On-Site Training for Celebrants: Rutgers University

The Humanist Institute is offering on-site training for individuals who are currently Humanist Celebrants or desiring to become Humanist Celebrants.

March 11, 2017

Rutgers University Conference Center

178 Ryders Lane

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Learn how to prepare unique and inspiring humanist wedding ceremonies

Find out how to care for individuals nearing the end of life and support their families during this time

Discover what makes a humanist memorial service so different

Gain an understanding of how humanists celebrate life events and milestones

Learn how to get in the queue for giving local meeting invocations, and some examples of appropriate versus inappropriate things to say when invited to do so

Acquire knowledge on what the Humanist Society has to offer

$75 per person



10:00 to 10:30 amWelcome & Introductions
10:30 to 12:00 pmWeddings
12:00 to 1:00 pmLunch (Provided)
1:00 to 2:30 pmEnd of Life Preparation & Memorials
2:30 to 3:00 pmInvocations
3:00 to 3:30 pmBaby Welcomings
3:30 to 4:00 pmComing of Age Celebrations

*All participants will be provided with 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. 


AK newsletter copyAnne KlaeysenCo-Dean of The Humanist Institute, is also a leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Humanist religious Life Advisor (aka chaplain) at Columbia University.  She was the first Humanist Chaplain at Adelphia University in Garden City, NY, and served the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island as Leader from 2002 to 2008.  Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hebrew Union College and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from New York University and German from the State University of New York at Albany.  She is a graduate of the Institute (Class10) and co-mentored Class 15.

Kristin WintermuteExecutive Director, has B.A. 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.  She 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 7 years as a family therapist in a variety of settings, including private practice, non-profit clinic for women and a for-profit health maintenance organization.

kristinShe 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.  After pursuing a career as a family therapist, she made a decision to leave the field of social work to become a stay-at-home mother.  She looked for part-time work from home and was hired by the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH) as Membership Director in 1998.  In 1999, NACH and its subsidiary, The Humanist Institute, became one organization.  She became its business manager and now is the executive director.  She is married to Joel Stromgren and the mother of Anya and Ari and the step-mother of Eva.


Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tower Center New Brunswick


If you have questions about any of the event details, please visit: http://humanistinstitute.org/about-us/contact-us/

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