In case you didn’t get a chance to go to the Common Ground 2015: Understanding between Religious Believers & Secular Humanists for Social Progress then you can can still watch all of the videos right here:
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!
Have any ideas or recommendations?? Make sure to put them in the comments below?
By Barry Klassel Humanist Chaplain at Rutgers University
A couple of years ago I performed a humanist civil union ceremony in the beautiful formal gardens that adjoined a mansion on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The elegant building was designed in the 1890s by famed architect Stanford White. After the ceremony I enjoyed a bit of wine at the reception inside one of the fine halls and, as I was gathering my stuff to leave, the couple asked me if I would stay and say Grace for the meal that would follow.
I knew I had been working on a version of a humanist Grace and I hurriedly tried to remember what I’d written (more…)
By Thomas O’Rourke
President of the Philosophy Club
Rutgers University Class of ’13
I had intended to finish this article in the beginning of September, but my health took a turn for the worse and then midterms came and before I knew it September was October and three presidential debates had come and gone.
With the election days away, what I have to say is more pressing than ever.
I thought that for my first blog post, I would comment on an important issue facing the secular community, which I discussed with David Silverman during our last meeting in February. For those who don’t remember the feel of the community back then, politics came to the forefront with the rise of the Atheist Party. A cursory examination of their platform reveals them to be a (refreshingly) more honestly liberal version of the Democrats.
This prompted me to ask “What is the role of politically right-leaning nonbelievers in (more…)
Come hear Amanda Knief, former atheist lobbyist, constitutional law and public policy expert, and current managing director of American Atheists discuss the impact of local, state, and national elections on the Non-Theistic movement — as well as how to get active in public policy and politics.
As the 2012 elections draw near, does an atheist have any reason to vote? YES!
Come and hear Amanda Knief speak about:
-Religion & Politics in the US Elections -The Importance of Non-Theistic American Voices -Atheist and Humanist Activism in the US (more…)
According to the the United Nations World Food Programme, “Uganda was ranked 161 out of 187 countries on the 2011 UNDP Human Development Index, with half the population living below the international poverty line.”
By Stephanie LeRoy Director of Center For Inquiry NYC & Camp Inquiry counselor
I love when folks ask me about Camp Inquiry. Immediately my eyes light up and I give a big smile.
My mind shuffles through the snapshots from a week of wonderful moments and I have to pause before I can answer because I don’t know where to start. I’m hoping that typing it out may be easier for me, but I’ve already rewritten this introduction four times. How can I possibly put into words this week-long sensation of joy and optimism?
On paper, Camp Inquiry is a secular summer camp for kids ages 7 to 16 that works toward helping youth confront the challenges of living a non-theistic, skeptical, and secular lifestyle in a (more…)
Earlier this month American Atheists proudly welcomed Teresa MacBain, an ex-Pastor from Florida, to the team.
She will be working as AA’s new Public Relations Director. Her responsibities will include “overseeing media relations, internal communications and website responsibilities.”
MacBain has been a celebrity in Humanist and atheist communities for the past few months since coming out at the American Atheists Convention 2012 in DC. And as David Silverman, President of American Atheists, stated, she is a great example of “life after Church” for clergy who (more…)
Camp Quest Chesapeake (at which I’ll be a camp counselor this July) had 35 kids last year for their week long Humanist/Freethinkers camp. It was their first year and, by all accounts I’ve heard, it went off beautifully. A good bit of growth was obviously expected for the following year. But after Camp Quest set up a tent at the Reason Rally and an article was published in the Washington Post on the camp, that number has more than doubled to 70 – and even more campers would have likely signed up if the Camp didn’t close registration on reaching capacity.
Humanist, Freethinkers and atheists of all (more…)
Understatement: the internet is a vast place. Of course Google is sometimes dumbfounding in how accurate its searches can be, but still it’s often hard to find what you’re looking for if you don’t exactly know what it is.
If you’re interested in reading Humanist or atheist blogs but can’t quite seem to find any good ones, Alltop.com on their atheism page has succeeded in putting the best of ’em together for you. They also rank some of the most popular recent posts as well, so you don’t have to sift through every blog.
Also, make sure to check out Freethought Blogs. This website is a must for links to some of the best science, philosophy and opinion blogs in Humanism and atheism on the web.
If your favorite blog isn’t on the Alltop page or Freethought Blogs, make sure to share it and write it down in the comments below!