Loving and Hating Religion – Some Reflections After Visiting Religious Communities

The Humanist Institute

These reflections were written shortly after visiting four religious communities in New York City as part of The Humanist Institute, a leadership training program for people passionate about Humanism and who want to play a role in the movement. If that sounds like you, I recommend the course: it’s been invigorating and challenging for me, [Read More...]

Humanist Community: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

When I first started talking about Humanist community building – creating local spaces where non-theists can come together to celebrate shared values and provide fellowship for each other – I got a lot of push-back. I was told that you can’t organize atheists into communities because they’re too individualistic. I was assured that you’d never [Read More...]

These Are Not The Droids You Are Looking For…

Evangelizing

My workshop on persuasion for secular activists was a big hit at the Center for Inquiry’s 2012 Leadership Conference, and I was able to reprise a much shorter version – sans time for questions and the interactive elements – at Skepticon 5. Here are the slides from that presentation – look for a more complete [Read More...]

Houston Oasis: A Trend, Not a Blip

Humanism - Reason, Compassion, Hope

Hemant Mehta recently reported the formation of Houston Oasis, “a community that meets weekly to provide support and fellowship in a diverse environment.” Founded by former pastor and graduate of the Clergy Project (“a confidential online community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs”) Mike Aus, Houston Oasis seeks to provide [Read More...]

Building the Temple of the Future – Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism

Earlier today I addressed the Greater Boston Humanists on a topic very close to my heart: Building the Temple of the Future – Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism. In this just under 30 minute talk I put forward my vision for Humanism and Humanist communities in the 21st Century. If you have the time this is the most coherent argument I have yet made for a form of activist, congregational Humanism. [Read more...]

Reason, Compassion, and Hope in Community: A Response to Some Constructive Criticism for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard

Andrew Tripp, fellow commentator on LGBTQ community blog In Our Words (to which I’ve only contributed one post so far), has written a readable and interesting critique of some of my recent work at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard (HCH). Here I response to his critique by explaining the purposes and goals of the Humanist Community Project. [Read more...]


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