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

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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!

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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 on the morning of 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 a … [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re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new HumanistHub.org website.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...]

Why do some people believe in God and others don’t?

It is tempting to believe that members of the Godless Congregation are like members of any congregation (except they don't believe in God). But people who don't believe in God may have some unique characteristics that differentiate them from those who are religious. For example, consider what personality traits might facilitate: • giving up a religious tradition • resisting societal pressures to believe • withstanding the social stigmas attached to atheism • foregoing the benefits from being … [Read more...]

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

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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!

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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...]


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