About James Croft

James Croft is the Leader in Training at the Ethical Culture Society of St. Louis - one of the largest Humanist congregations in the world. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently writing his Doctoral dissertation as a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.

How Should Protesters Relate to the Police?

Act Out

This week I sat in on a press conference held by the Don’t Shoot Coalition, a broad alliance of national and St. Louis-based groups dedicated to securing structural change after the shooting of Michael Brown. As part of the press conference the Coalition proposed a set of “rules of engagement” meant to guide protesters and the police ahead of [Read More...]

The Atheist Who Spoke to God

Transcend

In high school I sang with a four part harmony ensemble. Three friends and I brushed up on spirituals, madrigals, and little-known choral works by major composers, and worked with a music teacher to polish them to perfection. Then we would perform in concerts with other students, our singing complementing piano pieces and string quartets. [Read More...]

Beyond the Moral Horizon

Exploring Ethics

There is a scene in the movie Lincoln in which Congress is debating the 13th Amendment The debate is passionate, raucous, each side denouncing the other in the strongest moral terms. Then George Yeaman, Representative from Kentucky, takes the floor, and says: “Although I’m disgusted by slavery, I rise on this sad and solemn day to announce that [Read More...]

Where Do You Belong?

Congregate

Today at the Ethical Society of St. Louis we had the pleasure of hosting Dale McGowan, editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and all-around great guy. After he spent some time speaking with parents of children in our Sunday Ethical Education for Kids program, he gave our Sunday address, and something he said stuck with me: he said [Read More...]

In Art, Intention Isn’t Gospel

Beauty and Beyond

I love Stephen Sondheim. I know – “Gay Man Loves Stephen Sondheim!” is not going to make headlines anywhere soon. But it’s still true. I adore his musicals – and not just the most famous ones. When I was in high school I performed in a production of Assassins, a strange work which sets to music every presidential [Read More...]

What Do You Teach Your Kids About Religion?

Forum

Today’s Friday Forum, and I have a question for you: What do you teach your kids about religion? Whether you’re religious or not, do you try to raise your children to share your beliefs? Do you intentionally introduce them to different ways of thinking? If you are religious, do you require them to participate in religious [Read More...]

The Magic and Mechanics of MMOs

Play

I remember Everquest. I remember running through the treetop city of Kelethin, taking care not to fall from the wooden platforms connecting tree to tree. I remember dodging Sand Giants on the beach of the Oasis of Marr. I remember fleeing frantically through the narrow corridors of the dark dungeon of Befallen, ghouls and mummies grasping [Read More...]


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