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 a member of… 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… 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… Read more

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

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 education most… Read more

Building Something Real Together

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 an… Read more

Men’s Friendship Crisis, and why Atheists Should Care

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… Read more

CNN’s Special on Atheists and Humanists

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… Read more

Humanist Hub: Weekly Newsletters

At the Humanist Hub, we work hard to create the most inspiring programming for a community of atheists, agnostics, and allies. Want to see what we’ve been up to lately? Check out our recent email newsletters, below– highlights include a #1 New York Times bestselling author; a seven time Nobel Peace Prize nominee; a feminist icon speaking on the importance of feminism in Humanism; the founder of one of the US’s hottest new tech companies, on how to build a successful organizational culture; interfaith programs featuring… 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… Read more

Boston Mayor’s Interfaith Task Force Includes Us

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… Read more

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