NACA SHOWCASING ARTIST - NATIONALS LECTURE SHOWCASE 2016, WEST LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015, NORTHEAST LECTURE SHOWCASE 2015
Finding Meaning and Purpose Beyond Belief: Lessons from My Year Without God
A Pew Research Center study revealed that one-fifth of the U.S. public and a third of adults under 30 reject religious affiliation. How do we help the next generation understand community and their power to impact their world for good with or without religion? For 19 years, Ryan Bell was a Christian pastor and educator serving congregations, communities, universities, and seminaries from suburban Philadelphia to Los Angeles. In 2013, he left the church and began a yearlong journey exploring the limits of theism and the atheist landscape that he documented in his blog, www.YearWithoutGod.com. CNN, NPR, the BBC, and the LA Times covered his spiritual journey, the eventual shift in his beliefs, and how to find meaning and purpose in a world beyond faith and religion. Ryan combines deep personal insights with penetrating cultural analysis to motivate audiences to think critically and live deeply, despite their faith or lack thereof.
Ryan’s program is designed to help his audience:
Identify, name, and accept the experience of being agnostic, atheist, or post-religious
Understand compelling reasons to do good and live well with or without religion
Learn practical tools to create meaningful community between religious and non-religious students on campus
Nurture the ethical culture of your campus by helping students form life-long secular values.