2020-03-30 - 2020-04-03
Meadville Lombard Theological School


  • Start: 2020-03-30
  • End: 2020-04-03
  • Event Category Humanist Studies Program

Registration opens January 27 – February 9, 2020 for the Spring Semester of

Humanism Course II: Knowledge, Justification & Humanist Epistemologies

Location: Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Illinois

Instructors: John Hooper and Sharon Welch

Registration opens January 27 – February 9, 2020

Register as a student-at-large for those seeking a certificate in humanist studies

Enroll in the Master of Arts in Leadership (MALS) Program to earn a master degree with a concentration in humanism (for acceptance in 2020-2021 academic year, you may take course and have credits transfer upon acceptance into program)

Students will receive course syllabus February 17, first day of the Spring Semester, and will participate in monthly conference calls as well as a 5-day intensive Monday, March 30 to April 3 (9am to 5pm each day) on the Meadville Lombard campus in Chicago.


Dr. John Hooper, Ph.D. is the Treasurer of the American Humanist Association. Dr. Hooper is a retired scientist and research director, having pursued a career in molecular imaging and spectroscopy. Shortly before retiring, he received a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree in an area of avocational interest: epistemology. Hooper has held local and national leadership positions in organizations involving naturalism, Humanism, and Unitarian Universalist social action. He is immediate past president of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (HUUmanists.org); treasurer of the American Humanist Association and The Humanist Institute; a board member of the Secular Coalition for America and president of the SCA Education Fund; and a board member of The Institute for Humanist Studies. John is a cofounder of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (CT). He and his wife, Dr. Gail M. Pesyna, a retired foundation executive, now live in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Sharon Welch is a social ethicist who is the author of six books, most recently, After the Protests Are Heard: Enacting Civic Engagement and Social Transformation (NYU Press, 2019). Welch holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in theology from Vanderbilt University, and has held faculty and administrative positions at the Unitarian Universalist Theology School (Meadville Lombard) the University of Missouri and Harvard Divinity School. She is also a board member of the American Humanist Association as of January 2019.


The Humanist Studies Program offers students the chance to become a Certified Humanist Professional at the AHA Center for Education or work towards a Master of Arts in Leadership (MALS) with a concentration in humanism at Meadville Lombard Theological School (MLTS).


The Humanist Studies Program includes the following courses:

Humanism Course I: The Nature of Being

Humanism Course II: Knowledge, Justification and Humanist Epistemologies

Humanism Course III: Ethics and Aesthetics

Capstone (required for certificate program candidates only)