Indeed, There Is Still a Gaping, Atheist-Shaped Hole in the Interfaith Movement

A few years ago, I read an article by Rory Fenton, and adamantly disagreed with his assessment that atheists were missing from the interfaith movement.  After all, I was a living example of the contrary. At the time, I was employed at an interfaith seminary in Berkeley, where it was not unusual for atheists to be enrolled. I was 1 of 2 atheists serving on the Board of Directors at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco.  Around that same time, I was regularly invited to ‘preach’ a … [Read more...]


In the last few days, its no doubt you’ve heard the story of Ahmed Mohamed. The 14 year old boy who was arrested at his school in Texas for bringing a homemade clock with him to class that day. He was proud of his creation and wanted to share it with his engineering teacher. Instead, he was detained for bringing a bomb on campus.  Naturally, the story blew up on social media because of its sheer ridiculousness. Some people asked, 'how is it that children at a banned open carry protest can walk wi … [Read more...]

Faithfully Feminist – Why Women Stay With Their Religious Communities

The book, Faithfully Feminist – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay, will be available for purchase later this summer. It features essays by 45 contributors from Abrahamic religious traditions. "Why do you stay?” It is a common question women are asked in relation to their faith. These are not women who buy into Candace Cameron’s biblically submissive theory; rather, these are women who claim a feminist identity, have membership in a particular religious tradition, and practi … [Read more...]

San Francisco LGBTQI Pride: A Humanist Reflection

If you are anything like me,  last Friday's SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality completely overwhelmed you. Tears of joy were present with me throughout the day. Since not all NonProphet Status readers live in a city quite like San Francisco, where Pride is celebrated in a very major way, I thought I'd take this opportunity to share a few photos from my weekend.  Every year, the secular communities of the San Francisco Bay Area come together to march as a large contingent in the LGBTQI Pride p … [Read more...]

A Reason to Celebrate: An Incomplete List of Not-So-Holy Days

For some reason, when I first became an atheist, I began distancing myself from rites of passage, celebrations of life or anything that resembled religious ritual. Early on, my atheism took the form of rebelling against the dominant Christian norms that prevail here in the U.S. It was my way of living into my new label of choice. My phase of ‘opting out’ did not last long however, as I began to see the very real necessity of celebration.What is life without the joyous acknowledgement of this … [Read more...]

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Humanists: Listen to Rev. Dr. Jonathan Walton’s Call for Justice

Last Sunday, amid an ongoing social movement nationwide asserting that #BlackLivesMatter and that the racist system of brutal police violence in America must be dismantled, one demonstration took a notably spiritual approach. At the regular Sunday congregation in Memorial Church, the church's minister Rev. Dr. Jonthan L. Walton delivered a sermon titled "Why We Can't Wait!" and called upon the parish to rise up, actively, against the undeniable injustice around them.Rev. Walton speaks of just … [Read more...]

If only people were less superstitious

While there are many great Atheist writers out there, few captured life's absurdities quite so well as Kurt Vonnegut. In his own way, he managed to handle serious issues like war with a tongue-in-cheek humor and more nuance than many serious commentators could ever dream of.While Vonnegut was an Atheist, he was under no illusion that Atheism was going to save the world. Instead, he recognized that many atrocities are carried out in the name of, or as a consequence of, Science and Pro … [Read more...]

Lessons from Kanye West: Atheistic inspiration can come from the religious

At NPS, we believe that critical contributors are missing from the conversation and culture around atheism. We recognize that popular scientists aren’t the only ones who have relevant things to say about what it means to live life without religion, and significant voices might be found where we least expect them. One of the aims of this blog is to identify cultural and artistic work, as well as lived experiences, which can provide inspiration, aspiration, and comfort to nonreligious folk in ways … [Read more...]