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Get Your Signed Copy of Faitheist 18 December , 2012

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Want to give yourself a holiday gift and help World Faith at the same time? World Faith will ship you a signed copy of Faitheist by the one and only Chris Stedman when you donate $50 before the end of the year! Just click on the link here to donate, and you’ll receive your copy in no time.

In Faitheist, Stedman shares his inspiring story of a former Evangelical Christian turned atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious. Stedman draws on his work organizing interfaith and 
secular communities, his academic study of religion, 
and his own experiences to argue for the necessity of 
bridging the growing chasm between atheists and the religious. As someone who has stood on both sides of 
the divide, Stedman is uniquely positioned to present a way for atheists and the religious
 to find common ground and work together to make this world—the one world we can all
 agree on—a better place.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! World Faith continues to expand and develop new projects all over the world, aiding in areas such as youth education, women’s empowerment, and emergency relief, but we need your help! It’s the perfect holiday gift to yourself and to people around the world!

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A Gala to Remember 17 December , 2012

They came, they schmoozed, they ate delicious food, they listened, they questioned, they connected. World Faith’s 2012 Winter Gala was a success! We welcomed out of town and in town guests to enjoy an evening of food, fun, and faitheism. Set on the eighth night of Chanukah, World Faith friends, family, and supporters graciously gathered to hear our honorary guest, Chris Stedman, speak about the contents of his new book, Faitheist.

As the guests gathered their food and drinks, conversation quickly subsided as Chris Stedman took the podium. With a humble demeanor and a wisdom ahead of his time, Stedman shared his inspiring story of a former Evangelical Christian turned atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious.  The guests listened carefully with a curious attentiveness, as it was clear that Stedman’s narrative had something rare and crucial to teach us all. After he wrapped up, the attendees asked insightful questions, furthering the discussion of the complexity, yet importance of including atheists, religious, and those everywhere in between in the interfaith movement.

After Stedman’s presentation, we listened intently as World Faith Executive Director, Frank Fredericks, shared some exciting updates of World Faith, including an inspiring video of World Faith India’s Rainbow School for slum children. We all came away with full tummies, signed books, thoughtful answers, and even better questions.

 

 

 

Food, Fun, and Faitheism: World Faith’s Annual Winter Gala! 1 December , 2012

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Save the Date!

Join World Faith for our 2012 Annual Winter Gala! Celebrate an evening of food, fun and faitheism. This year, World Faith will be honoring Chris Stedman, author of the revolutionary book, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Don’t miss an evening of great drinks, food, and conversation!

Chris Stedman will be sharing his inspiring story of a former Evangelical Christian turned atheist who now works to bridge the divide between atheists and the religious. Unlike some of the atheists like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens who promote a vehement disdain for religion, in Faitheist, Stedman tells his own story to challenge the orthodoxies of this movement and make a passionate argument that atheists should engage religious diversity respectfully.

Along with a complimentary book, attendees will enjoy drinks, dinner, and entertainment. The benefit will be held Saturday, December 15th, at the NYU Center for Spiritual Life at 238 Thompson Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012 . Cocktail hour and schmoozing begins at 5:30pm, followed by a sit down dinner at 6:30pm. Along with Stedman’s exciting and intimate story of Faitheist, guests will enjoy a multimedia presentation of World Faith, a community auction, and the chance to participate in a Q & A about World Faith’s work and how to get involved.

There are a limited number of seats so don’t miss out on this magical evening! RSVP by Wednesday, December 12th. If you are interested in booking a table, please reply with your group name/organization and how many seats you will require. Those reserving a table will receive group deals, so please inquire. Tickets are $50 and include drinks, dinner, and a complimentary book.  Purchase a ticket here by donating $50 with paypal. For more information about Faitheist, visit the official website at: http://faitheistbook.com/about.

See you there!

The World Faith Team

 

Inkerfaith: What My New Abraham Lincoln Tattoo Has To Do With Atheism and Interfaith Work 29 June , 2011

These last few weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my newest tattoo — a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on my right shoulder.

“Why Abraham Lincoln? Is it because there are rumors he was gay?” Well, no, but I do appreciate the opportunity to make a Gaybraham Lincoln pun, thank you.

“Why Abraham Lincoln? Do you want to make sure everyone knows that you really hate slavery?” Wait, was there ever a question about my stance on slavery?!

“Why Abraham Lincoln? Is it because you’re a hipster, and hipsters have beards, and he had a beard, and he was tall and skinny and wore a weird hat — so he was, in a sense, kind of the original hipster?” …What?

“So, why Abraham Lincoln?”

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Do Atheists Belong in the Interfaith Movement? 13 June , 2011

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk in the organized atheist, humanist, skeptic and freethought movements about the potential benefits and drawbacks of interfaith work.

Over at Patheos, the Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, Roy Speckhardt, recently made an excellent case that—while the terminology of “interfaith” may be problematic and there are several other important issues to grapple with—it is worth atheists’ while to get involved. At Friendly Atheist, Secular Student Alliance Communications Director Jesse Galef offered a long list of reasons atheists might participate, and how their involvement might improve some of the problems within the interfaith movement. Despite Galef and Speckhardt’s serious concerns and reservations, they have been actively involved in intentionally interfaith efforts, and I suspect their participation has informed their conclusions about the idea.

However, those speaking out against atheist involvement in the interfaith movement are, at the moment, a bit more numerous (just a couple of examples, with several others to follow). As far as I can tell based on what many atheists opposed to interfaith involvement state in their writing, a large percentage of them seem to have kept their distance from interfaith work. I understand their hesitation given the criticisms they offer, but I can’t help but wonder if there is some disconnect when those who criticize the interfaith movement the most also seem to have had little to no actual experience with it. I could be wrong, but I’d be surprised if someone who had been involved in interfaith work would suggest, as prominent atheist blogger P.Z. Myers did, that it “cheerfully and indiscriminately embrace[s] every faith without regard for content.”

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The Humanist Obligation to Serve: Being “Good without God” Requires Action 29 April , 2011

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“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion — and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.” — Ram Dass

Ten years ago, in the summer before my freshman year of high school, I went with my church to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to do home repairs and work with at-risk youth. We stayed and worked in what was then the poorest county in the United States of America, and it was a hugely educational and personally transformative experience.

Though the last ten years have seen me change my philosophy in several dramatic ways — from born-again Christian to rejectionist atheist to my current work as a Secular Humanist and interfaith activist — reservations in South Dakota continue to face similar challenges to those I encountered in my youth. Today, the poorest county in the U.S. has shifted a bit north: Ziebach County, home to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hub of the Cheyenne River Reservation. Located approximately 200 miles northeast of Pine Ridge, Eagle Butte is geographically and economically isolated, enabling devastating poverty and social difficulties for its residents — particularly for its children.

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From The Huffington Post: Atheist Students Find Their Place in the Interfaith Movement 4 November , 2010

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Atheists are leading the charge for interfaith cooperation. If that sounds contradictory, allow me to confirm: I just saw it with my own eyes.

Last weekend, more than 200 college students and 100 faculty and staff from across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. for five days of interfaith training. Students and campus staff participated in two consecutive Interfaith Leadership Institutes, planned and run by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), where they received intensive training that prepared them to take the lead in a national movement for interfaith cooperation and social action.

The Interfaith Leadership Institutes, co-hosted by the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, consisted of a series of trainings, speeches and events intended to equip hundreds of student leaders and campus allies with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to lead interfaith and community service initiatives on their campuses. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted a session for each institute, and then participants spent two days at Georgetown being trained and equipped.

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