Yes, I Will Be There In Person

I’ll be speaking at the first-ever Hero Round Table (or as I call it “The Hero Conference”) in early November. And to everyone’s surprise—including my own—that means I’ll be there in person.

Due to being in the middle of a multi-thousand mile bike expedition, originally I agreed to speak at the Round Table via video connection. But recently I’ve taken side trips by motorized vehicle, and the sky hasn’t fallen on my head just yet. So, even though I’m still pushing on toward Texas and Mexico, in November I will fly to Michigan to present in person.

This is actually very exciting for me, because the speakers include both longtime friends (some whom I’ve never met in person) and a number of people I really admire, whom I’d never get to meet otherwise—certainly not all in one place. Check out the speaker list to see what I mean.

While some of the speakers have impressive academic or professional credentials, I’ll be speaking on heroism purely from the perspective of my experiences traveling and pushing myself to my limits. My hope is that a front-lines perspective will challenge some of the more established ideas about heroism (you can see my abstract here).

If you’d like to see me talk, and get a chance to meet in person—not to mention meet some of the world’s greatest minds on the topic of heroism—I hope you’ll consider registering.

Of course, if you’re worried about the ticket price ($325, which includes three meals and a T-shirt) then you can also enter to win a free ticket.

To enter, you just have to take simple actions like tweeting about the conference or liking the Hero Round Table on Facebook. You can enter five different ways, for a pretty decent shot at a free ticket (yes, you enter all five ways if you want!). Enter here before 9/16!

Of course, you can also just go ahead and register.

If any Rogue Priest readers decide to go, let me know so we can meet up!

Heroism, Spotlight

We Need Heroes, Not Men

I was asked to write a piece for Good Men Project about how my spirituality informs my masculinity. I gladly accepted.

One minor issue: gender roles bad.

So what the heck came out of the blender, and why did they decide to run it? Check it out for yourself:

We Need Heroes, Not Men


Religion, Spotlight

My Chosen God

I don’t usually use this space to talk about worship of the gods. In fact, I’ve written that we shouldn’t ask for their help. The gods don’t fix the odds for the faithful, nor against the bastardly.
Divine intervention is best seen as a literary device used in very exciting sagas.

That may not sound very devotional, but that’s how I opened up an essay about my patron deity, Lugh.

Read it here.

Heroism, Spotlight

Soldiers and Heroes

Are soldiers heroes?

Before you give your opinion, I would strongly recommend checking out this nuanced, two-sided article from activist and scholar Ari Kohen.

On the State of the American Hero

Not every soldier meets my definition of a hero. But I have to admit there is bravery inherent in signing up during time of war. Bravery or, perhaps, an inkling of the hunger for adventure—one of the greatest practices for developing heroism.

So, are soldiers heroes?