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 coupl … [Read more...]

A Reminder of Relationality: Reflections on Respect and Free Speech

Today's guest post comes from Jessica Kelley, a member of the Secular Humanist Alliance of Chicago (SHAC). Kelley offers a reflection on our recent "Building Bridges: Muslim and Secular Communities for Free Speech" event (which was, amazingly, reported on from as far away as the New Delhi Chronicle). For additional thoughts on our event, check out member Joseph R. Varisco's reflection.I visited China in the summer of 2005, and I have never forgotten the generosity of the people I met during m … [Read more...]

WW(I)JD: Crossing the Indiana Jones Bridge, Together

Today's guest post comes from Joseph R. Varisco, a member of the Secular Humanist Alliance of Chicago (SHAC). It is a response to Everybody Draw Muhammad Day and an explanation of why SHAC is organizing a different kind of event for tomorrow (details here.)Dialogue is one of the simplest, most complicated processes for people. Approaching that person you’ve had your eye on all night to ask for a date, telling your parents news you know is going to make them go red in the face, entering into a … [Read more...]

In Brief: Jettison Quarterly, Fish Out of Water, SYSS, Robocalls

And now, some things going on in the world of NonProphet Status!Jettison Quarterly at NEXTThis past weekend I worked at the booth for Jettison Quarterly, the Chicago-based Arts and Culture magazine for which I am the Religion Staff Writer, at NEXT 2010: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, a part of Chicago's Artopolis. The fair was a blast, as much for the excellent works on display as for the people I met. Writing for Jettison is great because it covers such a spectrum of … [Read more...]


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