Faitheist: building bridges between believers and non-believers
Wednesday 15 November 19.00 – 20.30
Meeting House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QF
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 find shared values and build partnerships for the common good, or are our disagreements too vast?
In this event, professor, author, and activist Chris Stedman will share his story of seeking common ground with the religious as an atheist. Then, in conversation with University of Sussex Lead Chaplain James Croft, he'll discuss what theists and nontheists can gain from being in dialogue, the differences between the interfaith movements in the United States and United Kingdom, and how people of different faiths and those of nonreligious beliefs can work together to improve the world we all share.
|Event held by||University of Sussex, Interfaith Contact Group of Brighton & Hove, National Multifaith Youth Centre|
|Venue accessibility||Assistance dogs permitted, Disabled parking, Disabled toilet, Step-free access, Wheelchair access|
|Event categories||Conference/seminar/talk/workshop, Dialogue/discussion, Education/learning, Higher or Further education|
|Important information||Chris Stedman is a writer, activist, podcaster, and professor who teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. 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). Most recently, he is the creator, writer, and host of Unread, named one of the best podcasts of 2021 by the Guardian, Vulture, HuffPost, Mashable, and the CBC, and honoured by the 2022 Webby Awards. Chris has written popular essays for outlets including the Atlantic, Pitchfork, BuzzFeed, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Washington Post. He is currently at work on his third book, on religious indifference. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, he also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University and a content developer and trainer for Interfaith America.|