Last night another LGBT teenager tried to kill themselves because of their Mormon parent’s reaction to their coming out.*

They are okay now. That is to say, they are alive. They’re probably not “okay”.

This happens all the time, I know. This one struck home because I know this person.


Sliding on the Political Spectrum

For most of my life, my vision of the political spectrum was, in a typically American fashion, woefully narrow. I was raised by conservatives and, for a long time, I thought the political world consisted of Republicans — who wanted the government out of their pocketbooks, but in (other people’s)…


May is . I am posting this a little early, because I just found out that (formerly Parker), for her professional activities which included teaching “that masturbation is part of a normative sexual development journey”. …


I’ve organized quite a few protests over the last few years. Around issues of climate change, racial justice, gun control, immigration reform. And I’ve attended and provided support to a lot more. Over time, I noticed a pattern. …


Ever since the / (terms I use interchangeably here) perspective, I make it a practice to read critiques of that perspective, so as to avoid falling into the errors of group think and confirmation bias. Unfortunately, what I’ve read so far has been disappointing, because…


For the past year, my small Unitarian Universalist congregation in Northwest Indiana has been conducting worship services virtually using Zoom. When the quarantine was announced and our church went remote, few of us had any idea it would last this long. We were thinking in terms of weeks, maybe months…


A Modern Prophetess: Octavia Butler

Yesterday, several women spoke at my Unitarian church, as part of our celebration of International Women’s Day, sharing stories of women who had inspired them. One of them spoke about three modern-day “prophetesses”, female science fiction authors, who have written about futures that have already started to happen or might…


A “Right to Shop”?

You’ve probably seen lots of them by now. , because they’ve been told to leave the business for not wearing a mask during a time of global pandemic. Sometimes they overturn something on their way out. Sometimes they assault a worker. Sometimes…


The chart above is an attempt to offer some structure for understanding the positions of various , doomers, , etc. More-or-less mainstream folks like Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein could be placed on this chart, as well as more radical folks like Derrick Jensen and Ted Kaczynski.

The two spectrums…


Just before COVID was recognized as a national health disaster in the U.S. last spring, I began for people to talk about their experiences of . …

John Halstead

John Halstead is the author of the book *Another End of the World is Possible*. Find out more at .

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