During the summer thousands of incoming students – both Freshmen and Transfers – come to scheduled Resource Fairs on Livingston to learn all about the plethora of opportunities available to students. The Resource Fairs are only for administration and non-student groups, like Chaplaincies.
If you’re interested in helping out and joining us while we answer questions about HCRU and Humanism then let us know. We can’t take that many volunteers because of space, but we could certainly use some help. Students are more than welcome to volunteer or stop by to say hello!
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Summer office hours with Rutgers Humanist Chaplain Barry Klassel will be postponed until the start of the Fall Semester.
Otherwise, office hours are regularly held every Thursday 2-4 pm at the RISN house just off College Ave. In the Fall, office hours will be held in the same location, though likely during different hours. We’ll let you know when the semester starts again when they’ll be.
However, if you’d like to meet up to chat, just send us an email anytime and we can definitely arrange something with either Barry or David.
Have you checked out Applied Sentience yet?
About a year ago the Rutgers Humanist Community started a community blog for Rutgers undergrads, grads, and recent alumni to get their ideas out in the world. And we have had an absolutely amazing time! In the past year we’ve published nearly 100 articles ranging over every topic under the sun and all with the goal of helping our frail humanity “find beauty in the world and explore how to live in it.”
Check out the links to the articles below to read some great article by Rutgers’ up-and-coming Humanist thinkers and activists!
The Importance of Science Literacy – Even for Scientists!
Buddhism & Humanism: Two Sides of the Same Coin, Part 1
Why I Went Back to Sunday Assembly: Thoughts on a Growing ‘Atheist Church’
4 Lessons from My Failed Project as an Able-Bodied Ally
Also, make sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!
A couple of months ago, the Humanist Community at Rutgers was invited to be part of a inter-religious panel discussion on ‘Forgiveness.’ The invitation was sent by members of the Rutgers Hindu Student Council, who organized the event, to representatives of religious groups… and to us. The event held this past April 24th was part of the 150th anniversary of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions.
Though our participation may be looked upon as forbidden by some secular purists, we consider it a great opportunity to open minds and hearts to the value of the humanist philosophy. So we accepted, but also soon asked for some changes. The HSC graciously accepted and edited the name of this particular event to that of the ‘World Parliament of Religions and Philosophies.’
There were a variety of questions that the panel was asked, below. For a detailed transcript of the Rutgers Humanist Community’s answers to the panel’s questions, check out the link. The questions were Continue reading
Today, April 30th, Rutgers University held their annual memorial service for students who have died over the course of the year. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students in collaboration with Student Life, the Interfaith Chaplains Association at Rutgers and CAPS. This year the event was held at the Rutgers Student Center in the Graduate Student Lounge.
The Humanist Community at Rutgers was one of a number of Chaplaincies to offer words of solace to the grieving families. Our Assistant Humanist Chaplain David Yaden read a poem, below. Afterwards David Continue reading
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
7:45 pm Panel of representatives from each organization will introduce their basic philosophy and then answer a Continue reading
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!
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
Camp 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!
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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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.
Our 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
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 of ‘Hope.’
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Rutgers Secular Communities and Students are Invited:
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!
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!
Professor 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