Two Years Without God

It was two years ago today that I woke up to the firestorm that Year Without God had become and just over one year since I told Arun Rath at NPR that I don’t believe in God anymore. It’s hard to imagine that two years have gone by. I’ve made so many new friends over these years—too many to name—and my life has been enriched by each interaction with people who are part of the atheist and humanist communities, however you want to define those.For the past few days I’ve been trying to assess my … [Read more...]

Sunday Assembly Los Angeles

In the first Assembly of 2015 we welcome blogger Ryan Bell, creator of "Year Without God," to talk about navigating the various narratives--religious, political, intellectual and otherwise--that shape our lives.On Dec. 31, 2013, the former pastor announced on the Huffington Post that in 2014 he would "live as if there is no God." For the next year, he dove in and explored non-belief in all its varieties and kept a public record of his journey at his popular blog. Now his year is over, and Ryan … [Read more...]

An End, and a New Beginning

"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time" —T. S. Eliot—  A year without God.More pixels have been spilled over the meaning of that expression than any other aspect of this experience. Now that the year is down to its final hours, it makes sense to once again start at the beginning.A year ago I had come to the end of my existential rope. The narratives that had given shape to m … [Read more...]

The end is near!

...of this year, that is.NPR aired a segment tonight that I taped with Arun Rath for All Things Considered. If you haven't heard it, it's only 4 1/2 minutes long (click the image below to listen). I said more about my provisional conclusions in this interview than I ever have before. When NPR tweeted the link to the segment a very interesting conversation ensued, dominated by tweets of encouragement and support, some inviting me to try other things, like Jehovah's Witnesses … [Read more...]

Boundary Crossing—an online course with Kile Jones and me

Much of my pastoral ministry in the final 5 years was spent in active interfaith partnerships, including relationship building, educational efforts, and social service and advocacy partnerships. It was one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. Now, as I'm standing between atheist and theist communities, I once again find myself moderating conversations and facilitating understanding.There is much that Christians do not understand about atheists and what atheism means and doesn't mean. … [Read more...]

Interview at Old Piano with Sincere Kirabo

Today over at Old Piano blog, Sincere KIrabo published an interview he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I appreciated the questions he asked as they prompted me to think about a few issues I hadn't expressed in quite this way.-----------SINCERE KIRABO: Many things are expected of a pastor of a church. He or she is the leader of the flock, a phrase which evokes allusions to lowly creatures, a congregated collective steeped in groupthink, seemingly oblivious to an existence beyond the … [Read more...]