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Adoption, Religion, and LGBTQ+ Life

Tatyana Russell-Chipp

Divorced: Christianity

CW: Adoption, sexual assault


Today on the Divorcing Religion Podcast we will be exploring adoption – particularly religious adoption – with all of its sticky tentacles and residue, especially for those adoptees who outgrow their adoptive parents’ religious beliefs. Tatyana Russell-Chipp was adopted from Russia into a Canadian Christian family. She was a pastor and ministry leader for about 10 years but deconstructed her faith altogether following significant spiritual abuse. In this interview, Tatyana shares candidly about abandonment issues related to being relinquished at birth and then fearing additional abandonment by coming out to her parents as a nonbeliever who is also a member of the 2SLGBTQ community.


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