Want 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.
The 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.
YHC 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
- Final 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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.