Humanist Chaplaincy at American University - Washington, DC

Humanist Chaplaincy at American University - Washington, DC The Chaplaincy helps students to explore Humanism, to put into action its progressive values, & to connect with each other, the community, & the movement.

The Humanist Chaplaincy’s Work 1) offering educational programs, services, & materials to promote the wider understanding of Humanism, its meaning, history, forms, & pragmatic relevance to our lives, as well as its relationships to various traditions, philosophies, & fields – from religious to secular, from arts & sciences to the other disciplines & professions taught at the University; 2) supporting & fostering participants’ personal development & well-being with particular focus on the moral, emotional, psycho-social, & philosophical facets of life, including our human search for & creation of meaning & purpose in our lives; 3) facilitating the development of a healthy & vibrant Humanist community at AU that fulfills a measure of our common needs for connection & friendship, intimacy & love, participation in & belonging to a circle of like-minded others committed to the greater good; 4) actively engaging with & benefiting the larger community, society, & world in which AU operates through service & advocacy that applies the vision & values of Humanism such as affirming, defending, & advancing the equality, liberty, & humanity of all, as well as standing with & aiding the unfortunate & disadvantaged, the exploited & oppressed; 5) educating ourselves & others about the imperative of mutual respect, tolerance, & co-operation to achieve humanity’s shared goals in a free, fair, & pluralist democracy. The Chaplaincy works closely with the Secular Student Alliance at American University ([email protected]), a chapter of the national SSA. Visit [email protected]'s fb page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/34367344446/

Graduation celebration online with SSA via Zoom on May 30th @ 5pm Eastern! Get info and RSVP for password at:https://sec...
05/28/2020
Virtual Graduation - Secular Student Alliance

Graduation celebration online with SSA via Zoom on May 30th @ 5pm Eastern! Get info and RSVP for password at:
https://secularstudents.org/graduation/
Congrats to you all!

Virtual Graduation With all of the closures of high schools and colleges across the country, many of our students will not be participating in their graduation ceremonies on campus in May, so we are excited to host a virtual graduation to celebrate our SSA students. Please join us on May 30, at 5pm....

Winning back the White House & Senate this fall depends on all of us progressives! Learn more about how you can help win...
05/28/2020
Our 2020 Plan — NextGen America

Winning back the White House & Senate this fall depends on all of us progressives! Learn more about how you can help win in November by connecting with NextGen America, a young voter mobilization campaign. Online at: https://nextgenamerica.org/2020-plan/

We're going to win back the White House and Senate by registering almost 300,000 people from our communities to vote and organizing nearly five million young voters to cast a ballot for progressives.

Congrats to all AU and other grads! Please contact me if I can be of any help as you - grads or others - are wanting to ...
05/19/2020

Congrats to all AU and other grads! Please contact me if I can be of any help as you - grads or others - are wanting to talk about jobs, internships, local groups in various areas, online activism and continuing education opportunities, personal issues, etc. I'll try to help in any way I can. Good luck to you all at this very challenging time! We will get past this pandemic, and make the world a better and healthier place for us all as we do this together! Take care and be well!

May 1-8 are this year's Secular Week of Action. Learn more and get involved at: https://weekofaction.org/
05/01/2020
Week of Action - Week of Action

May 1-8 are this year's Secular Week of Action. Learn more and get involved at: https://weekofaction.org/

A Compassionate Response to COVID-19MAY 1 – MAY 10 Learn More Events Near Me Local Group Action Local Group Action What is The Week of Action The Secular Week of Action exists to mobilize secular people to make positive changes in our communities. Local secular organizations across the diverse non...

Free Coursera / Yale class on "The Science of Well-Being" starts 4/7. Learn more and enroll for free at:https://www.cour...
04/07/2020
The Science of Well-Being | Coursera

Free Coursera / Yale class on "The Science of Well-Being" starts 4/7. Learn more and enroll for free at:
https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being?utm_source=gg&utm_medium=sem&utm_content=09-ScienceofWellBeing-US&campaignid=9728548210&adgroupid=102459401907&device=c&keyword=wellbeing%20training%20courses&matchtype=b&network=g&devicemodel=&adpostion=&creativeid=428300743411&hide_mobile_promo&gclid=Cj0KCQjwybD0BRDyARIsACyS8mv1WIw4hH-5IXTM4E9dEHGrMGpxC7jOr1sip6W842eSrGp9xPxRYy4aAhkoEALw_wcB

Learn The Science of Well-Being from Yale University. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos ...

04/07/2020

DC-based college students, particularly in health-related fields, started DC Covid Sitter to support area healthcare workers with child and pet care, grocery runs, etc. Learn more and volunteer at:
http://www.dccovidsitters.com/students

Chaplains helping students facing Covid-19, campus closures, travel and housing problems, and stress - in the news: http...
03/18/2020
Campus chaplains, religious clubs advocate for students in a moment of anxiety - Religion News Service

Chaplains helping students facing Covid-19, campus closures, travel and housing problems, and stress - in the news: https://religionnews.com/2020/03/16/chaplains-faith-based-clubs-aim-to-be-advocates-for-students-in-a-moment-of-anxiety/

Please reach out if you're needing help. Email me at:
[email protected] or ring me on cell (# in "About" section).

BOSTON (RNS) — As university campuses around the country shut down and move classes online, chaplains and faith-based campus groups are stepping in to ease the transition.

Today 2/13/19 is Fossil Fuel Divestment Day nationwide, and at least 50 college student groups are participating, includ...
02/13/2020
Fossil Fuel Divestment Day

Today 2/13/19 is Fossil Fuel Divestment Day nationwide, and at least 50 college student groups are participating, including Fossil Fuel AU.
Learn more at https://divested.betterfutureproject.org/f2d2
and get involved at https://www.facebook.com/FossilFreeAu/.

Divest Ed is a national training and strategy hub supporting the student-led fossil fuel divestment network. We're working to build a grassroots youth movement demanding our universities to divest from fossil fuels, and support the growth of local, regenerative economies in the process. Current prog...

Impeachment cover-up protests nationwide this evening 2/5/20 at 5:30pm! Reject the Cover-up is a coalition of groups inc...
02/05/2020
Reject the Coverup | Attend a Rally This Wednesday

Impeachment cover-up protests nationwide this evening 2/5/20 at 5:30pm! Reject the Cover-up is a coalition of groups including Common Cause, Public Citizen, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Women's March, Indivisible, nextgen america, and Bend the Arc....

Find the demo nearest you at:
https://rejectthecoverup.org/?source=bta
Or host an event and list it here.

DC friends: demo on east side of Capitol Bldg.

The Senate Republicans have failed to act on their Constitutional responsibility to remove a criminal from the presidency, and have covered up his crimes by blocking relevant evidence and witnesses from an authentic hearing. Now it's up to us to remove Trump and his complicit cronies through the elections. Let's step up our work, and let's show the world what real democracy looks like!

On Wednesday, Americans will mobilize to show our elected officials we Reject The Coverup of President Trump's impeachable actions.

Voter registration is key to getting new voters involved, so please get registered, if you're not already (talking to yo...
02/05/2020
Rock the Vote

Voter registration is key to getting new voters involved, so please get registered, if you're not already (talking to you all, first time voters!), share info with folks who may be able to use this info, check your registration if it's old and you're unsure of your status, and make sure sure you know your voting options and details.

Here are a couple super helpful websites:
Rock the Vote - https://www.rockthevote.org/ and
Vote.org - https://www.vote.org/

There are many worthy candidates to volunteer for and donate to, and, of course, critical get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts as we near primaries and national election day. So please get engaged and make our democracy work better for us all!

Since 1990, Rock the Vote has fused pop culture, music, art & technology to fulfill its mission of building long-term youth political power. Register and Rock the Vote today!

Women's March 2020 in DC - & worldwide - this Saturday 1/18.Humanists, atheists, secularists, & other freethinkers in DC...
01/13/2020

Women's March 2020 in DC - & worldwide - this Saturday 1/18.
Humanists, atheists, secularists, & other freethinkers in DC are invited to march with the American Humanist Association.
This year we are again challenging Trump, holding him accountable for his actions, and continuing the fight for women’s rights and equality. Here's the plan:

10:00 AM – Meet at the southwest corner of F St. and 12th St. NW, DC (the entrance to Metro Center) to join the group or just grab a sign.

10:20 AM – Two-block walk to Freedom Plaza for the start of the march.

RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/DC-Atheists-Humanists-Agnostics/events/267723198

Women's March 2020 website: https://womensmarch.com/2020-march-info

12/11/2019
Happy Festivus

Good luck with final exams and papers, everyone!
Wishing you all a fun and recharging break, plus a chill set of gatherings with family and friends!
Happy Festivus for the rest of us!
See you in 2020!

https://www.facebook.com/HappyFestivus/

Festivus is held on December 23 each year.

Secular students are the cover article focus for the current issue of "The Humanist" magazine: "Secular Students Are Lea...
10/03/2019
Secular Students Are Leading the Way - TheHumanist.com

Secular students are the cover article focus for the current issue of "The Humanist" magazine:
"Secular Students Are Leading the Way" by Ryan Bell, field organizer for the Secular Student Alliance. Check it out at:
https://thehumanist.com/magazine/september-october-2019/features/secular-students-are-leading-the-way

SSA is helping nones form campus groups that share specific values and help combat the loneliness and depression so many young people feel.

Green going teen! Diverse teen girls emerging as leaders of the climate movement worldwide. Inspiring article in 9/26/19...
09/27/2019
Teen girls are leading the climate strikes and helping change the face of environmentalism

Green going teen! Diverse teen girls emerging as leaders of the climate movement worldwide. Inspiring article in 9/26/19 Washington Post (p A21): https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/09/24/teen-girls-are-leading-climate-strikes-helping-change-face-environmentalism/

“We have a new wave of contention in society that’s being led by women," sociologist Dana Fisher said. "And the youth climate movement is leading this generational shift."

Secular lobby days in DC this Thursday & Friday 9/26-27. Find out more and sign up at http://www.lobbyday.us/This advoca...
09/25/2019
2019 Secular Summit & Lobby Day

Secular lobby days in DC this Thursday & Friday 9/26-27. Find out more and sign up at http://www.lobbyday.us/

This advocacy work is organized by the Secular Coalition for America, to which the Secular Student Alliance and the American Humanist Association both belong. Learn more and get involved in fighting for your rights and the rights of all people to freedom of conscience.

Secular Coalition for America

Neo-Nazis lose in federal court to AU's 1st African American student gov't president: Daily Stormer founder & editor + a...
08/13/2019
Federal judge awards over $700,000 to former American University student targeted in neo-Nazi ‘troll storm’

Neo-Nazis lose in federal court to AU's 1st African American student gov't president: Daily Stormer founder & editor + another defendant fined $700K in precedent setting anti-trolling case!

Congrats and thanks to Taylor Dumpson for leading in this fight against fascists and for our multicultural democracy and equal protection for all citizens!

Details in the Washington Post on Sunday 8/11/19 - p C6:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/federal-judge-awards-700000-to-former-american-university-student-targeted-in-neo-nazi-troll-storm/2019/08/10/f73dca84-bb7f-11e9-bad6-609f75bfd97f_story.html

Taylor Dumpson, the first black woman to serve as the school’s student government president, sued Andrew Anglin, founder of neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer.

Scholarship applications from the Secular Student Alliance are ***due 8/31,*** so do check this out and spread the word!...
07/15/2019
Scholarships - Secular Student Alliance

Scholarship applications from the Secular Student Alliance are ***due 8/31,*** so do check this out and spread the word!
https://secularstudents.org/scholarships/

Scholarships for Student Activists SSA Student Activist Scholarship Each year, the Secular Student Alliance offers scholarships to student activists who demonstrate secular values in their personal lives, on their campus, and in their community. 2018 Recipients Fill out my online form. The American....

The Secular Student Alliance holds its national conference July 12-14, 2019 in LA. For more info, including scholarship ...
05/20/2019
2019 SSA National Conference - Secular Student Alliance

The Secular Student Alliance holds its national conference July 12-14, 2019 in LA. For more info, including scholarship details, check out:
https://secularstudents.org/conference/2019conference/

Secular Student Alliance National Conference Join us at the University of Southern California Day Hour Minute Second Register Schedule & Speakers Housing About Planning Your Trip Policies Call for Presentations Sponsor the Conference We are grateful to be hosted by the Office of Religious Life at th...

Summer conferences are coming soon!June 7-9, 2019 - The American Humanist Association holds its first ever multi-site & ...
05/20/2019
AHA Annual Conference 2019 - Five University Venues and Webcast

Summer conferences are coming soon!
June 7-9, 2019 - The American Humanist Association holds its first ever multi-site & VIRTUAL conference! Stream the whole conference and/or attend in-person at one of the five select university locations across the US:
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
Rice University Houston, TX
Pitzer College Claremont, CA
University of Miami Miami, FL
Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
Each of these venues will host one half-day session.

Don’t miss informative sessions on humanism, science, social justice, the First Amendment, and more! Plus, opportunities to network and socialize with fellow humanists, distinguished speakers, and celebrity guests.

Attend in-person and/or online! Get more info, including scholarship details, and register for the conference livestream or to attend at one of the five locations at:
https://conference.americanhumanist.org/

Secular Week of Action 4/26-5/2!The Secular Student Alliance, American Humanist Association, & 18 other national free-th...
04/22/2019
Week of Action - Secular Coalition for America

Secular Week of Action 4/26-5/2!
The Secular Student Alliance, American Humanist Association, & 18 other national free-thought groups are partnering on a range of activities starting this Friday, so please do get involved and active!

Learn more and sign up via Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/secularweekofaction/?mc_cid=4c80fcbc20&mc_eid=f185dacba5
or via the website
https://weekofaction.org/

Good luck wrapping up your academic work for this year!

Please do contact Chaplain Ben for any help in connecting with various groups over the summer, wherever you may be going, or for internships that will start next fall back in DC.

SECULAR WEEK OF ACTIONAPRIL 26 - MAY 2 Learn More Individual Action Individual Action Local Group Action Local Group Action What is The Week of Action The Secular Week of Action is a call to secular communities across the country to put their secular values into action. Local secular organizations a...

04/17/2019
Bill Nye: Science Guy Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Indie

4/18 elections for the Secular Student Alliance at AU! 5:30-7:30pm in MGC 323.
This is our final mtg of the academic yr, & we'll watch the 2017 funny documentary "Bill Nye: Science Guy" and hang out. Check out the trailer here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGmGNqPpMqU

Bill Nye: Science Guy Trailer #1 (2017): Check out the new trailer starring Bill Nye! Be the first to watch, comment, and share Indie trailers, clips, and fe...

3/28: Progressives in 2020: Looking Forward – A Conversation with David Weigel of the Washington PostMarch 284:00 PM – 5...
03/27/2019
Home: Progressives in 2020: Looking Forward A Conversation with David Weigel of The Washington Post

3/28: Progressives in 2020: Looking Forward – A Conversation with David Weigel of the Washington Post

March 28
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Kerwin Hall, 311

Will the Democrats fully embrace progressive ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal? And will those ideas sway voters in 2020? Join Washington Post's David Weigel and Inaugural Sine Institute Fellow and former Michigan Governor candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, as they discuss what might play out for progressives in the elections of 2020.

RSVP: https://american.swoogo.com/Lookingforward2020

Will the Democrats fully embrace progressive ideas like Medicare for All and the Green New Deal? And will those ideas sway voters in 2020? Join The Washington Post's David Weigel and Inaugural Sine Institute Fellow and former Michigan Governor candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, as they discuss what might pl...

AU Career Fair tomorrow 3/26 @ 1-4pm: the Fund for the Public Interest invites our members to stop by their table and fi...
03/25/2019
The Fund

AU Career Fair tomorrow 3/26 @ 1-4pm: the Fund for the Public Interest invites our members to stop by their table and find out how to get engaged over the summer with jobs that pay students to help make a difference. Learn valuable communication, leadership and organizing skills while helping to protect the environment, public health, and our democracy - and working with people who share your passions and core values.

Check out the Fund for the Public Interest, a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent social change and environmental organizations, such as the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Environment America.

The Fund is currently hiring students to join its summer campaign staff right here in DC, and in 30 other cities across the country. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication skills and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campaign actions including: running media events, petitioning, canvassing, fundraising, and writing letters to the editor, all while being paid as members of our staff. Our staff typically earn an average of $13-18/hour.

Interested? Apply today! Just go to www.summerjobsthatmatter.org.

Fund For the Public Interest is partnering with groups like Environment America to take on polluters, tackle climate change or get pesticides out of our food supply. These groups have counted on us for 35 years to generate the people power they need to take on Exxon Mobil, Monsanto or other oppositi...

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General information

Meet AU's Humanist Chaplain Ben / Binyamin Biber biber at american.edu Chaplain Biber started the Humanist Chaplaincy at AU in 2011, and serves as the faculty adviser to the Secular Student Alliance at AU, a chapter of the national SSA. Connect with [email protected] via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/34367344446/ email <secularstudentallianceamerican at gmail.com> and through its AU Campus Labs site https://american.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/secularstudents Ben also operates the Humanist Chaplaincy of Greater Washington, DC, providing to the wider community various counseling and life-cycle ceremony services such as weddings, baby welcomings, & funerals. He’s an ordained Humanistic rabbi who for 13 years served a DC congregation called Machar, the Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism (‘Machar’=’tomorrow’ in Hebrew). He is a past president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis (the Chaplaincy's endorsing organization), a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street – working for a just peace between Israel & Palestine, & a former board member of the Humanist Society, the professional organization of chaplains and officiants active in the American Humanist Association (the national 501(c)(3) nonprofit of which the Chaplaincy is a chapter). Ben is also a social worker trained in counseling, community organizing, nonprofit leadership, & progressive advocacy.

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