Bart Campolo is a humanist speaker and writer. He is also the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. We had a chat about the journey of losing his faith, what that meant for his relationship with his father, and how he is speaking truth and love into the world now. Enjoy the chat!
E41: Building Community After Leaving Faith - w/ Bart Campolo
The Grounded Presence
Bart Campolo joins me to talk about building community as a former Christian Pastor turned Humanist Minister. There are no hard feelings toward faith or the church here, just a moving towards something greater and seeking a more meaningful existence. Check out Bart's Podcast "Humanize Me"
Daniel speaks with Bart Campolo about how to create a congregation of nonbelievers. Bart is a former Evangelical preacher who has since left his faith. He is now the Humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati and the founder of the Humanist congregation, Cincinnati Caravan.~Find the links mentioned in this podcast at: https://www.reenchantmentpod.com/post/show-notes-let-s-admit-we-liked-church-bart-campolo
519: 'Tragic optimism' by Esther Perel, unauthorized edit by Bart Campolo
A recent blog post by Esther Perel caught Bart Campolo's eye. In this brief, bonus episode, Bart reads his unauthorized edit of Perel's piece, which is about what we've lost in the pandemic, and how to cultivate collective resilience and 'tragic optimism'.Perel's original essay can be found at:https://estherperel.com/blog/anticipatory-grief?fbclid=IwAR3rD-qfdtNrUdQPgehl2f6156YJOEMTNooRjgZIaOcNtrUw1D5mnXuXxPM
My guest this week is Bart Campolo. Bart is the host of the Humanize Me Podcast. He is the author of “Why I Left, Why I Stayed.” Along with his famous Evangelical father, Tony Campolo, Bart is the subject of John Wright’s documentary: Leaving my Father’s Faith. If that is not enough, Bart is also the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Bart and I discuss graceful ways of talking with people with whom we disagree, having conversations that are difficult that touch on religion, race and politics and changing one’s mind. I point out that Bart has been particularly public with some of these conversations, including a book and documentary with his dad, Tony Campolo, a podcast episode with his son, Roman, where they disagree on the hope or lack thereof for our species and a recent podcast episode on race. In short, Bart wears his heart on his sleeve and lives his life out loud with humility, honesty and grace. We discuss humanism and the burden of being hopeful. Bart pushes back on my assertion that everyone needs awe, belonging and community. According to Bart different people need different amounts of each of those things. At the same time, Bart is facilitating a healthy secular community in Cincinnati providing just those things for the lucky few who attend. They put it this way: Commitment to loving relationships Making things better for other people Cultivating gratitude and wonder in life Worldview humility I normally have a few quotes from the episode, but as I was writing them down it became a transcript. Bart is eminently quotable. Listen to the show to find out. I will leave you with just one which you will need to listen to the show to understand: Show your work! Be sure to listen to the end for a funny story I tell that relates to Bart’s father, Tony Campolo, during my time at bible college. Links Website https://bartcampolo.org/ Podcast https://bartcampolo.org/humanizeme Documentary https://campolofilm.com/ Book https://bartcampolo.org/why-i-left-why-i-stayed Interact Secular Grace https://gracefulatheist.wordpress.com/secular-grace/ Deconversion https://gracefulatheist.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/deconversion-how-to/ Attribution "Waves" track written and produced by Makaih Beats http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Makaih_Beats Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gracefulatheist/support
Bart Campolo is an American humanist and speaker, whose story has been featured in the New York Times, and who has written numerous books in both the Christian and secular tradition. He is also the host of the podcast, "Humanize Me!"