Nine out of ten men said yes.

REV. ANGIE BUCHANAN   death midwife certification  Senior minister of Earth Traditions, a Pagan church, and an instructor in its Pagan Ministry Training program. Spiritual director of Gaia's Wonb, a women's interfaith spirituality group she helped found in 1998. Developer and teacher of a certificated class in death midwifery, which provides hand-on, intensive training in providing compassionate end-of-life care, and information about ecologically sensitive funerals and burals. Religious advisor for Pagan students at the University of Chicago. Lifelong advocate of religious freedom and interfaith dialog. 

RYAN TANEY   podcast contributor   I’m a 31-year-old who is doing his best to provide for his family. Think of me like a Volvo with a gun rack. I own a few guns, I hunt, I live out in the sticks, we raise chickens. I also hold a management position in one of the oldest companies in Richmond, Va.  My political views have strongly changed over years, and I no longer consider myself a Republican. I am now disgusted by what my political views were ten years ago. It's hard to change and break from that without fear of being outcast or called a “snowflake”. I just feel that there are problems in this world, and we need to work together to fix them.

 I am honored to be a part of this project. I am married to a wonderful woman, and we have a gorgeous 6 year old daughter. I want our little family to be ours. Not what our parent’s family was, or their parents before them. It’s not that I had a “bad” childhood. I just want to break the mold of family patriarchy. I’ve seen firsthand the long-term effects it has. A family is not a government or a business. It’s a living, breathing, network of people who share a connection, and the interactions within mold personalities for life. I look forward to being involved in this project. I hope to learn more about myself and the issues stemming from my upbringing, and helping someone else out along the way.

BLAIR FRANK  podcast contributor   I am a 67-year-young, happily married man who resides at the Rainbow Urban Homestead in Iowa City.  I was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and lived in Colorado, and since 1990 in Iowa.  I have explored who I am through many roles including student, hermit, rebel, healer, nurse, pastor, gardener, pioneer, networker and visionary. I am a self declared Warrior of the Rainbow.  Also, I am a steward of a garden that is a holographic template of the world.  It is my intention to amplify love by co-visioning and co-creating a world where there is no war and no hunger and no poverty.  I collaborate and cocreate and cooperate to manifest my intention.  

I learned about unconditional love and hospitality and gratitude from my maternal grandparents who modeled a new paradigm years ago.  I learned from them that to love is to em power and encourage and affirm- my self and others.  I have anchored these values within me as I externalized them at the garden I refer to above (Gaia’s Peace Garden).  Thank you for this opportunity to share.

KIP WESTGARD  podcast contributor   I am a man whose roots in boyhood were steeped in a narcissist-led, patriarchal family.  At the age of 16, tragedy struck my family  of origin which, over time (the last 27 years), revealed the ill-equipped structure of my formative relationships.  This has left me wounded, as are we all.  I share this, because in looking back at it, it was the imbalanced power structure within my family that accounted for the missing pieces of the feminine perspective that may have made the difference in how my early family's path played out. 

I'm extremely grateful to my wife, Jai, as she has supported me, loved me and taught me so much in that process of gaining perspective on my past, and getting vulnerable enough to develop emotional awareness for myself. I have been a tough nut to crack!  Still stumbling-in stride, I share the responsibility of raising our two powerful daughters and wonderfully sweet boy with this woman who is gifted with clear and loving vision for family and relationships.  As a father, partner and business owner,  I grapple with my own relationship to patriarchy and privilege - the grief, sadness, the anger, the loss.  Yet, I have been and continue to be humbled to a new way of understanding, relating and living that includes not only the masuline, but feminine expressions of myself and those around me.   I'm excited, honored and grateful to be a part of this exploration through dialectic which I believe is an essential first step on the communal level to create real understanding and movement towards leveling the unbalanced power structure between men and women. 

DAN BOSCALJON  podcast contributor   I have earned doctorates in Religious Studies and in English from the University of Iowa. I am the founder of the Center for Humanist Inquiries and have co-edited the collection Teaching Religion and Literature (Routledge, 2018). I co-host thesacredprofane, a podcast focused on critical inquiries into contemporary culture. Some of my essays can be located here, while a collection of my reviews, interviews, and occasional short fiction can be found here.

I joined this project because issues of equality, respect, autonomy and agency are core values of my approach to, and understanding of, theological humanism. I hope that my participation in the project will better allow it to become a resource for those thinking critically about what makes human relations beautiful, marvelous, and dangerous.

ERIC BANFORD  podcast contributor   I am a husband, dad, Earth healer, musician, and human deeply passionate about connecting our past, present and hopeful future. I love to write and play music, I've journaled forever, and poems spontaneously come to me when I am listening deeply. 

I've been an environmentalist since my teens and am involved in justice issues on many levels. I've been on the board of our natural food co-op for five years and am working hard to make our local food shed secure and affordable. That our children are rising up and making their voices heard gives me great hope for the future. There is so much wrong with the world, but I will always believe we can heal, and I will always hold hope. 

ANDREW EPSTEIN  podcast contributor  I've lived in Iowa City for 22 years and raised 2 children here who are currently 17 (girl) and 15 (boy). I am currently single, twice divorced, and live on my own just a few blocks from my children's mother; they spend 2-3 nights a week with me. I maintain excellent relationships with both my ex-wives. I grew up in the Washington DC area, and am the son of a physician (dad) and a nurse midwife (mom). My mother in particular had a deep influence on my politics and relationships with women, having attended many home births with her between the ages of 5 and 10, as well as observed her local and national activism around women's health, reproductive rights, and the rights of midwives. 

I went to undergrad in Upstate New York, moved to Seattle and lived there for 6 years, and got married to a woman from Iowa there. I travel 3-4 months of the year for work; I evaluate the effectiveness of foreign aid and development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, primarily in the youth and education sectors. Prior to this, I was a high school English teacher and Principal for 15 years. I have a PhD in International and Comparative Education and Cultural Anthropology. I am also a musician and writer.

ACE AVA  podcast contributor     

DRAKE SPAETH, PsyD   podcast contributor  Drake is an Associate Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and clinical psychologist. Dr. Spaeth has also worked as an active-duty Air Force psychologist, and various mental health contexts. He espouses an existential, humanistic, and transpersonal foundation of his integrative approach to psychotherapy, though he also heavily utilizes Jungian and archetypal psychology, myth and folklore, and philosophical concepts in his work. He specializes in trauma and is interested in indigenous healing concepts and practices as well as spiritual competencies in therapy and counseling. 

Drake also values the healing relationship formed between therapists and clients, helping his students enhance relationship skills (as opposed to exclusive emphasis on techniques and treatments) in working with clients to achieve positive change in their lives. He encourages humor, resourcefulness, and curiosity.

JASON SMITH podcast contributor

ERIN MADSEN  podcast contributor  Erin is from rural SW Iowa and currently lives in Iowa City with his wife, Kats. Erin is a cisgender heterosexual white male who could be a better ally to the QUILTBAG community, but then who couldn't? Erin's primary concerns in life are: getting by, getting ahead, getting some coffee and getting humans to evolve already. Erin believes in the validity of the masculine as well as the feminine. Erin is not a nice guy, but his friends seem to like him.