Choose Your Own Religion

Choose Your Own Religion

Hey, I'm Joe. I grew up the son of a Presbyterian minister, but at some point stopped calling myself a Christian. After performing standup comedy in Los Angeles for years, I started this project to unload my religious baggage and figure out what I thought about spirituality, interviewing other comedians about their experiences with religion.

Feeling heard made me able to listen. I started asking artists, musicians, pastors, humanitarians, bloggers, vloggers, and everyone else for their stories too.

As I continue discerning my own spirituality, I want to keep listening to how other people came to understand the world through their own experiences and on their own terms. I want to keep learning what our ancestral mystics were trying to describe and how their message got corrupted. I want to keep exploring what it means to have faith that is not based on blind belief, to have intellectual honesty while dancing with mystery. I want to explore spirituality in a way where I don’t have to lie about who or what I am, who or what I love, or what I do or don’t believe.

And I definitely don’t want to take it too seriously.

My main goal is to foster communities where we honor our differences so that we can recognize our similarities, places made of believers of all stripes as well as atheists, skeptics, and people who say, “I don’t know what you’d call me.” Because if I've only learned a single thing in all my Sundays, it's that we all need a community. Even when we make our own path, paths are made so that more people can walk together.

So: let us pray. If you're into that kinda shit.

-Joe

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I perform standup and tell stories in Los Angeles and run this podcast out of my studio apartment. Shoot me an email at joe@chooseyourownreligion.com.