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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

7:45 pm Panel of representatives from each organization will introduce their basic philosophy and then answer a (more…)

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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!
To participate, and for more information, please (more…)

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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.’

As a skeptic, neither (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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!

For more information on the event and the speakers, please check out our earlier post (more…)

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NEW EVENT: PETER SINGER AND CHARLES CAMOSY DISCUSS CHRISTIANITY & SECULAR ETHICS

Is ethics possible outside of religion?  Are Christian and secular or atheist ethics compatible?  Incompatible?

Come listen to RU Philosophy Professor Jeff McMahan moderate a discussion between Peter Singer and Charles Camosy on these and related issues at Rutgers University on September 9th at 7:30pm in the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Rm 126 College Ave.

HCRU Camosy-Singer Discussion
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WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!!

A whole new year is about to start.  And with the RU Seniors of 2013 graduated and off into the ‘real world’ we have a whole new class – with fresh ideas and spirit – coming in.

We have a lot planned for this semester:

  • Peter Singer will be discussing Christianity and Ethics with Charles Camosy on September 9th;
  • A Rutgers Humanist Delegation of students will be attending the Interfaith Youth Core’s Leadership Institute in NYC in August;
  • The associated Rutgers Humanist Blog Applied Sentience will be publishing even more as we add on further Staff Writers;
  • Discussions will continue as we look for a house on campus and visit options;
  • And much more!

To new students, I invite you to check out the two student clubs associated with the RU Humanist Chaplaincy: the RU Pastafarians and the Atheist Student Alliance.  You can read more on our Student Clubs page, too.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE? RMWJ RESEARCHER: WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T – NOV 27TH

Alternative Medicine: What’s Proven?
And What’s Disproven?  

Talk by RWJ Medical School Researcher 

Dr. Beatrix Roemheld-Hamm, MD and PhD, Associate Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will report on research findings and on her approach to what is called “Integrative Medicine”, which treats the ‘whole person’ as body, mind and spirit. Her goal is how to help us achieve optimal health and healing by using a variety of effective modalities.

When: 11/27, 7:30pm
Where: 
Student Center, College Ave., Red Lion Café, bottom level (more…)

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NEW EVENT – KNIEF DISCUSSES POLITICS, ATHEISM, THE US ELECTIONS – OCT 23

 Godless Public Policy: Is It a Myth?

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…)

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AMANDA KNIEF EVENT, UPCOMING ELECTIONS & SECULAR ACTIVISM

Amanda Knief, Managing Director and In-House Counsel for American Atheists, will be speaking about Secular Activism in the upcoming Presidential Elections. Knief is a public policy and constitutional expert on religious freedom and civil liberties.  She has worked as a lobbyist with the Secular Coalition for Americaand is co-founder of Iowa Atheists & Freethinkers.

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Religion has been an unavoidable issue in politics in recent years and has only grown in the last few months as the Presidential Election closes in. What, if any, importance should be placed on Romney’s Mormonism?    Why did Democrats leave God out of their Platform? Why did they put Him back in?  What should we make of growing claims to persecution of Christians in the US? The wall of Separation of Church and State is seeming to grow thin. Is there anything secular and non-theistic Americans can do to strengthen it?  To make sure they are represented? (more…)

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1ST EVENT: DAVID NIOSE’S BOOK “NONBELIEVER NATION”

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 on his new book Nonbeliever Nation: the Rise of Secular Americans.

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Check out the Facebook Event Page!

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

Parking is available in Lot 30 and in the College Avenue Parking Deck.  Click here for map and directions.

Details about the event in the flyer below:

 

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