Expressing myself via theater

It’s almost time. Today is Thursday, Aug. 4, which is the first day of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis, which means that we’re only two days away from the Uncommon Loons (my theater company) debut performance at the fest: “Pistachios”! This isn’t the first time that we’ve applied to be a part of this […]

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Memories from the religious mind

When looking back on my old religious life, I find plenty to complain about. And why should I not? Religion as a whole has enough apologists who are more than happy to stand up to defend even its most indefensible texts, as well as the various atrocities by its most ardent practitioners. People like me […]

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It’s called “Pistachios”

  It’s been a little while since I’ve given an update on the Fringe Festival play that my theater comrade, John, and I are working on. So far, I’ve given a short synopsis on the play itself, and shared a little story about how we both got drunk and talked about theology for the sake […]

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Confessor to confessee

  One of the things that I didn’t expect after leaving my family’s church was all the secrets of my fellow believers that couldn’t be shared comfortably amongst the faithful. Up until my late 20s, the church was an all-encapsulating presence in my life: the source of my family, my friends, my social life. This […]

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Confiding first in myself

When thinking about all the people to whom I confessed my disbelief in god, I realized that I have yet to write about a key person: me. Well before I told Andy, the first person who ever heard me vocalize my apostasy, and much longer before I ever whispered a clue to my now ex-wife […]

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Drunken theology

Early on in the process, there were some logistical issues that needed to be worked out on just how an atheist and a Christian would collaborate on a stage play about an atheist and a Christian working out their theological differences. About a month ago, I wrote about how my theater comrade, John, and I […]

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Informing the family

I still remember quite well the look of my basement office at the house Adrienne and I bought back in 2008. Unfinished but clean with a freshly painted floor and walls, we set up a little covey on one side of the furnace with a few shelves and a desk for the computer. This is […]

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Confessions of (non)faith

A couple months ago, I wrote about how it has been seven years since I gave up my Christianity, my belief in a god, my aspiration of an afterlife. I was reminded of this anniversary because Facebook told me that it had been seven years since I became friends with the man who I first […]

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