In this episode, Devi chats with David Hayward about David’s journey from pastor to blogger and cartoonist and how to manifest your inner freedom, outwardly. David left the professional paid clergy after almost 30 years of ministry and has created a successful career as a cartoonist, writer, and blogger of the well-known blog, the nakedpastor. And, in case you are wondering – the “Naked Pastor” does, in fact, wear clothes. It is not about being physically naked, but rather being vulnerable and fully transparent online. David is passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways.
Devi and David discuss:
- The human desire to be free
- David’s winding journey through ministry
- What drew David into ministry, to begin with
- The dream that David had in May of 2009, that led him to leave the ministry
- What divides us from seeing oneness
- How David made the big transition to leave the ministry
- The pressure to stay in the church
- Dealing with the beliefs that you have when you leave the church
- The trauma of learning to live in the “real world” post leaving the church
- Losing your faith without losing your mind
- Making the leap into a new vocation that has deep meaning
- David’s 21 year long daily cartooning practice
- How David created and grew his successful blog, the Naked Pastor
- The spiritual practices that David does on a regular basis to open up to his creative work
- The power of daily perseverance
- How to unify our global perspectives & language around God
- Where the problems begin in communicating about God
- The layer that transcends our differences
- The bridging power of metaphor and story
- Bridging conflicting ideologies in the world with the current political climate
- Speaking truth with compassion
- Spiritual practices to increase empathy
- Dealing with blocks to your creativity
- The need to manifest our inner freedom, outwardly
- How to deal with the fear of stepping into something new and expressing yourself creatively
- How to deal with “haters” online
- Remembering that “it is about the work”
- When to “block” someone online
- To niche or not to niche
- What is most creatively inspiring
- The importance of doing your creativity every day
- You can’t keep putting out something of value into the Universe, without a positive return in time
More about David:
David Hayward is the founder of the Naked Pastor blog and has over 30 years professional pastoral experience.
David was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when he was a teenager, changed to Pentecostal in his late teens, married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, went Independent, and planted others.
He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as a Diploma in Religious Studies and Ministry from McGill University in Montreal.
In 2010 David left the professional paid clergy after almost 30 years of ministry. He is passionate about how people can find and follow their own spiritual path with courage and joy, as well as in how people can freely gather and form community in healthy ways. He helps people deconstruct without the self-destruct. He helps people lose their faith without losing their minds. He helps people undress their religion to the core essence of their own unique spirituality. He calls this spiritual independence.
David started this blog called nakedpastor in 2006, and initiated his public undressing of religion, religious community and spirituality through his writings, art, and cartoons. Thousands of people are challenged and entertained by nakedpastor every day.
In 2012, he launched The Lasting Supper, an online resource site and community for spiritually independent people to help themselves to companionship and support for their spiritual journeys. It’s like nakedpastor’s small group.
His art, cartoons, writings, and books have found their way all around the world, and he coaches people who want spiritual freedom from everywhere.
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