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!

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|

324: Is it really okay to favor our own groups?

Bart Campolo thinks his kids are the best in the world. Well, not objectively speaking. Well, sort of. I mean, he really prefers his kids to your kids. But he hopes you feel the same way about your own. Is that right? Is that okay? And is there any problem with that sort of 'us-them' [...]

By | 2018-08-29T03:50:43+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Podcast|

323: Street Epistemology with Anthony Magnabosco

It's not a term most people use every day, but street epistemology is a thing. Anthony Magnabosco is one of its more prominent ambassadors, largely because he routinely captures his efforts on video and posts them on the internet. What is street epistemology? It's a conversational tool which uses Socratic questioning to help people expose [...]

By | 2018-08-22T02:42:56+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Podcast|

322: How to be alone without freaking out

This week's question comes from a listener who finds it hard to spend time alone without having a really difficult time over it: "Hey Bart. Okay, so when my girlfriend goes away on business trips, I experience a ton of anxiety. And it isn't that I'm jealous of her - I'm I'm totally glad that [...]

By | 2018-08-15T01:53:02+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Podcast|

321: Secrets with Frank Warren

Curating peoples' secrets. It's a decidedly odd vocation, but Frank Warren has been doing it for a long time now through his ever-popular online art project, PostSecret. People anonymously send Frank their most intimate, private, beautiful, scandalous, horrifying, amazing, unspoken thoughts on postcards (yes, through the mail!) and Frank posts a new batch of them [...]

By | 2018-08-07T05:46:04+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Podcast|

320: Where do you get your morality?

In this episode Bart takes a question that, he joked upon hearing it, may easily have come from his Christian father: "What is the basis for your morality? I am not asking what your morality says, such as 'Do not gossip', 'Be trustworthy' or 'Be forgiving.' I am asking the 'Why?' question about your morality [...]

By | 2018-08-02T04:12:01+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Podcast|

319: The Art of Community with Charles Vogl

Charles Vogl helps leaders transform loneliness and separation into connection and belonging. His book, The Art of Community, is the book Bart Campolo says he always wished he had to recommend to people who wanted to build their own groups and nurture them. In this conversation between Charles and Bart, they talk about life's 'inner [...]

By | 2018-07-24T20:46:56+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Podcast|