“Storytelling is a powerful tool for social change and building community.
The Embracing Identities Project is searching for personal stories of coming out as LGBTQ and atheist in a variety of communities. Our mission is to increase understanding of the diverse collection of people who identify as queer and faithless, examine the intersections of identities and experiences within this group, and to inspire others to embrace their identities within their communities.”
You can read more about the project and how to apply here on Applied Sentience.
Check it out and spread the word!
Want to learn more about the humanist worldview? Need someone to talk to about telling your family you don’t believe in God? Having stress with classes?
Rutgers Humanist Chaplain Barry Klassel will be having office hours for anyone who wants to stop by and chat. Undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni welcome! You can also email us at <RutgersHumanist@gmail.com> to schedule a meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
2 – 4 pm on Thursdays
@ 14 Stone Street (RISN House and Native-American Welcoming Center)
The People’s Climate March at the UN aims for nothing less than to change the course of history. During a meeting of international leaders set to debate climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to urge dramatic reduction in global warming pollution. We need to show these governments that the people are on his side.
Thousands have already registered. To find out more and be part of history yourself, please go to the People’s Climate March website.
A Humanist contingent will be outside the New York Society for Ethical Culture at at Central Park West and W. 64th street which borders the Park starting at 10:30 am. The march itself begins at 11:30 am. The Continue reading
Applied Sentience is expanding nationally!
The blog’s list of participating universities (which started here with Rutgers!) now includes all six university humanist communities at American, Columbia, Harvard, Rutgers, Stanford, and Yale. And their inaugural editorial board, made of leading humanist bloggers, includes Chris Stedman, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Esther Boyd, James Croft, Vanessa Gomez Brake, Jonathan Figdor, and Paul Chiariello.
As a multi-university project, Applied Sentience is now a national platform aimed at up-and-coming thinkers and activists who are interested in adding to the story of being human and navigating the challenging world we find ourselves in. Posts ranging from opinion pieces to poetry, from interviews to photojournalistic articles.
The blog is looking for new writers from the ranks of current students and recent alumni from each Continue reading
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!
Resource Fairs will be held Continue reading
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!
To participate, and for more information, please Continue reading
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.