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October 2017


I write this column as I prepare to  present a portion of my doctorate research at Claremont Lincoln University in California. My research is about bringing Humanists and religious adherents together in interfaith engagement and one of the shared values mentioned in the presentation is compassion. It was witnessed recently through hurricane relief in both Texas and Florida. Religious institutions offered assistance as expected, but so did Foundation Beyond Belief, Humanists of Houston, Nonbelief Relief, and the Beaumont Humanist Society. 
The shared value of compassion can be found through connection: energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, valued, and can give and receive without judgement. As  we continue exploring the theme of purpose at YHC I'm reminded of the
piece of our mission statement that speaks to finding inspiration and meaning through connection. Connection has everything to do with belonging. But i t has nothing to do with how many  people you know and places you belong to! Belonging is a subjective state affected by your mood, health, and self-perceptions. 
Regardless of religious orientation, belonging and being valued is important. The great news is that human beings are hardwired for connection! I hope you'll join us at Humanist Haven this month as we consider the purpose of connection.

With purpose and gratitude,
A free 1-hour exploration of what it is,  where it came from, 
and where it's going!  
Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2:30pm
immediately following Humanist Haven
at The Grove
Call or email to reserve your spot now!
What is Humanism to y ou ?
One of our Facebook friends says: 
"To me, humanism means only the actions of people have the power to make the world a better place, and the most important thing we can do in life is take action to help each other and ourselves realize our full potential, rather than waiting on divine intervention . "
You can submit your answer to the question at this link.

Contact Us
Feel free to reach out by calling us at 203-900-7942 or emailing:  

Executive Director:

Director of Operations: 

Board Chair, Chris Kriesen:
You can also email or call to set up an appointment to stop by our office at The Grove, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven. We'd love to see you!
Look at these special YHC events!

Are you a Yale student, or do you know a Yale student? Tell them about our Student dinners  
at Silliman College every Wednesday from 6-7:30PM . Yale PhD student, and YHC Board Director, Vlad Chituic will be there to greet, meet, and eat!

Mark your calendar now and get ready to celebrate the legacy of Carl Sagan!   
Saturday, November 11th , 7:30PM at The Grove. 

We'll celebrate with an array of delicious desserts, a special presentation by New York City film maker, Chris Johnson, and great gifts available at the YHC Boutique. Tickets are $25 and go on sale Oct. 1.  

(Who or what to follow?) 
Discussion Group
With Tom Krattenmaker

October 8, 2017, 1PM 
at The Grove 
We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Our theme is...
Our theme for September through Novovember is purpose  and you'll find a resource list on our website. Please check it out and let us know if there are additional resources that you'd like to add. 
Struggling with addiction? Join us for SMART Recovery

Are you struggling with addictive behaviors? Our weekly SMART Recovery support group meets every Wednesday, 7PM at
The Grove
760 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
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