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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.
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 Reverend from the Christian tradition, his website says, “Reality is my God. Evidence is my scripture. Big History is my creation story. Ecology is my theology. Integrity is my salvation. Ensuring a healthy future is my mission.”
So, what’s the best way to think about the future of humanity? Listen to the episode for a wide-ranging chat on that. Michael’s website is at michaeldowd.org.
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 to universal stories about love, loss, fear, and hope enables participants to recognize that, despite their many differences, they have much in common.
Spoiler alert: Bart thinks this stuff might be useful to secular humanists wanting a better way to relate to their supernaturalist friends and relatives. The Center for Council website is HERE. The podcast ends with some great music by Carsie Blanton; check out her stuff over HERE.
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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 interview coming next week! Join the not-so-secret Facebook group for the podcast HERE.
A brief update from Bart on the latest going on, including:
- How he ended up losing all his emails
- The release of his new book co-authored with Tony Campolo
- Some new podcasts you can hear Bart on as a guest
Go HERE to hear Bart as a guest on The Thinking Atheist with Seth Andrews.
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