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.

Happy Birthday, Good Without God!

Good Without God

Today is the 6th birthday of my book Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe, as Humanist Hub Program Director Sarah Chandonnet kindly​ pointed out this morning. For the book's birthday, I would love for you to simply read below to check out what we are doing at The Humanist Hub​ this month, regardless of whether you're in position to attend. It's an unprecedented month here, doing things little GwoG could not have envisioned back then...we are a true center for Humanist … [Read more...]

Being Mortal, For Atheists

Fittingly, before today's Humanist Hub session on death we had kids sessions, where 5-10 year olds learned what it means to be an explorer. Let's explore this topic of our own mortality together, with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and gratitude.

Thanks so much to all who attended my Sunday October 18 talk, "Being Mortal, For Atheists." And if you couldn't attend in person, I promised during the talk that I'd leave a post here with some of the kinds of resources I think might be most helpful for atheists, agnostics and allies dealing with being mortal. The list below is terribly incomplete, but I like the idea that we will fill it in together, over time. So please leave and suggestions, and watch this space for a filled in list of r … [Read more...]

Sarah Silverman’s Mom & (Jewish) Grief Beyond Belief

Like many of you, I just read Sarah Silverman's moving post about her mother, who died last week:My Mom. Beth Ann O'Hara. pic.twitter.com/r557DS4Uxv — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) August 25, 2015    Granted I heard about this earlier today from my friend [REDACTED] who knows and loves Sarah from mutual Hollywood circles and was looking for advice about the right way to acknowledge her grieving process, from a culturally Jewish perspective.  (My advice may ha … [Read more...]

Join me in Inner City Interfaith Walk, via Boston Mayor Walsh’s Office

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

The below is from Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's office. I love the idea, though members of the secular community will of course notice the religious framing-- I didn't know about this in advance or I could have suggested alternative language. Still, the very best way for us to broaden the interfaith/intercommunity nature of this work is to take up the invitation and demonstrate our values by walking with our neighbors. I plan to go tonight. I'll go to one more in addition if I can. Please pass it … [Read more...]

Great News for Boston-area Humanist Families!

Nick Bohl photo

Hello Humanist Hub Parent/ Parents!My name is Nick Bohl, and I'm the new Learning Lab Coordinator and Teacher at the Humanist Hub. I’m writing to invite you to our Learning Lab open house at Noon on September 27, and to tell you about some of the exciting ways our program is expanding this year!First, a little about myself: I have several years experience at both of the professional activities I love most: being an educator focused on using creativity to encourage deep learning and p … [Read more...]

From @HarvardHumanist Archives: 2014 in Review

NOTE: we will occasionally re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new HumanistHub.org website. Enjoy! *** It’s been a year like no other for the Humanist Community at Harvard (HCH). First of all, we became...The Humanist Hub! (No, really: we filed legal paperwork allowing ourselves to “do business as” The Humanist Hub.) This new name emphasizes that while we continue to serve Harvard students as … [Read more...]

From @HarvardHumanist Archives: Religions for the Earth Speech

NOTE: we will occasionally re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new HumanistHub.org website. Enjoy! *** So grateful to Karenna Gore for inviting me to address the entire September 2014 Religions for the Earth conference. The conference, which she organized at Union Theological Seminary, gathers together 200 religious/spiritual/ethical community leaders from around the world, and is organized … [Read more...]

From @HarvardHumanist Archives: Governor’s Proclamation

NOTE: we will occasionally re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new HumanistHub.org website. Enjoy! *** The Humanist Community at Harvard is delighted to announce that Governor Deval Patrick has issued an official Proclamation declaring Sunday, December 8, 2013 to be “Humanist Community Day” throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! This is in conjunction with the opening of the Humanist H … [Read more...]

The NFL may be terrified, but we’re excited!


On Friday, Vanessa Zoltan and I will have the pleasure of hosting former National Football League star Chris Borland, at the Humanist Hub, for a discussion on humanism and the ethics of football. Chris is a 24 year-old who starred for the San Francisco 49ers in his rookie season last year, then bravely retired, giving up the chance at millions of dollars in a decision Forbes says "should terrify the NFL." Borland's historic journey has been covered prominently by media outlets the world over, in … [Read more...]

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


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...]