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James Croft, Raison D'Etre: Making the Meaning of Life

Meaning. Purpose. Significance. Being part of something bigger than yourself. James Croft will explore what it means to have a calling, in a talk which may even help you find your Raison D'Etre.

James Croft is a Humanist activist and public speaker who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education while training to become a leader in the Ethical Culture movement. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation", co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being published by Simon & Schuster.

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  • Kathi G.

    Jerry and I enjoyed the meeting - James is a wonderful speaker. Coincidentally, I came across this piece today that is perfect for the topic of having "purpose". Worth a look!
    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/the-importance-of-the-afterlife-seriously/?_r=0

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got me thinking and questioning, but I overall found that his talk did not apply to me. The people I admire most in my life do not sit around navel gazing about their lives' meaning; they just get out there and do it. Sitting around speculating like that has no appeal to me. James also said some things about depression that were at best misguided.

    September 29, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    Boy! I wish James Croft could make his talk for the counselors at my work, the Bureau of Study Counsel. The BSC is a place where Harvard students can get academic & emotional support. They would just LOVE this!

    September 29, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    I'd like to see what this talk is about. This will be my first Humanist meeting. Will we be discussing the talk among ourselves afterward?

    September 28, 2013

  • Kathi G.

    This sounds great! I've never been to the HH Community Center. What is the building and what is the parking?

    September 28, 2013

    • Rick H.

      Kathi, 12 Eliot Street is a small building near Charlie's Kitchen and across from the Charles Hotel. Since its a Sunday, you can park in residential parking in Cambridge, a few blocks from the center. There is also a parking garage at the corner of Eliot Street and JFK street.

      September 28, 2013

    • Kathi G.

      Thanks!

      September 28, 2013

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