Humanist Celebrant Training, March 2-4, 2012 (spots are limited!)

Register now for Humanist Celebrant Training!

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

Dinner Together

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,

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)

Ceremonial Examples


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.


About Audrey Fernandez-Fraser

Audrey Fernandez-Fraser graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and a secondary field in Music. A classically-trained singer, composer, writer, and spiritual seeker, she spends her days making music, tutoring children, and exploring various religious and Humanistic philosophies and communities.

4 comments on “Humanist Celebrant Training, March 2-4, 2012 (spots are limited!)

  1. Hi;On January the 7th 2011 I will be perientsng my Viva’ for my PhD. The University is St David Lampter (Wales).My thesis is about Humanistic Judaism. The title of it is: Humanistic Judaism History, Doctrines, Ethics and Religious Rituals’. I must say it is a very good piece of work. It is very comprehensive and I am sure it would benefit anyone interested in Humanistic Judaism. So, from now on I will be checking on your website for news about Humanistic Judaism.

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