Recording: “Good Life, Good Death” Humanist Society Teleconference

Quarterly Humanist Society Teleconferences provide instructional and collaborative opportunities to Humanist Celebrants & Chaplains.

People suffering from unbearable medical conditions should have the right to determine their own deaths. In this presentation, Dr. Martin Seidenfeld discusses the issues involved in the right suffering persons to determine their own deaths, and how The Final Exit Network works with qualified people to achieve death with dignity.

Feminism and Humanism: Women of Color Beyond Faith

In my book Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, I argue that the literature on secularism and gender does not capture the experiences of women of color negotiating racism, sexism, and poverty in historically religious communities. The relative dearth of secular humanist and freethought traditions amongst women of color cannot be separated from the broader context of white supremacy, gender politics, and racial segregation.

This course discusses how black feminism emerged from the struggle against white supremacy and white racism. In that racial slavery depended on the sexual exploitation of black women and the commodification of black women’s reproductive labor, it established an economic and gender hierarchy of women that advantaged white women and continues to shape feminist politics to this day.

Follow end of course: special feature article originally published Huffington Post “10 Fierce Atheists: Unapologetically Black Women Beyond Belief”

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by Sikivu Hutchinson

skepticon-croppedSikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is an educator and writer. Her books include Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, and the novel White Nights, Black Paradise, on Peoples Temple and the Jonestown massacre. She is a contributing editor for the Feminist Wire and her artcles have been published in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, Religions Dispatches and The Humanist Magazine. She was a 2014-2015 Visiting Scholar at USC’s Center for Feminist Research and was named Secular Woman’s “Secular Woman of the Year” in 2013. She has taught Education, Critical Studies and Sociology at UCLA, the California Institute of Arts and Seattle University.

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Are the “Nones” Done with Civic Engagement?

We co-sponsored an Augsburg University Martin Olav Sabo Symposium on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. Are the “Nones” Done with Civic Engagement? brought together several notable speakers to discuss organizing the religiously unaffiliated in today’s climate of polarization. In this FREE course, the conference is presented in four parts and includes:

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Enroll in The Humanist Lifestance

Be challenged. Be inspired. Be encouraged.

Course 101 – The Humanist Lifestance
with Faculty James Croft & Anne Klaeysen
Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26, 2018
(9am to 5pm each day)
American Humanist Association Office
1821 Jefferson Pl, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost includes daily breakfast and lunch

This pre-requisite course introduces students to in-depth critical thinking, analytic discussion and other methods of instruction that make the Humanist Studies Program distinct. This course provides the fundamentals necessary to prepare students for further exploration of humanism in proceeding courses throughout the program. We will address questions of personal meaning, worth, and significance in a naturalistic way through readings, films, and personal storytelling. Field trips will include local museums and exhibits where we can engage one another in exploring these questions.

What characteristics distinguish humankind in contrast to other living things? Are these characteristics fixed or can they be changed by experience? What causes someone to think, feel or act the way they do? Is humankind naturally good or evil? Are we inherently selfish? Where do we come from? Why are we here? How should we treat each other? How do we know what is true? Read full course description.

Minimum of 5 enrolled students is required to offer any course.
Registration is closed for August Course. Please email education@americanhumanist.org if interested in future class.

Faculty

Dr. James Croft is Outreach Leader at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. He studied education at the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and completed his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a graduate and former board member of The Humanist Institute. His writing can be found in The Humanist magazine and on Huffington Post. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan, and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist.

Dr. Anne Klaeysen is a Leader at New York Society for Ethical Culture, the Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University, and the Humanist Chaplain at New York University. She was co-dean of The Humanist Institute (now the AHA Center for Education). She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College, as well as master’s degrees in German from the State University New York Albany and business administration from NYU.

Enroll in Physical and Life Sciences

Be Challenged. Be Inspired. Be Encouraged.

Course 202 – Physical and Life Sciences: Foundation Blocks of Humanism
with Faculty Dale Bryant
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, 22, 2018
(9am to 5pm each day)
American Humanist Association Office
1821 Jefferson Pl, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost includes daily breakfast and lunch

Understand the various attacks on, problems for, and factors influencing the pursuit of science, which is a foundation block of humanism. Scientific work is done in a cultural setting, which is influenced by the politics and economic factors of the day. In the past we have had to worry about the “creationists.” While the creationists are still present and doing damage, there are new challenges in the postmodern world. Truth claims come from various ethnic groups with alternative stories. All are looking for validation. Challenges come from feminism, multiculturalism and religious conservatives. This course explores these issues to better understand what science is, what it does, and what it tells us.

Only students who have completed prerequisite Course 101 (The Humanist Lifestance) may enroll in Course 202. Minimum of 5 enrolled students is required to offer any course. Please email us if interested in Course 101.

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Faculty

Dale Bryant is the Technology Director at Wunderman, a global digital advertising agency. He holds a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a MS in American history from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Despite growing up in a very rural and religious part of South Dakota and spending four years at an Evangelical boarding school, Dale managed to leave his superstitions behind. Today he has a passion for history, skepticism, and science education.

On-Site Training for Celebrants: Las Vegas

Join on-site training for individuals who are currently Humanist Celebrants or desiring to become Humanist Celebrants.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10am-4pm

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(after American Humanist Association Conference)

  • Learn how to prepare unique & inspiring humanist wedding ceremonies
  • Find out how to care for individuals nearing the end of life & support their families
  • Gain understanding of how humanists celebrate life events & milestones
  • Understand how to give proper local meeting invocations

Note: The AHA Center for Education trains celebrants and The Humanist Society endorses celebrants, enabling them to perform ceremonies. This training will inform you how to get endorsed but will not endorse you.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

A full refund will be provided if cancellation notice is given 15 days in advance of the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

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*Participants will receive supporting materials to begin (or add to) their personal library of resources i.e. sample ceremonies, suggested readings, creative ideas. Endorsed celebrants will be added to a local database.

Trainers

Kathy Diedrich holds credentials as a Humanist Celebrant and a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant. She earned certificates from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Foundations of Celebrancy, Weddings, Funerals, and Ceremonies for Children and Families. Since 2010, she has performed over 250 ceremonies, writing each one to meet the needs and wishes of her clients. Kathy has offered weddings, memorials, naming ceremonies, and coming of age ceremonies. While the demand for secular services came as somewhat of a surprise, Kathy is happy to provide custom, meaningful ceremonies throughout southeastern Minnesota, and to often be the first face of Humanism for her clients. Before becoming a full-time celebrant, Kathy was a programmer and project manager at IBM for 28 years.

kristinKristin Wintermuteis the Director of Education for the American Humanist Association. She has BA degrees in Psychology and Art Studio from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maine, Orono. Wintermute has done post-graduate course work in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management; Web Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and Accounting Certification at North Hennepin Community College. She worked for over seven years as a family therapist in a variety of settings, including private practice, a non-profit clinic for women and a for-profit health maintenance organization.

She is a life-long humanist who attended the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (FUS) throughout her childhood and teen years. At first she was enrolled in FUS’s “Humanist Education Program” and in high school became a classroom teacher. As an undergraduate at the University of Montana, she used FUS’s “Humanist Education Program” curriculum at the Unitarian Fellowship of Missoula, Montana to form their first Humanist-oriented Sunday School. In 1998, she was hired by the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH) as Membership Director. In 1999, NACH and its subsidiary, The Humanist Institute, became one organization and she became its business manager and later the executive director. In 2018 The Humanist Institute became the AHA Center for Education.

On-Site Training for Celebrants: Colorado

Join on-site training for individuals who are currently Humanist Celebrants or desiring to become Humanist Celebrants.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10am-4pm

La Baguette
2417 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
$75 per person

  • Learn how to prepare unique & inspiring humanist wedding ceremonies
  • Find out how to care for individuals nearing the end of life & support their families
  • Gain understanding of how humanists celebrate life events & milestones
  • Understand how to give proper local meeting invocations

Note: The AHA Center for Education trains celebrants and The Humanist Society endorses celebrants, enabling them to perform ceremonies. This training will inform you how to get endorsed but will not endorse you.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

A full refund will be provided if cancellation notice is given 15 days in advance of the training. No refunds will be made thereafter.

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*Participants will receive supporting materials to begin (or add to) their personal library of resources i.e. sample ceremonies, suggested readings, creative ideas. Endorsed celebrants will be added to a local database.

Trainers

Kathy Diedrich holds credentials as a Humanist Celebrant and a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant. She earned certificates from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute in Foundations of Celebrancy, Weddings, Funerals, and Ceremonies for Children and Families. Since 2010, she has performed over 250 ceremonies, writing each one to meet the needs and wishes of her clients. Kathy has offered weddings, memorials, naming ceremonies, and coming of age ceremonies. While the demand for secular services came as somewhat of a surprise, Kathy is happy to provide custom, meaningful ceremonies throughout southeastern Minnesota, and to often be the first face of Humanism for her clients. Before becoming a full-time celebrant, Kathy was a programmer and project manager at IBM for 28 years.

kristinKristin Wintermute is the Director of Education for the American Humanist Association. She has BA degrees in Psychology and Art Studio from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maine, Orono. Wintermute has done post-graduate course work in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management; Web Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and Accounting Certification at North Hennepin Community College. She worked for over seven years as a family therapist in a variety of settings, including private practice, a non-profit clinic for women and a for-profit health maintenance organization.

She is a life-long humanist who attended the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (FUS) throughout her childhood and teen years. At first she was enrolled in FUS’s “Humanist Education Program” and in high school became a classroom teacher. As an undergraduate at the University of Montana, she used FUS’s “Humanist Education Program” curriculum at the Unitarian Fellowship of Missoula, Montana to form their first Humanist-oriented Sunday School. In 1998, she was hired by the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH) as Membership Director. In 1999, NACH and its subsidiary, The Humanist Institute, became one organization and she became its business manager and later the executive director. In 2018 The Humanist Institute became the AHA Center for Education.

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