Chris Stedman in 2012
April 9, 1987 |
|Residence||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Known for||Advocacy of Humanism, Interfaith/atheist cooperation, LGBTQ rights|
Chris Stedman (born April 9, 1987) is an American writer who serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community at Yale University. Beginning in late 2017, he will assume the role of Director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota as well as Fellow at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College.  He was formerly the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, where he was the coordinator for the interfaith service program, Values in Action. He is the author of a memoir, Faitheist. Stedman's writing advocates outreach to seek "common moral ground between theists and atheists," and proposes achieving that aim by expanding interfaith dialogue to include atheists.
Stedman was born in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He was raised in a secular household, but converted to Evangelical Christianity at the age of eleven, because he was attracted by its stability during his parents' divorce.
Stedman struggled for years to reconcile his gay sexual orientation with his Christian faith and declared himself an atheist in college. Stedman studied Religion at Augsburg College, Meadville Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago, obtaining baccalaureate and Master's degrees prior to joining Harvard at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard.
Stedman is also a devout twitter user, fan of Britney Spears and Ciara, and maintains an active gay twitter following. He uses Instagram as a public platform to post about himself, his dog and his food interests.
Stedman is a past awardee of the 2011 Billings Prize for Most Outstanding Scholastic Achievement.
Stedman's advocacy for inclusive interfaith dialogue and tolerance has found support from other atheists and interfaith advocates in the Millennial generation, as well as the LGBTQ and pluralistic rationalist communities.
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