"[One of] five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion's status quo... An ex-evangelical Christian turned openly gay atheist, this tat-sleeved lightning rod is leading the charge—through his frequent panel appearances, his 2012 memoir, Faitheist, and his activism against religious intolerance—to include his fellow faithless in interfaith dialogues." -DETAILS magazine

"If humanists ever adopt the concept of sainthood to honor their most impressive members, I hope that Chris Stedman is their inaugural inductee... He is a humanist chaplain and author who consistently tries to foster engagement and understanding between believers and non-believers and does so with remarkable diplomacy and tact." -Religion Dispatches

"The millennial who's busting every stereotype about atheists." -PolicyMic

Chris Stedman is the the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, "an intimate and deeply affecting portrait... [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch" (Booklist, Starred Review). The Executive Director and Coordinator of Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community, Chris previously served as a Humanist chaplain at Harvard University and as the Values 
in Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard (where he was previously
 the inaugural Interfaith and Community Service Fellow). He is the atheist columnist for Religion News Service, Emeritus
 Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal
 of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and founder of the first blog
 dedicated to exploring atheist-interfaith engagement,
 NonProphet Status.



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 writes for Salon, CNN, msnbc, The Advocate, USA Today, The Rumpus, Huffington Post Gay
 VoicesHuffington Post ReligionThe Washington Post 
On FaithReligion DispatchesRelevant, and more.
 Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core, where he helped shape their ongoing collaboration with the Obama administration, Chris is a queer atheist working to 
foster positive and productive dialogue and
 collaborative action between faith communities and the nonreligious. He speaks on this 
topic across the United States and around the world, including at the White House and the Scottish Parliament.

In 2011 the Huffington Post listed
 Chris's work as one of the Top 11
 Religion Stories of the year and named
 him one of the top interfaith activists on
 Twitter, Religion Dispatches listed him
 at #5 in the Top 10 Peacemakers 
in the Science-Religion wars, and
 the University of Oregon Alliance of
 Happy Atheists recognized his work with 
their first annual Happy Heathen! Award. In 2012 he published a widely acclaimed book about this work, Faitheist -- TikkunDaily championed it as "[possibly] the most important book" that year, New Humanist magazine awarded it five out of five stars, and the Houston Chronicle named it one of the best religion books of the year, calling it "an exciting and boundary defying introduction to a new world [and] an amazing book that could potentially change the game." In 2013 Details magazine named Chris as one of "five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion's status quo" and PolicyMic dubbed him "the millennial who's busting every stereotype about atheists."

As a young adult, Chris worked for Minnesota’s St. Paul Public School District, helping to coordinate their Gay-Straight Alliances and drop-in center for at risk LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) teenagers. Soon after, he worked with a food waste recovery program and the Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and with adults with developmental disabilities in rural Minnesota. Later, he ran an after school education program for at risk youth on the South Side of Chicago, coordinating a safe space and resources for youth living in the neighborhood with the highest rate of violent crime in the United States. Since then, he has spent the last six years coordinating and executing programming for college and university students and local Humanist communities through his work for Interfaith Youth Core, the Humanist Community at Harvard, and the Yale Humanist Community.

More recently, Chris served on the initial Leadership Team of the Common Ground Campaign, a
 coalition of young people who stood up in response to the wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric
 and violence in the U.S. surrounding the Park51 controversy, and continues to advise it
in its current form, Groundswell. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the interfaith
 global development organization World Faith and is an advisor to the Foundation
 Beyond Belief's "Challenge the Gap" charitable initiative.

"Stedman is nothing if not determined, and [his] journey toward personal reconciliation through service work and interfaith dialogue is inspiring. Stedman’s story is motivational, his thoughts on interreligious dialogue insightful, and in [Faitheist] he proves himself an activist in the truest sense and one to watch." -Booklist, Starred Review of Faitheist

"Chris Stedman is a gay atheist on a mission to find a common cause between the devout and the faithless... Stedman looks like what your grandmother thinks hipsters look like: rangy-framed and bearded, covered in tattoos, his earlobes stretched with plugs... [but he's inciting change] one inch at a time as he’s pushing with all his might." -Out magazine, February 2013

For media inquiries, contact Beacon Press Communications Director Pamela MacColl at pmaccoll [at] beacon.org. For inquiries about the Humanist Community at Harvard, contact Jade Meshesha, Administrative Manager for the Humanist Community at Harvard, at jadehch [at] gmail.com. For inquiries about the Yale Humanist Community, contact Paul Chiariello at yalehumanists [at] gmail.com. To reach Chris, click here.