Friday, April 12 | 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Anne Klaeysen
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With the rise in what Pew Forum refers to as the “nones,” or religiously unaffiliated, and those who are “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR), more people are looking for non-traditional ceremonies. Humanism, both religious and secular, meets that need with a creative process that emphasizes relationship over ritual. Join Dr. Anne Klaeysen, clergy leader of the NY Society for Ethical Culture, as she presents alternatives to baby naming, coming-of-age, wedding, and memorial services. The participants will read Humanist ceremonies and related articles, bring and/or create their own ceremonies, and rrole-playinterviews with couples and families. This will be a co-learning experience.
Anne Klaeysen is a Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College, as well as Masters degrees in German from the State University of NY at Albany and business administration from New York University (NYU). Dr. Klaeysen is the Ethical Humanist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University and Humanist Chaplain at NYU. She is also on the faculty of the Center for Education of the American Humanist Association and participates in several interfaith social justice coalitions.