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first_imgA sneeze rang out during a ceremonial open house Tuesday (Sept. 7) for the new humanist center at Harvard. On cultural autopilot, someone responded: “God bless you.” Oops. Sometimes God happens.At the mention of a deity, two Roman Catholics in the crowd of 30 — both undergraduates visiting with an atheist friend — traded high-fives. Everyone else laughed.The three-word sneeze sermon was an auspicious start — call it a secular blessing — for the new community center at 19 Arrow St. It’s the first of its kind on a U.S. campus, and the first official gathering spot for Harvard’s community of nonbelievers, estimated at 1,500.Non-Harvard nonbelievers are welcome at the center too, which receives no financial support from the University.“We’re trying to use this space to build the core of a community,” said Greg M. Epstein, Harvard humanist chaplain and author of the recent bestseller “Good Without God” (HarperCollins, 2009).He called the book’s title “the three words that still sum it up most quickly for me,” the idea that the world’s 1 billion nonreligious people have values that embrace personal morality and public charity.“It’s not about what we don’t believe,” Epstein told the small gathering. “Humanism is about what we do stand for.”A poster in the small space claimed that 40 million Americans call themselves humanists, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, or just secular. But don’t try fitting all of them into the new community center. It’s a beautiful set of two rooms — all eccentric angles, muted colors, and high windows. But it’s compact.Snug as it is, the Arrow Street space is a long step up from Epstein’s closet-size office in the basement of Harvard’s Memorial Church. That was so small, said Sarah Chandonnet, M.T.S . ’09, that she often had to pull up a chair in the corridor. (Chandonnet is the Humanist Chaplaincy’s campus organizer.)“We’re going to try to use this space as creatively as we can,” said Epstein, who, by the way, will keep his church office.Plans for the center include: a monthly open house; weekly meetings of the Harvard Humanist Graduate Community and the Harvard Secular Society (for undergraduates); a biweekly meditation group on Saturdays; and a biweekly Humanist Forum on Sundays.The first forum, led by Epstein, will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 12). The next sessions will feature “Friendly Atheist” blogger Hemant Mehta (Sept. 19) and Sean Faircloth, director of the Secular Coalition for America (Oct. 3).The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard will also host outspoken atheist and author Sam Harris on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Church.The new center has turned the Arrow Street neighborhood into a medley of religious (and irreligious) options. It’s across the street from the Harvard Catholic Student Center and around the corner from Harvard Hillel.“It’s a great symbol — a new way of envisioning life on campus,” said Epstein. “We intend to be neighbors and we intend to be good neighbors. And we intend to be thought-provoking neighbors.”The office has welcomed Catholic guests from across the street before, he said. “We should be culturally literate about each other as communities.”For the open house, Cameron Niven ’13, an atheist who was raised a charismatic Christian, brought along three Catholic friends.The humanist camaraderie will be welcome, she said, and the outreach too. There are a lot of misconceptions about the nonreligious, that they’re immoral, “and that we don’t do any good in the world,” said Niven, a neuroscience concentrator.Good deeds and right action do not rise out of religious values alone, said Epstein.“We live in a world, this one world, this natural world, that we experience from birth to death,” he said. “We can’t know of any life before this one or any life after this one. So we feel all the more pressure to make this life count, to do with it the very best we can for ourselves, for one another, and for the entire world.”last_img read more


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. East Bengal is involved in a contracts dispute with Jobby Justin.Abinash Ruidas has been released from East Bengal following a contract row.Kapil Dev played as a substitute for East Bengal against Mohun Bagan in 1992. Kolkata: Through a social media campaign, a section of irate fans on Wednesday urged cricket legend Kapil Dev to boycott East Bengal’s Foundation Day programme, alleging that the 100-year-old club engaged in “unethical and fraudulent” practices. India’s first World Cup-winning captain is slated to visit the red-and-gold camp to receive its highest honour, Bharat Gaurav, on Thursday. The legendary all-rounder’s East Bengal connection dates back to June 22, 1992, when he signed for the club and six days later played for 27 minutes as a substitute striker, in an exhibition match versus Mohun Bagan.     Rubbishing the social media trend, East Bengal’s executive committee member Debabrata Sarkar, however, confirmed that Dev is slated to come as per original schedule. “There’s no change in plan. He’s coming to receive the Bharat Gaurav,” Sarkar told PTI. On the eve of the Foundation Day celebrations, fans ran a campaign #KapilDevBoycottEB, citing East Bengal’s contract rows with players Jobby Justin and Abinash Ruidas. They also highlighted the possible pullout of their Bengaluru-based title sponsors Quess Corp.     “Good @QuessConnect pull out. How long could they support such an unethical club-like @EastBengalFc ruing #IndianFootball #KapildevBoycottEB,” wrote a verified Twitter user who describes himself to be freelance cricket writer.     Another verified Twitter user, who describes himself as a senior manager of a social media group, cited the example of the club’s recent contract row with Jobby Justin, and tweeted: “My heart feels for the footballer who had to go through such unethical practices by a 100 yrs club @eastbengalfc @therealkapildev #KapilDevBoycottEB.”     “Okay so now East Bengal is dragging @therealKapilDev into this dirt. They have no shame. @eastbengalfc grow some consciousness before thinking of calling the legend. #KapilDevBoycottEB,” wrote another verified user.     “We request #KapilDevBoycottEB it’s been history for @eastbengalfc for fraudulent activities. @therealkapildev,” tweeted another user, attaching the news story of Abinash Ruidas being released from the club after a bitter contract row in 2017.center_img highlightslast_img read more


first_imgA huge crowd gathered in Gaoth Dobhair GAA club to welcome the Sam Maguire to the heart of the gaeltacht.The McGee brothers stopped off to see mum in Dore, before the players took Sam to the SeaView for dinner!Then it was off to the club for a very noisy reception. Were you in Gaoth Dobhair for Sam?Send your pictures to [email protected] Leon Duffy holding Sam maguire cup tonight in Seaview in Gweedore. Great night, said Louise Duffy WHO’S THAT WITH BRID? SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – GAOTH DOBHAIR PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – GAOTH DOBHAIR PICTURE SPECIALlast_img read more

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