Sunday Speaker: Harvard Humanist Community Project, G. Epstein & J. Galef

Sunday Speaker

*(Breakfast will begin earlier than usual, at 8AM due to a fundraiser sale on the patio to benefit the Odyssey of the Mind team's trip to World Finals from 8AM - 1PM.)

Harvard Humanist Community Project

Greg Epstein and Jesse Galef

More and more Americans are leaving religion, with around 20% of the population saying they’re unaffiliated with any religion. We’re witnessing a major shift in how our nation approaches culture and community

But as people leave the churches, synagogues, and mosques where are they going? Will they organize around secular communities, or drift and remain unorganized? What options are available for secular Americans?

Jesse Galef and Greg Epstein of the Secular Community Project will address these questions and share their vision for how we can take advantage of this opportunity to serve people’s real, human needs – and end up shaping the nation.

Greg Esptein - Biography
Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and as the Executive Director of the Humanist Community at Harvard; he is author of the New York Times bestselling book, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.

Currently, Epstein leads the organization’s newest initiative, the Secular Community Project, which seeks to develop and distribute the tools, materials and expertise necessary to build and connect nonreligious communities, based on humanist values, nationwide.

Greg has blogged for CNN, Newsweek, and The Washington Post; and his work as a Humanist rabbi and Chaplain has been featured by ABC’s World News and Good Morning America; Al Jazeera; Fresh Air with Terry Gross and numerous other programs on NPR, BBC Radio, NYTimes.com; and many more. He Holds a BA and MA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MTS from the Harvard Divinity School.

Jesse Galef - Biography
Jesse Galef is the National Community Coordinator with the Secular Community Project, working with grassroots leaders nationwide to create a network of thriving, multi-generational secular communities.

He has built a career in the secular movement, serving four years as the Communications Director with the Secular Student Alliance, and worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association before that.

In addition to supporting a range of secular activism, Jesse has acted as a national spokesman in outlets across the country, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, and CNN.

Doors open at 8:00AM* for optional breakfast ($5), socializing, and rummage sale. Breakfast will be back to the usual time, 9AM, at the next meeting.

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The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

We enjoy the company of our fellow Humanists and a lecture from a guest speaker and topic discussion ending by 11:30 a.m. Our meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Humanism.

Breakfast is offered for sale to members and guests for $5.00. For coffee only, the charge is $1.00. If you would like to have coffee and/or food, please pay at the welcome desk by the entrance door. Of course, donations are always gratefully accepted as well.

*Please note that being a member of this Meetup group does not mean that you are a member of the organization HSGP. Please consider becoming a dues-paying member of HSGP and supporting one of the largest non-theistic communities in Arizona. Membership entitles you to borrow from a large selection of books and DVDs (including DVD recordings of our Sunday Speaker presentations) from our Robert G. Ingersoll Library, and the privilege to vote for board members annually.

For your convenience, the membership desk is immediately behind the welcome desk at each Sunday meeting. Stop by to join or renew your membership in HSGP, or to update your records such as your email address.

Thank you! See you at the HSGP Community Center!

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  • David S

    Great meeting! Kudos to the organizers and the breakfast cooks. The speakers were well spoken, confident and inspiring!

    1 · May 18

  • Richard D.

    Kathy will be there at 6:00 am to start breakfast and needs help!! I gather that tables will be set up already so this is kitchen work only. Anybody up for that?

    May 15

  • Jennifer W.

    Yes. It will start at 8 and will still be going on at 9.

    May 14

  • Michal O.

    Will breakfast still be going on at 9:00?

    May 14

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