About Bart

Bart Campolo is a secular community builder, counselor and writer who currently serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Listen to his podcast HERE!

332: Can’t pray… now what?

Sometimes, in the face of big problems in the world, doing everything we can do feels inadequate. Consider this episode's question, asked by Lexi in the Humanize Me Facebook Group: "Today I find myself missing prayer. I just finished watching Last Week Tonight and it was about family separation. They played a clip of a [...]

By | 2018-11-06T16:21:35+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Podcast|

331: Rethinking psychedelics, with Ashley Booth

Just say no! That's the mantra most of us have picked up from authority figures in our lives about drugs of all sorts, no matter their category. But for our guest Ashley Booth and a growing number of scientists, doctors and thinkers, it's become clear that our culture threw the baby out with the bathwater [...]

By | 2018-11-02T21:52:47+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Podcast|

330: What makes a good ritual? with Keith Page

Some of the things people abandon when they leave the church are rituals. But this week's Q&A features a voicemail by listener Morris Bird, who asks: "The word ritual is used to describe things as innocent as reading the newspaper. On the other hand, it's used to describe sinister cult ceremonies. I'm curious, what are [...]

By | 2018-10-23T16:08:41+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Podcast|

329: Becoming an ‘Evidist’ with Jeff Haley & Dale McGowan

Don't worry; if you've never heard of 'evidism', you're not alone. This is a term coined by the guests in this episode, inventor Jeff Haley and author Dale McGowan, to describe people committed to fact-based, evidence-based thinking. In this conversation with Bart Campolo, Haley and McGowan talk about their book, Sharing Reality: How to Bring [...]

By | 2018-10-22T07:34:31+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Podcast|

328: Cultivating friendship – who to choose?

How does one decide who to pick to be friends with? Bart Campolo and John Wright look at this question as a sort of 'Part 2' to the last Q&A about cultivating good friendships: "I really enjoyed Episode 326 where you guys talked about how being interested in other people is the first step to [...]

By | 2018-10-10T02:22:36+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Podcast|

Bart’s Book List (Part 2)

Bart’s Book List (Part 2) Here's the second half (or a little more than half) of my reading list, and please check out our accompanying in-depth bonus podcast episode over on Patreon, just for podcast insiders, partners and supporters! Here are the books we talk about in the bonus episode: Reclaiming Conversation - Sherry Turkle [...]

By | 2018-10-10T02:05:08+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Blog|

327: Alternatives to monogamy with Dedeker Winston

No defaults. That's how Dedeker Winston, and her romantic partners Jase and Alex, see the foundation of their relationship structure: conscious, intentional choice around a lifestyle that works for the people involved in it, rather than defaulting to the monogamy (or serial monogamy) of our culture. As a former evangelical Christian, Dedeker not only left [...]

By | 2018-10-22T07:33:25+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Podcast|

Bart’s Book List (Part 1)

People often ask for a list of books that I would recommend. The list has changed a little over time, but we figured we'd put it out in two ways: a simple list here on my blog for everybody, and a more in-depth bonus podcast episode over on Patreon just for podcast supporters! So, here [...]

By | 2018-09-18T18:30:09+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Blog|

326: Cultivating friendship; the first step

It's a line Bart Campolo uses a lot in this podcast and elsewhere, that the essence of life is cultivating loving relationships with other people. Today's question asks how to begin the process of doing that: "Bart often talks about about cultivating loving relationships, but I’m never sure what he means or what I’m supposed [...]

By | 2018-10-09T16:14:19+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Podcast|

325: AA Beyond Belief, with Joe C

It's often noted that Alcoholics Anonymous sounds like a religious movement, with its appeal to a 'Higher Power'. But Joe C. is the founder of a group called AA Beyond Belief, which he says exists to provide a space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide. Bart Campolo has wanted to have a conversation with [...]

By | 2018-10-22T19:24:54+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Podcast|