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From the Executive Director
November 2018

   "Given our wings, our blinkers, it's hard to look up, hard to get the full view, of the sky, of anything. But we can do it, a little at a time, a quick move of the head, up and down, to the side and back. We have learned to see the world in gasps." These are words spoken by Offred, the protagonist in Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. I think that many of us are seeing the world today, every day, in gasps. In fact, seeing the world in gasps has become nearly commonplace - a lived truth. 

   But another truth is that we cannot fully live by gasping. We need to breathe, to take deep breaths even when day after day seems like an adult version of the children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day We need each other and, more importantly, we need to build community where we can summon the courage to breathe deeply as we do the work that needs to be done.

   Let's breathe together and find the courage to be grateful this month.
Yours for the good cause,

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

Humanist Haven - Sunday, November 11
Guest speaker - Bob Gardiner 
Gould Farm: Harvesting Hope - Promoting Recovery
Gould Farm in Monterey, Massachusetts, is the first residential community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health challenges move toward recovery, health, and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical support. Gould Farm was Bob's home for eleven years while his mother was first a working guest and then the head cook. Bob's time at Gould Farm was instrumental in shaping his approach to students and colleagues at Cheshire Academy, a Connecticut independent school founded in 1794, where he worked for forty-four years.  Bob currently volunteers at and for Gould Farm as his way of living out his thanks.
Join us 1pm to 2:30pm  at 323 Temple St. in New Haven for inspiring stories, stimulating discussion, and conviviality!
A new time for Student Dinners!  
 November 7th at 6:30pm
Our dinner guest will be Will Nyarko. Wil is a 
recent graduate of Yale Divinity School, where
 he specialized in philosophy of religion  and  philosophical theology. He comes from Ghana, where he was raised in a strict Jeho vah's Witness (JW) household. He will talk about his journey leaving the JW and becoming humanist in Ghana, and then share his thoughts about h ow living in America has affected the way he practices his humanism.

You can get your meal from the dining hall or bring your own. Questions? Email YHC intern Emily Bruce or call (203) 900-7942. S ee you there!

Our mission...explore ethical values. 

Yale Symposium on Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience and Public Affairs

November 29, 6:30-8pm
Dwight Hall - 67 High St.
Yale Old Campus
Tom Krattenmaker of the YHC Board of Directors will be a panelist, along with Dr.  Ganoune Diop, Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association, and a representative from the Yale Muslim community. 

Film night!
 November 30, 7:30pm
Location to be determined

Our film night is free and open to all. Please bring a favorite movie snack to share as we watch Lucky, the story of a 90-year-old atheist's spiritual journey. After watching we will  spend time discussing the film.

The excitement is building! 
Lighthouse Celebration
 December 9, 2018
Our unique seasonal display is coming back to the New Haven Green next month. The sculpture designed and named "Lighthouse" by local artist Ted Salmon will be fully completed this year with interactive lighting!
On Sunday, December 9th, we will gather on the Green to rededicate the Lighthouse with dignitaries in attendance. A wine and cheese reception will follow.
Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and prepare for a wonderful afternoon of humanist celebration!

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