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From the Executive Director
October 2018

    The last few weeks have been beyond difficult for many of us as we watch breaking news reports, scroll through triggering social media posts, and listen to countless stories that courage has brought to the surface after years of hiding out in the dark corners of our psyches. Courage has in some instances revived voices that have been muted for years. It doesn't seem like there is any theme more apropos right now than courage!
    Every event and gathering for the YHC community this month has courage embedded in its foundation, and I hope you will find time this month to engage in courageous action, surround yourself with courageous people, and reflect on inspirational stories of courage. That is what I plan to do as my own voice is revived again and again.
    Every month of the calendar is filled with days to celebrate or honor something of specific importance. This month includes Oct. 5 World Teacher's Day, Oct. 10 World Mental Health Day, Oct. 11 National LGBTQ Coming Out Day, Oct. 12 Freethought Day, Oct. 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. May each one of us summon the courage to celebrate and honor ourselves as we continue the struggle, together, for justice and commit to making the world a better place.
With courage I am yours for the good cause.

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

Humanist Haven  - Sunday, October 14
Guest speaker - Dan Blinn. 
The Challenge of Our Time: Humanism in the Age of Trump!
Dan is a graduate of the Humanist Institute and founding president of Hartford Area Humanists. He was one of the primary organizers (and a founding co-chair) of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, a coalition of secular groups within Connecticut. Dan was recognized for his work advancing humanist ideals when he was presented with the 2018 American Humanist Association's President's Award at the AHA Annual Conference.  He is also a busy consumer protection lawyer. 
Join us 1pm to 2:30pm  at 323 Temple St. in New Haven for inspiring stories, stimulating discussion, and conviviality!
Student dinners are back on the first Wednesday of the month!
 Oct. 3rd 5-6:30pm.
Our dinner guest will be award-winning journalist Tom Krattenmaker.  Author of the book Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, Tom will talk about his journey in and through humanism.  
You can get your meal from the dining hall (before 5:30) or bring your own. Questions? Email YHC intern Emily Bruce or call (203) 900-7942.   Hope to see you there!

Our mission...explore ethical values. 

Film night is back! October 19, 7:30pm
323 Temple Street New Haven

YHC grad students are hosting a film night that is free and open to all. Bring a favorite movie snack to share as we watch Leaving My Father's Faith  and then spend time discussing the film.

Thursday evenings November 8 - December 6
(no meeting on November 22)
Held at the Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden

Rather than relying on divine intervention to address humanity's challenges, as humanists we affirm our own agency in the pursuit of happiness and recognize our responsibility to one another and the planet in this endeavor. Emerging research in the science of resilience and well-being affirms these truths, and provides time-tested practices and principles to help us "live a better life." In this experiential mini-course, we will explore evidence-based pathways for goodness, growth, and ultimately, human flourishing. 

Course Facilitators: 
Rachel E. Roth, CAPP, CGRS,  is a Resilience Trainer, Grief Support Specialist, and ICF-Member Coach. She's been studying grief and resilience since being widowed in 2012, and is dedicated to helping  people bounce back from adversity with deepened clarity, connection, and commitment using evidence-based behavioral psychology.
Rev. Dr. Kathleen A. Green, CAPP,  is the Executive Director of YHC, on the teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University, and an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She has been committed to utilizing the principles of resilience in her personal and professional life since receiving certification in applied positive psychology. 

All are welcome to join in this exciting journey but space is limited.  Please register online by clicking  here . Suggested donation is $60. If you have questions or need additional information, please email

Save the date: Lighthouse Celebration
 December 9, 2018
Our one-of-a kind seasonal display is coming back to the New Haven Green and will be completed this year with lighting! 
We will rededicate the sculpture designed and named "Lighthouse" by local artist Ted Salmon, and celebrate the completion made possible by the generosity of Fairfield County humanist Cary Shaw. 
Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and prepare for a wonderful ceremony and reception at 3:30pm on December 9th!

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