About Bart

Bart Campolo is a secular minister, speaker, and writer who volunteers as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. Listen to his podcast HERE!

Humanize Me 214: Harry Potter as a sacred text, with Vanessa Zoltan

Bart chats with Vanessa Zoltan, a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School where she graduated who has been involved with the Humanist Hub at Harvard University and is well-known for her approach to reading books like Harry Potter as a sacred text. Among the topics covered in this episode: Being an atheist for solidarity [...]

By | 2017-07-06T21:45:08+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 213: What makes a good father? with Roman Campolo

Bart's son Roman joins him for this chat, recorded on Father's Day, in which they contemplate the nature of 'fathering' and the attributes of an ideal father figure in someone's life. What are the factors that make someone a good mentor? How can fathers establish a reality model for the person they're mentoring [...]

By | 2017-11-17T15:58:03+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 212: When clergy stop believing, with Drew Bekius

Like Bart, Drew Bekius is a former Christian minister who stopped believing and left the faith he held for so long. In this episode, Bart and Drew talk about their journey, the view on the other side of faith, the plight of unbelieving clergy, compassion for those in that position and what they're [...]

By | 2017-06-08T01:36:03+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 211: The ‘Interfaithless’ meet on the beach

Ex-Mormons. Ex-Scientologists. Ex-Jehovah Witnesses. Ex-Evangelicals. They were all there at sunset at Morris Bird's bi-annual gathering on the beach, cooking ribs and meeting each other. Some had travelled for hours to get there, desperate for community with those like them. On this episode, Bart chats with Morris about such communities for the benefit [...]

By | 2017-06-02T18:22:07+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 210: American sex with Lisa Wade

What kind of sex are Americans having? Will the Americans of the future have different sexual values than Americans of the past? What should our sexual values be, anyhow? Lisa Wade is a world expert - maybe the world expert - on hookup culture among U.S. college students. Her book, American Hookup, details [...]

By | 2017-05-17T19:21:47+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 209: Humanizing the internet with Hank Green

Hank Green is a digital creator and content producer with popular YouTube channels such as Vlogbrothers and Crash Course. He reached out to Bart with some interesting thoughts about the digital age and humanism, leading to this podcast in which the two explore things like: Shared values and what helps people flourish Hank's [...]

By | 2017-11-17T15:58:03+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 208: Wanna start a community? No manifesto

In the second podcast intended to help those who want to start their own local secular community, Bart warns against manifestos, vision statements, lists of values and other formalized statements of belief for emerging secular groups. At the end, we hear a story from Rick Johnston, whose website can be found at rickjohnston.info. [...]

By | 2017-04-14T16:04:45+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 207: The future of society with Michael Dowd

Is society going to suffer a collapse from unsustainability worse than the Great Depression sometime in the not-too-distant future? Both Bart and his guest for this episode, self-described 'apocaloptimist' Michael Dowd, think so. Michael is an author and speaker who spends a lot of time thinking about the future, and although he's a [...]

By | 2017-04-07T22:07:05+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 206: In quest of of better conversations with Jared Seide

Bart talks with former Hollywood jack-of-all-trades turned super-cool master facilitator Jared Seide about Council, an age-old practice that involves bringing people together in a circle for candid and heartfelt conversations. Participants speak one-at-a-time, sharing their personal stories and experiences, rather than opinions, and listen intently while others do the same. Sharing and listening [...]

By | 2017-11-17T15:58:03+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 205: Wanna start a community? Start talking!

In this episode, Bart talks about taking the first steps to starting your own secular community wherever you are. Consider it a practical guide to the first moves Bart recommends making, and how to talk about it to your friends and family. A bonus segment at the end focuses on Robert Ingersoll. An [...]

By | 2017-04-12T18:51:36+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Podcast|