Writer John Halstead and I discuss our relationship with the LDS Church, our loss of faith in the belief system of the Church, and our individual experience in developing a more nuanced relationship with the religion we have left behind.
This is a continuation of my conversation with John Halstead after our discussion on abrupt climate change and "learning to die in the Anthropocene" presented in episode #148 of the podcast (http://bit.ly/LBWhalstead), based on John's two-part series published at Gods&Radicals titled “What If It’s Already Too Late?”: Being an Activist in the Anthropocene,and “Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene.
John Halstead is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which works to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment”. He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post, PrayWithYourFeet.org, and at Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of HumanisticPaganism.com. John also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans. He is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community which can be found at GodisChange.org.