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Managing editor

The current managing editor is:

Dr. Jon Cleland Host

Jon Cleland Host

Dr. Jon Cleland Host is a scientist who earned his PhD in materials science at Northwestern University & has conducted research at Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning since 1997.  He holds eight patents and has authored over three dozen internal scientific papers and eleven papers for peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the journal Nature.  He has taught classes on biology, math, chemistry, physics and general science at Delta College and Saginaw Valley State University.  Jon grew up near Pontiac, and has been building a reality-based spirituality for over 30 years, first as a Catholic and now as a Unitarian Universalist, including collaborating with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow to spread the awe and wonder of the Great Story of our Universe (see, and the blog at  Jon and his wife have four sons, whom they embrace within a Universe-centered, Pagan, family spirituality.  He currently moderates the yahoo group Naturalistic Paganism. Jon is also a regular columnist here at HP.  His column is called Starstuff, Contemplating.

Social media coordinator

The current social media coordinator is:



NaturalPantheist:  A former Christian, I now see myself as a Naturalistic Pantheist with an interest in Druidry.

I blog at on issues relating to scientific and naturalistic approaches to spirituality.  I’ve lived in both China and the UK and I love to travel. I’m a country boy at heart but also strongly believe in getting involved in my local community here in Devon, UK. My interests include religion & philosophy, social media & technology, current affairs and walking. My blog is at

To speak with NaturalPantheist, find him at his blog above or contact him here.

Advising editor

The current advising editor is:

B. T. Newberg

B. T. Newberg, photo courtesy Leora Effinger-Weintraub 2011

B. T. Newberg founded in 2011, and served as managing editor till 2013.  His writings on naturalistic spirituality can be found at Patheos, Pagan Square, the Spiritual Naturalist Society, as well as right here on HP.

Since the year 2000, he has been practicing meditation and ritual from a naturalistic perspective.  After leaving the Lutheranism of his raising, he experimented with Agnosticism, Buddhism, Contemporary Paganism, and Humanism.  Currently he combines the latter two into a dynamic path embracing both science and myth.

In 2009, he completed a 365-day challenge recorded at One Good Deed Per Day.  As a Pagan, he has published frequently at The Witch’s Voice as well as Oak Leaves and the podcast Tribeways, and has written a book on the ritual order of Druid organization Ar nDriocht Fein called Ancient Symbols, Modern Rites.  He headed the Google Group Polytheist Charity, and organized the international interfaith event The Genocide Prevention Ritual. Currently, he is working with the Spiritual Naturalist Society to develop an online educational course on Spiritual Naturalism (of which Humanistic Paganism can be considered one variety).

Professionally, he teaches English as a Second Language.  He also researches the relation between religion, psychology, and evolution in his spare time, with occasional posts at

After living in Minnesota, England, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea, B. T. Newberg currently resides in St Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and cat.

To speak with B. T. Newberg, find him on Twitter at @BTNewberg.


The current Editor-at-Large is:

John Halstead

John H. Halstead

John Halstead is Editor-At-Large and a contributor at He blogs about Paganism generally at (which is hosted by Patheos) and about Jungian Neo-Paganism at “Dreaming the Myth Onward” (which is hosted by Witches & Pagans). He is also an occasional contributor to and The Huffington Post and the administrator of the site John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment,” which can be found at He is a Shaper of the fledgling Earthseed community, which is described at John is also the editor of the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans.

To speak with John, contact him on Facebook.

Join Our Staff

We’re looking for a few individuals to join the staff here at HP.  First of all, we’re looking for a Science News editor.  There is lots of exciting science being done, and we need someone who can help identify what would be of most interest to Naturalistic Pagans and include it in our content here.

We’re also looking for an HPedia editor who will move the project to a wiki format and then oversee it as it develops through open collaboration with other Naturalistic Pagans.

We’re also looking for an ebook editor who will bring together some of the work we have done here with some new content to produce a marketable product.

If you’re interested in any of these positions, email the managing editor, John Halstead, at humanisticpaganism [at]

3 Comments on “Staff

  1. A Relative Shrine

    For Sensation and Perception:
    An article for each of the five

    For Spatial Existence:
    An example of all four dimensions
    and no dimension

    For The Cosmos
    A representation of air, land,
    water, Earth, space, and Life

    For Body and Mind
    A representation of creation,
    the body, the mind, health, life,
    and death

    For Civilization and Technology
    Represent farming, building,
    order, culture, language,
    knowledge, wonder, our Ancestors,
    And progress

    And to represent all facets as one,
    within the past, present, and future.

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