This Summer, in Chicago, a Conference About Atheism, Philanthropy, and Putting Our Humanism to Work

Chicago doesn’t host all that many atheism-related national events, but I’m excited that Foundation Beyond Belief’s first ever conference will take place here July 18-20 at the Hilton Rosemont/O’Hare.

Why would you want to go?

Because you’ll get to hear from inspirational atheists who are putting their Humanism in action.

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Chicago Tribune Covers the Upcoming ‘Humanism at Work’ Conference

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:

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What Are You Doing for the National Week of Action? (Hint: Not Praying)

In response to May’s National Day of Prayer, those of us at Foundation Beyond Belief are promoting something called a National Week of Action. (You know, to actually make a difference.)



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Atheists of the Puget Sound Shave Their Heads for Cancer Research

Rebecca Vitsmun, whom you all know from her memorable post-tornado interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, teamed up with members of the Atheists of the Puget Sound (in Washington state) on Friday as part of an event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They all had their heads shaved to stand in solidarity with cancer victims, raising money for the cause along the way.

Here’s the before shot, with Bob Garcia (left), Rebecca, and Robert Ray:

And here’s the after:

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Runs Full Page Ad in USA Today to Thank Partners — Including Atheists

This may not be exactly earth-shattering or groundbreaking, but after Foundation Beyond Belief teams raised more than a quarter-million dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Light the Night Walk, it was a pleasant surprise to see this full-page ad in USA Today earlier in the week (red box is mine):



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