2021 Q3: The Heart of Humanity: Humanism in Interfaith Settings
About the Presentation:
As humanist celebrants and chaplains, we often find ourselves working in settings where we are the minority and largely misunderstood. It can be a challenge to not only explain what is humanism but to be tolerant of other’s religious beliefs and practices. In this session, Dennis Augustine will provide some tips for fulfilling our roles as celebrants and chaplains in a sensitive and professional way while maintaining our integrity as humanists.
Dennis Augustine is a former evangelical minister who now identifies as an atheist and a humanist. His journey out of faith was a slow and somewhat painful realignment, unraveling, and reintegration that took more than a decade. Today he’s a tech entrepreneur three times over and a board member of the Clergy Project, a private forum consisting of over a thousand past and current clergy with no supernatural beliefs, and member of West Hill United, a dogma-free congregation within the United Church of Canada that’s lead by openly atheist minister Gretta Vosper. Dennis has left dogma behind and now lives a life based on a deep reverence for the interconnectedness of all life and the thoughtful consideration of what our response to that principle should be.