Faitheist: Building Bridges Between Believers, Nonbelievers, and Everyone In Between

On Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm, by author Chris Stedman
Zoom Live or Recording, links provided with registration for this free event (Register by April 11)
** Real time captioning and a sign language interpreter provided.

In a world where religious conflict is front page news and the number of people who identify as religious is declining, is the chasm of understanding between people of different faiths and atheists and agnostics growing wider? Can people of diverse religious affiliations identify shared values and build partnerships for the common good? Or are our disagreements too vast?

In this presentation and discussion, professor, author, and activist Chris Stedman will share his story. Studying religion at a Lutheran college helped him understand his identity as an atheist. He will help participants explore what theists and non-theists can gain from being in dialogue, how we can come to better understand one another, and how we can work together to improve the world we all share.

There will be a pre-event book discussion of Faitheist on April 7th. The book is available at InSpirit UU Book & Gift.

Author Bio: Chris Stedman is a Minneapolis-based writer, speaker, and community organizer. He is the author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (2020) and Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (2012). Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Pitchfork, VICE, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. He currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University and serves as the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities’ 2020-21 visiting lecturer.

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