Humanists Doing Good on the Anniversary of 9/11

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard is honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11 by taking part in an interfaith charity event. They’re doing something worthwhile, together with representatives from faith-based organizations, to show that we can indeed work together despite the different belief systems involved.

Beats the heck out of praying.

… remembrance, while crucial, is not enough. We must also look to the future. Whether it is frequent discrimination against the American Muslim community, or thousands of recent threatening anti-atheist comments on the Fox News Facebook page, the voices of religious and political division are loud and clear. But what about the voices of inclusion?

In conjunction with a diverse group of Harvard faculty, staff, and student groups, as well as local congregations and organizations, HCH is organizing an interfaith community service event to package 9,110 nutritious meals to be distributed to food-insecure children in the Boston area.

If you’re interested, there are two ways you can help:

1) If you live in the Boston area, you can volunteer to package the meals in person.

2) Wherever you live, if you’d like to help cover the costs ($0.25 a meal… which comes out to a little under $2,500), you can make a donation here:

(Any extra money raised will go toward another interfaith hunger event in November.)

Let’s reach that goal quickly. It’ll make a statement about how “hands that help are better than lips that pray.”

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanfigdor Jonathan Figdor

    FSM bless you Hemant. You really are a friendly atheist!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Arnold/1282804220 Joe Arnold

    Damn. I live in Beantown, I’d like to help in person, but I work Sundays (and I need the time and a half).  I’m taking my vacation the week before. I wish I’d known last week when I scheduled it. Off by a week, figures.

    I guess I’ll just give money. But, somehow that just seems… less. :(

    • http://twitter.com/jonathanfigdor Jonathan Figdor

      Thanks a lot,  Joe. Feel free to sign up for our mailing list, or like us on Facebook because we do tons of service all year long (we have a service fellow!).

  • http://happycat.pip.verisignlabs.com/ Chris aka Happy Cat

    Thank you for the information on this, Hemant.  I hope the media highlight this and similar events on that day.  Plenty of prayer vigils and speeches appealing to god will be covered, but something like this is healing and constructive.

    Slightly OT: Food banks across the nation are seeing lower donations and higher demand. I volunteer at one and I’ve seen it.  We get many church youth groups as volunteers in the summer.  I’m going to approach a couple of local secular/atheist groups about doing this. I encourage any secular groups (or individuals) to volunteer or give to these vital local institutions.


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