About the Author
Chris Stedman is the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Managing Director of State of Formation 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 a blogger for the The Huffington Post Religion, where his work is among the most commented in the site’s history, and is the youngest panelist for The Washington Post On Faith. His writing has also appeared in venues such as Tikkun Daily, The New Humanism, and more. Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for the Interfaith Youth Core, Chris is a secular humanist working to foster positive and productive dialogue between faith communities and the nonreligious.
He is currently writing a book on this topic for Beacon Press and speaks on it regularly both by invitation and as a member of the Secular Student Alliance Speakers Bureau. Chris also serves as an advisor to the Foundation Beyond Belief‘s “Bridging the Gap” initiative and is 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 in America.
He is a widely published writer and public speaker, a member of the American Humanist Association and voting member of the Secular Student Alliance, and is the Religion Staff Writer for Jettison Quarterly. Chris is also the co-founder of the Secular Humanist Alliance of Chicago (SHAC).
Chris was raised in a secular home but converted to Evangelical Christianity after being invited to church by friends at 11 years old. After years of wrestling with Evangelical theology and his sexual orientation, Chris left the Christian tradition and spent some time exploring. Eventually he recognized that he was a Secular Humanist, and today he works to advocate for the mutual respect of religious and non-religious individuals. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Other Contributors
NonProphet Status has been honored to feature some incredible guest submissions from the likes of Lucy Gubbins, Tim Brauhn, Jessica Kelley, Nick Mattos, Sayira Khokar, Rory Fenton, Amber Hacker, Nate Mauger, Kate Fridkis, Bryan Parys, Andrew Fogle, Miranda Hovemeyer, Nat DeLuca, Kelsey Sheridan, Josh Oxley, Mary Ellen Giess, Lewis Marshall, Jeff Pollet, Joseph Varisco, Corinne Tobias,Vandana Goel LaClair, Nicholas Lang, and even Chris’ own Mom! NPS has also hosted original writing by Eboo Patel, August Brunsman, Hemant Mehta, Erik Roldan, and Emanuel Aguilar.
NPS has featured so many guest posters because it was never intended to be “Chris Stedman’s platform.” Rather, Chris wanted to create a forum for an alternative secular narrative. It’s why he initiated, organized and ran NPS’ first Share Your Secular Story contest. Featuring an amazing panel of judges that included the former head of Amnesty International USA and 2002 “Humanist of the Year” William Schulz, the contest inspired an influx of submissions from all across the United States and even across the globe, with entries from Ireland and Kenya and a story from one entrant’s childhood growing up in India.
In hosting the story contest and featuring so many guest bloggers, Chris has hoped to make NPS a place where a multitude of voices help define a new narrative for the secular community: one that respects the religious identities of others while remaining authentic to our own identities (be they secular, religious, or somewhere in-between).
Interested in contributing to NonProphet Status? Send Chris an email at email@example.com!
About the Blog
NonProphet Status (NPS) is a forum for stories promoting atheist-interfaith cooperation that hopes to catalyze a movement in which religious and secular folks not only co-exist peacefully but collaborate around shared values. “Respecting religion, staying secular.”
NPS has been profiled in a number of media venues including Portland, Oregon’s GLBT newspaper Just Out, which called it “brilliant” and labeled author Chris Stedman an “emerging… vibrant and youthful queer voice for the secular humanist movement.” Work from NPS has also been featured in many blogs, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post On Faith, Sojourners, The Chicago Crescent, Killing the Buddha, My Out Spirit, The New Gay, The New Humanism, Tikkun Daily, The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue interViews, Chicago Public Radio, the American Atheists website and “Critical Eye” podcast, and more.