This summer, in Chicago, Foundation Beyond Belief will be holding its first ever conference to discuss how non-theists can come together to make the world a better place:
The Chicago Tribune‘s Manya Brachear Pashman has a great story on the event and why we feel it’s so necessary. (Unfortunately, it’s behind a paywall. Good thing atheists don’t spend a lot of time online or anything…)
Anyway, here are some of the highlights:
“It’s not a matter of being good people or bad people. It’s about having this systematic giving model tied into your worldview,” said Dale McGowan, executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief. “Churchgoers have 52 opportunities a year to have that shiny collection plate passing in front of you. It’s a meaningful incentive. We wanted to pass that collection plate for the nonreligious.”
“If prayer is expressing a hope that things go better, the way that humanists do that is they get out there and they act,” [Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation Rabbi Adam] Chalom said. “Just sending words up into the ether expresses our opinion but doesn’t have a real impact in the world. If we want to have real impact in the world, we should do something.”
If you’re in the area, consider attending the conference. You’re going to hear a lot of speakers you don’t see anywhere else, talking about topics that often go unmentioned elsewhere. When the attendees leave, I hope they’ll be inspired and ready to take action.