Amherst College Humanists

Amherst College Humanists Amherst College students interested in practicing, promoting, and defending humanist values on campus and beyond. The Amherst College Humanists host speakers, perform community service, and organize both social and educational events on campus.

Aiming to foster a vibrant community of students who consider themselves secular, humanist, atheist, agnostic, and/or are simply interested in our mission, we promote and defend science, naturalism, humanist values, the separation of church and state, the freedom of (and from) religion, and open dialogue on all of the above.

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Sign up for the first Humanist Dinner of the year on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30pm: https://forms.gle/zoJfP81Wi4jQF8bf6...
10/02/2019
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Sign up for the first Humanist Dinner of the year on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30pm: https://forms.gle/zoJfP81Wi4jQF8bf6
We will be ordering food from Paradise of India! Our discussion topic will be: what is religion?

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10/22/2018

Join us tonight at 6:30 in Val Terrace Room A for a conversation about making meaning in the absence of a god!

03/28/2018

As promised, we are introducing a bi-weekly val dinner.
Come join as for an informal discussion tomorrow.(Wednesday 03/28 at 5 pm in Val). We'll be discussing the role of religious and other beliefs in the perpetuation of or mitigation of violence and bigotry.

03/08/2018

At our dinner today, we'll be discussing the following topic:
How do we maintain inter-faith discourse and harmony while sticking to humanist, secular, and atheist paradigms and principles.

even if you missed our sign up, do drop by to participate or listen to the discussion

last opportunity to sign up for the amherst college humanists dinner (tomorrow, Sunday, at 6 pm, in chapin). Food will b...
12/10/2017
RSVP -- Dinner with Amherst College Humanists

last opportunity to sign up for the amherst college humanists dinner (tomorrow, Sunday, at 6 pm, in chapin). Food will be catered from Oriental flavor - if you fill the form within the next hour or so.

Sunday, December 10, 6:00-7:30 pm, Pemberton Lounge, Chapin Hall. The Amherst College Humanists welcome you to join them for dinner and good conversation. Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of perso...

Yesterday, the Amherst College Humanists had our second dinner of the semester. We had a fruitful, charged, and engaged ...
11/01/2017

Yesterday, the Amherst College Humanists had our second dinner of the semester. We had a fruitful, charged, and engaged discussion over, among other things, the meaning of life in the absence of belief in a deity or religion. We also had nice food from bueno y sano and a cake to celebrate the birthday of all of our members who were born in October (in this case, Katherine Cyr!)

Come join us at our next dinner and feel free to message this page to get more information about who we are and what we do, or message [email protected]

Hope your semester is off to a wonderful start and that things have stabilized by now. We're planning on having a meetin...
09/18/2017
Doodle: Amherst College Humanists Meeting

Hope your semester is off to a wonderful start and that things have stabilized by now.
We're planning on having a meeting this week to both formalize the goals and expectations we all have and to demonstrate what our discussions look like.
Please fill the doodle poll (it takes 1 minute) so that I can know what time works best for the most people! The link is:

https://doodle.com/poll/qqc9qibznutaaixs

We look forward to seeing you all at what promises to be an exciting meeting!

This is to determine a tentative meeting date and time for the first discussion session of the Amherst College Humanists

08/17/2017

For the atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and/or other interested individuals, here are some ideas for what to read as you prepare for the next semester:

Light Reading:

1) The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer by Christopher Hitchens (this is a compilation of articles and excerpts from a lot of famous authors/scholars)

Moderate Readings:

1) God: The Failed Hypothesis by Victor J. Stenger

2) Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett

Heavier Readings:

1) Why I am not a Christian and other essays by Bertrand Russell

2) The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Feel Free to message to share your thoughts. looking forward to discussing fun ideas and books!

08/17/2017

Ready for the exciting new academic year?

The Amherst College Humanists are preparing an exciting set of modules that engage interested students, staff, and faculty members in discussions on how to lead ethical lives without subscribing to religious doctrines. We will talk about god, morality, ethics, and eventually debate what it means to be a humanist!
We are committed to be an inclusive space for those who wish to talk about faith and morality in a respectful, open setting!

Contact us if you want to join the team!!!!

02/21/2017

The Amherst College Humanist Club is hosting a dinner on Tuesday the 28th of February. This is will be open to all who wish to attend, and will be an informal, casual setting in which we can get to know our peers better, and have meaningful conversations. We will release more information soon.

Tentative Time: 6-8 pm
Tentative Venue: Cooper House, Amherst College

Looks interesting and promising. Do attend if you can!
11/07/2016

Looks interesting and promising. Do attend if you can!

The Amherst College Humanists had it's latest session of the 'Dialogues about Race' series, with the theme of the discus...
10/03/2016

The Amherst College Humanists had it's latest session of the 'Dialogues about Race' series, with the theme of the discussion addressing issues faced by Asian and Asian American students on campus, in light of Guy Lowe's "The Model Minority Narrative and its Effect on Asian American Identity and Social Status".
We will keep you updated about our current and future events, which, as things stand, can be classified into four categories:
1) Dialogues about Race (every two weeks)
2) Humanist Reflections (every two weeks)
3) Philosophical Counselling (with Professor Jyl Gentzler)
4) Collaborative/Miscellaneous events.

10/08/2015

Amherst College Humanists are looking for new student leadership! Please send a private message if you are interested in more information!

Secularism, Sexism and Speaking About the Bible | Amherst College
04/03/2015
Secularism, Sexism and Speaking About the Bible | Amherst College

Secularism, Sexism and Speaking About the Bible | Amherst College

Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou, professor of theology and religion at the University of Exeter, UK, will speak on "Secularism, Sexismand Speaking About the Bible, on Monday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Chapin Hall. Professor Stavrakopoulou’s research is primarily focused on ancient Israelite and…

04/03/2015

Are you a current student at Amherst College who is interested in becoming the new leader of the Amherst College Humanists? Send us a message pass it along, we are looking for new leadership!

Did you know there is a Secular Coalition for Massachusetts?This year ACH will be featuring relevant updates on state an...
08/19/2013
Massachusetts | Secular Coalition

Did you know there is a Secular Coalition for Massachusetts?

This year ACH will be featuring relevant updates on state and federal legislation concerning the separation of church & state.

Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country. The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal…

This new space will be a home for more than HCH — we’re partnering with local Humanist/atheist groups so we can all come...
08/19/2013
Boston's First Atheist Community Center (I Believe In...)

This new space will be a home for more than HCH — we’re partnering with local Humanist/atheist groups so we can all come together under one roof and offer an even broader range of programs and resources. But we need your help to make it happen!

This guest post comes to us from Sarah Chandonnet and was originally published on the Humanist Community Project blog. For nearly five years, I've worked at the Humanist Community at Harvard doing ...

Is There Room for Nontheists at Interfaith Services? – The Humanist
07/12/2013
Is There Room for Nontheists at Interfaith Services? – The Humanist

Is There Room for Nontheists at Interfaith Services? – The Humanist

Almost as soon as the bombs detonated during the Boston Marathon on April 15, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University began responding to the needs of their community by providing services customarily performed by chaplains. They planned vigils, provided emergency

Amherst College Humanists's cover photo
07/12/2013

Amherst College Humanists's cover photo

07/12/2013

We are looking forward to kicking off this Fall semester with regular ACH meetings, speaker events, & working with other student organizations to better the local community. Who's with us this Fall??

If you have an idea for an event or you're interested in joining our listerv or serving as an officer please email [email protected] :)

07/11/2013
Chris Stedman: Faitheist

We've sucessfully had "Faithiest" written by Chris Stedman added to the Amherst College Frost Stacks!!

Any more books on humanism, interfaith, secularism, atheism that you'd like to see purchased by Frost?

Author Chris Stedman speaks about his book, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground With The Religious. You can also watch this video on the free Call ...

Getting ready for Fall 2013!
07/11/2013

Getting ready for Fall 2013!

06/28/2013

Do you have ideas for speakers or events you'd like to see ACH host this Fall? Send us an email & tell us about it!!! [email protected]

06/26/2013
Nontheists Applaud Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA, Prop 8 | Secular Coalition for America

Nontheists Applaud Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA, Prop 8 | Secular Coalition for America

Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America today applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and to dismiss the appeal of the lower court’s decision on Proposition 8, making marriage equality legal again in California.

Heard many good things.
06/26/2013
3 Reasons to Read Faitheist by Chris Stedman

Heard many good things.

When I was first expressing my interest in interfaith work, a friend of mine had suggested looking into a man by the name of Chris Stedman, an atheist interfaith activist. After following his work,...

Last week Congress voted against an amendment which would have created humanist chaplains to provide confidential suppor...
06/09/2013
Mixed votes from HASC on military religious freedom

Last week Congress voted against an amendment which would have created humanist chaplains to provide confidential support to the 23% of armed service members who belong to no religious tradition. Read more here: http://www.armytimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013306050040

Do you think this was the right decision? Comment with your opinion!

It was Jesus 'yes' and atheists 'no' during debate before the House Armed Services Committee on the 2014 defense policy bill Wednesday.

06/06/2013

We hope you're having a fantastic Summer! We are taking this Summer to plan lots of events for the Fall!

This Is What It's Like to Be a Muslim in Boston Right Now
04/24/2013
This Is What It's Like to Be a Muslim in Boston Right Now

This Is What It's Like to Be a Muslim in Boston Right Now

When Anum Hussain heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, she immediately panicked, worried that the culprits would be like her. The 22-year-old Muslim was in the offices of Hubspot, the Cambridge marketing-software company she works for. As her coworkers frantically rushed to call loved ones who'd...

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Hi there. I’m an older Amherst resident, and I’m in the process of organizing a local atheist/humanist community group. I would very much like to meet with your leadership to discuss the possibility of building bridges between the secular communities at the local colleges and universities, and the atheists and humanists who live right here in the Valley. You can feel free to drop me a line here on Facebook, and we will see what develops from there.