As we begin this new year, I have important news to share.
Since summer 2015, I have chaired this organization's board: a demanding but fulfilling volunteer role in service of our unique community. We continue to be the largest and best known humanist chaplaincy in North America, while also serving as a model for how atheists, agnostics and allies everywhere can come together to celebrate life, promote reason and compassion, and better the world for all.
I am thrilled with what has been a recent burst of new participation and leadership, as our number of Sustaining Members has nearly tripled in 2017, and dozens of regular attendees of our programs have begun taking on and creating new volunteer leadership roles, advancing humanism and secularism in new and creative ways. Of course, like most small nonprofits, we have grappled with important issues and we face significant challenges going forward into 2018, not least our possible transition to a new space once our existing 5-year lease at 30 JFK Street expires on August 31, 2018.
To lead this community through this exciting period, I am pleased and proud to introduce my successor as President of the board of directors for the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard, Stephen Matheson.
Stephen is an experienced leader: he is the Deputy Editor of Cell Reports, an internationally respected biology journal and a leading publisher of cutting-edge biomedical research and reviews. He is also a dedicated and wise member of the Humanist Hub community, participating in our programs nearly every week and serving for over 18 months now as a member of our Hub Ambassadors committee, a group of dedicated humanist community leaders currently chaired by Stephen's wife Susan Matheson. It is his enthusiastic local leadership, combined with his passion for advancing the cause of humanism and atheism nationwide, that led his fellow board members to nominate him and unanimously elect him to become our board President starting in January, 2018.
Stephen will be our featured speaker on Sunday, January 28, giving a talk on evolution and the importance of Darwin's legacy for today's humanist community; I hope you will consider attending this talk and joining me in giving Stephen a warm welcome. (Read more details for the event here.)