What an amazing day it’s been here at the Humanist Community at Harvard.
This morning, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard Greg Epstein and our Research and Education Fellow James Croft announced a deal to write a new book for publisher Simon and Schuster: home to Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Bertrand Russell…and since the book will be on the development of close, morally intense, inspiring, values-based communities without God, we might mention S&S is also home to some of the greatest theorists on religious community, such as Robert Putnam and Max Weber. Our new editorial team, headed by Thomas LeBien, (also works with Sam Harris, among others) absolutely blew us away with their passion to promote the idea of Humanist communities and nonreligious congregations around the world. BUT…
— Simon & Schuster (@simonschuster) May 13, 2013
…THAT’S NOT ALL.
Also announcing: our brand new community space– a new center and headquarters for the Humanist Community at Harvard and the Humanist Community Project, in the heart of Harvard Square!
Basic information about the new space:
- We envision partnering with all local secular/Humanist/nontheist communities
- More than 2,500 square feet, in the heart of Harvard Square
- There will be event space, 2 conference/classrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, plenty of office/workspace
- There will be a glass store-front; we’ll have signs visible from the street
- Renovations to take place this summer of 2013
- Rent starts at $68,500 for 2013-14, increases slightly each additional year
- Grand opening target: Fall 2013
What we intend to do with the space:
- National headquarters for the Humanist Community Project
- Harvard Humanist/secular student meetings
- Humanist community meetings
- Humanist Learning Lab (kids/family programs, child care)
- Values in Action intercommunity community service projects
- Ethical Society of Boston weekly platforms
- “Sunday Assembly” meetings?
- Boston Atheists brunches, lectures, discussions, etc.
- Greater Boston Humanists meetings
- Secular Coalition for MA lobbying planning meetings
- Much more to come: check back here for details!
What kind of help we need:
#1: Money! Cash, Moolah, Dough, Dinero, Scratch, Greenbacks, Legal Tender: Absolutely none of this is funded by Harvard University. Our board and existing donors have helped us get to the point where we can guarantee basic rent for the next few years. Any/all funds to renovate and turn the space into a functioning center must come from community members and supporters like you. We are a 501c3 non-profit; gifts are tax- deductible. Please donate today and/or watch for more details about giving opportunities.
What else we need:
We’re going to need lots more help, from professionals and volunteers, as this process moves forward: renovations, interior design, flooring and painting will all be professionally done. Then we’ll need furniture, technology, appliances, new volunteers to staff new and existing committees, and much more. Watch this space and of course join our mailing list and follow us on facebook for updates.
We can’t wait to share our next steps with you! There’s never been a better time to get excited about and involved in building Humanist/secular/”godless” community.