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Harvard Humanists at Park51 to Launch Initiatives, Interfaith Dialogue Harvard Humanists to Introduce Nationwide Project Building Community for Atheists, Agnostics Atheist- Interfaith Work to be Highlighted by Park51 Islamic Center, Major NYC Organizations 10007 (I- Newswire) November 03, 2011 - NEW YORK CITY- Harvard University's community of atheists and agnostics is set to announce two new programs to support communities for the nonreligious and interfaith- Humanist dialogue, at one of the most visible interfaith spaces in the United States. On Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 PM (EST), the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard will hold an event hosted by Park51 and Center for Inquiry NYC, in partnership with a wide swath of NYC- based organizations, to discuss communities for the nonreligious and the role of atheists in interfaith work, while launching two groundbreaking new initiatives: The Humanist Community Project, and Values in Action at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard. "The Humanist Community Project seeks to unify millions of nonreligious Americans and develop a comparable social and cultural experience to that of a religious congregation," said Greg Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and author of the New York Times bestselling book, Good Without God. "We are convinced, based on history, sociological research, and personal experience, that the success of the Humanist and secular movement depends almost entirely on our ability to build strong local communities." In a society where 25% of Americans born after 1980 identify as nonreligious (according to a recent Pew Forum study), the Project seeks to support the formation and growth of Humanist communities with a four- pronged approach, which will be detailed at the November launch event. This event-"A New Way to Be Nonreligious at Harvard and Beyond"- will also feature the formal launch of Values in Action at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard (VIA at HCH), the first ever interfaith community service program based out of an atheist organization. "The word 'via' means 'by way of' or 'through,'" said Chris Stedman, HCH's Interfaith and Community Service Fellow. "This really gets at the heart of VIA at HCH's three- fold goal: to better the conditions of life for others through service to humanity, build alliances between religious and nonreligious individuals and communities, and combat the misconception that the nonreligious do not contribute to society." This event will be co- sponsored by the Harvard Humanist Alumni and major NYC- based atheist, religious, and LGBT organizations: GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), New York Society for Ethical Culture, HUUmanists, The Humanist Institute, Ethical Humanist Chaplaincy at Columbia University, Reasonable New York, Faith House Manhattan, World Faith, Groundswell, Auburn Seminary, Journal of Inter- Religious Dialogue, Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club. Park51 is located at 51 Park Place, about halfway between Church St. and West Broadway, on the north side of the street. For information about the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, visit http:// harvardhumanist.org. RSVPs for this event are appreciated and donations are welcome at http:// hchnyc.eventbrite.com. To contact Greg Epstein, call 617-495-5986 or email: greg_epstein@harvard.edu (Not for publication: 917-679-8043 cell). To contact Chris Stedman, email: cstedman@harvardhumanist.org. (Not for publication: 612-750-1661 cell).

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About Humanist Community Project @Harvard: The Humanist Community Project exists to develop opportunities for connection, ethical development, and the celebration of life based on human reason, compassion, and creativity, not religious dogma. We organize, facilitate, promote, and/ or study a wide range of educational programs, social meetings, service projects, human rights work, counseling, ceremonies, and contemplative practices that contribute to the growth of diverse and interconnected groups of Humanists, atheists, agnostics and the nonreligious. We seek to build strategic partnerships with other Humanist and Freethought organizations and with our religious neighbors to advance the greater good of humanity. Built upon the foundation of the 35 year- old Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard (HCH), we are dedicated to serving the Harvard students, faculty, alumni, and surrounding community who gave us life, while expanding outward to help and work with freethinkers everywhere to build local communities that can be true homes for Humanism. Company Contact Information: Humanist Community Project @Harvard Greg Epstein The Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: 617-495-5986 Published in: Education Tags: community  Harvard    Interfaith    Atheists    Humanists    Park51    Good Without God     Published on: November 03, 2011

Harvard Humanists at Park51 to Launch Initiatives Interfaith Dialogue  

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