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Changing the human conversation of love and inclusion. Susan Cottrell is the Mom of two LGBTQ children; the founder of FreedHearts; an international speaker with a viral TEDx talk; a pastor and theologian; an acclaimed author; and a fierce advocate and ally. In her unique tender, relatable style, Susan is a prominent voice of unconditional love and lavish inclusion. Powerful, authentic, and relevant in today’s society, Susan has a lot to say. The Advocate calls her their “Favorite Affirming Matriarch.” OutSmart magazine calls her "The Mother of all MamaBears!" Reverend Ashley Harness from Auburn Seminary says, “Susan has this fierce, loving, don’t mess with me, Mom vibe.” If you have been excluded, or if someone close to you has been excluded because of who they are or who they love - or maybe you have been the one doing the excluding - the FreedHearts podcast is for you. Join Susan, along with her husband Rob, on the journey. You are not alone. Welcome home!


A Love Letter to My Non-Affirming Christian Friend 07:38 10/27/2021
Do You Hesitate Calling Yourself Christian? The UnChristlike Christian Church 31:25 10/13/2021
A Christian Gut-Check! Are You Doing What Jesus Said? 25:20 10/06/2021
What if You’re Wrong about LGBTQ+? How to Know for Sure! 25:23 09/29/2021
The Dangers of Required Celibacy 31:27 09/22/2021
Conversion Therapy's Big Lie & Dangerous Secret! 27:37 09/15/2021
“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin??“ We're Calling Bullsh*t! 31:24 09/08/2021
Simone Biles, Mental Health, and Armchair Critics 31:18 09/01/2021
How Do We Deal With Abusive People? 32:25 06/30/2021
The Perils of Paul: Bondage or Freedom? 38:08 06/23/2021
Being the Dad of an LGBTQ+ Child! 27:46 06/16/2021
What About Anti-Gay Religious Leaders? 34:18 06/09/2021
The Deconstruction Journey: What About Sin? 28:00 06/02/2021
Love That Feels Like Love! 24:56 05/26/2021
Dealing with Dysfunctional Family Rejection 26:44 05/19/2021
Broken Family: The Cost to Our LGBTQ+ Kids 32:12 05/12/2021
Broken Family: The Cost to Us As Parents 34:12 05/05/2021
Our Keys to a Happy Relationship: 33 Years & Counting 39:23 04/28/2021
Let’s Talk Sex! Patriarchy, Misogyny & the Church 26:48 04/21/2021
How To Know if Your Church is Spiritually Abusive 32:15 04/14/2021
What Does it Really Mean to Deconstruct My Faith? 28:04 04/07/2021
The Enemy Within: Internalized Queerphobia 28:15 03/31/2021
Freedom from Fight or Flight 28:35 03/24/2021
Top 5 Questions from Parents of LGBTQ Children 29:03 03/17/2021
In a Deconstructing Faith, What About the Bible? 28:14 03/10/2021
Christian Myth Busters: My 7 Biggest Shockers 33:18 03/03/2021
Responding to the Teaching of Contempt in Our Own Lives 32:49 02/24/2021
A Love Letter to the Past and Future You! 31:19 02/17/2021
Don't Waste Time Explaining Yourself! 31:44 02/10/2021
Susan's Story: Heart-Breaking Loss to Heart-Freeing Love 37:01 02/03/2021