Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious
Chris Stedman is the the author of "Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious." The Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Values in Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (where he was previously the inaugural Interfaith and Community Service Fellow), he is also the Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue and founder of the first blog dedicated to exploring atheist-interfaith engagement, NonProphet Status.
Stedman received an M.A. in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, for which he was awarded the Billings Prize for Most Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. A graduate of Augsburg College with a summa cum laude B.A. in Religion, he writes for Salon, CNN, msnbc, The Advocate, The Rumpus, Huffington Post Gay Voices, Huffington Post Religion, The Washington Post On Faith, Religion Dispatches, Relevant, and more. Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core, Stedman is a queer atheist working to foster positive and productive dialogue and collaborative action between faith communities and the nonreligious. He speaks on this topic across the United States and around the world.
In 2011, the Huffington Post listed Stedman's work as one of the Top 11 Religion Stories of the year and named him one of the top interfaith activists on Twitter, Religion Dispatches listed him at #5 in a list of the Top 10 Peacemakers in the Science-Religion wars, and the University of Oregon Alliance of Happy Atheists recognized his work with their first annual Happy Heathen! Award.
Chris served on the initial Leadership Team of the Common Ground Campaign, a coalition of young people who stood up in response to the wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence in the U.S. surrounding the Park51 controversy, and continues to advise it in its current form, Groundswell. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the interfaith global development organization World Faith and is an advisor to the Foundation Beyond Belief's "Challenge the Gap" charitable initiative. Portland, Oregon's Just Out called his work "brilliant" and labeled him an "emerging... vibrant and youthful queer voice for the secular humanist movement."
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