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A Queer Atheist In The Heart Of Mormon Country

Chris Stedman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Atheists are already in the minority in most parts of the country, constituting a small fraction of the religiously unaffiliated in the U.S., but it seemed I was to be an especially odd one out at this event. Or, as my mother once said: "It's kind of hip to be a gay atheist [in Cambridge]. Not so much most everywhere else."

Why This Devotee Of God Doesn't Think Atheists Are Demonic

Chris Fici | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

I charge anyone who is challenged by this to think a little deeper, to broaden their experience working with and knowing the non-religious, to try to understand that the religious and the non-religious have a lot to learn from each other.

Years Later, Secular Student Group Recognized On A Religious Campus: Here's How It Happened

Chris Stedman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

This long-overdue affirmation of secular students' place within an otherwise predominantly religious institution owes largely to precisely the kind of interfaith dialogue and collaboration that encourages mutual respect and solidarity between atheists and the religious, rather than scorn or derision.

6 Tips For Christians On Talking To Non-Christians

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

As an atheist and an interfaith activist, I encounter my share of stereotypes and know how it feels to be dismissed not only because of my atheism, but also because of my sexual orientation. More directly, as a former evangelical Christian, I recall feeling misunderstood by society at the time.

Tolerance Begins At Home

Chris Stedman | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

My mom is almost never embarrassed to speak her mind. But she also makes an effort not to be mean, abrasive or hurtful to others in doing so. She taught me to be strong, but she also showed me how to be kind.

'Faitheist': Social Change Through Storytelling

Stephen Goeman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Stephen Goeman

Chris Stedman humanizes atheism by sharing his life and his values. He aims to end the cycle of isolation and tribalism by encouraging others to contribute their own story to our collective narrative.

Why Pluralism Should Matter To Atheists

Vlad Chituc | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Pluralism responsibly done and (necessarily) rooted in secularism can only be a good thing. We don't need to embrace the homophobic, the racist or the sexist to get along.

Finding Common Ground With 'Sacred Ground'

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

Storytelling can do that. It can connect and inspire us to new ways of thinking, to greater empathy and to increased familiarity with different experiences, identities and values.

Don't Ask, Don't Tennessee: Why Muslims And The LGBTQ Community Should Be Allies

Chris Stedman | Posted 09.08.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The Muslim and LGBTQ communities face common challenges that stem from the same problem -- that diverse communities don't have robust and durable civic ties.