Education. Ethics. Community.
The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard (HCH) is dedicated to building, educating, and nurturing a diverse community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Harvard and beyond. HCH serves undergraduate and graduate student communities; in addition, Harvard faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public are welcome and encouraged to participate and join in our activities.
We have built, on the foundation of a more than 35 year-old chaplaincy, a dynamic institution engaged in:
- Spearheading educational initiatives that incubate Humanist leadership and further knowledge about Humanism
- Advancing the discourse on secular ethics and values
- Celebrating science and critical inquiry as essential tools for learning about the world
- Cultivating a supportive and open community of people that empower one another to live lives guided by reason and compassion
- Marking life’s transitions with meaningful secular ceremonies (i.e. weddings, funerals, and baby naming/welcoming)
- Facilitating a network of Humanists for Harvard students, and for affiliates and alumni
- Increasing understanding and cooperation between Humanists and the religious through interfaith dialogue and social action
- Advancing human rights and the dignity of every person by engaging in community service
- Putting a public face on Humanism by identifying allies and sharing our stories
In recent years, thousands of members of the Harvard and greater Cambridge/Boston communities have participated in HCH’s programs. As of 2011, we now offer community programs each week, open to the general public. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, whether students or not, are welcome to attend the public programs listed here at meetup.com.
We invite you to get involved and help us build up Humanism on campus and beyond. Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for event announcements and more!