Atheist Students Find Their Place in the Interfaith Movement

My new Huffington Post Religion article on my recent trip to D.C. was just published, and is currently being featured at the top of the Religion page. This one is extra special to me because it is heavily comprised of other people's words; those of the amazing students and staff I met at the recent IFYC / Georgetown / White House institute I helped with and spoke at. Their perspectives are truly awesome. Check out the first part below; it can be read in full at The Huffington Post: Atheists are … [Read more...]

Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists Find a Place in Interfaith Work

Note: Below is a very brief blog I produced while working at the Interfaith Youth Core / White House Interfaith Leadership Institute, which just ended today. Whew! So much to share about the last week; stay tuned. For now, my blog:As a secular humanist working to advance positive and productive dialogue and action between the religious and nonreligious, I have been so thrilled to meet several nonreligious students at both sessions of the IFYC / White House Interfaith Leadership Institute.One … [Read more...]

October Speaking and Travel

Hey all! Sorry for the lack of substantive posts -- our ongoing series of guest contributors is still happening, and I've been doing some other writing that's kept me busy. Some of this will see the light of day soon, I promise. In the meantime, I have some exciting information about my speaking and travel this month -- in case you wanted to stalk me, I guess!This Sunday, October 10th, I will be heading to Boston, MA for a few days to hang out with the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, do some … [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...]

SSA Summit Day Two: Chaplains, Invocations and the White House

This post is the second part of a two part report on the Secular Student Alliance's New England Leadership Summit. For a report on the first day, click here.Interview with Greg EpsteinI first had the opportunity to meet Greg Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, when I was working onInterfaith Youth Core's 2009 Conference, Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World. We exchanged several emails and had a great conversation at the event itself. We've since stayed in touch, and i … [Read more...]

Religion and Secular Roundup: Secularists in the White House, Church Arson, More on Tiger and Millenials

Wondering what's going on in the world of religion and secularism? Wonder no more -- it's time for your weekly religion and secular roundup! This week:Church Burning and Atheist Learning: Reports this week on the ongoing investigation into a series of church fires in Texas prominently featured the fact that raids on one suspect's home uncovered "books on demons and atheism." What does it say that news reports are so strongly linking a suspect's books on atheism to his alleged participation … [Read more...]


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