About the Chaplaincy
The YHC strives to provide members with access to a caring community, support in an ethical framework, and opportunities for reflective service. Additionally, we hope to engage in activities to educate community members about the worldview of Humanism as defined in the Humanist Manifesto.
The YHC coordinates a variety of social, academic and service projects for the Yale and New Haven communities. In line with our mission, as described above, we regularly:
- Host lectures, workshops and debates, often open to the public, about Humanist and related issues.
- Provide events for social engagement and informal discussions for students, both with fellow Humanists and in inter-religious contexts.
- Develop personal, one-on-one support, as well as a larger safe and open atmosphere for students, alumni and others in the larger New Haven community.
- Organize humanitarian service opportunities to engage students with social problems they may not otherwise encounter, give them a change to give back, and nurture the virtues of generosity and compassion—both as a community of Humanists, and in partnership with our religious neighbors.
- Coordinate with and connect our members to other Humanist communities, such as through our partnerships with the Humanist Community at Harvard and the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers, as well as to the broader movement.
The Yale Humanist Community started working on this mission in the Fall semester of 2012 when it was founded by Miles Lasater and Paul Chiariello. We are recognized as a chapter of the American Humanist Association and the Humanist Unitarian Universalist Association. Locally we are a member group of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason. Here at Yale, Chris Stedman, our Coordinator for Humanist Life, is a Fellow of Davenport College and the YHC is a Community Agency member of Dwight Hall.
About the Chaplain
Chris Stedman is the Coordinator of Humanist Life for the Yale Humanist Community. He is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (Beacon Press/Random House). He has also served as the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Values in Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard, is the co-founder and Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue and founder of the first blog dedicated to exploring atheist-interfaith engagement, NonProphet Status, as well as a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core.
Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago (with dual concentrations in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Religion & the Arts. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the interfaith global development organization World Faith and is an official advisor to nontheistic charitable organization Foundation Beyond Belief‘s Challenge the Gap initiative, as well as their new Pathfinders Project program
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