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From the Executive Director
December 2018

Our friend Hemant Mehta (who blogs as The Friendly Atheist on Patheos) recently appeared on Fox news. The discussion began with the Pew Research Center Survey that asked "Where do you find your meaning in life?" Family, career, and money ranked as the top 3 answers, with religion coming in at number 4. Hemant wasn't surprised and neither am I. So where do you find meaning in your life?
As an organization dedicated to a vision of people
united by values rather than divided by beliefs, at Yale Humanist Community we see the powerful impact of meaning found through connection. We look to connect with one another through dialogue, service, and simple presence.

During the next few months we will be engaging with the theme of meaning by way of our Humanist Haven guest speakers, service projects, and new programming (see the Good Life Gatherings below!). On Dec. 9 we have a full afternoon of meaningful connection planned. We want to connect with you whether you live in the greater New Haven area, across the country, or across the globe. Connect with us through Facebook or email correspondence and let us know where you find meaning, and how we can better connect with you.

Whatever you may be doing during this month of holidays and celebrations, I want to wish you bundles of happiness, heaps of good health, and a pocketful of meaning in every connection you make. 
Yours for the good cause,

Our mission...find inspiration and meaning through connection.

Humanist Haven - Sunday, December 9
Guest speaker - Jennie Kiesling 
"Why Not Meaninglessness?"
Eugenia C. "Jennie" Kiesling earned a BA in history and rowing from Yale College in 1978, an MA from Wadham College, Oxford, in ancient history, philosophy, and rowing, and a PhD from Stanford in modern European military history and bicycle racing.   She taught French history and military history at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and, since 1995 has been Professor of Military History and Rowing at the US Military Academy at West Point.  In 2000-2001, she held the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History at the US Army War College.  She was a founder of the West Point Secular Students Alliance, recently renamed the West Point Humanist Community.  
In addition to the military history survey, she teaches "War and Its Theorists," "The Ancient World," and "Violence and Sex: A Cultural History of War." Her current project is a book called Teaching War.

Join us 1pm to 2:30pm  at 323 Temple St. in New Haven to hear Jennie, have stimulating discussion, and enjoy conviviality in community!
No student dinner this month
But YHC intern Emily Bruce will be holding "Ask a Humanist" office hours on December 6 from 1-2:30pm 
 in the Good Life Center (4th floor of Silliman College)
All students are welcome to stop by, h ave a cup of tea (or grab a cup of coffee at the student-run Acorn coffee shop) and chat with Emily. You can ask questions, vent about finals, share a good story, and learn more about YHC!

Join us for an amazing
Lighthouse dedication ceremony and 
 celebration reception
  December 9, 2018
Our sculpture, "Lighthouse" will be installed on the New Haven Green for all to see Dec.3-Jan.7! We hope you will attend a special dedication ceremony on Dec. 9. The ceremony will include remarks from Yale students, the Mayor's office, and elected officials. We will celebrate our unique symbol of welcome and community at a reception held after the ceremony, at 270 Temple St. The Lighthouse artist will be in attendance, we'll enjoy wine & cheese, and have live music by Yale jazz guitarist Nate Huvard! 

Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and let us know you plan to be there by emailing!

Our mission...explore ethical values. 

Good Life Gatherings
Gatherings are designed to foster personal growth and cultivate healthy communities by exploring the art & science of well-being from a humanist life stance. 
The next Good Life Gathering will be held on
Monday, December 3rd  from 7:30 - 9pm
at Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect St, in Room N126 aka Jonathan Edwards Dining Room 

Discussion will focus on  rituals, values, and meaning-making. Participants are encouraged to prepare for the gathering and discussion by engaging with the following resources:
Bart Campolo's Humanize Me podcast episode,  "What makes a good ritual?"   Listen here.
Tiu De Haan's Ted Talk,  "Why we still need ritual"  Watch here.
Kevin Simmons's article, " Raising the Sun: Ritual and Emotion"  Read here.

R.S.V.P. to if you plan to attend. 

Contact Us
                     Call: 203-900-7942          Mail:   323 Temple St.  New Haven, 06511

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