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Harvard Humanism Gala Embraces Dialogue Theme


I heard from Rabbi Greg M. Epstein this morning about the Harvard Humanism 30th Anniversary Gala, “The New Humanism.” Rabbi Epstein, who attended NCDD’s San Francisco conference last August, is the current Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University.

Humanism, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a rational philosophy, informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. Free of supernaturalism, humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.

Three decades ago Tom Ferrick founded the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. Tom then led the Chaplaincy to become a permanent position at Harvard, and on April 20 and 21, 2007 his 30 years of his service to Harvard and Humanism will be celebrated. To honor Tom and his historic vision, Harvard will host a major Humanist Conference, featuring a symposium on the theme “Dialogue Among Religions, Cultures, and Civilizations?,” and much more, where the Humanist Chaplaincy will lay out a bold new vision for the future of Humanism at Harvard and universities across the U.S. In attendance will be eight or more decades of Harvard Humanists, from Ambassador Carl Coon A.B. ’49, to members of the class of 2010. Learn more or register at http://thenewhumanism.org/.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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