The Second Way Project

START HERE: Welcome! This is the "pinned" post for The Second Way Project: Education | Podcast | Blog. The Second Way Project aims to bring people together in conversation to explore and celebrate all the ways we seek peace, purpose, and meaning in our lives. THE SECOND WAY PROJECT: (1) Blog (2) Podcast (3) Consulting Second Way... Continue Reading →

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Where in the world is Nate?

Where in the world is Nate? This is just a fun personal post I like to update from time to time, documenting my speaking travels. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to 48 U.S. states, Guam, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and nine countries. To be fair, a few of... Continue Reading →

We’re Here!

We're Here is a new HBO show starring three famous drag queens who visit rural towns across America. Let me just tell you... the amount of tears I cried throughout this show is beyond calculable. If you want to do something as a straight/cis ally during the month of #Pride, I’m asking that this please... Continue Reading →

#BLM

In 2012, I worked at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Deland is just outside of Orlando, which is where I built a home and a community for myself. To get from one place to the other, though, I would drive through a small town called Sanford. In February of that year, a boy named Trayvon... Continue Reading →

Episode 5: Brandon Wolf

Episode 05: Brandon Wolf (Pulse Orlando Series)  In this episode, Brandon Wolf talks about how surviving the Pulse shooting but losing his two best friends has influenced the ways he now seeks peace, purpose, and meaning in life. We also discuss Brandon's activism, nonprofit work, issues of gun safety, and the need for LGBTQ+ safe... Continue Reading →

Episode 4: Christine Leinonen

Episode 04: Christine Leinonen (Pulse Orlando Series)  In this episode, Christine Leinonen shares how losing her son in the Pulse nightclub shooting three years ago has impacted her life, faith, and capacity for love. Christine's son Christopher (or as many of us knew him, "Drew") was murdered along with 48 others at Pulse nightclub in... Continue Reading →

Episode 3: Working Through Depression

Episode 03: Working Through Depression (literally) In this episode, I discuss my struggle with depression over the past year and some strategies that have helped me re-imagine my depression narrative and get back on track. For many of us, we don't have the luxury of pausing to process our mental health. We have to keep working,... Continue Reading →

Episode 2: Contextualizing Pulse

Episode 02: Contextualizing Pulse (Pulse Orlando Series) This episode introduces the series on Pulse nightclub. Before talking with our guests, I wanted to set the stage a bit about the importance of places like Pulse. This episode revisits the blog post I wrote in 2016 in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Episode 03 Soul Song: Hallelujah,... Continue Reading →

Episode 1: A “Second Way” to Ministry

Episode 01: A "Second Way" to Ministry  Growing up, I believed I had been called to ministry. But, ya know... turns out I'm gay. My relationship with faith was further strained by my experience of surviving a violent sexual assault. Through it all, I've remained drawn to all things mysterious and miraculous, and have found new... Continue Reading →

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