What happens if you come out as an atheist or LGBT and your parents kick you out of the house? What if you're trying to leave an abusive relationship but your entire social network is contained within your church?There are resources out there for people who need a safety net, but they're often faith-based.But there's finally a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people without religion get the help they need. It's called Secular Avenue
We often talk about how churches provide community -- I think they're great at it -- and we've seen atheists attempt to replicate that (sans the whole God thing). But this is a practical approach to a very serious problem. This will help the people in our secular world who need it the most, at a time when there are very few others they can rely on.I asked Noelle if she would answer some questions about the group and our conversation is below:
The passing of Jesus scholar Marcus Borg
last week (on January 21) highlights the continued rift
in the Christian world between the conservative and liberal theological camps.
Someone gave me an Amazon gift certificate last month, which I used to buy ecologist and science journalist Curt Stager
's 2014 book Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe
. I'm a few chapters into it, and it's lovely. Stager has a way of wrapping dry biophysics in a kind of mellifluous poetry.He also pulls that off while speaking off the cuff, as he did in a conversation
with a writer from the World Science Festival. Here he's talking about what happens when we die.
Say you’re cremated. You’ll start to heat up, and all your atoms will start jiggling, and the first thing to go off is going to be be your body water, and that’s about two-thirds of you. That’ll go into the air, and within a few days it’ll turn into clouds and raindrops and snow, and it’ll drop to the earth or into the oceans and become part of water bodies or be soaked up by plants. People will eventually drink you and make you part of their bodies.
Wow. I wasn't expecting to hear that Andrew Sullivan
will stop blogging
, but I can't say I'm surprised: