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Episode 242 Jeremy & Elise - Unevenly Yolked: Mixed-Faith Marriage

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Jeremy and Elise had the perfect Christian beginning to what promised to be the perfect Christian marriage.  They met in church.  Even though they had very different backgrounds and life experiences, and an age difference of almost 6 years, they found a strong attraction to each other, similar life goals, and of course their shared faith wonderful reasons to tie the traditional Christian knot.  They began a Family right away, their son being born shortly before their first wedding anniversary and a daughter followed nearly three years later.  Due to Jeremy’s career as a chemical engineer their family has moved many times, three time across the country.  They currently live in the fifth home they have bought together. Now, married 20 years in 2019,, with one child in college and a high school sophomore at home, Jeremy and Elisa are navigating marriage, family, and independence after deconversion.  Through they walk that path together now, it wasn’t always so.  Jeremy began his process towards unbelief many years ago. When he admitted to Elise in 2010 that he was an atheist, as a believer she  thought their marriage would end in divorce. Thankfully, it didn’t.  Elise began her own process in 2015, with no input from Jeremy. She declared herself free from religion in 2016.  Today, they discuss being “equally and unequally yoked”.  How they navigated the very tough times they faced. How they had to renegotiate what marriage and family meant to them. More importantly, how they were able to do it with their marriage and their love and respect for each other intact. They want everyone with a believing spouse to know that there is hope. There can be fulfillment in an unequally yoked marriage. And ultimately, that the gift of personal freedom and autonomy within marriage is the best gift you give your loved one and yourself.    We taped this conversation on April 6, 2019. Thanks for listening and "Be a Yes-Sayer to What Is".   We interview people you don’t know, about a subject no one wants to talk about. We hope to encourage people in the process of deconstructing their faith and help curb the loneliness that accompanies it. We think the world is a better place when more people live by sight, not by faith. Please subscribe to our podcast, and leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts. Also, we offer these podcasts freely. And your support truly makes a difference. You can support us monetarily in two easy ways: you can pledge a monthly donation through Patreon. that’s www.patreon.com/eapodcast,  or leave a lump-sum donation through PayPal at our website, www.everyonesagnostic.com.   ​Produced by Cass Midgley and Marie D'Elephant Website: everyonesagnostic.com Facebook: fb.me/everyonesagnostic Twitter: @evry1sagnostic  Instagram: @everyonesagnostic YouTube: tinyurl.com/sayyestowhatis Patreon: link

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