This is What Community Looks Like

Having been holed-up in the Ethical Culture Leaders’ Retreat the past few days I missed the news that Greta Christina, a fellow atheist blogger, is suffering health trouble and was soliciting support from readers and sympathetic fellow-travelers. After only a couple of days she has ceased asking for support because contributors have already met her needs.

I mention this not just to offer my support to Greta – she’s a fantastic writer and warm person who has given so much to the Freethought movement – but also to highlight that, despite what some may think, there is a caring community of atheists out there who care for and help each other in times of need. Greta writes:

I am deeply loving the atheist community right now. Atheism really came through for me on this one. I am feeling deeply loved and valued by this community right now. And I’m feeling excited and happy and energized to get back into working with it when I recover… in a way that I haven’t in a while.

Loving and valuing each other is important – ultimately important – and it’s something we perhaps talk too little about in the Freethought community. I’m happy to hear the community pulled together to support Greta. She suggests, if you’re feeling generous and missed the chance to help her out, that you make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk via the Foundation Beyond Belief, or to Camp Quest.

I’ll go do that.

About James Croft

James Croft is a Humanist activist and public speaker who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a leader in training in the Ethical Culture movement – a national movement of Humanist congregations – he is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.


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