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ROY SPECKHARDT

 
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JUSTICE-CENTERED HUMANISM

Coming April 6, 2021

Humanists advance the separation of church and state, but have not always consistently engaged with pressing issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality--namely, those linked to economic, environmental, and social justice. Roy Speckhardt calls for humanists everywhere to center justice in their humanism by promoting public policy based on ethical humanist principles. Acknowledging the challenges inherent to this type of advocacy and activism--such as balancing short-term needs with long-term goals, and espousing a common humanity without erasing differences--he makes a compelling case for championing justice-centered humanism.

 

ABOUT

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Roy Speckhardt (he/him) is a leader in nonprofit advocacy with 25 years of experience in management, fundraising, public relations, lobbying, research, field organizing, accounting, event planning, information technologies, and human resources. 


He is the executive director of the American Humanist Association, a nonprofit organization advocating for humanists, atheists, and nontheists. He has served in this position for over 15 years, growing the organization's membership from 5,000 to over 34,000 and budget from $700,000 to over $2.5 million, and helping humanism become a more widely recognized and respected philosophy of life in American society. 

A prolific speaker, Roy has presented at many local humanist and atheist organizations, national conferences, Unitarian Universalist churches, Ethical Culture Societies, Humanistic Jewish Congregations, and universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and Oxford. 


He previously served as deputy director of The Interfaith Alliance, worked on the World of Difference project at the Anti-Defamation League, and engaged in tele-fundraising for major organizations such as AIDS PAC, American Red Cross, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Kennedy Center, National Public Radio stations, National Wildlife Federation, PFLAG, and Planned Parenthood.

Roy serves on the advisory board of the Religious Freedom Center, a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, and is a past board member of the Secular Coalition for America. 


Originally from Carmel, New York, Roy lives in Washington, DC with his spouse, Maggie Ardiente, and is the father of two kids, Johanna and Max. He enjoys biking, camping, travel, and cheering for the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Capitals. 

 

CREATING CHANGE THROUGH HUMANISM

Roy Speckhardt is the author of Creating Change Through Humanism, published in 2015 by Humanist Press. The book provides a modern approach to humanism -- the not-so-radical idea that you can be good without a belief in a god -- and how it compels us to make the world better.


Upon the book's release, it ranked #3 on Amazon's Hot New Releases and #4 on Amazon's Best Sellers under the subject of Religion & Philosophy. The book is provided to all new members who join the American Humanist Association.

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SELECT ARTICLES

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BEATING THE ODDS

The Humanist

This is a personal account of my experience supporting my daughter Johanna's battle with cancer to raise awareness, memorialize it, and celebrate that Johanna now continues to be cancer free and engaged in life.

COMMUNITY OF CONSCIENCE

The Humanist.com

While both nonreligious and religious progressives historically worked side-by-side to address many of these issues and concerns, now there is a commitment to an intentionally inclusive community of conscience.

MARCHING TOWARD GILEAD

TheHumanist.com

Changes are happening behind the scenes in the Trump Administration that bring to mind the fictional future in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

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FIVE REASON FEMA SHOULDN'T REBUILD CHURCHES

Huffington Post

The decision to use taxpayer dollars to fund religion is morally problematic, constitutionally questionable, and undermines key American values.

HOW TO PREVENT WORKPLACE CONFLICT FROM ESCALATING

Forbes

All managers know that they should mediate conflict before it escalates into something more serious.

HUMANIST IN THE HOUSE

The Humanist Magazine

An Interview with US Representative Jared Huffman, 2020 Humanist of the Year

 
Black Lives Matter 2020
Black Lives Matter 2020

Marched in support of Black Lives Matter and protested against President Trump and police brutality

March for Our Lives 2018
March for Our Lives 2018

Marched in support of legislation to end gun violence

Marriage Equality Rally 2013
Marriage Equality Rally 2013

Rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments in major LGBTQ+ rights case, Hollingsworth v. Perry

Black Lives Matter 2020
Black Lives Matter 2020

Marched in support of Black Lives Matter and protested against President Trump and police brutality

A LIFE OF ACTIVISM

Roy Speckhardt is a proud supporter of progressive movements, including women's rights, LGBTQ+ equality, racial justice, climate action, and more.