On Engaging Atheists on College Campuses – An Interview with a Sikh/Hindu Interfaith Activist

Meet Tahil Sharma.Although Tahil and I have worked together on the North American Interfaith Network for over a year now, we had yet to meet in person until last month, when we attended the Parliament of World Religions conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. As we sat down for langar each day, I came to learn of his inspiring interfaith work on his university campus, as well as his perspective on working across the religious/non-religious divide. And thus we have arrived here on Non Prophet … [Read more...]

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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...]

#ISTANDWITHAHMED & So Should You

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...]

My religion was co-opted by the Right

The following is a guest post by friend of the blog Emma Connell.I’m not usually one to discuss my religious or spiritual beliefs in public. That’s partly because conversations about belief are always awkward. However, in recent years my hesitations have been exacerbated by the actions of those with whom I share a faith. As a Christian, I’m concerned about how my fellow believers are influencing and harming our society.The Pew Research Center’s recently released “America’s Changing Religi … [Read more...]

Defending racist speech isn’t moral or productive

The following is a guest post by Aaron Underwood. At its core, I believe the rallying phrase "Je Suis Charlie" was meant to show that free speech cannot be strong-armed. The office of Charlie Hebdo has a long-standing history of legal and physical attacks, and France doesn't have the same robust legal protections on free speech that the US has. This is all an understandable and important response, and that can’t be understated.With some respectful distance, though, I think it’s worth … [Read more...]

An Interview With Zachary Gallant

"In faraway places with strange sounding namesPeople live in fear of the soldiers and planes,The thunder of hundreds of thousands of boots,The rat-tat-tat-tat of their guns as they shoot.A family’s home, where they’ve lived all their lifeCan disappear in the course of one single night." And thus, war begins--or, in this case, a children's book about the subject.  War: A Children's Book is a new conflict resolution project from author Zachary Gallant and illustrator Jenna Frome. Zach, who attende … [Read more...]

When dialogue works (and when it doesn’t)

The following is a guest post by Trav Mamone from Bi Any Means.In the Emergent Christian scene, there’s a focus on dialogue between liberals and conservatives. The underlining philosophy is that all Christians are members of the same Body of Christ, and as such, our petty differences shouldn’t cause schisms.I was a Christian for twelve years, and I dabbled in every theological persuasion I could find: tongue-talking holy-rollers, suburban megachurches, old-school Lutherans, and Emergent h … [Read more...]

Interfaith literacy: Omar Sarwar on religious violence

On Monday, we posted the second of three parts of an interview with Omar Sarwar. Sarwar is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University who wrote a piece for Huffington Post that thoroughly debunked some of Bill Maher and Sam Harris’ go-to talking points about Islam. I’ve learned a lot from Sarwar about Islam, atheism, and everything in between, and I hope you will as well. If you missed the first part, you can find that here. And here's a link to the second one. This post elaborates on Sarwar's … [Read more...]

Humanists doing service work abroad: an interview with Conor Robinson

Conor Robinson is a humanist speaker and activist from Los Angeles, California. He and I first met my freshman year at Yale, when he founded the Yale Humanist Society. Since graduating, he spent time in Los Angeles doing Teach for America, before pioneering the Pathfinders Project, a yearlong global humanist service trip.Conor was the recipient of Foundation Beyond Belief’s 2014 Humanist Visionary award, and he is now working with the Foundation to launch the Humanist Service Corps. I spoke w … [Read more...]