurrecting a Spirituality of Love and Wonder and Sedona and the Sloth: Kid Critter Series #1. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Hosted by David Morris, publisher of Lake Drive Books.