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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.

The Pathfinder’s Project: Putting a Compassionate Humanism to Work

Congratulations to the Pathfinders Project!  The first year of the budding Humanist Service Corps has been a huge success and we’re certainly looking forward to following the rest of their work in the next few weeks.

An extra helping of congratulations to Conor Robinson, Wendy Webber, Michelle Huey, and Ben Blanchard – the inaugural group of Pathfinders – who just made it onto the cover of the The Humanist this past issue!   You can read the article by Wendy Webber titled Paths to People: Establishing a Humanist Service Corps here in the link.

And special shout outs to both Conor, a Yale alumni and founder of the undergraduate Yale Humanist Society – now the Yale Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics – and Webber, a recent Yale Divinity student and founding member of the Open Party student organization.

If you’d like to check out more about the Pathfinder’s Project you can go directly to their website or read an interview with Pathfinder’s founder Conor Robinson and YHC Director Chris Stedman.   You can also read Conor’s, Wendy’s, Michelle’s,and Ben’s official Pathfinder’s blogs, documenting their adventures abroad from Ghana to Cambodia and everywhere inbetween.

To meet the Pathfinders in person, make sure to check out Foundation Beyond Belief’s upcoming Humanism at Work Conference this July 18th to 20th in Chicago, IL.   The conference will be the first of it’s kind and a forum to discuss and learn about putting a compassionate Humanism to work in service, community building,and charity.

Pathfinder's Cover


Discussion Event on Human Suffering; Yale Study in Spirituality; & the YHC’s Weekly Assembly

Yale Humanist Society Discussion on Human Suffering

The undergraduate Yale Humanist Society will be co-hosting a discussion on Human Suffering with the The Logos, Yale’s undergraduate magazine for Christian Thought.

The discussion will take place Wednesday November 20th (tomorrow!!) at 4pm.  If you would like to participate in the discussion please email the Humanist Society at HumanistYalies@gmail.com.

This event is only open to Yale University undergraduate and graduate students.

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Welcome from the Coordinator of Humanist Life

Chris Stedman 2013Greetings! My name is Chris Stedman; I am so thrilled to be joining you at the Yale Humanist Community as the new Coordinator of Humanist Life, and I’m looking forward with excitement to our work together.

By way of introduction, I come to the Yale Humanist Community (YHC) from the Humanist Community at Harvard (HCH), where I am currently the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard. (I will continue to work part-time at HCH as I begin my work here with YHC.) From this work I bring a passion for supporting Humanist community and secular students, and for organizing civically engaged, thoughtful, active nonreligious communities. If you want to know more about my background, please click here.

This coming year, I will be working with YHC to build up a community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and the nonreligious at Yale and beyond. While this community is organized under the banner of Humanism (to learn more about Humanism, please click here), there are people involved who do not identify as Humanists — we welcome everyone. I’ll be doing some of this organizing remotely, but will also be in New Haven for 3-4 consecutive days one week a month (usually the second week of the month). I’ve already spent much of this summer in New Haven working with my colleague Paul Chiariello (YHC’s Director of Operations), with Miles Lasater (the Chair of our Board of Directors), with members of the Yale Humanist Society and the Open Party at Yale Divinity School, and with many others on developing resources for the community and preparing for a busy academic year. I have been so grateful for their welcome, and I am looking forward to what’s ahead. There will be more to say soon, but in the meantime I am excited to share some information about one of the projects we’ve been working on.

Our first event of the academic year will feature (more…)