Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 62: Growing Up in a Conservative Evangelical Community with Special Guest Staci Humphrey

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I are talking to special guest, Staci Humphrey, about her experience growing up in a Conservative Evangelical community in rural southeastern Washington.

We talk about her journey away from this community as a teenager and adult, and how the experiences of her childhood continue to impact her worldview today, especially as she is now raising two young boys of her own.

Tracey and I are thrilled to bring you this conversation and hope it resonates with some of you out there. For me, who moved away from the Mormon church at a young age, much of Staci’s story felt familiar. Perhaps this will be true for others as well. And for those with a completely different upbringing, Tracey and I hope this discussion is interesting and enlightening.

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Highlights from the episode:

  • Chilipad
  • What it was like growing up in a conservative evangelical community in the 1980s
  • Transitioning from home school to public school
  • What was dating like
  • When did Staci start to move away from the community ideologically
  • True Love Waits and how this contributed to Staci’s changing viewpoints
  • Episode 8 on Sex Myths
  • How getting married young affected Staci and changed how her community viewed her
  • Staci’s experience of getting divorced
  • How Staci’s childhood experiences inform her parenting now
  • The role and importance of mythology in human experience
  • How Staci maintains connections to family in spite of moving away from their church as an adult and how I have struggled with this after leaving the Mormon church
  • And more!

Piquing Our Curiosity:

Califa Farms Unsweetened Better Half, a dairy-free coconut cream and almond milk creamer that Tracey loves and highly recommends. Find them online here.


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