The Humanist Community Project – Welcome!


  • The Humanist Community Project Blog is a collaborative effort to provide advice and resources to build, grow and improve freethinking communities.
  • Use the EXPLORE! button or the categories and tags to the left of every post to navigate the content.
  • The content is organized under six headings: CommunityServiceCultureEducationDiversity, and Values.
  • Each post will have a summary like this to ensure that time-limited readers can benefit.
  • If you would like to write for usget in touch!

Welcome to the Humanist Community Project! This initiative, from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, is an attempt to research and provide resources to Humanist, skeptic, atheist and nonreligious communities around the country so they can build, grow and improve their local efforts.

This blog – an important part of the Project as a whole – aims to achieve three primary goals:

  1. To host community leaders and members who will provide concrete advice to help Humanist communities develop and find success. A number of posts from Humanist leaders are already up on the site, and each one offers suggestions for growing, energizing or furthering the goals of your community.
  2. To offer resources to help Humanist communities grow and improve their programs. As this site grows we will be adding educational curricula, discussion guides, ideas for Humanist ceremonies (weddings and baby-namings, perhaps), cultural resources (Humanist poetry, novels, music) and more!
  3. To share the results of our research into Humanist Communities. Over the next two years we will visit the best secular student groups, Humanist community organizations, skeptics groups etc., interview leaders and members, and write about what they’re doing which makes them so successful. We will also write reflection posts on or own experience at Harvard.

In essence what we hope to produce on this site is a collaborative expression of the collective wisdom of hundreds of Humanist communities across the world, so that every group can become as successful as the best group. By sharing our collective wealth we hope each group will become more and more fantastic, until we have large numbers of thriving, passionate, activist Humanist communities with big memberships, all across the USA.

The site is designed to be easy to navigate. If you want to begin exploring the content, simply hit the EXPLORE! button above (or click the word EXPLORE!). Any time you see EXPLORE! on our site you can click it and you will be taken straight to our content database. If you want to search all the posts on the site for a particular topic, use the search bar to the top right of the page.

In addition, every post is categorized and tagged so you can easily find all posts on a particular topic. The six main topic headings are:

Each of these headings is divided into multiple sub-headings, too – under Community, for example, you can find posts on Marketing and Community Growth.

Every post in the blog will be tagged with one or more of the main headings, and one or more of the sub-headings. These categories and tags appear to the left of the top of every post, and beneath the excerpt of each post on the home page. You can also use the links in the grey bar at the bottom of every screen to get to the content in our six categories. By clicking on any of those words you will be taken to a list of all the posts on that same topic. For example, this introductory post is tagged with all six main categories (look at the left of the post and see!). By clicking “Diversity“, for instance, you will be taken to all the posts with advice about increasing diversity in Humanist communities. “Education” will take you to resources and advice about educational initiatives – and so on through the database. At any time you can click on the Humanist Community Project Logo to come home.

Finally, we provide a summary of every post at the top – even this one! – so, if you’re strapped for time, you can get straight to the advice, resources and tips!

Our goal is to make the Humanist Community Blog the one place you need to go to get usable advice about how to grow and improve your freethinking community. If you’d like to write for us, get in touch!

About Greg Epstein

Humanist Chaplain @Harvard. Author of NY Times Bestselling book Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe. Directs @HarvardHumanist.

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