The AHA Center for Education provides day-long on-site trainings and seminars for individuals seeking continuing education and direct instruction to better inform their work. In collaboration with constituent organizations, we run the trainings mentioned below. We also produce an Open Lecture Series that brings together various organizations and notable scholars to address a topic connected to Humanism. Watch videos from our previous events here (free, registration required to access).
Humanist Celebrant Training
Learn to prepare and perform inspiring celebrations from a humanist perspective such as weddings, memorials, baby welcomings, and coming of age ceremonies. Understand how to give proper local meeting invocations. Great for those wanting to become registered celebrants and those looking for new ceremony ideas. In partnership with the Humanist Society.
The Master Class is continuing education for leaders across the humanist and secular movement. Using the active learning methods of the Humanist Studies Program, the Master Class encourages partcipants to fully engage with instructors and peers to go beyond the acquisition of facts, and truly delve into topics. Now in its third year, the Master Class was originally conceived by the late Carol Wintermute, former Co-Dean of The Humanist Institute, and established by her daughter Kristin Wintermute, who was the Executive Director and now Director of the AHA Center for Education. Previous Classes (which are by-invitation to movement leaders) addressed humanism’s connection to anti-blackness and white nationalism. The 2020 session will explore how to address the multiplicty of identities, motivations, and various kinds of marginalizations shaping humanists today.
Humanism, Atheism, & LGBTQ Communities
Understand the intersections between the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) and Humanist movements. What can we learn from the successes and failures of each movement? How are the movements similar and different? Where does each movement go in the future? Increase your own knowledge about the LGBTQ community as well as ways for organizations you work with to be more inclusive. Includes an Ally Training tailored to Humanist and Atheist communities. In partnership with the LGBTQ Humanist Alliance.
Building Community On and Off Campus
We examine defining the purpose of community as an essential element to understanding members’ needs, desires, and wants. We explore how knowing the reasons for why humanists, atheists, agnostics, and other secular people gather is key to building a successful community. Whether the purpose for meeting is for intellectual stimulation, to effect change, or simply for social engagement, acquiring a clear idea of what are the needs of individuals within a community can be the difference between growth and stagnation. Previously presented at Secular Student Alliance Conference.
Secularism Today: Continuing Legal Education Course
Learn about the historic and current legal work that contributes to the state of humanist and atheist individuals’ outcomes in the courts, including details about Establishment Clause Jurisprudence. Discuss the evolution of religious freedom, free speech laws, and equality issues for secular people. In partnership with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center (AHLC).
The AHA Center for Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexuality, national or ethnic origin, or ability in administration of education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or school-administered programs.