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!

White Heron

by John Ciardi What lifts the heron leaning on the air I praise without a name. A crouch, a flare, a long stroke through the cumulus of trees, a shaped thought at the sky--then gone. O rare! Saint Francis, being happiest on his knees, would have cried Father! Cry anything you please But praise. By [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Blog|

Humanize Me 202: Pray? For Trump? Are you kidding?

Photo credit: Jae C. Hong, AP Bart doesn't believe in a god. And he's no fan of the new U.S. President, Donald J Trump. So what could he possibly mean by urging people to pray for the president? Find out on this new edition of Humanize Me, wherein Bart begins with an update [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Podcast|

Humanize Me 201: Harmony and Community with Maggie Wheeler

Bart chats with his friend, the actress Maggie Wheeler, who is a director of the Golden Bridge Community Choir in Los Angeles, where people join together at all levels of singing ability and form a harmonious whole. They explore how singing brings people together and how her choir is actually an exercise in [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Podcast|

Three links

Hey there! Thanks so much for all your interest in my story of coming out of Christianity and into secular humanism. There are three separate ways you can find out more about this: (1) Mark Oppenheimer's great piece in the New York Times Magazine, which you can read right away HERE if you haven't already. [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Blog|

Humanize Me 133: What In The World Are We Doing?

A special year-end edition of Humanize Me. Connect with others in the community at the Facebook Group HERE. Happy New Year!

By | December 22nd, 2016|Podcast|

Humanize Me 132: Storytelling and belief

Secular stories: On this episode, Bart chats with his old friend Mark Yaconelli about his latest project, The Hearth Community, gatherings in which people explore, craft, and share stories from what they have lived. They talk about how these gatherings compare to Christian church, how they're different, and what role such things can [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Podcast|

Humanize Me 131: To Err is Human

What to do when you've made a mistake. After all, we're all human. Join the community of listeners to this podcast at the Facebook group HERE! Contact Bart HERE.

By | December 6th, 2016|Podcast|

Humanize Me 130: The internet is my religion

That's the name of Jim Gilliam's book, wherein he describes his journey out of fundamentalist faith, through serious illness and into internet-facilitated activism and a software company that helps leaders connect with their people. In this episode, Bart chats at length with Jim at his offices in Los Angeles about connected humanity. Buy [...]

By | November 23rd, 2016|Podcast|

Humanize Me 129: A brick through the window

How does a secular humanist respond to the election by many of his fellow Americans of a brash, impulsive man who they know deep down doesn’t really care about them? Slowly. Thoughtfully. In this week's episode, Bart reads aloud his careful thoughts on the election of Donald Trump, and advocates an approach which [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Podcast|

Humanize Me 128: Grace Without God

Like Bart, Katherine Ozment is trying to figure out how best to find meaning, purpose and belonging in a secular age. In this conversation Bart asks her about her journey, which is similar to so many stories we've been hearing recently from the audience of Humanize Me. Check out Katherine's website at katherineozment.com [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Podcast|