Of Babies and Bathwater

Today's guest blog keeps it once again all in the family. After my first cousin once removed Bruce Johansen's guest post, as well as one by my mom, I am excited to present one by my big sister Casi Stedman Nelson. A year -- no, a year and seven months, as she loves to point out -- older than me, Casi was one of my best friends in childhood. I looked up to her in many ways (so much so that I let her cut my hair with a toenail clipper when we were very young), and it's a thrill to feature a post b … [Read more...]

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...]

The Religious Must Stand Up for Atheists

Today's guest post is by Joshua Stanton, a man I am lucky to call both a good friend and a colleague at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue in my work as the Managing Director of State of Formation. In this post, Josh offers a thoughtful, personal reflection on why it is essential for the interfaith movement to stand up against anti-atheist rhetoric and action in the way that it does when particular religious communities come under fire. As an atheist, I couldn't appreciate this post more. … [Read more...]

Do Only Religious People Have a ‘Calling’?

Please check out my latest piece for the Huffington Post, currently featured at the top of their Religion section! Below is a selection; it can be read in full at the Huffington Post:In a recent interview with BBC Radio 4, musician Jack White (of the White Stripes and other bands) reflected on his "calling.""I was thinking at 14 that possibly I might have had the calling to be a priest," said White. "Blues singers sort of have the same feelings as someone who's called to be a priest m … [Read more...]

What's Your Calling?

In partnership with the PBS documentary The Calling, a campaign called What’s Your Calling? was launched to explore the topic of a “calling.” I was honored to be invited to do an interview with them; in our interview, they asked me to talk about my “calling,” so I shared a bit of my story and discussed my hope for greater nonreligious-religious dialogue and cooperation.Using this interview, they produced the above video (full of old, embarrassing photos, haha). Please check out their page … [Read more...]

God, We Need Atheists

Today’s guest post, by my friend Frank Fredericks (Co-Founder of Religious Freedom USA and Founder of World Faith), addresses the gaping cultural divide between Christians and atheists. Like Amber Hacker's NonProphet Status guest post, "A Committed Christian's Atheist Heroes," Frank writes as a dedicated Christian interested in finding ways to work with and better understand his atheist friends and neighbors. As someone who knows Frank and respects his work, I'm delighted to share his thou … [Read more...]

Now is Not the Time for the Blame Game

Today’s guest post is a submission from Nico Lang, a regular NPS contributor. An intern at the 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. His previous writing for NPS includes"Through Common Struggle, Hope," "Talking the ‘Hereafter’ With Atheists and Believer," as well as posts on his personal journey as a queer agnostic interested in interfaith work, abo … [Read more...]

A Humanist Resolution to Overcome the Faith Gap

Please check out my latest blog for the Huffington Post! Below is a selection; it can be read in full at the Huffington Post:It may be mid-January, but I'm still thinking of Christmas.The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve just might be my favorite of the year. It is the one time that my entire family gets together. We spend several days eating our favorite foods, catching up and playing board games.I'm the only member of my family who doesn't live in Minnesota -- I moved away … [Read more...]

Time to Stop Rewarding the Dehumanizing Rhetoric

Recently, I was honored to receive an invitation to join the esteemed panel of the Washington Post's On Faith. Please read and share my first piece -- below is the beginning, and it can be read in full at On Faith:In the wake of this national tragedy, many have speculated about whether violent rhetoric and imagery used by Sarah Palin and others directly influenced Saturday's devastating events. We may never know if there was a direct link between Palin's words and the tragedy in Arizona, but … [Read more...]

A Newer Atheism: The Case for Affirmation and Accommodation

NonProphet Status' first guest post of 2011 is by Andrew Lovley, founder and former chair of the Southern Maine Association of Secular Humanists (SMASH). Below, Lovley, who previously defended the invocation he performed at the inauguration ceremony for new city officials in South Portland, Maine, weighs in on the "accomodation vs. confrontation" debate and offers a thorough and impassioned case for positive and engaged atheism and humanism. This is among the best explications I've read on this … [Read more...]


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