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ARE

RELIG IO U S ?
SPIRITUAL?
AT H E I S T ?
AGNOSTIC?
SEEKING?

YOU

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD BETTER.

COMMON

GROWING UNDERSTANDING & COOPERATION

GROUND

BETWEEN

RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS & SECULAR HUMANISTS

hosted by Rutgers University
organized by the American Humanist Association and the Xaverian Missionaries

2015

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE CONFERENCE AT RUTGERS (LUNCH PROVIDED)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
COMMON GROUND 2015 is a free all-day conference,
open to the general public, that aims to bring together
religious believers, secular humanists, and nonbelievers
in conversation to gain perspective on each other’s
ways of seeing the world while embracing commonalities
in our human experience that unite us for social change.
Through three panel sessions and a workshop, attendees
will hear academics and leaders from national and local
organizations discuss views on finding meaning in life,
ethics and values, and how to collaborate for social action.

RUTGERS STUDENT CENTER • 126 COLLEGE AVENUE, NEW BRUNSWICK
REGISTER NOW: WWW.COMMONGROUND2015.ORG

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THIS CONFERENCE IS SPONSORED BY

GOOD WITHOUT A GOD

XAVERIAN MISSIONARIES USA

OFF-CAMPUS LIVING & COMMUNITY
PARTNERSHIPS AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

COMMON

GROWING UNDERSTANDING & COOPERATION

GROUND

BETWEEN

RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS & SECULAR HUMANISTS

hosted by Rutgers University
organized by the American Humanist Association and the Xaverian Missionaries

2015

U N D E R S TA N D I N G & CO O P E R AT I O N B E T W E E N R E L I G I O U S
BELIEVERS & SECULAR HUMANISTS FOR SOCIAL PROGRESS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 8:45 AM - 6:00 PM
Rutgers Student Center • 126 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ
Organized by the American Humanist Association and the Xaverian Missionaries

www.commonground2015.org www.facebook.com/commonground2015

PA N E L I S T S
REV. DR. C. WELTON GADDY, Founder and President Emeritus of
Interfaith Alliance, Founder and Host of State of Belief radio program

S CHE DU LE
8:00 am
Coffee, Refreshments, Sign-In

DR. ARUN GANDHI, Socio-political Activist, grandson of
Mohandas K “Mahatma” Gandhi

8:45 am
Introductory Remarks

NADIA HASSAN, Program Coordinator for the Islamic Society of North
America

9:00 am
Finding Meaning in Life

DR. ANNE KLAEYSEN, Leader of the New York Society for Ethical
Culture; Humanist Chaplain at New York University; Ethical Humanist
Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University; Co-Dean of the Humanist
Institute

10:30 am
Break
10:45 am
Ethics and Values

RABBI NANCY FUCHS KREIMER PHD, Director, Department of
Multifaith Studies & Initiatives; Associate Professor of Religious Studies at
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

12:15 pm Lunch Provided

HUGH TAFT-MORALES, leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of
Philadelphia and the Baltimore Ethical Society; Consulting Leader with the
Ethical Society Without Walls; Secretary of the National Leaders Council of
the American Ethical Union

1:45 pm
Communities in Action:
Leaders Speak Out!

DR. DECLAN MULHALL, Professor of Quantum Mechanics, Statistical
& Thermal Physics, Intro to Nuclear & Particle Physics, Modern Physics &
General Physics, University of Scranton
DR. JULIEN MUSOLINO, Associate Professor of Cognitive
Psychology/Psycholinguistics at Rutgers University
DR. ANTHONY PINN, Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities
and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, Research Director at
Institute for Humanist Studies

3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm
Communities in Action:
Workshop
5:45 pm
Concluding Remarks

FR. JOHN C. SIVALON MM, Former General Superior of Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Professor of Theology at
the University of Scranton
ROY SPECKHARDT, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association
SARAH SPENGEMAN, Policy Education Manager at NETWORK (the Catholic Social Justice Lobby)
CHRIS STEDMAN, Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community at Yale University, interfaith activist
REV. DR. WILL STORRAR, Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton
GRETTA VOSPER, Atheist reverend at West Hill United Church, Founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive
Christianity
BART WORDEN, Executive Director for the American Ethical Union and the Clergy Leader for the Ethical Culture
Society of Westchester.
DAVID BRYCE YADEN, Research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Positive Psychology Center and
assistant instructor under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, and Chaplain of the Humanist Community at Rutgers
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