LGBTQ Find Unexpected Hope in Interfaith

Following Monday's guest post, "The Gay Divide," I'm excited to bring you yet another perspective on queer issues and interfaith work. Today's post for our ongoing series of guest contributors comes from Robert Chlala, a Campus Engagement Associate with the Interfaith Youth Core. Written in advance of the recent IFYC Interfaith Leadership Institutes, it is an important and timely message on the importance of LGBTQ participation in interfaith work. As a queer interfaith advocate, Robert's message … [Read more...]

2010 American Atheist Convention: The Ugly (or, When I Cried)

This post is the final installation in a series of reports on the 2010 American Atheist Convention. For my favorite sessions from the convention, check out “The Good” post; for those that were bad but not the most offensive, check out “The Bad.”Throughout the course of the 2010 American Atheist Convention I had extensive conversations with attendees around a single, significant question: what kind of Atheist community are we building? Some of these conversations were constructive; others weren' … [Read more...]

2010 American Atheist Convention: The Bad…

This post is the second part of a three part series of reports on the 2010 American Atheist convention. For a rundown of my favorite sessions from the session, check out "The Good" post.Though in number the sessions that I would call "good" succeeded those I’d call "bad," I'd say that, for me, overall the bad outweighed the good. The talks detailed below seemed to represent the sentiments of a majority of convention participants – they often got the heartiest rounds of applause and articulated … [Read more...]

2010 American Atheist Convention: The Good…

This post is the first part of a three part series of reports on the 2010 American Atheist convention.This weekend I attended the 2010 American Atheist Convention – my first time at a meeting of the American Atheists. I was coming off a series of attack blogs against my critiques of atheistic positioning so, to be honest, I was a bit nervous. And though I had some trepidation, I also had hope. But this conference, though it had its moments of insight and inspiration, was an experience that l … [Read more...]

Taking it on the Road!

Hello from New York City! Today marks my fourth day in NYC and, despite a bit of a cold, I am loving it. I've been in town for the American Atheist Convention, which was in Elizabeth / Newark, NJ. I'll be traveling the East coast for the next couple weeks, from NYC / Newark to Washington, D.C., to Rochester, NY and finally to Boston, for the aforementioned American Atheist conference, the Interfaith Understanding Conference in Rochester, a Secular Student Alliance Leadership Summit in Boston, … [Read more...]


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