Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University — Boston, MA
Chris Stedman is the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Managing Director of State of Formation, a new initiative at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, 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 the founder and author of the blog NonProphet Status. He is the youngest panelist for The Washington Post On Faith and his columns for the The Huffington Post are among the most commented upon in the site's history. His writing has also appeared in venues such as The Journal of College and Character, Tikkun Daily, The New Humanism, and more.
Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for the Interfaith Youth Core, Chris is an atheist and secular humanist activist working to foster positive and productive dialogue between faith communities and the nonreligious. He is currently writing a book on this topic and his experiences for Beacon Press and speaks on it regularly both by invitation and as a member of the Secular Student Alliance Speakers Bureau and the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni Speakers Bureau. Chris also serves on the Leadership Team of the Common Ground Campaign, a coalition of young people standing up in response to the recent wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence violence in the U.S., on the Board of Directors of interfaith social action organization World Faith, and as an advisor to the Foundation Beyond Belief's Challenge the Gap initiative. Portland, Oregon's GLBT newspaper Just Out called his work "brilliant" and labeled him an "emerging... vibrant and youthful queer voice for the secular humanist movement."
Chris' current talk is entitled "(F)a(i)theist: How One Atheist Learned to Challenge to Religious-Secular Divide, and Why Atheists and the Religious Must Work Together."Watch a video that tells more about Chris' work