Join us for an evening with Teddy Prout, Director of Community Services at Humanists UK. Teddy is an ex-evangelical Christian. 'Born again' at 16 years old he struggled with the theological condemnation of being gay while identifying as a gay Christian. Teddy was repeatedly offered gay conversion therapy throughout his time in the church. He taught music at a Church of England faith school for 15 years. Teddy left the religion in his mid-30s.
Belief in a religion is a fundamental human right, and with it is the right not to believe. Unfortunately, this is not afforded to everyone and for some people leaving their faith can be a complicated, challenging, and even dangerous process. Those who leave religion - sometimes known as apostates - can bring shame and dishonour to their family, and as a result, people who turn their back on faith can experience emotional and physical abuse. Many are shunned and sometimes entirely disowned by their families and communities.
Faith to Faithless is a volunteer-led organisation that supports people who have left religion, including ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews, ex-Muslims, ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, and others. It is a programme within 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 audience Q&A. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an informative, interesting and thought-provoking event.
University of Manchester Students' Union
Manchester, M13 9PR