Have I mentioned how cool I think young people are? Two weeks ago, the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club faced an uncertain future. Not enough members to be chartered, not enough members eligible to serve as officers, and a lack of cohesion only to be expected from a wholly new group of students (most of the earlier group leaders having graduated over a year earlier). It would have been easy, understandable, to get discouraged. They got busy.
They brainstormed. They planned. They held elections. They spread the word. They talked to friends. They talked to fellow students. They contacted support organizations. They donated their time. They posted. They tweeted. They tabled. They shared their thoughts, their perspectives, and their values.
Where does the SHC stand now?
It is being chartered not merely as a student club, but as a campuswide organization. It has been recognized as an official affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance, and is working with the New York branch of the Center For Inquiry and with New York City Skeptics to develop events and opportunities in the months ahead. The SHC is sponsoring an October 25 campus lecture byDr. Jeffrey Perry on social activist and freethinker Hubert Harrison, cosponsoring an interfaith initiative discussion with the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy on November 15, making connections with other clubs on campus and engaging in real discussions about belief, ethics, and human potential.
Yeah, pretty cool.