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A weekly podcast about building great relationships, cultivating wonder, and making things better for other people. Hosted by veteran community-builder Bart Campolo, the show features friendly, thoughtful conversations with a wide array of scientists, activists, artists and oddballs. Humanize Me is a production of Jux Media.

Humanize Me Bart Campolo

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 187 Ratings

A weekly podcast about building great relationships, cultivating wonder, and making things better for other people. Hosted by veteran community-builder Bart Campolo, the show features friendly, thoughtful conversations with a wide array of scientists, activists, artists and oddballs. Humanize Me is a production of Jux Media.

    608: Transgender listener calls us out...

    608: Transgender listener calls us out...

    ...in the nicest possible way. On a recent episode, Bart Campolo casually referred to a bar full of people you might like to strike up a conversation with, saying, "There's a woman, there's a man, there's a woman who used to be a man." A trans woman called Rya wrote us an email, in the process giving us the perfect model for how to address someone you disagree with. It was so perfect we thought we'd share it.

    Also on this episode, the music of New Tycoon (a song called Ancient from the album Wholiness).



    Follow this podcast to stay up-to-date:

    Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
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    Check out Patreon.com/HumanizeMe! Support the podcast there for the cost of a cup of coffee once a month and get extra content for it. That amount won’t matter to you, but it means everything to us and makes the podcast happen! (Includes access to the monthly bonus podcast, ‘Why It Matters’, where we discuss the show and read listener feedback, and the ‘Campolo Sessions‘, long-form conversations between Bart and his dad Tony Campolo.)

    Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by John Wright at JuxMedia.com.

    • 34 min
    607: Political Junkies, with Claire Potter

    607: Political Junkies, with Claire Potter

    How do we recapture political nuance, thoughtfulness and open-mindedness at a time when alternative media has hooked us on politics and broke our democracy?

    Claire Potter is a Professor of History and co-Executive Editor of Public Seminar at The New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, New York City. In this conversation, she and Bart Campolo talk about the state of our political discourse and the attitudes that can promote the change we all want to see.

    Claire's website can be found at ClairePotter.com.



    Follow this podcast to stay up-to-date:

    Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
    Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

    Check out Patreon.com/HumanizeMe! Support the podcast there for the cost of a cup of coffee once a month and get extra content for it. That amount won’t matter to you, but it means everything to us and makes the podcast happen! (Includes access to the monthly bonus podcast, ‘Why It Matters’, where we discuss the show and read listener feedback, and the ‘Campolo Sessions‘, long-form conversations between Bart and his dad Tony Campolo.)

    Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by John Wright at JuxMedia.com.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    606: Secular communities survey, with Joe Blankholm

    606: Secular communities survey, with Joe Blankholm

    Bart talks to Joe Blankholm, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who with his colleagues is conducting a survey of secular communities across the United States.

    Take the survey at http://secularcommunities.com/scs



    Follow this podcast to stay up-to-date:

    Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
    Instagram: @HumanizeMePodcast

    Check out Patreon.com/HumanizeMe! Support the podcast there for the cost of a cup of coffee once a month and get extra content for it. That amount won’t matter to you, but it means everything to us and makes the podcast happen! (Includes access to the monthly bonus podcast, ‘Why It Matters’, where we discuss the show and read listener feedback, and the ‘Campolo Sessions‘, long-form conversations between Bart and his dad Tony Campolo.)

    Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by John Wright at JuxMedia.com.

    • 58 min
    605: Connection after deconstruction

    605: Connection after deconstruction

    From a listener:

    "I left my faith about 14 years ago. It has been a lonely experience, especially since back then, there wasn't the same connections through the internet that there are now. It seems like deconstruction is almost pop culture now, and being talked about everywhere. Anyways, I appreciate what you're doing and I'm inspired by your vision. I still 'feel' like a pastor in a lot of ways and like how you are helping people take the good parts of church and recreate them in a new context. I have been thinking about getting connected to others in the same boat as me. People who have left Christianity and are looking for community. I am from Kitchener, Ontario and I wondered if you had any connections to groups that I could connect with up here. I’m looking for a way to just talk about my experience of leaving faith and the lonely place it can be. If you don't have any recommendations, I'd love any tips or suggestions for getting likeminded people together, online right now because of COVID. I know that's a big question but any insight would be great." - Brian

    Bart thinks it's harder as an adult than when you were in high school or college, but has some thoughts that may inspire you to make some practical moves. Some things we mention during the episode:

    https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/resources

    http://clergyproject.org

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1772151613053280

    https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability

    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/style/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html

    https://secularcommunities.com/scs



    Follow this podcast to stay up-to-date:

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/humanizemepod
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    Check out Patreon.com/HumanizeMe! Support the podcast there for the cost of a cup of coffee once a month and get extra content for it. That amount won’t matter to you, but it means everything to us and makes the podcast happen! (Includes access to the monthly bonus podcast, ‘Why It Matters’, where we discuss the show and read listener feedback, and the ‘Campolo Sessions‘, long-form conversations between Bart and his dad Tony Campolo.)

    Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by John Wright at JuxMedia.com.

    • 56 min
    604: Constructive disagreements, with David C. Smalley

    604: Constructive disagreements, with David C. Smalley

    How can we learn to have our disagreements across ideological divides more constructively and respectfully? David C. Smalley may be something of an expert at this point, having conducted hundreds of long-form conversations - many of them with Christians - on his podcast for the last 11 years.

    In this episode with Bart Campolo, David talks about how he approaches these on-air disagreements, and what allows him to stay friends with many of his guests after they hang up the phone.

    Some takeaways: Keep watch over the temperature of a conversation, break anger with kindness, see insecurities for what they are, understand they see you as a victim of bad ideas, cultivate patience, ask lots of good questions and let them talk (which is actually thinking out loud), 'put on' their ideology for the conversation to explore it with them, be a tourist in their world with genuine curiosity.

    Subscribe to the David C. Smalley podcast in your favorite podcast app, and connect with him at his website, DavidCSmalley.com.



    Follow this podcast to stay up-to-date:

    Twitter: @HumanizeMePod
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    Facebook Group: Facebook.com/Groups/1772151613053280

    Check out Patreon.com/HumanizeMe! Support the podcast there for the cost of a cup of coffee once a month and get extra content for it. That amount won’t matter to you, but it means everything to us and makes the podcast happen! (Includes access to the monthly bonus podcast, ‘Why It Matters’, where we discuss the show and read listener feedback, and the ‘Campolo Sessions‘, long-form conversations between Bart and his dad Tony Campolo.)

    Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by John Wright at JuxMedia.com.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    603: Thoughts on the Inauguration

    603: Thoughts on the Inauguration

    Bart and John share thoughts about the Inauguration of President Biden, the emotions it raises, what is entailed in turning the page as a nation, how to begin to bring Trump's most fervent supporters back into conversation, the importance of rituals like this, the Inauguration as a civic religious ceremony, and the actual religion in the ceremony including the biggest bible we've ever seen.

    Amanda Gorman's poem:

    When day comes we ask ourselves,
    where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
    The loss we carry,
    a sea we must wade
    We've braved the belly of the beast
    We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
    And the norms and notions
    of what just is
    Isn't always just-ice
    And yet the dawn is ours
    before we knew it
    Somehow we do it
    Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
    a nation that isn't broken
    but simply unfinished
    We the successors of a country and a time
    Where a skinny Black girl
    descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
    can dream of becoming president
    only to find herself reciting for one
    And yes we are far from polished
    far from pristine
    but that doesn't mean we are
    striving to form a union that is perfect
    We are striving to forge a union with purpose
    To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
    conditions of man
    And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
    but what stands before us
    We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
    we must first put our differences aside
    We lay down our arms
    so we can reach out our arms
    to one another
    We seek harm to none and harmony for all
    Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
    That even as we grieved, we grew
    That even as we hurt, we hoped
    That even as we tired, we tried
    That we'll forever be tied together, victorious
    Not because we will never again know defeat
    but because we will never again sow division
    Scripture tells us to envision
    that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
    And no one shall make them afraid
    If we're to live up to our own time
    Then victory won't lie in the blade
    But in all the bridges we've made
    That is the promise to glade
    The hill we climb
    If only we dare
    It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
    it's the past we step into
    and how we repair it
    We've seen a force that would shatter our nation
    rather than share it
    Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
    And this effort very nearly succeeded
    But while democracy can be periodically delayed
    it can never be permanently defeated
    In this truth
    in this faith we trust
    For while we have our eyes on the future
    history has its eyes on us
    This is the era of just redemption
    We feared at its inception
    We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
    of such a terrifying hour
    but within it we found the power
    to author a new chapter
    To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
    So while once we asked,
    how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
    Now we assert
    How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
    We will not march back to what was
    but move to what shall be
    A country that is bruised but whole,
    benevolent but bold,
    fierce and free
    We will not be turned around
    or interrupted by intimidation
    because we know our inaction and inertia
    will be the inheritance of the next generation
    Our blunders become their burdens
    But one thing is certain:
    If we merge mercy with might,
    and might with right,
    then love becomes our legacy
    and change our children's birthright
    So let us leave behind a country
    better than the one we were left with
    Every breath from...

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

1234.5678 ,

It’s like church, but not.

I’m really enjoying listening to the podcast. I love that Bart isn’t afraid to share his journey(s) with us. Thank you.

Shea27 ,

My humanist pastor

Love this podcast. One of the only podcasts I listen to that I contribute to on Patreon.

_Tinitus_ ,

So helpful

I’m really loving this podcast. It’s been so helpful to me and I appreciate that the overall tone is respectful to people of all faiths. If you’re going through a deconversion from religion, this podcast is a safe place to think freely without feeling like you or the faith you’re leaving are going to be mocked.

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