About Greg Epstein

Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe. A frequently quoted expert on Humanism and community for the nonreligious, Greg’s work has been widely discussed in the national and international media, including the New York Times, CNN, the Boston Globe, and on dozens of radio programs.

Celebrating Earth Day and Openly Secular Day with a Big Announcement!

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Yesterday was Earth Day​; today is Openly Secular​ Day. (Tell at least one person, today, that you are a humanist/atheist/agnostic/ally! Or you could always do what I do and tell almost every single person you've ever met...) So, I'm very proud to pass on that yesterday, one of the top national leaders working on the environment and religion announced she will be openly partnering with the Humanist Community at Harvard​ and our Humanist Hub. Karenna Gore-- an attorney, interfaith activist and for … [Read more...]

Love, Social Science, and Why I Decided to Marry Strangers On TV

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Social science has conclusively demonstrated that our ability to “succeed” in love, commitment and marriage has an enormous impact not only on our happiness but on our mental and physical health. There is also a vast field of serious social scientific study of love and relationships, which has produced numerous critical insights into how and why couples and/or marriages succeed and fail. And yet, even among smart, thoughtful, well-educated people in the United States today, the amount of edu … [Read more...]

Building Something Real Together

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Yet another beautiful meeting of our Humanist Hub Monday night discussion group, tonight. Fourteen of us processed Michael DeDora's provocative message in his Sunday Hub Talk, "Channeling Your Personal Passions into Advocacy". Michael's message, in short,was that we can identify our passions and pursue advocacy around them. It's a great and important message, and it also brought out, tonight, that passion is a hard topic for many of us. The idea of passion seems to dangle in many of our lives as … [Read more...]

Men’s Friendship Crisis, and why Atheists Should Care

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At our Humanist Community at Harvard​/Humanist Hub staff meeting today, we discussed the surprising lack of gender diversity in #CNNatheists, as well as our own efforts to have well-balanced gender participation. I think we do pretty well at it (and, of our four senior/manager-level staff now, I'm the only male) but at times, there can be a lot of men at the Hub, too.I presented a Salon.com article, "American men’s hidden crisis: They need more friends!", by my friend the very smart soci … [Read more...]

CNN’s Special on Atheists and Humanists

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UPDATE, March 25: The CNN film was very interesting. We at the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard​ were extremely pleased with the entire segment on our community. Watch a great 2 minute preview of that, here,***I haven't posted yet about tonight's big CNN​ news special on atheists and Humanists, because although anchor Kyra Phillips​ and her team filmed for five days at the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard​, I didn't want to presume we were in it. But my … [Read more...]

Exciting News About This Blog!

Welcome to the "Godless Congregation"! I'm excited to announce that this blog will be expanding significantly, starting this week and ramping up over the coming months. For a few years now, I've felt there was a need for a blog that could provide resources, insights, commentary on, and just an inside look at what it's like to build an inspiring local community for atheists, agnostics and allies. But, we've been so involved in building our community-- the Humanist Hub-- that there just hasn't … [Read more...]

Boston Mayor’s Interfaith Task Force Includes Us

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I’m delighted to announce I’ve been asked to serve on Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s inaugural Interfaith Advisory Task Force. The group met for the first time last night at Boston’s City Hall, and I was asked to give the closing reflection at the meeting. My remarks are below.First, though, I want to say it feels good to know that Humanists, atheists, agnostics and the nonreligious finally have an official “seat at the table” here in Boston. We went through a difficult time feeling as though we … [Read more...]

So, How Exactly Should Atheists Celebrate the Holidays?

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This past Sunday at the Humanist Hub, I gave a talk-- more like led a discussion-- on "Holiday Magic (for Atheists)." It's our first time celebrating this season in an open, membership-based community of atheists, agnostics and allies who have their own space. The talk/discussion was dedicated to figuring out how we feel about this time of year, what it means for us, and what we want to do (and not do) about it.Here's a sample of what the group came up with in response to the question, "what … [Read more...]

The Language of Humanism

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The Humanist Community at Harvard recently held a celebration of the first anniversary of the opening of The Humanist Hub, our 3200 square foot, open-to-the-public "Center for Humanist Life" in the heart of Harvard Square. It's been an amazing year at the Hub, and one of the reasons I'm most excited to re-launch this blog is to be able to share more of what we're doing there to help invent the concept community space for atheists, agnostics, and allies.Anyway, the anniversary event featured … [Read more...]

On Grief, Winter, and Kindling Lights

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On Wednesday December 17, I had the honor of being one of two invited speakers at the annual Candle Lighting Service at the historic and very beautiful Mount Auburn Cemetery. All 600+ families who held burials at the Cemetery this past year were invited; in addition, there are families who've been attending every year for many years. Though I do regularly perform funerals for members of my community, over most of the past decade I've worked primarily with Harvard students (still do, but we are n … [Read more...]


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