Faith to Faithless was founded in 2015 to raise awareness of apostasy and support those who were leaving or had left religion.
Leaving faith can be a complicated process, often resulting in emotional abuse from family and community. Shunning and complete disownment is not uncommon, and this isolation can lead to depression. Physical abuse, often referred to as honour violence, can follow. In Britain, it is often particularly hard for ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, ex-Muslims and ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
This event will be led by Ste Richardsson, an ex-Jehovah's Witness living in London. He follows a long line of devout Jehovah’s Witnesses; his father and grandfather were elders, as was his great grandfather who helped spread the religion in Jamaica in the late nineteenth century. After leaving the religion in 2007, Ste was shunned and disowned by his family. For a time he was homeless.
Today, Ste is the vice chair of Faith to Faithless and hosts regular museum tours and apostate socials in central London. He is also an organiser of XJWFriends, a group which supports ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ste holds Masters’ degrees in medical translation and secondary education, teaches languages, and is a French and Japanese translator.
Faith to Faithless is a programme of Humanists UK, the national charity for the non-religious that has worked to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail since 1896.
Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for Q&A with Ste. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking evening.
Thanks to our supporters, this is a free event.
Guildford, GU1 4LH