Fatha Torch

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Fatha Torch is the podcast to help you become the dad you always wish you had. Each episode is an open discussion about fatherhood and the struggles we face as Black men in America. Topics include self-love, the child support system, emotional trauma from toxic relationships, societal injustices and reentry after incarceration. Hosted by Rah, a father of nine children, artist and founder of Abimilechh Foundation in Rochester, NY. F.A.T.H.A. T.O.R.C.H. is an acronym meaning: fathers are the highest authorities teaching of rooted cultural heritage.

Toxic Masculinity, Rap and Depression with Carl Binger and Joel Lesses
Nov 6 2022
Toxic Masculinity, Rap and Depression with Carl Binger and Joel Lesses
Episode 6 Does toxic masculinity impact on a man's mental health? Carl Binger and Joel Lesses have some theories. In this episode you'll learn 1. How men and women experience and cope with depression differently 2. The influence of rap music on mental health and depression 3. The importance of nature and wilderness in mental health and depression 4. Who has the best chicken wings, Buffalo or Rochester, NY Fatha Toch Live Event November 12th 6pm at Charleston House 120 East Main Street, Rochester, NY  RESOURCES: Book: Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd Jones  Living the Front Seat Life Podcast hosted by Coach Kelly Marie Need someone to talk to confidently? Call the free Crisis Lifeline at 988    CRAZYWISE – Documentary Film (crazywisefilm.com)   ABOUT THE GUESTS: Carl Binger Counselor - LMHC, Podcast Host Surviving Depression Podcast on Spotify  Having served as a Counseling Pastor at his home church from 2016-2018, Carl began his own private practice on February 14th of this year, specializing in helping individuals who struggle with depression. Carl was under the influence of depression for two years prior to getting the help he needed in the form of medication in 2006.  Joel David Lesses: Director, Counselor at Education Training Center; Writer and Poet; Podcast Producer, Unraveling Religion. Unraveling Religion on Apple Podcasts  Joel Lesses professional background is in educational psychology and counseling for people marginalized by trauma, addiction, and psychological distress, as well as its effects on them, such as homelessness, incarceration, and institutionalization.    GET INVOLVED Interact with Fatha Torch LIVE on Podbean Leave a review on Podchaser. Rate Fatha Torch on Apple Podcast Buy me a coffee or send a CashApp $RAHG76 to show this support.   Follow me on Instagram @Fatha_Torch   Want to be a sponsor or guest on the podcast? Email me at fathatorch@gmail.com    CREDITS Hosted by Rah Produced & Edited by JazzCast Pros Music "Lover's Rock" by All Good Folks   Other Episodes You'll Enjoy Is He Dumb or is it Something Deeper? with Carl Binger & Joel Lesses Unraveling Religion with Joel Lesses Is Fatherhood Broken? A Father’s Confession
The Other Side of Depression with Carl Binger and Joel Lesses
Oct 30 2022
The Other Side of Depression with Carl Binger and Joel Lesses
Episode 5 Depression doesn't discriminate - even successful, high-functioning people like Carl Binger and Joel Lesses suffer from it. In this episode of Fatha Torch, they open up about their experiences with depression and how they've found ways to cope and thrive. "Is he just dumb or is it something deeper?" Depression is a serious issue that many people face, but don't often talk about. For men, depression can be especially difficult to deal with due to societal expectations. Journaling and talking to trusted friends or counselors can be helpful in managing depression. In this episode, you will learn the following: 1. Depression is often misunderstood and carries a negative stigma. 2. Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, not just one event or situation. 3. Depression can be helped by journaling, talking to friends or a therapist, and participating in poetry or other forms of art. RESOURCES: Fatha Toch Live Event November 12th 6pm at Charleston House 120 East Main Street, Rochester, NY    Persistent depressive disorder, also called dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh), is a continuous, long-term (chronic) form of depression. You may lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and have low self-esteem and an overall feeling of inadequacy.   Unraveling Religion on Apple Podcasts  Surviving Depression Podcast on Spotify      ABOUT THE GUESTS: Carl Binger Counselor - LMHC  The father of two sons and the husband of one wife; Carl is the father of one wife and two sons. Having served as a Counseling Pastor at his home church from 2016-2018, Carl began his own private practice on February 14th of this year, specializing in helping individuals who struggle with depression. Carl was under the influence of depression for two years prior to getting the help he needed in the form of medication in 2006. It has been Carl's mission, ever since that time, to help those who struggle alone, to raise awareness about the perils of depression, and to break the stigma associated with depression and its treatment. Having been a counselor since 2014, Carl dreams of eventually running a large counseling center to help those who suffer from depression daily. Joel David Lesses: Director, Counselor at Education Training Center; Writer and Poet; Podcast Producer, Unraveling Religion. Joel Lesses professional background is in educational psychology and counseling for people marginalized by trauma, addiction, and psychological distress, as well as its effects on them, such as homelessness, incarceration, and institutionalization. It is his goal to transform mental health distress into a spiritual marker as well as an opportunity for existential growth. Additionally, Joel is actively involved in Poetry and Literature, both as an educator and a poet, through writing workshops, poetry roundtables, poetry, and the publication of a manuscript.    GET INVOLVED Interact with Fatha Torch LIVE on Podbean Leave a review on Podchaser. Rate Fatha Torch on Apple Podcast Buy me a coffee or send a CashApp $RAHG76 to show this support. Follow me on Instagram @Fatha_Torch Want to be a sponsor or guest on the podcast? Email me at fathatorch@gmail.com    CREDITS Hosted by Rah Produced & Edited by JazzCast Pros Music "Lover's Rock" by All Good Folks
Spiritual Side of Fatherhood / Unraveling Religion with Joel Lesses
Oct 16 2022
Spiritual Side of Fatherhood / Unraveling Religion with Joel Lesses
Episode 4  Unraveling Religion podcast host Joel Lesses sits down with Rah to discuss the personal life of fathers and the spiritual side of parenting. Rah expresses his deep desire to improve the quality of life for fathers, and children and the true meaning of 'Fatha Torch.' Get Involved! Interact with Fatha Torch LIVE on Podbean Leave a review on Podchaser. Rate Fatha Torch on Apple Podcast Buy me a coffee or send a CashApp $RAHG76 to show this support. Follow me on Instagram @Fatha_Torch Want to be a sponsor or guest on the podcast? Email me at fathatorch@gmail.com    About Joel Lesses: Born in Buffalo, NY, Joel David Lesses who has lived in Nepal and Israel, is a poet expressing the landscape of our existence, capturing the mystical elements of our human being. World religion, poetry, spirituality, meditation, encompassing the makeup of our mind and life. The crux of his own journey is the manifestation of questions and answers to his own koan “What is the matter with me?” revealing the individual and universal aspects of our inherent and potent creativity. Everything is flux. Everything is poetry. Other passions include the intersection of poetry, spirituality, science, and phenomenology shared and disparate in the human experience, and transformative power of self-inquiry and introspection through contemplative and meditative practices with a belief that the fundamental transformation of individuals and our collective comes through barreling inward, relentlessly, the question, "Who am I?" or "What am I" or "What is the matter with me?" the latter being his question which after years of examination, shattered a false sense of self. Joel was previously voted ‘Buffalo’s Best Poet’, founded WNY’s ‘Ground and Sky Poetry Series’, and created the podcast Unraveling Religion, which explores world mysticism and spirituality. His autobiography, Odyssey of Autumn’s Breath, is in-progress, and combines much of his life’s poetry with prose.   About Unraveling Religion Podcast: 'These mystical and practical discussions are explorations of spirituality and its relation to religion and psychology, with questions always. Beyond a specific religion or spiritual practice; what do we share, what do we have in common? These talks are a work in progress evolving our rich inner life, including reflections on religious texts, poems, art, and what is common in our human experience enhancing understanding of our relationships: with ourselves, with one another, and with the world we share.'