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Read about us in Yale Alumni Magazine

YAM coverWant to learn more about our community and our work? There’s a new cover story about us in the July/August issue of Yale Alumni Magazine — check out a short excerpt below, and then pick up a copy or head over to their website to read it in full.

On Sunday, in a sunlit attic on Chapel Street, a group of 20 people are gathered in fellowship. Convened by a young man with religious training, the group has come together to socialize, share thoughts on what they believe, and listen to a sermon of sorts on how to improve the world. In many ways, it is like countless other services happening in churches around the city. But one thing sets apart these people, half of whom are Yale-affiliated: most of them don’t believe in God.

We’re extending GLP and offering a matching challenge!

Hi there! We have a few exciting announcements:
1. We’re extending the Green Light Project campaign by another two weeks! It will now end on May 26. Please visit our campaign page to help us get closer to our goal — and invite your friends and loved ones to do the same!
2. The celebration planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, May 11) is still happening, but it will now be a celebration of the campaign so far as we push into the final couple weeks of the campaign! See below for event details.
3. Want to double your contribution? If you make a donation of $50 or more tomorrow (Wednesday, May 11) your donation will be matched by a matching donor (until our donors hit their individual limits)! This is true whether you donate at the campaign extension celebration or from the comfort of your own home.
4. Our campaign closing celebration will now be happening on May 26. See below for more information.
Event details:
May 11: Join us at BAR (254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT) — one of New Haven’s most popular bars/restaurants — beginning at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, May 11 for our Green Light Project campaign extension celebration. We’ll celebrate the campaign with pizza, happy hour specials, fellowship, and updates on how the Green Light Project campaign is progressing! RSVP on Facebook or Meetup and invite your friends. Again, if you donate $50 or more on the day of this event, your contribution will be matched by one of our matching donors (until they hit their limits)!

May 26: The Green Light Project closing celebration will happen at 7 PM on Thursday, May 26 at community art gallery 101 Art Threads (118 Court Street, New Haven, CT). Join us as we count down to the end of the campaign, thank everyone for their support, and enjoy drinks, art, and delicious eats from local food trucks. RSVP on Facebook or Meetup and spread the word.
P.S. Thanks to everyone who visited us this weekend at ArtWalk in Westville, where we shared information about the Green Light Project and hosted a craft activity for children. We still need volunteers for other upcoming craft activities throughout New Haven; please email yalehumanists [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested in getting involved!

Get involved in the Green Light Project!

The Yale Humanist Community is running a community crowdfunding campaign, coupled with numerous events across Greater New Haven, to support the Green Light Project from April 2nd to May 11th, 2016.

Green Light Project_orange render_final_smallThe Green Light Project is an initiative to bring an original, interactive sculpture to the community, to be displayed on the New Haven Green during the darkest and coldest months of the year. The purpose of the sculpture is to enhance the luster of the seasonal display on the Green, create a focal point for congregation and connection, and express our commitment to the well-being of the people who inhabit our city, nation and world. The sculpture will also house a time capsule filled with words of wisdom and well wishes for humanity from perhaps thousands of members of the Greater New Haven community, connecting community across time. The time capsule will be opened in the year 2138 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the founding of New Haven, CT.

glp-lighthouse-rendering-ews3dYHC has commissioned Edwin “Ted” Salmon to create this symbol of the human spirit in community. Salmon was chosen from a highly competitive lineup of artist submissions for the Green Light Project. The sculpture will take on the concept of the obelisk —reminiscent of a lighthouse and adorned with silhouette images representing various facets of community—and will stand 15 feet high and be visible from all sides of The Green.

As a part of the campaign, YHC is hosting a number of events to give the community an opportunity to engage with and contribute to the Green Light Project. All events are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. These events include:

  • An Evening with the Artist, Overshores Brewing Co., 250 Bradley St. East Haven, CT, 5:30 – 8 PM, 4/15/2016
  • Humanist Haven with Yarrow Dunham, The Grove, 760 Chapel St. New Haven, CT, 1 PM, 4/17/2016
  • Strange Ways Pop Up, Strange Ways, 910 Whalley Ave. New Haven, CT, 12 – 4PM, 4/23/16
  • Vintanthromodern Pop Up, Vintanthromodern, 938 State St. New Haven, CT, 2 – 6 PM, 4/24/16
  • Artist Talk and Dessert Reception, New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT, 7 PM, 4/27/2016
  • Humanist Haven with Kenneth Morford, The Grove, 760 Chapel St. New Haven, CT, 1 PM, 5/1/2016
  • Westville ArtWalk, Edgewood Park, New Haven, CT, 5 PM, 5/6/2016
  • Westville ArtWalk, Edgewood Park, New Haven, CT, 9 AM, 5/7/2016
  • pinFinal Day of Campaign Celebration, Location TBA, Time TBA, 5/11/2016

For parties interested in learning more or donating to the Green Light Project, please go to http://bit.ly/GLProject

For press inquiries, questions, or more information please contact Director of Operations Nancy Kelly at 203-900-7YHC (203-900-7942) or nancykelly.yhc@gmail.com.

President of United Nations Religious Freedom Committee to Speak 12/14

Humanist Haven: President of United Nations Religious Freedom Committee to Speak 12/14
Are you looking to connect with others, find support, and participate in a community? Do you want a place where you can explore what makes for a meaningful life and how to help others along the way? We encourage you to join us on the second Sunday of each month for Humanist Haven, a nonreligious gathering to celebrate life’s joys and reflect on its challenges, hosted in the Clubhouse at The Grove by YHC.
This month’s speaker is Michael De Dora, President of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Director of the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy, who will share his thoughts on advocacy. Many people see challenges to transforming their personal passions into meaningful social and political advocacy. Yet often social and political advocacy can only gain traction if it is based on the collective desires of people working on shared goals. How can you channel your personal passions into advocacy? And how can your advocacy effectively reflect your personal passions?
What: Michael De Dora on “Channeling Your Personal Passions into Advocacy”
When: Sunday, December 14, 1 PM (with refreshments to follow)
Where: Clubhouse at The Grove (760 Chapel St., New Haven)
Who: Open to the public!

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Introducing YHC’s Newest Staff Member


I’m writing to introduce myself: My name is Nancy Kelly, and I was recently hired as YHC’s Executive Associate.

My professional background is in business, and most of my time at YHC will be spent on the organization’s administrative needs. But I have also dedicated many volunteer hours of community service in the areas of social justice and the arts. You can click here for my full bio.

I took this position because I am inspired by YHC’s mission to provide a caring Humanist community, offer support in an ethical framework, and create opportunities for reflective service to the wider community. As someone with friends and loved ones who believe many different things, I truly appreciate YHC’s bridging approach to finding common ground and facilitating dialogue among people from all walks of life.

I look forward to working with Chris Stedman to support your efforts to build a safe, vibrant, service-oriented community, and to meeting all of you soon.

Warm regards,

Nancy Kelly

The YHC is Looking for an Executive Associate!

A new academic year is almost upon us and the YHC is looking to expand its programs after an amazing first year!  Towards this end we’re hiring new staff.

The Executive Associate will be responsible for administrative logistics and day-to-day operations for the Yale Humanist Community and will support the Executive Director in communications, scheduling, calendar management, travel, and donor relations. This role will be vital in coordinating the various programs offered by YHC.

For more details, you can view our call for applications on Craigslist or Idealist.