Jeff Childers is a Christian Naturalist and Secular Humanist. (Try squaring them circles!) He entered ministry at age 14, and, now no longer 14, serves as a hospital chaplain in Lexington, Kentucky. Jeff is affiliated with the Religious Naturalist Association and the Federation of Christian Ministries and sits on the Board of Directors of Emmaus Farm, a social outreach mission in Vanceburg, Kentucky, serving the poor and providing Appalachian cultural immersion programs for youth in the Roman Catholic social ethics tradition. A native of Joliet, Illinois, Jeff’s faith heritage is in the Stone-Campbell Movement among the good people of the non-institutional churches of Christ. He presently worships with a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Conception Seminary College and has a Master of Arts* degree in pastoral theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. (*Because he loves asterisks more than employability, he went with an M.Div. equivalent instead of an M.Div.)
Having published numerous pieces in journals, anthologies, and websites over the past 20 years, most of which make him shudder in hindsight, Jeff’s main advice is to never write your memoirs at 17.
As his opinions change from the beginning of a sentence–no, they don’t!–to the end, please note that material labelled “Old Stuff” reflects his thoughts only as they were at the time of composition.
Views expressed in this blog do not necessarily represent those of any church, hospital, school, or other institution with which he is now or has ever been associated.