402: A humanist congregation, local issues

James Croft is the Outreach Director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, a longstanding humanist congregation, and one of the largest in the world. In this conversation with Bart Campolo, James talks about what his congregation is doing to engage with the issues of St. Louis, a place which has made many headlines in [...]

By | 2019-01-17T06:18:30+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Podcast|

401: Reflections from a new grandfather

It's a new year! A time for fresh ideas and new beginnings, and so much has been happening in Bart Campolo's life that this episode serves as an update and a reflection on various themes, including: How helping a parent cross life's finish line can focus the mind and change your plans How the birth [...]

By | 2019-01-08T18:41:12+00:00 January 8th, 2019|Podcast|

338: Ho ho ho!

A quick Christmas greeting from Bart Campolo, urging secular folks like himself to embrace the holiday for what it is, and be their best humanist selves during the season. — Follow this podcast on Twitter or Instagram to stay up-to-date: Twitter: @HumanizeMePod Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast You can also join our Facebook Group. Not a supporter on Patreon [...]

By | 2018-12-22T16:34:19+00:00 December 22nd, 2018|Podcast|

337: An old friend and a worldview challenged

Bart Campolo's oldest and closest friend, Matthew Rodreick, is this week's guest on the podcast. Matthew's life has been shaped by his son Gabe's spinal cord injury, sustained around a decade ago when Gabe was 16. The conversation in this episode begins by exploring the relationship between father and son and the multiple roles one [...]

By | 2018-12-12T13:27:37+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Podcast|

336: Is there a truly selfless act?

Today's caller was in line at a drive-through coffee place, and decided to pay for the people behind her in line. But she realized that, in the course of doing so, the rewarding feeling she got from the act may have been the reason she did it in the first place. And that led to [...]

By | 2018-12-04T07:16:59+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Podcast|

335: Is spiritual language disappearing? with Jonathan Merritt

Language really shapes how we think about things. After Jonathan Merritt moved from the South to New York City, he discovered that the words he had always used to describe spiritual life didn’t resonate anymore! The more pluralistic and postmodern the society, he observed, the less language people seem to have for spiritual experience. Jonathan [...]

By | 2018-11-28T00:26:17+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Podcast|

334: Should we avoid talking politics over Thanksgiving?

Let's be honest: Spending time cooped up with family and friends on holidays like Thanksgiving can present some interesting conversational challenges for many of us. With that in mind, podcast producer John Wright asks this question of Bart Campolo in this episode: "Bill Maher thinks we should stop talking politics with each other in the [...]

By | 2018-11-21T02:36:23+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Podcast|

333: When I Spoke in Tongues, with Jessica Wilbanks

Jessica Wilbanks grew up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal church on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and then, at 16, walked away from the church. Ever since, she's been haunted by the world she left behind and wrote a book about it, just released: When I Spoke in Tongues. In this conversation with Bart [...]

By | 2018-11-13T20:57:14+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Podcast|

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|