is a web tool built to help people who are experiencing faith crises and transitions. Cornerstone is founded upon four main principles: fostering community, encouraging self-assessment, providing learning tools and providing resources.
While there are many positive aspects associated with the decision to leave a high-demand religion, there are also many challenges these individuals face. For most people, their religious environment acted as an all-in-one solution for their major needs — whether it be social support, life purpose and meaning, structured activities, or emotional and spiritual satisfaction. Religious disillusionment has the propensity to shatter once-held world views, and the decision to leave a religious institution often comes at the price of significant loss, including (among many other things) the support of friends and family (Winell, 2011). Based on this understanding, it may come as no surprise that for many individuals, disillusionment and defection are correlated with severe anxiety, depression, grief, and anger. As a whole, there is a severe lack of recognition, understanding, and resources concerning both the prevalence and severity of religious-related trauma.