This publication, Humanism Today, appears annually, and is the official public voice of the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH).
NACH was established in 1982 to serve as a conference of humanist leaders. It includes leaders from the six major humanist organizations in North America-The American Ethical Union, The American Humanist Association, The American Rationalist Federation, The Committee for Democratic and Secular Humanism, The Fellowship of Religious Humanists, and The Society for Humanistic Judaism-as well as leaders from academic institutions and the world of the arts and sciences. Its purpose is to promote cooperative effort among all humanists and to to strengthen the outreach of Humanism among the people of the United States and Canada.
The most dramatic achievement of NACH has been the establishment of the Humanist Institute, a graduate school for the training of professional humanist leaders. This school is headquartered in New York City, and provides a three year graduate program to educate qualified men and women for full-time leadership roles in humanist communities and other institutions with humanist concerns.
The articles in this publication were derived from the proceedings of the annual conference of NACH which was held in New York in August 1986. The theme of that conference was Humanism and Science.
It is our fervent hope that Humanism Today will provide the public with a greater understanding of the basic principles of Humanism and of their application to the important issues of our contemporary world.
Sherwin T. Wine (January 25, 1918 -July 21, 2007) was a rabbi and a founding figure of Humanistic Judaism. Originally ordained a Reformed rabbi, Wine founded the Birmingham Temple, the first congregation of Humanistic Judaism in 1963, in Birmingham, Michigan, outside Detroit, Michigan (the temple later relocated to its current location in Farmington Hills, Michigan). In 1969 Wine founded the Society for Humanistic Judaism. He later was founder of several other organizations related to Humanistic Judaism, a humanist movement within Judaism that emphasizes secular Jewish culture and Jewish history rather than belief in God as sources of Jewish identity. Wine was also the founder of several humanist organizations that are not specifically Jewish, such as The Humanist Institute and the International Association of Humanist Educators, Counselors, and Leaders, as well as cofounder of American for Religious Liberty. Wine was provost of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism at the time of his death.