People who are of different religious backgrounds but are politically progressive and very similar to one another in that sense – that kind of interfaith organizing is valuable, and there is a real need for it in a world in which the loudest voices all rise to the top, and more progressive or moderate voices tend to get drowned out; but I think that there’s an increasing desire for, and hunger for, conversation with people who fundamentally disagree with you on very significant issues. – Chris Stedman

This summer, Congress held three separate committee votes on expanding the military chaplaincy to include Atheist and Humanist chaplains. While it turns out the idea never had a prayer, the hostile and even hateful responses the debate provoked demonstrate a deep lack of understanding among political leaders and the general public. So we’ve called upon Chris Stedman, a young Atheist interfaith activist and the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University to explain his work and help contextualize the debate. Chris is the author of the book “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground With the Religious.”

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Humanist Military Chaplains: Chris Stedman State of Belief Radio Interview, August 10, 2013

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