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June/July 2018

     I recently lost my voice for nearly two days. That may not sound like a long time but, for me, it seemed like two weeks! Not even a hoarse whisper for nearly two days. There were other allergy-head cold-sinus infection symptoms to deal with but the loss of my voice was in some ways the most impactful. From my years of experience working with inquisitive, questioning, discussion-oriented communities, it is clear that human beings like to talk. Too many times we are not quite as good at listening, and we struggle with silence. 
    In my voiceless 48 hours I began to consider my own listening skills and their importance when it comes to connecting with others. After all, humanism is about human flourishing and that requires connection. Author and teacher Rachel Naomi Remen posits that " The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.
    During these Summer months I am challenging myself to talk less and listen more - deep listening. I look forward to the connections my listening encourages, and I look forward to connecting with you!
Yours for the good cause,

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

In June:
Join members of the Connecticut Humanist Association at their annual picnic!
Saturday, June 23 from 4pm to 8pm
in New Haven

Hot dogs and veggie burgers will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.This event will take place at a member's home and space is limited so please call or email YHC a.s.a.p. to reserve your spot and receive the address. 

In July:
YHC Movie Night
Friday, July 13 at 7:30pm
323 Temple St., New Haven 

Kumarè is a 2011 award-winning documentary by director Vikram Gandhi who transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers. The film was praised by some like critic Roger Ebert, but received criticism from others who found Gandhi's deception immoral. You can watch  Vikram speak about his creation of the film here:

We will watch this humorous, poignant, disturbing film and then discuss our own reactions.   Please bring your favorite movie snack to share. Beverages provided. The film will start promptly at 7:40pm so be sure to get there early enough to grab your snacks and settle in for the show!

YHC's new location
323 Temple Street in New Haven
We are happy to announce that we have moved to a location that is much more convenient for students and others near the Yale campus. We're close to Silliman College, have plenty of parking for our Sunday gatherings, and have a lovely quiet space for existential counseling.  Please call or email if you'd like to make an appointment to stop by.

This is what a Humanist looks like!
Check out the latest installment in our video clip series:  

Props to our friend Zaki for filming and editing!

Our mission...explore ethical values.

Two interesting events are happening in July:
  • The Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics will take place from June 1 - July 21, 2018. As a part of the Institute's programming, a panel discussion on "Ethical considerations at end of life" will take place on July 5th. YHC's Executive Director will  be a part of that panel, representing the Humanist perspective. 
  • The Reimagining Interfaith Conference and International Association of Religious Freedom Congress is taking place July 29-Aug. 1, in Washington, D.C.  Yale Humanist Community is a sponsor of the conference with Board Director, Lori Fazzino, and Executive Director, Kathleen Green speaking and leading programming. The Humanist voice will be a part of this exciting international event and all are welcome to attend. You can click here for information and registration.

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

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