What if you were taught: Reason and questioning can take our faith away, contraception is a sin, homosexuality is a sin, wearing any makeup is a sin, having a TV is a sin, however many children God gives you is what you were meant to have…. These are just a few of the teachings of Laestadianism. My conversation with Helena was a chilling, but inspiring discussion. Prior to our conversation I had never heard of Laestadianism. I now analogize the Laestadian church to the town that Kevin Bacon moved to in Footloose, except this is real, and there is no dancing at the end.
I am inspired by Helena’s courage and strength, and urge everyone to please listen with an open mind to this controversial episode. If you are uncomfortable listening to discussions involving the criticism of religion, or sexual abuse, then this is not the episode for you. However, this is a fascinating true story about Helena’s struggle with Laestadianism and her journey.