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Lots of audience participation today 🙂
Next Monday, I will be speaking at the Interfaith Youth Core conference in Chicago alongside Harvard’s Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein.
This is a “conference bringing together individuals and organizations from around the world who are building religious pluralism.”
Regardless of how you feel about religion, this is a wonderful opportunity to talk about atheism and Humanism to a crowd sympathetic to the idea of working together with people from all faith/no-faith backgrounds.
Greg and I will be speaking on the topic of Engaging Non-Religious Communities in Interfaith Youth Work. Here’s the brief synopsis of our talk:

“1 in 5 Americans aged 18-25 are non-religious. And many of the millions of Humanists, atheists, and agnostics strongly support the concept of Interfaith cooperation for pluralism and justice. But how can one get involved with the organized Humanistic community, and/or get it involved in multifaith efforts? Epstein and Mehta will introduce the richly diverse tradition of Humanism and atheism, then lead a discussion on how Humanists and the religious can find common ground rather than just grounds for endless debate.”

As part of our presentation, we’d like to get your input.
What are the dos and don’ts for religious organizations wishing to work with atheist/Humanist/etc. groups?
What should they do to encourage us to work together with them?
What would be a complete turn-off for us?
Your responses will help us tremendously with our presentation.
Thank you in advance!
(And I’ll post the advice here soon after the presentation.)
By the way, if you’d like to attend the conference, you can register here!

[tags]atheist, atheism, IFYC, interfaith, religion, religious, cooperation[/tags]