Graduate Spotlight: Jim Barnett
Feb23

Graduate Spotlight: Jim Barnett

Benefits of the Humanist Institute About the Author: Jim Barnett is on the board of The Humanist Institute and graduated with Class 18. He is co-founder and co-president of the Bay Area Humanists and is one of the organizers of the Humanists and Non-Theists group in the San Francisco UU congregation. Upon retirement, I was eager to put my time to use in a way that helped people. My education was in biology and I have a particular...

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Graduate Spotlight: Stuart Bechman
Jan31

Graduate Spotlight: Stuart Bechman

Understanding Humanist Heritage About the Author: Stuart Bechman is a past president of Atheist Alliance International and has served on the boards of the Secular Coalition for America and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. He is a graduate of the 17th class of The Humanist Institute. I became an atheist on my own, somewhat of an antitheist rejecting my religious background, and I wanted to find more positive...

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Staff Spotlight: Emily Newman
Jan04

Staff Spotlight: Emily Newman

Why Humanist Education is Needed Now About the Author: Emily Newman is Development & Communications Assistant of The Humanist Institute and Communications Coordinator of the American Ethical Union. Elections expose and sow a lot of hate—hate towards people who are different, hate for the policies and systems that have failed us, and hate born of fear. It becomes easy to hate political figures and their supporters when we believe...

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Graduate Spotlight: Dan Blinn
Apr29

Graduate Spotlight: Dan Blinn

Humanist Philosophy at the Diner About the Author: Dan Blinn is a consumer protection lawyer, Humanist Celebrant, and secular advocate. He is the founding president of Hartford Area Humanists and a member of Class 19 of the Humanist Institute. Follow him on Twitter @danblinn. My involvement in the Humanist Institute was invaluable to me as I served as one of the organizers of the Hartford Area Humanists and as its founding president....

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Graduate Spotlight: Vanessa Gomez Brake
Mar25

Graduate Spotlight: Vanessa Gomez Brake

 A Humanist Community for a Godless City About the Author: Vanessa Gomez Brake is a graduate of Class 18 of the Humanist Institute. She is co-president of the San Francisco Bay Area Humanists, a local chapter of the American Humanist Association. Several years ago, my search for a humanist community began. I sought out to find a group of like-minded people with whom I could connect often. I certainly lived in the perfect place to...

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