Secular Students in Interfaith - Conference Call Recap
On behalf of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and the Secular Student Alliance, we'd like to thank the students who attended or expressed interest in the recent conference call for Secular Students in Interfaith. We were honored to have Chris Stedman, author of the newly released book, Faitheist and an IFYC alum, on the call with us to share his personal story as an atheist finding common ground with the religious. His story, along with many others we heard on the call, exemplified the interest and need for secular involvement within the interfaith movement.
With over 25 students registered for the call, it was an energetic and optimistic discussion. Students shared success stories and challenges from secular-engaged interfaith work at the University of Texas, Tufts University, Brigham Young University, California Lutheran University, Concordia College, Harvard University and Augsburg College, among others.
Whether you were on the call with us and are geared up to take the next steps, or weren't able to make it and want to learn more about getting involved, here are some actions you can take next:
1. Come to Atlanta. Consider attending the Interfaith Leadership Institute (ILI) in Atlanta, GA from Jan. 25-27. ILIs are designed to equip undergraduate students, staff, and faculty with the skills to build their vision and plan for interfaith action on their campus. At this ILI we will also be having a special secular student meet-up with SSA Campus Organizer Gordon Maples to provide space for a deeper discussion about the development of the secular community’s leadership in interfaith work on campus.
2. Check out our interfaith resources. All you need to know to get started in interfaith work as a secular student is here on the SSA website.
3. Check out the Faitheist action resource. For great ideas on how to engage in interfaith work as a secular or as an interfaith group reaching out to seculars, check out this resource from IFYC, written in concert with Stedman’s book: From Story to Action: Tips for Bridging the Religious-Nonreligious Divide.
Thank you so much again for your time, dedication, and interest. If you have questions or concerns about how to take action on your own campus, contact us!