A Teaching Assistant I had in 3rd year, Dawkins, Hitchens, Seth of The Thinking Atheist, and countless other students, professors, and friends who’ve been gracious enough to engage with me in religious discourse and who’ve helped me to overcome the fear I had in coming to recognize myself publicly as an Atheist.
Many people have influenced me on my spiritual and religious journey, and not everyone who has made an impact on my faith has a Christian background such as myself. My grandmother has influenced me on my spiritual path to contemplate and think deeper into religious teachings, love one another, and live each day with purpose.
Albert Camus, JC, Karen Armstrong (amazing and accessible author of comparative religion)
When I was growing up, I was fortunate to attend a church led by Dr. Wilbur Howard of the United Church of Canada. I have fond memories of Dr. Howard’s intelligence, his sense of humour and the calm certainty of his own faith. He was a wonderful role model and he still inspires me. As an adult I have learned that he must have faced terrible prejudice as a Black Canadian of his generation. I respect Dr. Howard even more for his positive, constructive attitude, leadership and commitment to social justice. I wonder now if the path he took might have been very lonely and difficult at times. This makes his accomplishments and integrity even more inspiring to me.
In memory of the Rev. Dr. Wilbur Howard (1912-2001)