By Conor Robinson
Director, Pathfinders Project
Are you interested in travel, service, Humanist leadership and community-building?
Then consider applying to Pathfinders Project, a yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The trip is sponsored by Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists.
Aims of the Program
Pathfinders Project has three primary aims
- To provide humanitarian service and address specific regional needs in the respective countries visited,
- To foster dialogue across religious, cultural, and ethnic boundaries, and
- To evaluate and compare countries and partner organizations for consideration as the launch site of the Humanist Service Corps as an ongoing program of Foundation Beyond Belief. (more…)
Research Assistant in Social Neuroscience at Duke U.
Blogger at NonProphet Status
Three years ago, Chris Stedman, my good friend and author of Faitheist, started the blog NonProphet Status. There was no venue for atheists to join in interreligious dialogue, so Chris created a space where believers and atheists alike could share their stories, humanize one another, and promote pluralism among conflicting voices.
I write this as someone relatively new to the idea; when I first met Chris I thought he was completely wrong. Now I write for his blog.
So allow me to briefly make a case for why atheists should engage in cooperative dialogue and action with liberal believers. You can read some of Chris’s thoughts here (and in his book), but while Chris’s roots are in outreach and service work, mine are in arguing on the internet, so I think I can provide a subtly different perspective.
Religion isn’t going away any time soon.
Despite the rise of the “nones”—about 1 in 5 adults is (more…)