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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 of any of you who may be interested in doing something like this yourselves. Email Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get in touch. Email Bart at bartcampolo.org/contact.
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 her research into a culture that a growing number of people worry about, a topic which Bart and Lisa discuss candidly in this episode of Bart’s podcast.
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 approach to productivity
- Bart’s technophobia
- The challenges of how to incorporate the internet into our lives healthfully
For more on the documentary about Bart and his dad Tony, look at campolofilm.com.
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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