The idea of the Board is, first, to simply provide a degree of awareness among Rutgers students of like-minded professors. Part of the mission of the Chaplaincy is to provide a sense of community on the Rutgers campus. And part of community requires being acquainted with who the other members of that community are! Second, Board members will be encouraged to have informal dinners with students, that the Chaplaincy will help arrange, and to submit pieces to the Rutgers Humanist blog Applied Sentience.
Our first three members are all professors in the Psychology Department: Professors Gary Brill, Julien Musolino, and Daniel Ogilvie. To see their biographies and some of their current research, TED talks and interviews check out the link!
Though this is a good start, keep checking the page. We’ll be approaching many more professors over the summer and coming term!
Humanist Issues, the Chaplaincy’s newsletter and blog (what you’re reading right now!) will continuing to go through a transition over the next few weeks and months.
We have lots of exciting plans. But what does this all mean for you?
Well Humanist Issues will be continuing to send out updates to our subscribers list. However, we will be reserving this page for news and updates about the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers as well as its events at Rutgers University.
We will be discontinuing the blog portion of Humanist Issues. Instead we hope you subscribe and continue reading our affiliated blog Applied Sentience! At AppSent the format will be significantly different. Specifically, one of the main aims is to nurture more involvement from Faculty and Alumni.
Also, of worthy note, Applied Sentience is currently looking for Staff Writers to regularly contribute pieces to the blog. We already have a few writers signed up, so make sure to apply soon! We’re looking for qualified writers, both current undergraduates and graduate students as well as Rutgers alumni.
The Rutgers Chaplaincy is planning on shifting the blog section of Humanist Issues to a new website. Currently Humanist Issues acts as the Chaplaincy’s newsletter as well as a forum for articles and discussions on topics related to Humanism. From now on the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers will maintain it’s own newsletter, but will discontinue it’s blog.
Instead we are announcing Applied Sentience, a new independent blog!
Plans for a new website and social media are already in the works. We’re also looking for staff writers from Rutgers undergraduate, graduates and alumni.
In the coming weeks we’ll make sure to keep you up to date about the transition!
The past few weeks have seen a huge increase in visibility of Humanist Chaplaincies, and Humanism in general. Here’s some links to recent highlights:
In a recent post on the CNN Belief Blog, Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, was featured as a voice for building bridges and focusing on community during the holiday season; a counterpoint to more aggressive tactics in the atheist movement.
Every time I am asked in front of Brower Commons, a known hotspot for fundraising and protest, to sign a petition I ask the obvious question, “What does this petition support?”
So I would be doing you a disservice if I were to ask you to join Rutgers University Secular Humanists (RUSH) and ask you to be a student Humanist without backing up what these items entail.
This will give you a good idea what to expect of RUSH, Humanism, and me, if writing is of any indicator.
RUSH is a brand new student organization which has its main goals in mind to, “…understanding the nature of humanity, promote humanism, and bettering the world through community service.” Taken from our Facebook page, we have outlined (more…)
If you can attend, we would love to have you. If you’re showing up just to see the tables, make sure to stop by! You can either help us set up or just keep up company. Please send us an email if you would like to come. Thanks!
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This weekend, Barry Klassel, the Rutgers Humanist Chaplain, will be one of the speakers at a Continuing Education course for Funeral Directors taking place on Tuesday, May 22, in Queens, New York.
The course is called “Serving Today’s Diverse Funeral Client: Tradition or Personalization? Is there room for both?” Barry will describe how to use ceremony to promote healing in a talk titled “Stenghtening Human Connections.” Barry has been officiating at end-of-life ceremonies since 2004.