“Finding Our Common Humanity: Humanizing Atheists, the Religious and the LGBTQ Community”
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 7:00 PM
Campus Center 375
University at Albany, SUNY
The Interfaith Center
Free and Open to the Public
Copies of Chris’s BookFaitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
ABOUT CHRIS STEDMAN
Chris Stedman is the Coordinator of Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community. He also currently serves as 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). Chris is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (Beacon Press/Random House), “an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review).
Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core, where he helped shape their ongoing collaboration with the Obama administration, Chris is a prolific author whose work regularly appears in Salon, CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post On Faith, and more. He brings a decade of experience as a community organizer to YHC. As a young adult, he worked for Minnesota’s St. Paul Public School District, helping to coordinate their Gay-Straight Alliances and drop-in center for at risk LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) teenagers. Later, he ran an after school education program for at risk youth on the South Side of Chicago, providing a safe space and resources for youth living in the neighborhood with the highest rate of violent crime in the United States. Since then, he has spent the last six years coordinating and executing programming for college and university students and local Humanist communities.
Chris received an M.A. degree in Religion from Meadville
Lombard Theological School at the University of
Chicago (with dual concentrations in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Religion & the Coordinator of Humanist Arts), 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, Chris is an official advisor to nontheistic charitable organization Foundation Beyond Belief‘s Challenge the Gap initiative, as well as their new Pathfinders Project program.