The new president of Harvard’s chaplains’ organization was elected by the 40 chaplains, with anonymous voting.
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His name is Greg Epstein, he’s 44, and he’s a humanist who was raised in a Jewish household. He will begin being the president of the Harvard chaplains the following week.
“There is a rising group of people who no longer identify with any religious tradition but still experience a real need for conversation and support around what it means to be a good human and live an ethical life,” Epstein, the author of Good Without God, told the New York Times.
“We don’t look to a god for answers,” he said. “We are each other’s answers.”
Epstein, who also serves as a humanist chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has served as Harvard’s humanist chaplain since 2005 and, according to the Times, has been “teaching students about the progressive movement that centers people’s relationships with one another instead of with God.”
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— Greg M. Epstein (@gregmepstein) August 27, 2021
According to his bio, Epstein’s special areas of interest include “ethics in technology; meaning and purpose beyond religion; existentialism and humanism in literature and popular culture; developing healthy masculinity from a feminist perspective; secular humanistic Judaism; racial justice and healing; and the philosophy and practice of interfaith work.”