The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University will focus on parenting without religion this Saturday, Dec. 6, with an award ceremony, lecture and seminar.
At 11 am in the Fong Auditorium of Boylston Hall in Harvard Yard, Dale McGowan, Ph.D., will receive the 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year award and will give a short lecture on "Parenting Beyond Belief." The event is free and open to the public.
A regular contributor to Humanist Network News, McGowan is the editor and co-author of Parenting Beyond Belief, a collection of essays on nonreligious parenting, and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents.
After the award ceremony, McGowan will lead a 4-hour parenting seminar for registered participants. The cost to register for the seminar is $40 per person, or $60 per couple (lunch is $10 additional per person).
Seminar topics include: encouraging religious literacy without indoctrination; nurturing kids' development of active moral reasoning; addressing sensitive issues with religious relatives; fostering healthy understanding of death; and building a family atmosphere of fearless questioning and boundless wonder.
Humanist Network News is a weekly e-zine and monthly podcast of the Institute for Humanist Studies. The Institute for Humanist Studies promotes humanism, a non-religious philosophy based on reason and compassion. IHS advances human rights, secular ethics and the separation of religion and government through advocacy, innovation and collaboration.