APRIL 7th: PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS & PHILOSOPHIES @ RUTGERS

This Monday the Humanist Community at Rutgers will participate in the Parliament of World Religions meeting to discuss Forgiveness.  And for this particular event, our hosts specially added ”and Philosophies” to the title!

Please join us to hear about other traditions’ understanding of forgiveness and its importance.  HCRU, for our small part and in an attempt to represent the diversity of Humanist perspectives, will talk about the need for seeking out and giving forgiveness here and now in this world, as well as other lessons that are emerging from Positive Psychology.  We also hope to emphasize the importance of these kinds of dialogs given that no one has all of the answers and we need to look for truth wherever it hides.

 Date & Location

Monday April 7th 2014
7:30 to 9 pm
The Cove in the Busch Campus Center (BCC)

For more information, please email us at: RutgersHumanist@gmail.com

Tentative Event Schedule

An Eraser Wall will be present through the course of the event. Please write things on it that you need to forgive other people for, need forgiveness for, have been holding a grudge about and then ERASE it. A symbolic and hopefully cathartic experience.

Food will also be present for the course of the event

7:30 pm Doors open

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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW ASST HUMANIST CHAPLAIN, DAVID YADEN!

We’re proud to announce we have a new member joining the team!   In addition to our Chaplain Barry Klassel, who has been with us since our founding in 2009, David Yaden will be joining us as our new Assistant Humanist Chaplain.

David Bryce Yaden, who graduated Rutgers in ’09, is a researcher at The University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman.  David also works in collaboration with UPenn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience where he studies the neuroscience of self-transcendent experiences with Dr. Andrew Newberg. He provides healthcare business consulting services as well as public health education with a focus on end-of-life care and stress management with Lourdes Health System. You can follow David on Twitter @ExistWell.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a one-on-one meeting with the new Asst Chaplain please send us an email at RutgersHumanist@gmail.com.  We would love to hear from you!

 

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REGISTRATION BEGINS: CAMP QUEST CHESAPEAKE & NEW ENGLAND

Camp Quest’s mission is to build community, foster wonder at the world around us, encourage the use of reason and compassion, and just plain provide an amazing week for the next generation.  Currently there are 17 camps around the country, as well as in Canada, England, and Switzerland.

Camp Quest Chesapeake

CQC LogoCamp Quest Chesapeake is a week long sleep away camp full of fun, friends, and freethought located in the DC area.  This year’s camp will run from July 13th to 19th in the south Richmond, Virginia area.  CQC is still looking for both counselor and camper’s.  Camper Registration is due before June 14th and fills up quickly!

Camp Quest New England

Camp Quest New England is starting its first full week this summer!  While camper registration is not quite open, CQNE is in need of counselors and staff.  No prior experience is needed as training is provided prior to camp and on site.  Though a registration deadline is not yet set, please register ASAP! This summer, CQ New England will run from July 27th to August 2nd.  So mark your calendars!

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS, STUDY OF MULTI-RELIGIOUS JEWISH FAMILIES

Seeking Interview Participants: Adult Children of Intermarriage.

Rutgers graduate student seeks participants for research interviews. The study requires adults, ages 20 to 30, who grew up in households with one Jewish parent and one parent of another cultural-religious, ethnic heritage. Individual interviews will consist of open ended questions and will last around one hour to one hour and a half. Participants’ identities will remain confidential.

Please participate in a study that will enhance our understanding of the life experiences of those who have grown up in intermarried families.  Share your life story, and make a difference!
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RUTGERS HUMANIST NAME CHANGE

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers University has recently changed its name and is now the HUMANIST COMMUNITY AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY!

There has always been a lot of debate over the use of ‘Chaplaincy’ for a non-religious organization.  In changing to the the Humanist Community at Rutgers, we hope to both facilitate communication about the work we do on campus and continue in the direction of many of our sister organizations, such as the Harvard Community and the Stanford Connection.  We also hope that the use of ‘community’ instead of ‘chaplaincy’ will give a clearer sense of our secular nature.

HCRU will otherwise function just as it has.  In fact, we don’t even have to change the acronym!  If you have any questions, just let us know.

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EVENT: NIKKI STERN’S “HOPE IN SMALL DOSES”

Nikki Stern, author of “Hope in Small Doses,” comes to Rutgers on Tuesday, January 28 to optimistically kick off the Spring semester in an event sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy and cosponsored by the Rutgers Integral Spiritual Network.

The talk will take place at 7:30pm in Demarest Educational Building (not the dorm), which is behind the Second Reformed Church, 100 College Avenue, second floor Gym.  The entrance is on Mine Street at the back of the Rutgers Fed. Credit Union Parking Lot. Free parking for visitors is available in lots 26 (closest), 30 and the College Ave. Parking Deck.

Stern will describe how family history and personal experience, including her husband’s death on 9/11, have led her to search for a practical definition Continue reading

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APPLIED SENTIENCE: FIRST SEMESTER & NEW STAFF

Applied SentienceOur new blog Applied Sentience has got off to a beautiful start.  Make sure to check it out (and subscribe)!

Recently we’ve just celebrated our 11,000th view, 1000th subscriber, and 66th post.  We also currently have a total of 6 Staff Writers from among the ranks of Rutgers students and alumni, as well as 11 other contributors - including three Rutgers Professors!

If you are interested in contributing an individual article or applying as a Staff Writer, please email us at AppliedSentience [@] gmail.com.  We’re Continue reading

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EVENT: NIKKI STERN’S “HOPE IN SMALL DOSES” @ DEMAREST HALL

nikki sternNikki Stern, author of “Hope in Small Doses,” comes to Rutgers on Tuesday, January 28 to optimistically kick off the Spring semester in an event sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy and cosponsored by the Rutgers Integral Spiritual Network.

The talk will take place at 7:30pm in Demarest Educational Building (not the dorm), which is behind the Second Reformed Church, 100 College Avenue, second floor Gym.  The entrance is on Mine Street at the back of the Rutgers Fed. Credit Union Parking Lot. Free parking for visitors is available in lots 26 (closest), 30 and the College Ave. Parking Deck.

Stern will describe how family history and personal experience, including her husband’s death on 9/11, have led her to search for a practical definition of ‘Hope.’

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NEW EVENT: HUMANLIGHT 2013

HumanLight

Rutgers Secular Communities and Students are Invited:
HumanLight 2013

Let’s celebrate the end of another semester and another year.  Let’s celebrate the light we bring into each others’ lives by expressing our highest ideals. Let’s celebrate Reason, Compassion and Hope.

Come and join us for good food, good company, and good discussions.

When: Tues., 12/10, 7:30-8:30 pm
Where: RISN House lounge, 14 Stone Street, behind the Second Reformed Church and across College Avenue from the campus.

For more information on HumanLight, check out the link to the New Jersey Humanist Network’s page.  And don’t hesitate to send us an email or leave a comment!

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WELCOME HCRU’S TWO NEW FACULTY BOARD OF ADVISERS MEMBERS!

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers has been maintaining a Faculty Board of Advisers to help create a greater sense of community at Rutgers, especially for students; to speak during events; occasionally write for our blog Applied Sentience; and to reach out to for support and advice.

Please join us in welcoming both Professor of Philosophy Katalin Balog and Professor Frank Popper of Rutgers’ Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy!

LakeridgeProfessor Kalalin Balog is a professor of Philosopher at Rutgers Newark and also teaches Graduate students on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus.  Her work focuses on the philosophy of mind and metaphysics, specifically the mind-body problem, personal identity, free will, and where they intersect.

Professor Balog is also deeply interested in both Western (cognitive and clinical) and Eastern (Buddhist) psychology, as well as in Continue reading

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NEW EVENT: THIS THURSDAY 21st, AMERICAN ATHEIST’S DAVE MUSCATO ON ATHEISM, ACTIVISM, & POLITICS

American Atheist’s Dave Muscato at Rutgers November 21 to
Rally Support for Court Battles That Seek To Separate Religion from Government

daveAmerican Atheists Public Relations Director Dave Muscato will urge students and others to move From Slactivism to Activism: Turning Atheists into Activists” in a talk Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm. The event will take place in the Red Lion Café, Rutgers Student Center, Lower Level, on the College Avenue campus.

Front and center will be a discussion of three cases that American Atheists are currently pursuing in the courts.  American Atheists v IRS seeks the elimination of favoritism toward religious institutions as opposed to other non-profits in national tax policies.  American Atheists v Kentucky seeks to remove language stating reliance on ‘Almighty God’ from the training and educational materials  and from public plaques of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  American Atheists v Port Authority seeks to disallow solo placement of a Christian Cross at the 9/11 Memorial.

Muscato is a former Christian praise and worship musician who became an atheist activist in 2009.  His projects have appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard Magazine, and on MTV News, NPR, MSNBC, Kevin & Bean/KROQ in LA, and Howard Stern.

Free parking for campus visitors is available in Lot 26 (Entrance on Bartlett St), Lot 30 (Sicard St.) and the College Ave. Parking Deck

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ADVANCE NOTICE OF AMERICAN ATHEIST’S SCHOLARSHIPS

Dave Muscato, our speaker later this week on Thursday the 21st, wants Rutgers students to know about the 2014 Student Atheist Activist Scholarships. Notice hasn’t been released to the press yet of the three awards: two for $1000 and one for $2000.  One of the $1000 scholarships is set aside for LGBT atheist activism.

All who enter will receive free membership in American Atheists for one year. Winners will receive free admission to the National Convention in April. Activism includes letter writing and work promoting student Atheist groups on campus. An essay describing such activities is Continue reading

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EVENT: LET’S TALK @ RED LION CAFE – OCT 14th

Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow do you describe yourself? Why?

  • atheist?
  • agnostic?
  • humanist?
  • freethinker?
  • something else?

How did you arrive at this? How important is this to you?
Have you been open about this?
What’s been the reaction of family? Other students?
How do you think this will this affect your future?

PLEASE JOIN US NEXT MONDAY, Oct. 14, 7:30pm

At the Rutgers Student Center,
Red Lion Cafe (one level down)

 

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EVENT: PETER SINGER, CHARLES CAMOSY DISCUSS RELIGION & ETHICS, SEPT 9TH

Come join the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers in our first event of the 2013-14 school year!

Peter Singer and Charles Camosy will be discussing whether Camosy’s Christian ethics compares to Singer’s secular Utilitarianism.  The conversation will be moderated by Rutgers Philosophy Professor Jeff McMahan.

The event will be held on September 9th at 7:30pm in the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Rm.  Make sure to check our Facebook Event page!

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RU HUMANIST DELEGATION GOES TO NATIONAL INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

Last month from August 10th to the 13th three Rutgers undergraduate student leaders from the Pastafarian club and the Atheist Student Alliance, and Paul Chiariello, the Director of Outreach for HCRU, attended the Interfaith Youth Core‘s Interfaith Leadership Institute in New York City.

Inter Faith Youth Core Rutgers Humanist Delegation
From left: James Palmer, James Carroll, Ben Davis, Paul Chiariello

At the IFYC Workshop the students learned about how to organize inter-religious dialogue and service events on campus, as well as Continue reading

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