Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tufts Sets Up 1st US Univ.-Funded Humanist Post; Supports Atheist, Agnostic, and Non-Rel. Students

Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has established a humanist staff position -- the first university-funded staff position of its kind in the United States -- dedicated to supporting atheist, agnostic, and non-religious students, the Religion News website reports today (September 4, 2014).

Atheist and agnostic students at Tufts have been campaigning for this kind of university-support for the past five years.

The Tufts Freethought Society -- a group of about 150 students who identify as atheistic, agnostic, or otherwise non-religious -- was instrumental in convincing the Tufts administration to establish a "humanist" chaplaincy to serve as a resource for students interested in exploring how to live "ethical and meaningful lives" without subscribing to any religion.

Walker Bristol -- a former Tufts Freethought student leader -- recently started as the first part-time Humanist in Residence at Tufts.

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