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Chris Stedman

Writer and activist

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Chris Stedman is a Minneapolis-based writer, activist, and community organizer. He is the author of Faitheist, "an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review). Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and Fox News, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Pitchfork, VICE, CNN, MSNBC, Salon, The Advocate, USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The LA Review of Books, and The Washington Post. Since 2017 he has written a monthly column for INTO called “Exposed," and he is at work on a book about identity in the digital age, represented by Red Sofa Literary's Erik Hane.

The founding director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota, Chris was previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, a humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and a content developer and trainer for Interfaith Youth Core. He currently serves as a fellow at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Christensen Center for Vocation.

Details magazine named Chris one of "five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion's status quo" and Mic called him "the millennial who's busting every stereotype about atheists." In 2018 Augsburg University selected him for their annual First Decade Award, which recognizes alumni "who have made significant progress in their professional achievements and contributions to the community" ten years after graduating.

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