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Christian Piatt
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Author. Speaker. Antagonist. God Nerd.
Author. Speaker. Antagonist. God Nerd.

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About one in four Americans identify as a “None,” which means, when asked about their religious affiliation, they claim “none of the above.” And yet so many of them claim some form of spirituality, or at least a hunger for exploring the possibility of God. In his new move, “Becoming Truly Human,” Nathan Andrew Jacobs follows several young adult Nones through their own journeys in, and out of, organized religion.
Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2017/09/prophets-priests-heretics-nones-becoming-truly-human/#tkLGlEMjjDT2S93y.99

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In this episode of the Homebrewed CultureCast, Amy Piatt shares some sobering stats on ministerial burnout. Carol Howard Merritt then gives us ways to heal such spiritual wounds (not just for pastors) and Michael Collins gives us an inside look into how his fellow hackers broke into voting machines. It's fresh, it's tasty, it's your CultureCast, just in time for the weekend. Belly up.

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What’s it like raising a child on the autism spectrum? Or being married to an adult on the spectrum? Amy and Christian Piatt talk about living with these and other realities, as well as how Church deals (or sometimes doesn’t) with special needs. For the interview, Christian chats with gay Christian activist Justin Lee about Eugene Peterson’s PR skirmish, leaving the LGBT advocacy group he founded and how we rescue the gospel from the “God vs Gays” debate.

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Matthew David discusses his years on television and stage with us, along with what it was like coming to terms with his own identity (including that of a queer young man) in such a surreal environment. We talk about how he came to decide the path many of his now-superstar friends took was not for him, and why he is now in seminary with the aim of entering the Episcopal priesthood.
We even got him to share two of his own songs on the show that few have ever heard before.

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Do progressives and skinheads have overlapping agendas in the Pacific Northwest? Is “Alt Right” a synonym for “White Nationalist?” In the second half of our interview with former skinhead leader Christian Picciolini we talk about the larger implications of current political and media environments, how they contribute to racist extremism and what role we all play in our daily lives.

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He was a skinhead in his youth, and now he run an organization (Life After Hate) to get people out of that life. In the first part of this two-episode interview, Christian Picciolini talks with us about what makes a skinhead in America, what the current socio-political climate is doing to mainstream similar views and what can be done to address it.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2017/06/christian-picciolini-skinheads-america-1-2/

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Some people choose to break ground in their careers; others feel called to a ministry that will result in a reckoning of God’s calling with the cultural resistance on all sides. Bishop Karen Olevito is an inspiration in who she is and what she does, and we spent some time with her learning how she went from being a young girl in the United Methodist Church to one of the most polarizing religious figures in the current American religious landscape.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2017/05/making-history-bishop-karen-olevito/

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As seekers of wholeness, justice and true reconciliation, we all have to try see beyond the issues that we hold close and pray for more compassionate vision of the world, right around us. Like Dr. King famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christianpiatt/2017/05/what-to-do-when-belief-dies/
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