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Diversity and Inclusion

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series: Atheism, Agnosticism, and ‘Nothing in Particular’

February 4, 2020 at 5:00pm7:30pm EST

Hendricks Chapel, Noble Room

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The University’s ongoing Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series, “Common and Diverse Ground: Raising Consciousnesses by Acknowledging the ‘Hidden’ Things that Divide Us,” returns for Spring 2020 on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The opening dialogue will include an in-depth discussion on atheism, humanism and those who may not prescribe to a specific faith.

The first dialogue, “Atheism, Agnosticism, and ‘Nothing in Particular,’” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Noble Room of Hendricks Chapel. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. The guest co-facilitator for the evening’s discussion will be Chris Stedman, a writer, activist, and community organizer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Stedman is the author of “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious(2012) and the forthcoming “IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives” (2020), and has written for The Guardian, The Atlantic, Pitchfork, BuzzFeed, VICE, and The Washington Post. Formerly the founding executive director of the Yale Humanist Community, he also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University and is currently a fellow at Augsburg University.

The gathering will include a shared meal, facilitated dialogue and two periods of mindful meditation (at the beginning and the end). American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and inclusive food will be provided. Requests for accommodations or food queries should be made in advance by contacting Bonnie Shoultz at

The Spring 2020 “Common and Diverse Ground” series is co-sponsored by Hendricks Chapel, the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach in the Burton Blatt Institute, Intergroup Dialogue, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

This event was first published on January 27, 2020 and last updated on November 18, 2020.

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