Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book, “Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.” He has been a chaplain at Harvard for the past ten years and recently served as Vice President of the 36-member corps Harvard Chaplains. A frequently quoted expert on Humanism and community for the nonreligious, Greg’s work has been widely discussed in the national and international media, including the New York Times, CNN, the Boston Globe, and on dozens of public radio programs.
In 2005, Greg received ordination as a Humanist Rabbi from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, where he studied in Jerusalem and Michigan for five years. He holds a BA (Religion and Chinese) and an MA (Judaic Studies) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.
Greg is also the Executive Director of the Humanist Community at Harvard and its Humanist Hub, the first-ever Center for Humanist Life on a University Campus. He has helped establish similar organizations at Yale, Stanford, and other universities, and is currently writing a second book, on the worldwide movement to build inspiring communities for the nonreligious, for Simon and Schuster. For his work pioneering that movement, he received the Humanist Visionary Award from the Foundation Beyond Belief in 2013.
He has also served as technical advisor to “The Inclusive America Project,” an initiative of the Aspen Institute co-chaired by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. From 2007-2010 he chaired the Advisory Board of the national umbrella organization the Secular Student Alliance. Most recently, he has enjoyed a very different advisory experience: filling the role of “Spiritual Advisor” on the popular new reality television show “Married at First Sight“, on the new FYI Network.
In a development unrelated to his TV show about weddings, which premiered in July 2014, Greg and his wife Jackie were married in June 2014. They live in Cambridge, MA.
Here’s Greg talking to ABC News’ Dan Harris about Humanism, community for the nonreligious, and being good without god. This interview was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America in 2010.
Greg, his work, and our students and community are also featured in this April 2013 documentary produced by CBS News.
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