Who We Are
HAC is an organization for Humanists in the South and Central Connecticut areas, and is based in the Hamden/New Haven area. Members come as far afield as Hartford, Litchfield, and lower Fairfield counties.
Members have diverse social, religious, and political backgrounds. They include several staff members from Yale University, full and part-time teachers, engineers, and even a retired diplomat! Several members are Unitarian-Universalist ministers.
We are a chapter of the American Humanist Association and an Affiliated Local Group member of the Council for Secular Humanism, which are U.S. member organizations of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.
We have strong ties with local and national organizations including:
- The Humanist Institute.
- The Unitarian Society of New Haven (USNH).
- The First Unitarian-Universalist Society of New Haven (FUUS).
What We Do
HAC provides a community for Humanists in Connecticut through regular meetings. We also support the local chapter of the Campus Freethought Alliance, the Yale College Humanists and Secularists.
What's a Humanist?
The American Humanist Association has several definitions, which can be found here. You should also look at Humanist Manifesto III: Humanism and its Aspirations.
The association was founded in 1989 as a chapter of the American Humanist Association and has about 60 members. Jean Kotkin of the Humanist Institute was the speaker at both our inaugural and our Tenth Anniversary meetings.
Members of the organization include several ordained ministers and Humanist celebrants. Please contact us if you wish to have a Humanist wedding, funeral, or other event held.