The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard is bringing Rabbi Miriam Jerris of the Society for Humanistic Judaism to our community for a three-day intensive Humanist Celebrant training course on weddings, funerals, baby-namings, and more! Rabbi Jerris is the Associate Professor of Professional Development for the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. She has been a Humanist Celebrant since 1985 and is a graduate of the first class of The Humanist Institute. Greg Epstein describes Professor Jerris, his former instructor, as the foremost authority on Humanist ceremonies in the United States today. If you want to perform Humanist ceremonies, but are unsure of how to proceed, this event provides you a great chance to learn the skills necessary.
Space is very limited– only 15 or fewer seats currently remain. REGISTER NOW.
See below for schedule and academic information.
Can’t make the training? Come to the public lecture on Humanist ceremonies, 1:30pm March 4, at 12 Eliot St.
See also: Secular Celebrancy – An Introduction
Life Cycle Training for Humanist Celebrants
Faculty: Rabbi Miriam Jerris, Ph.D.
with Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard
Friday March 2, 2012 – 4 pm – 7 pm
- Humanist Approach to Life Cycle
- Role of the Humanist Celebrant
- Committed Partnerships
Saturday March 3, 2012 – 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
9:30am – 1:00 pm
- Committed Partnerships continued
- Baby Welcoming/Birth Celebrations
1:00 pm – 2:15pm Lunch
2:15 pm — 6:30 pm
- Baby Welcoming/Birth Celebrations continued
- Coming of Age
Sunday March 4, 2012 9 am – 12 pm
- End of Life
Other Life Transitions
Summary and Evaluation
Sunday March 4 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm
Public Session – “A Humanist Approach to Life Celebrations” Rabbi Miriam Jerris
Arisian, Khoren. The New Wedding: Creating your own marriage ceremony. Vintage Books, 1973.
Celebrating Life’s Passages. Humanistic Judaism, Vol. XXVII, Number I-II, Winter/Spring 1999 (Available from the Society for Humanistic Judaism, www.shj.org)
Macomb, Susanna Stefanachi. Joining Hands and Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations. Fireside, 2003.
Willson, Jane W, Sharing the Future: Non-religious
wedding ceremonies, British Humanist Association, 1988. (Available on Amazon, newer edition on British Humanist Association website)
Willson, Jane W, New Arrivals: Guide to Nonreligious Naming Ceremonies, Baby naming ceremonies and poetry, published by British Humanist Association, 1991. (Available on Amazon, newer edition on British
Humanist Association website)
Willson, Jane W. Funerals Without God, published by BHA and Prometheus Books, 1995. (Available on Amazon)
Wine, Sherwin. Celebration: A Ceremonial and Philosophic Guide for Humanists and Humanistic Jews. Prometheus Books, 1988, pp.313-390. (Available Society for Humanistic Judaism, Amazon)
SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Algernon D. Black, Without Burnt Offerings, Ceremonies of Humanism. Viking Press, 1974.
Collins, Herrick, and Pearce, ed. Seasons of Life. Prometheus Books, 2000. Poetry for life’s passages.
Lamont, Corliss. A Humanist Funeral Service. Prometheus Books, 1977.
Lamont, Corliss. A Humanist Wedding Service. Prometheus Books, 1972.
Long, Rev. Amy. Weddings, Funerals and Rites of Passage. Self-Published, 2002.
Wolfelt, Alan D. Creating Meaningful Funeral Ceremonies: A Guide for Caregivers. Companion Press, 1994. (Available from Amazon)
York, Sarah. Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death. Jossey-Bass, 2000.