Author Chris Stedman will speak at Bryant University at 7PM on Wednesday, November 28. Copies of his book, “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” will be available for sale, with proceeds going to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The event, co-sponsored by Humanists of Rhode Island, will be held in the Bryant Interfaith Center. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Having endured intolerance as a gay Christian and then as an atheist interfaith activist, Stedman now argues for respectful dialogue between atheists and believers and cooperation in social action between secular and interfaith communities. He is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, Values in Action Coordinator at the Humanist Community at Harvard and author of Non-Prophet Status, a blog dedicated to atheist-interfaith engagement.
Stedman earned his MA in Religion from the University of Chicago and served on the Leadership Team of the Common Ground Campaign, a response to anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence surrounding the Park51 controversy. He also served as a Content Developer for the Interfaith Youth Corps and now sits on the Board of Directors of the interfaith global development organization World Faith and advises the “Challenge the Gap” charitable initiative of the Foundation Beyond Belief.
The Bryant campus is located at 1500 Douglas Pike in Smithfield, RI. Campus sponsors include Literary and Cultural Studies, History and Social Sciences, Applied Psychology, the Women’s Center, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Interfaith Center.