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B1fCyScCEAAzHSOThe Yale Humanist Community is dedicated to developing, supporting, and growing a diverse community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Yale and beyond. There are many ways you can get involved, and we offer a number of regular events—some are on campus at Yale, while others are at The Grove (760 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510). Many are open not just to students but also to the general public. Be sure check out our calendar of Upcoming Events, and see below for more information. Be sure to click on the links for more information about each!

Humanist Haven – A weekly community gathering where you can ask big questions, explore what gives your life meaning and purpose, and act to make the world a better place. Join us Sundays at 1 PM at The Grove (760 Chapel Street New Haven, CT), unless otherwise noted. Visit http://bit.ly/HumanistHaven for upcoming speakers and topics.

Special Events on Campus – Yale Humanist Community regularly hosts special events on campus with authors, activists, and academics. Sign up for the YHC newsletter to get updates about these events and more: http://bit.ly/YHCnews

Yale Undergraduate Humanist Society  A group for undergraduate students interested in the Humanist values of reason and compassion that hosts weekly events in the form of society dinners—every Wednesday at 6 PM on campus at Silliman—debates, movie nights, and socials. To contact the student Directors of the Society and join the official list serv to get updates, email them at HumanistYalies@gmail.com.

The None/Others  A student collaborative for Humanist, Atheist, Agnostic, non-Christian, and/or non-traditional students at YDS focused on opening up multi-faith cooperation and dialogue opportunities for non-religious students, and on fostering fully inclusive community within YDS. To find out more, please email the YHC or contact the None/Others directly at YDSNoneOthers@gmail.com.

Humanist Alumni of Yale (HAY)  A shared interest group for Elis committed to exploring nonreligious perspectives on living an ethical life and finding personal fulfillment. Want to learn more about HAY and get involved? Sign up by visiting http://bit.ly/YHCalumni

Existential Counseling Need to talk? We’d love to lend an ear. You can set up an existential counseling meeting with Chris, our Executive Director and an experienced counselor, by emailing yalehumanists [at] gmail [dot] com or by coming by his open office hours on Mondays at Wednesdays from 2-6 PM during the academic year in Silliman 403. Also, please join Chris and Maytal Satliel, Assistant Chaplain for Special Programs at Yale, for conversation and coloring in Breathing Space every Tuesday from 2-3 PM.

SMART Recovery Are you struggling with addictive behaviors? YHC hosts a weekly SMART Recovery support group meeting every Wednesday at 7 PM at The Grove (760 Chapel Street). Please click here for updates regarding weather-related or other cancellations of our SMART meetings.

Weddings, Invocations, Funerals – Are you looking to have a personalized wedding or baby-naming/welcoming ceremony outside of a church, synagogue, or other religious space? Do you want to organize an inclusive memorial service from a Humanist perspective? Are you looking to include a Humanist perspective at an interfaith event or for an invocation? Recognizing the importance of significant life occasions, Yale Humanist Community is pleased to offer our services for ceremonial observances. Click here to learn more.

Want to support these programs?

“I took a lot of philosophy classes when I first arrived at Yale, but I hungered for a place where I could discuss ethics and the meaning of life in a more informal and creative setting. For me, YHC serves exactly that purpose—it’s full of people who have thought long and hard about how humans can make the world better, even if we can’t count on help from supernatural forces.

Today, when I meet nonreligious students who tell me they want to have more conversations about the tricky question of how to live, I finally have recommendations for them—both the weekly Humanist student dinner, and the welcoming office of professional good listener Chris Stedman. I’m thrilled that YHC is part of the Yale community, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.” —Aaron Gertler ’15

As a 501(c)(3), Yale Humanist Community relies completely on your donations—with no financial support or benefits from Yale University—in order to run all of these programs. To donate, please click here to learn more, or just click the following link to a secure Paypal payment site.

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Upcoming Events

  • STEAMMM May 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Clemente Middle School, New Haven, CT 06519, United States Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Medicine, Mentoring Individually or as a team (your preference), university students can design and lead a one day after school project in the STEAMM area of their choice, working with at-risk, inner-city, junior high school students. This is an unique opportunity to get practical experience in designing and presenting a…
  • Needs of New Haven May 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Happiness Lab at The Grove, 756 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510, United States Discussion group. Open to the public.
  • SMART Recovery Meeting May 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Grove - 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT SMART is a non-theistic alternative to AA. All are welcome.
  • SMART Recovery Meeting May 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Grove - 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT SMART is a non-theistic alternative to AA. All are welcome.
  • HH Discussion Group May 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Grove

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