Meditation 3: The Peace of Wild Things

Right now the Humanist Community Project is in the midst of a 3-day intensive training seminar. We're helping 18 students who want to work as Humanist celebrants, officiating at Humanist wedding, funeral, baby welcoming, and other ceremonies. There are very few training opportunities for such folks in the US today, despite the fact that it is hard, complicated (and ultimately extremely rewarding) work, for which there is a great demand. Hopefully programs like ours can help grow Humanist … [Read more...]

Meditation 2: Erich Fromm’s Faith in Humanist Ethics

The word "faith" is making the rounds in Humanist discussion circles for the bazillionth time this week. Here's a reading on ethics by one of my favorite Humanist philosophers-- Erich Fromm, another psychologist from the mid 20th century. Fromm had many, many inspiring things to say about the Humanist's pursuit of a meaningful life. (And BTW, unlike a lot of other influential secular thinkers, Fromm actually used the word Humanism throughout his work! Sometimes we Humanists underestimate the … [Read more...]

Meditation 1: Prometheus and Rollo May

For a first meditation, I figured what better than the myth of Prometheus, as interpreted by Rollo May, one of my favorite humanistic psychologists. Let's just dive into May's words, from his 1975 book The Courage to Create:In ancient Greek civilization, there is the myth of Prometheus, a Titan living on Mount Olympus, who saw that human beings were without fire. His stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humankind is taken henceforth by the Greeks as the beginning of … [Read more...]


I’m Greg. You may have heard of me through my job-- I work as the Humanist chaplain at Harvard University. Which means I’m used to being introduced in ways that can seem overly formal. So one of the reasons I’ve decided to start this blog is to create a space where I can share something of myself, less as a Humanist chaplain and more as...just a human.I was born in New York City in 1977, and grew up in Flushing, Queens, New York-- one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse … [Read more...]