Authors

Greg Epstein

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

Recent Post: Year in Review: Coming Soon

Recent Post: Welcome, “Married at First Sight” Viewers!

Recent Post: Announcing the Good Without Godcast!

James Croft

James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, and has been working on the Humanist Community Project since its inception. He is a Cambridge and Harvard Graduate, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist.

Recent Post: Secular Spring Break Planning Guide

Recent Post: The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Logos, Ethos, Pathos

Recent Post: We Are Humanists!

John Figdor

Jonathan Figdor is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. John came to the Humanist Community Project during his time as an MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School. While at Harvard, he pioneered the Humanist Chaplaincy Training Program at Harvard Divinity School, serving as the pilot student and helping Greg Epstein set the curriculum. Before coming to the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, John worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in a domestic violence shelter in rural Montana, a job he took after graduating with a B.A. in philosophy at Vassar. This summer, John will launch the Humanist Community at Stanford, serving as its Chaplain/Executive Director.

Recent Post: Harvard Humanist Commencement Celebrations!

Recent Post: Thoughts on the First Reason Rally in Washington D.C.

Recent Post: Festivus: a Secular Reason for the Season!

Kate Lovelady

Recent Post: Growing Community, Building Relationships

Ben Biber

Chaplain Binyamin Biber is an ordained Humanistic rabbi who has for a decade served a DC congregation called Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism. He is also currently the President of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis - North America, a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street – working for a just peace between Israel and Palestine, and a board member of the Humanist Society, the professional organization of chaplains and officiants active within the American Humanist Association (AHA).

Recent Post: The Value of Humanist Chaplaincies

Scott Rhoades

In addition to being a Secular Humanist Celebrant, Scott Rhoades is the founder and president of the Lancaster Freethought Society where he works towards providing a strong community for freethinkers in Lancaster, PA. He also is an organizer and does PR for the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference, is a contributor to the Humanist Community Project and serves on the Executive Committee for the Secular Coalition of Pennsylvania. Scott also works as an administrator for Freethought Group Organizers on Facebook where he works with hundreds of organizers from all over the U.S. and around the world to develop best practice strategies. FGO helps freethought leaders avoid missteps and gives them an opportunity to learn from the great depth of experience and talent of seasoned freethought organizers. After many years working as an HVAC technician, truss builder, glass cutter, envelope machine technician, aluminum plant worker, forklift driver, rock driller, assistant blaster, and building inspector, Scott now works as a Celebrant and beekeeper. He and his wife teach critical thinking skills, skepticism, and humanist values to their children. He is also a long time proponent of LGBT rights. Although a strong advocate of the separation of church and state, Scott believes that you can be civil and tolerant towards those practicing religion without compromising your values or ideals and that you can be respectful to the religious without respecting the religion.

Recent Post: Ask a what? Ask an Atheist!

Recent Post: I Now Pronounce You Happily Wed…Maybe.

Recent Post: Officiating Grief

Conor Robinson

Conor founded the Yale Humanist Society as an undergraduate in 2008 and the Yale Humanist Alumni group after graduating in 2010. He is a Teach For America alumnus and founding teacher at Jose A. Castellanos Elementary School in the heart of the Salvadoran Corridor in Los Angeles. Conor blogs for Pathfinders Project here and at conorgrobinson.wordpress.com.

Recent Post: Pathfinders Project: Research Trip for a Future Humanist Service Corps

Recent Post: Pathfinders Project: Countries

Recent Post: Pathfinders Project: An Introduction

Rachel Plukas

Recent Post: Making the World Smaller Through Play

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.

Recent Post: The Rise of Irreligion: Greg Epstein and Phil Zuckerman Speak

Recent Post: Greg Epstein vs. PZ Myers Debate!

Recent Post: Humanist Musicians: An Interview with Quiet Company’s Taylor Muse

Amanda K. Metskas

Amanda K. Metskas is the executive director of Camp Quest, Inc. She has been involved with Camp Quest since 2003, and became executive director in 2007. Currently, Amanda focuses on providing coordination and support services to all of the Camp Quest programs. She is a co-author of Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief with Dale McGowan, Molleen Matsumura and Jan Devor. Amanda holds an M.A. in political science from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in international relations and psychology from Brown University.

Recent Post: Educating Freethinking Kids – Lessons From Camp Quest

Crystal Alburger

Crystal Alburger is a candidate for a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. As a Spiritual Activist Fellow with the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California from 2011 to 2012, she lobbied for the Human Right to Water and designed a program for young adults to reflect on the relationship between their values and actions. She is interested in promoting religiously pluralistic community and bringing theists and nontheists together around shared Humanist values. She considers talking to people, reading, going to church, riding her motorcycle, and cooking to be some of her most spiritually fulfilling practices.

Recent Post: Finding a Humanist Community: Part 1

Recent Post: Are You a Humanist?

Recent Post: A Home of Our Own: The Need for Humanist Societies

Sarah Jane Chandonnet

Sarah Jane Chandonnet is the Program Director at the Humanist Community at Harvard and the Humanist Hub.

Recent Post: 2015 Hub Membership Drive

Recent Post: Dec. 7: The Language of Humanism (w/Pinker, Pinsky, Goldstein & Sweeney)

Recent Post: Host a Coffee or Cocktail Party with Greg Epstein!

Paul LaClair

Recent Post: Our Human(ist) Narratives

Ed Clint

Ed Clint is a senior at the University of Illinois studying evolutionary psychology. He fought against religious proslytization as an atheist in the Air Force and served as President of the Illini Secular Student Alliance. He has organized and produced debates and secularist protest activity as well as cooperative transfaith efforts to effect community service and greater comity between theists and nontheists.

Recent Post: Anatomy of a Successful Humanist Ad Campaign

Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson is a humanist & atheist, gay, and more than a bit geeky. He has worked within the nonprofit community most of his adult life. His work has focused around marketing and public relations with an emphasis on online outreach strategies. He is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and a candidate of class 17 of the Humanist Institute. His primary focus has been on how community can be facilitated and expanded with technology. Kevin enjoys knitting, jogging, and avoiding Minnesota’s weather. He loves forcing his partner to watch movies from the 1980’s, penguins, and reading any book he can find (lately those related to theology or philosophy).

Recent Post: A Humanist Leadership program you say?

Recent Post: What Humanism ISN’T, and why the F-Word is needed

Recent Post: Why I <3 Daniel Radcliffe

Catherine Bordeau

Catherine received a B.A. from Cardinal Stritch University in world history and women’s studies. She has a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary - an experience made possible by a three year, full tuition scholarship at Columbia University. She is currently completing a Master of Education program. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who called New York City home for many years, Catherine is currently teaching and living in Mexico.

Recent Post: Living an Intentional Life: Ethical Culture

Sharon Moss

With over 10 years of experience as a campus and off-campus leader, Sharon Moss is the Alumni Director for the Secular Student Alliance.

Recent Post: This is How to Change the World: National Ask an Atheist Day!

Jeffrey Falick

I am a Secular Humanistic Jew and ordained rabbi. I am also an atheist with a strong attachment to secular humanistic ideas and my Jewish heritage, too. I blog at www.TheAtheistRabbi.com and I'm thrilled to be part of the Humanist Community Project!

Recent Post: Alain de Botton’s “Religion for Atheists” – A Review

Recent Post: An Atheist Rabbi (Part II)

Recent Post: An Atheist Rabbi

Ann Fuller

Rev. Ann Fuller is a Community Minister associated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard in Melbourne, Florida. She serves on the board of the Humanist Institute and as a member of their faculty she is currently co-mentoring Class 18 with John Shook.

Recent Post: I’ll bid farewell to Discovery, but never to discovery.

Tommie Shelby

Tommie Shelby is a professor of African and African-American studies and of philosophy at Harvard University.

Recent Post: I Didn’t Lose Faith. I Just Don’t Have It.

Dave Muscato

Dave Muscato is the Director of Public Relations for American Atheists. He is also a blogger, public speaker, and the board member of the University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists, & Agnostics (muSASHA.org). He has appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, and on MTV News, NPR, MSNBC, and Howard Stern. Muscato is a former professional evangelical Christian praise & worship musician. His website is DaveMuscato.com and you can reach him at mail@DaveMuscato.com. Follow Dave on Twitter @davemuscato Subscribe to Dave's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/davemuscato

Recent Post: Student groups, keep strong during summer!

Recent Post: It’s that time of the year: Officer elections!

Recent Post: For better interaction, make your group feel smaller

Andy Semler

Andy Semler is a genderqueer atheist nerd. Ze is an organizer for the St Louis Atheist Meetup Group and an active member of the Ethical Society of St Louis. Andy believes that "it gets better" only when we start making it better. Blog: http://andythenerd.tumblr.com/

Recent Post: The Parental Rights Amendment vs. the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Recent Post: Creating a More Inclusive Humanism in an Ableist World

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. He received his undergraduate degree in film production (along with a minor in religious studies) from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. His photography has been seen in The New York Times. Chris is the recipient of the Kodak Award for Excellence in Filmmaking as well as the B.F. Lorenzetti Scholarship for Excellence in Filmmaking.

Recent Post: What brings non-believers joy and meaning?

Gordon Bonnet

Gordon Bonnet is a writer, musician, and biology teacher who currently lives in Trumansburg, New York. You can follow him on Twitter @TalesOfWhoa, and follow his blog at http://skeptophilia.blogspot.com.

Recent Post: Thoughts from a Small-Town Atheist

John Sias

John Sias is an author, retired journalist and organizer whose book, "100 Questions non-members ask about Unitarian Universalism," has sold 30,000 copies to date. For his recent leadership in volunteer and charitable organizations John received the Humanitarian award from the NH Charitable Foundation in 2006. A graduate of Colgate and Boston Universities, John directed his own public relations and marketing company for 20 years after serving as CEO and public relations director for multiple chambers of commerce.

Recent Post: 99 Q’s and A’s, Part IV: Faith and Reason, Life and Death

Recent Post: 99 Q’s and A’s, Part III: Values and Ethics

Recent Post: 99 Q’s and A’s, Part II: The Issues

David Beadle

Filmmaker, Blogger and all around Humanist who seeks to find the common ground between religion and Humanism. Loves Music (the one true religion), education, documentary filmmaking. Is a husband, and a father.

Recent Post: Secularism – A Short Film

Sarah Hippolitus

Recent Post: Serve at the Reason Rally!

Myra

Myra Rubinstein and her husband Leo, are full time RVers volunteering at National Parks, Historic Sites and Wildlife Refuges all over the U.S. She was previously a full-time mom, teacher, paralegal and respiratory therapist but has always been and will always be, a Humanist. She is a former Membership Chair and Vice President of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix and will be in the 19th class of the Humanist Institute of the AHA.

Recent Post: If Not Now, When?

Recent Post: Why Retreat When We Need to Advance?

Recent Post: The Who

Paulo Ribeiro

Paulo Ribeiro is a member of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, New Jersey. He is deeply committed to the values of civic service and volunteerism and was given the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2006, 2008 and 2010. He has also served as an AmeriCorps volunteer where he worked closely with a number of faith organizations to provide volunteers for direct service programs in their communities. He holds a bachelor's degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and he is looking to get a Masters in Divinity in order to pursue a career as an Ethical Humanist leader.

Recent Post: Starting the Mindful Journey

Mark Lindley

In the 1990s Mark Lindley was the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard. More information about him is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Lindley.

Recent Post: 21st-Century Economics: A Quick Preface to a Harvard Humanist Discussion

R. Doane

Catherine Caldwell-Harris

Catherine Caldwell-Harris is Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College in psychology and her PhD in cognitive science form UC San Diego. Her broad training has led her to conduct research in several areas within the cognitive and behavioral sciences, including cross-cultural psychology foreign language learning, bilingualism, and individual differences in cognitive/personality styles. Her research that is most closey related to humanism includes studies of atheists' experience of awe and their repudiation of magical thinking. She has also documented low religious belief in individuals with Asperger Syndrome. Dr. Caldwell-Harris is currently developing a new project to study religious doubt in Turkey. She will be blogging about how findings in the behavioral sciences can inform and enrich our lives. She welcomes questions about the intersection of psychological science and daily life.

Recent Post: Humanist Parenting: Sharing Our Ideas and Expertise

Recent Post: With “New Parenting” How Do Parents Keep Up?

Recent Post: Humanists value logic and reasoning — but do we have our supernatural moments?

John Lombard

I'm Canadian, but have been living/working in China since 1993. I was born and raised a born-again Christian, and even came to China originally as a missionary; but am now an atheist and Humanist. For the past decade, I've been working on various initiatives to promote both Humanism and critical thinking skills in China. I've established my own company here, and also a non-profit charity that works with a Chinese ethnic minority group, the Mosuo (www.mosuoproject.org). I am a past speaker at the World Humanist Congress, and the American Atheists national convention.

Evan Clark

Evan Clark is the co-founder of The Humanist Community of Ventura County, Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors, and co-founder of the team building and social justice workshop company Spectrum Experience

Recent Post: 6 Reasons to Have a Camera at EVERY Event

Jon Dreyer

Vanessa Zoltan

Vanessa Zoltan graduated with her BA in English Lit and Writing form Washington University in St. Louis and her MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School. She has worked in the nonprofit/education sector for over 10 years. Her blog can be found at: http://www.aliberatedlife.blogspot.com/

Recent Post: Register Now: Harvard’s Secular Kids Program!

Recent Post: Community Matters

Zachary Cole

Zachary Cole graduated with his BA in Religious Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Zachary is the Values in Action Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard.

Recent Post: Answering the Call of Suffering

Recent Post: Values in Action – Light the Night Walk

Recent Post: Values in Action – Cambridge City Park Clean Up

Anne van Gent

Jade Meshesha

Recent Post: New Good Without Godcast

Recent Post: Tom Anderson and the Humanist Hub Band