Announcing My February Speaking Tour!

See the expanded tour schedule here!This has been long in the works, so I'm excited to finally share the exciting news with you all: I'm going on a speaking tour of seven Midwest colleges and universities next month! At the invitation of campus staff and student groups from the following schools, I will be going from Indiana to Illinois to Iowa to speak about the importance of religious-atheist engagement, and the experiences that led me to the work I do around this issue.Below is my … [Read more...]

Talking the 'Hereafter' With Atheists and Believers

Today's guest blogger is Nicholas Lang, an intern at Interfaith Youth Core and a senior at DePaul University. Lang co-founded the Queer Intercollegiate Alliance and is head of campus outreach for the Secular Humanist Alliance of Chicago. He's previously written for NonProphet Status about his personal journey as a queer agnostic interested in interfaith work, about Park51 and the state of American dialogue and  on the ramifications of “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Without further ado:A couple … [Read more...]

Share Your Secular Story Winner Featured in Jettison Quarterly

As I mentioned last week, the new issue of Jettison Quarterly is out. But my article on the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)’s Takin’ It to the Streets is just the tip of the iceberg of Jettison's diverse content. And all the more, Jettison offered to publish the last of the amazing winning entries from our Share Your Secular Story contest in their latest issue! Joseph Blaha's submission, "Learning to Love the Religious," was selected by our panel of judges as the winner of the "Youth" cat … [Read more...]

Streets Bring the Heat in Jettison Quarterly

Check out my article on the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)'s Takin' It to the Streets in the Fall 2010 issue of Jettison Quarterly on pages 102-107. Below is an excerpt; it can be read in full at Jettison Quarterly: It was one of the hottest days in a summer full of them, but even the blistering sun couldn’t compete with the hot rhymes blasting through Chicago’s Marquette Park.Camped out beneath that scorching sun, the organizers of “Takin’ It To The Streets” weren’t deterred, greeting … [Read more...]

A Committed Christian's Atheist Heroes

Today's post in our ongoing series of guest bloggers comes from the amazing Amber Hacker, Network Engagement Coordinator at the Interfaith Youth Core. Below, Amber reflects on a few atheists who inspire her and the kinds of honest and respectful conversations atheists and Christians can have. Take it away, Amber!A few months ago I told my friend Chris Stedman, a former Christian and current atheist, that there's nothing I'd love to see more than for him to come back to Christ.This is true, … [Read more...]

What Can Interfaith Mean to an Atheist?

Today's guest post comes from Kelsey Sheridan, a student at Northwestern University. Kelsey has done amazing things, working with diverse groups ranging from Christian Ministries, multiple interfaith organizations, College Feminists, and Planned Parenthood. Today, she brings her skills as a bridge builder to an insightful exploration of interfaith from an atheist's perspective:First off, let me say that I'm really flattered to have been asked to do a guest post for NonProphet Status. As a way … [Read more...]

From the Archives: I'm Still Your Fag

Hey folks! Sorry this blog's been a bit barren this week -- I've got several very exciting projects in the works that have been keeping me extremely busy (not to mention I moved across the country this weekend). So, to hold you over until I'm able to return to full blogging form, I dug up this entry from my stint as a columnist for The New Gay. It's one of my favorites and I decided to share it because one comment I got from a reader here asked for more personal stories. Since I laud … [Read more...]

Gods, Gays and Goodbyes

Last night I was out with my good buddy Ben, celebrating my impending move across the country and commiserating about how much we would miss one another. Ben, who I met in my post-Master's Spiritual Direction studies at Loyola University's Institute of Pastoral Studies, is one of my closest friends in Chicago. We have a lot in common: a love for the outdoors, a passion for music, a propensity to wrestle with deep ethical questions -- not to mention we both grew up in Minnesota. Ben's been gone … [Read more...]

Inkerfaith: How Religion Got Under My Skin (Literally)

Four hours in and I was ready to get up and walk out. I couldn't help but ask aloud with a laugh: "Why do I do this to myself?"It was a balmy June night in Chicago a little over a week ago. I was flat on my back on the second floor of a beautifully renovated West Side house flourished by heavy drapes, portraits of dogs, and surfaces populated by countless unidentifiable trinkets. At the time all of these details were lost on me. I was preoccupied, staring at the ceiling drenched in sweat, … [Read more...]


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