I am a fifty-six year old privileged white man with a ten year old black daughter named Ella.  Being Ella’s father has forced me to confront the privilege and racism within myself, my family and my society.

Historically, I spent twenty five years as a pastor in urban Methodist and Quaker congregations before realizing I had become a happy atheist.  After leaving the ministry, I spent about ten years as a community organizer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I have been a writer by avocation with several published books including “If Grace Is True” and “If God Is Love” (with Philip Gulley) and my most recent, “Leaving Your Religion.”

Presently, I am the executive director of Companion Community Development Alternatives, a small NGO doing collaborative development work in Central America.

I have six children and eleven grandchildren, of which five are biracial.