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SECULAR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW! RU AGAINST HUNGER

Register to participate.

Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and a new student group committed to working with RAH – studentorganizedrah@gmail.com (SO-RAH). need help with upcoming events (you can wear your group’s t-shirts):

  1. SO-RAH Hunger Games (4/11), providing food for young students WHO CAME FROM FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.
  2. ***Volunteers at Community Food Bank of NJ (4/13, 11:30am-1:30pm) – 10 SLOTS AVAILABLE! , Transportation to Hillside provided from campus
  3. NJ PIRG Hunger and Homelessness campaign. Collect food from households in New Brunswick and spread the word about hunger issues

Volunteers at Elijah’s Kitchen, New Bruns. (4/13) – NO MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE; next openings in June and after.

CONTACT RutgersHumanist [@] gmail.com for information.

~Barry Klassel

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A HUMANIST GRACE: THOUGHTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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…)

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DISCUSSION: IS CHRISTMAS CHRISTIAN OR SECULAR?

How do you celebrate Christmas?

There is a ton of debate, much of it facetious, about the War on Christmas.  It’s certainly become a staple of FOX News over the past few years.

However, I know a lot of Humanist, Atheists, Freethinkers and so on that celebrate it regularly.  And yet others like the Associate Editor of Free Inquiry Tom Flynn who argues in his book The Trouble with Christmas that non-Christians positively should not celebrate Christmas.

So what do you think?

-Should non-theists and humanists stop celebrating Christmas and replace it with our own holiday, like HumanLight?
-Or, Is Christmas already a secular holiday?

And if you celebrate Christmas still, what’s your advice for those hairy situations with religious family?  Do you go along or just try your best to ignore this and that about ‘virgin births’?

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NEW RESEARCH, PEW – RISE OF ‘UNAFFILIATED’ & THE SECULAR MOVEMENT

By Daniel Schiff
Volunteer Network Coordinator 
Secular Student Alliance, Northeast Network

A new study from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released October 9, 2012 offers an intriguing look into generational religious change in the United States.

Central to the study is the growth of the percentage of Americans who self-identify as “unaffiliated” with a particular religion from 15.3% in 2007 to 19.6% in 2012. Meanwhile, the portion of self-defined atheists and agnostics has risen from 3.7% to 5.7% in the same time period.

For secular/atheist organizations like the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, American Atheists, and the Secular Coalition for America, this new research is an example of the turning tides of American religiosity.

Importantly, the shift in religious affiliation is primarily due to (more…)

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AHA’S DAVID NIOSE, ‘RISE OF SECULAR AMERICANS’ – MON SEPT 17

This September, at the Chaplaincy’s first event of the semester, we will be presenting David Niose, the President of the American Humanist Association.

He will be presenting his new book Nonbeliever Nation: the Rise of Secular Americans.

The meeting will be Sept 17th at 7:30pm at the RU Student Center in Multipurpose Rm A, New Brunswick.

Details about the event in the flyer below:

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