There's an interesting word that's often used at this time of the year with so many people celebrating holidays from a diversity of traditions. The word is 'hope', and the images of light that abound in December are used as a symbol of hope in its various forms.
Hope is our theme for the second quarter of the academic year and it seems not only fitting for this month but also necessary as studies have shown, and some of us know from personal experience of our own or of friends and family, that the December holiday season is an emotionally fraught time. The season can be very difficult for those who are estranged from family, have no family, struggle with addiction or other health issues, and those who feel a sense of hopelessness.
For me, the poetry of Emily Dickinson sings in
my heart at this time of year. Yes, hope is the things with feathers that is perched in the most essential and authentic part of me. And it sings without the words. It never stops but sometimes I have to be still so as to hear it and be able to share it.
As a H
umanist, I take seriously the idea that heaven and hell are what we experience in the here and now. I also take seriously the call to do my part in making this world a better place for all living beings. As t
he second iteration of the Humanist Manifesto boldly claimed, "No deity will save us; we must save ourselves."
When our own vision of hope grows dim we can reach out and find hope again through the sharing of strength. And when the world around us loses its grasp on hope, and reaches out, we Humanists can and must offer a lifeline of hope. Hope for the here and now. Hope in the potential of humankind. Hope discovered among the doubts. Hope that is undeniable.
I wish you
a season of joy, comfort, peace, and a thing with feathers!
With deep gratitude and abiding hope,
We need just 5 minutes...
really, just 5 minutes!
In order to plan for next year's programming and meet the needs of the community we have a ten question survey that needs your participation. The questions have multiple-choice answers and it might take even less than 5 minutes for you to complete the survey! No matter how you're connected to YHC, whether you live near or far, or how often you participate, it's really important that we hear from you. Please take 5 minutes right now by clicking here:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Hope to see you at one of our
December Humanist Haven gatherings:
December 3rd will feature Wendy Webber,
and the 17th celebrates Solstice and the
Green Light Project!
1pm at The Grove, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven.
(Who or what to follow?)
With Tom Krattenmaker
December 10, 2017, 1PM
at The Grove
All are welcome!
Need some awesome Humanist gifts for the holidays?
The YHC Boutique has some great items available for donations ranging from $2.50 to $20.
We can ship items to you or you
can pick them up from our office. Just let us know what you'd like and how you want to receive your items.
YHC dark chocolate bars $2.50
This is what a Humanist looks like
(including the Humanist symbol)
United by Values Mug $1
anist Earrings $20
Silver/Blue Beaded Bracelets $8
Silver Glitter Votive Candle Holder 2-pck $5
Your donation helps YHC with fundraising and helps you give awesome gifts! Call o
r email and we'll help you shop.
Did you know that YHC does not receive any funding from Yale University? We are a 501(c)3 organization that exists solely because of the generosity of friends like you!
Please consider making a
- any amount is appreciated - to support our mission. Be a part of making our vision of people united by values rather than divided by beliefs become a reality!
Have you seen the latest addition to the New Haven Green?
On November 27th, "Lighthouse" created by Edwin Salomon was installed for all to see! Yes, YHC's Green Light Project has come to fruition! This symbol of light and warmth
"Lighthouse" by Edwin Salmon while being installed on the New Haven Green November 27, 2017
For the community,
From the community,
About the community,
Inclusive of everyone
now stands alongside the other symbols of the season as a reminder that community is made up of people of all ages, from all backgrounds, all abilities, all religions and no religion. We hope that this wonderful addition to the New Haven Green will be a welcoming and inclusive icon enjoyed not only by Humanists but by all those who experience its beauty!
We will celebrate the installation at a special Humanist Haven gathering on December 17th at 1pm at The Grove. Please join us for a potluck brunch, music, and solstice fun.
Thank you again to all those who donated to the project. When you see it we think you'll agree it is an amazing accomplishment to have this Humanist message of goodwill shining brightly for all to see on the New Haven Green!
The sculpture will remain on the green for the entire month of December. Once removed from the green it needs a home until next December. Do you have, or know of, a barn, warehouse, storage unit, or even a yard that could house this artwork? Please contact us immediately. Thank you.
Thinking of You, Students
Congrats, you're half way done with another year of studies!
Undergrad or grad student, we know that Dec. is a month of anticipation, anxiety, and relief as the semester comes to a close.
While exams and final papers are looming, we hope YHC can be a Tuesday evening respite at the student dinners 6-7:30pm at Silliman, or a 1pm Sunday respite at Humanist Haven or WTF?. And if you just need someone to talk to, vent to, or share a cup of coffee with, our Executive Director, Kathleen, is available in person, on the phone, or via video chat. She can be reached at 203-903-8748.
YHC is your community and we're here for you!
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
760 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT.
for updates regarding any cancellations of our meetings.
Because of your generosity YHC was able to donate 3 dozen pairs of socks to New Haven homeless shelters! It may not seem like alot but socks are a much needed item in shelters and our contribution will make a difference!
Feel free to reach out by calling us at 203-900-7942 or emailing:
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!