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John Figdor

John Figdor

Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University
John Figdor
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Intro Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University
Is Chaplain Humanist
Type Philosophy Religion
Gender male
Education
Harvard University
Vassar College
Harvard Divinity School
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Biography

John Figdor is a former Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University where he organizes events and programs for both students and community members of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the first Humanist Chaplain on the West Coast serving a university community. As a Humanist officiant he also oversees non-theistic weddings, funerals, and baby-naming ceremonies.

Early life and education

Figdor received his B.A. with honors in Philosophy from Vassar College and he holds a master's degree (MDiv) in Humanism and Interfaith Dialogue from Harvard Divinity School.

Career

Humanism at Stanford University

The Humanist Community at Stanford includes humanists, atheists, and agnostics, who believe in values such as reason, science, pluralism, compassion, empathy, and altruism. The organization holds a variety of different events, from dinners, to public lectures, to art gallery tours, to pub nights, to discussions and debates, and game nights. Previous notable speakers have included Richard Dawkins.

The Stanford Humanist Community played an essential role in the creation of Darwin Day. The first celebration of the event took place on April 22, 1995, and included a lecture given by famed anthropologist Dr. Donald Johanson to over 600 attendees.

Humanism at Harvard

Figdor was an Organizing Fellow of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and former Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, working with Greg Epstein.

In 2014, Figdor coauthored, together with Lex Bayer, the book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and organized the Rethink Prize: a crowdsourcing competition to rethink the Ten Commandments. The contest drew more than 2,800 submissions from 18 countries and 27 U.S. states. Winners were selected by a panel of judges.

Figdor is a former Board Member of the Secular Student Alliance. Figdor and his work have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post., Salon, CNN, and TIME.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 30 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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