Rebecca Vitsmun

2013: Atheism’s 10 defining moments

Atheism was in the headlines perhaps more than ever before in 2013. To highlight some of atheism’s defining moments and trends from the last year, I worked with a panel of ten writers, scholars, and activists to come up with ten major moments or currents in American atheism from 2013. Their contributions are below. Godless congregations become global phenomenon

2013 was a landmark year for atheists, Humanists, and nonreligious people building communities. Ex-pastors Jerry Dewitt and Mike Aus grew innovative and successful congregations in Louisiana and Texas, and the Yale Humanist Community launched in Connecticut.

Guest Commentary: The nuns who once taught the bishops aren’t done yet

(RNS) It takes a strong backbone for a woman to stand up to the men at the Vatican when you’ve been publicly reprimanded by some of its most powerful men. But an umbrella group of American nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, is doing just that in calling the recent Vatican indictment against them “unsubstantiated” and “flawed.” By Mary Johnson.