Anna Dimmel is creating Behind the Mirror Podcast
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patrons

Hello friends!

First and foremost, thank you for stopping by this page and taking the time to read this. That alone means the world to me! I suppose this is where I share a bit of my journey and how I landed here...

After leaving my role as pastor, I stepped outside the church norm and landed in a wilderness of sorts. My marriage ended, my groups of friends changed and before I knew it I was writing and podcasting my raw, unfiltered story of not belonging to the faith group I had devoted myself so intently to. Many things in my life changed as I opened up about my story and my shift in views (or rather, when I finally decided to own my views) as I became more vocal about the injustice and waywardness that our beloved American Christianity has taken. 

I love people - deeply love people - and having been in ministry for over 7 years, I began to see a pattern...one where people hid their pain, covered their stories and lived inside a fearful cycle of shame. Quietly in coffee shops and around my kitchen table, I heard countless stories of loneliness and heartbreak as these precious souls exhausted themselves in an attempt to please God, their families and their church. Ashamed of their struggles, the reality of their marriages or families or even a personal crisis of faith, I would listen, hold their hands and give them permission to be honest. I offered them a place to be seen and to belong.

I think one of the main reasons I was so passionate about this work, was that when I listened, it was as if I was hearing my own story told back to me. In essence, I was giving them the permission that I so desperately needed myself. My life finally came to a boiling point when I could no longer hide my own pain of being inside a large faith group and yet feeling completely alone.

Over the last two years, my work shifted to be centralized around what I have been passionate about all along: my drive to see people encounter the Divine in a way that frees them to be their authentic, true self. 

My blog echos this message of the Jesus I know - one who is loving, giving, kind, non-condemning and continues to include the outsider. One who is unafraid of questions, doubts or perceived failures. One who doesn't follow the masses, political parties or aligned groups. My podcast was born out of this same vein in the hopes of giving people permission to have the conversations they don't feel allowed to have - the real, honest, truth about their stories, their journey, their fears, doubts and questions. I believe this work is important - so important that I am doing my best to create a safe space where you can feel seen, heard and not alone.

After my divorce, I had to go back to work in the corporate sector, so now my real work is done on the weekends and evenings. Being a mom, full-time provider, writer, podcaster and speaker is no small feat. With your support, it helps the work continue and lightens the load a bit. Thank you for considering to support this work. Hugs.
Tiers
My peeps
$5 or more per month
You are now part of this crazy group of truth seekers that I call my peeps. THANK YOU! I want to give you a fun little extra for being a part of this group. Each week, after I publish my podcast episode, I'll send you an email with my personal notes from the show. If it was my own sermon of sorts, you'll receive my outline and personal thoughts about everything I shared. If it's one of my interviews with a guest, you'll get my list of notes that I took during the conversation highlighting the best of the best of the episode. Consider these emails as your personal invitation inside the brain of the podcast conversations.
My producers
$25 or more per month
Congratulations!  You are part of the inner thinking circle of the podcast. Each week, you'll receive the email as described in the previous tier, but you will also be given monthly opportunities to weigh in on subjects/topics/guests you would like to hear on the show. Plus, I'll follow you on Instagram :) 
My co-workers
$50 or more per month
At this point, we're in this thing together. Woo Hoo! You will receive everything mentioned in the tiers above, plus your name will be mentioned on the show once a month.
My executive producers
$100 or more per month
At this level, you have chosen to invest deeply in this project and in my work. Thank you!! You will receive everything mentioned in the tiers above, plus your name will be mentioned on the show twice a month.
Hello friends!

First and foremost, thank you for stopping by this page and taking the time to read this. That alone means the world to me! I suppose this is where I share a bit of my journey and how I landed here...

After leaving my role as pastor, I stepped outside the church norm and landed in a wilderness of sorts. My marriage ended, my groups of friends changed and before I knew it I was writing and podcasting my raw, unfiltered story of not belonging to the faith group I had devoted myself so intently to. Many things in my life changed as I opened up about my story and my shift in views (or rather, when I finally decided to own my views) as I became more vocal about the injustice and waywardness that our beloved American Christianity has taken. 

I love people - deeply love people - and having been in ministry for over 7 years, I began to see a pattern...one where people hid their pain, covered their stories and lived inside a fearful cycle of shame. Quietly in coffee shops and around my kitchen table, I heard countless stories of loneliness and heartbreak as these precious souls exhausted themselves in an attempt to please God, their families and their church. Ashamed of their struggles, the reality of their marriages or families or even a personal crisis of faith, I would listen, hold their hands and give them permission to be honest. I offered them a place to be seen and to belong.

I think one of the main reasons I was so passionate about this work, was that when I listened, it was as if I was hearing my own story told back to me. In essence, I was giving them the permission that I so desperately needed myself. My life finally came to a boiling point when I could no longer hide my own pain of being inside a large faith group and yet feeling completely alone.

Over the last two years, my work shifted to be centralized around what I have been passionate about all along: my drive to see people encounter the Divine in a way that frees them to be their authentic, true self. 

My blog echos this message of the Jesus I know - one who is loving, giving, kind, non-condemning and continues to include the outsider. One who is unafraid of questions, doubts or perceived failures. One who doesn't follow the masses, political parties or aligned groups. My podcast was born out of this same vein in the hopes of giving people permission to have the conversations they don't feel allowed to have - the real, honest, truth about their stories, their journey, their fears, doubts and questions. I believe this work is important - so important that I am doing my best to create a safe space where you can feel seen, heard and not alone.

After my divorce, I had to go back to work in the corporate sector, so now my real work is done on the weekends and evenings. Being a mom, full-time provider, writer, podcaster and speaker is no small feat. With your support, it helps the work continue and lightens the load a bit. Thank you for considering to support this work. Hugs.

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Tiers
My peeps
$5 or more per month
You are now part of this crazy group of truth seekers that I call my peeps. THANK YOU! I want to give you a fun little extra for being a part of this group. Each week, after I publish my podcast episode, I'll send you an email with my personal notes from the show. If it was my own sermon of sorts, you'll receive my outline and personal thoughts about everything I shared. If it's one of my interviews with a guest, you'll get my list of notes that I took during the conversation highlighting the best of the best of the episode. Consider these emails as your personal invitation inside the brain of the podcast conversations.
My producers
$25 or more per month
Congratulations!  You are part of the inner thinking circle of the podcast. Each week, you'll receive the email as described in the previous tier, but you will also be given monthly opportunities to weigh in on subjects/topics/guests you would like to hear on the show. Plus, I'll follow you on Instagram :) 
My co-workers
$50 or more per month
At this point, we're in this thing together. Woo Hoo! You will receive everything mentioned in the tiers above, plus your name will be mentioned on the show once a month.
My executive producers
$100 or more per month
At this level, you have chosen to invest deeply in this project and in my work. Thank you!! You will receive everything mentioned in the tiers above, plus your name will be mentioned on the show twice a month.