What is This Thing Called Cranberry Sauce?

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to take up mindful eating, one of the practices I share in my recently published book, Secular Meditation. With so many goodies on the table, there is a temptation to eat until we burst. Mindful eating can be helpful in preventing overeating.In a group, mindful eating can also serve as a sort of ceremony or ritual, taking the place that grace does in religious households. But I don’t consider it a ritual because it’s not an arbitrary convention. Mind … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, 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

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...]

Humanist Sunday School – Blog #1

Have you heard that the Humanist Hub is expanding its Learning Lab? Well it is!My name is Nick Bohl, I was introduced to you a couple of weeks ago. I'm an educator, a YouTube Artist, and most recently started working as the new Learning Lab Coordinator and Teacher.You may be wondering what a "Humanist sunday school" is supposed to look like. Isn't that a contradiction? What is this?!Here are our thoughts so far: Children have incredible minds; exploratory, inventive, and … [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

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!

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...]