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Greetings! 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…)