Programs and Activities

My Life as a Humanist

John Bredin with Ben David 2014

John Bredin with Ben-David, 2014

 “My Life as a Humanist”

Friday, November 16, 2018, at 7:30 PM


John Bredin, educator, writer, and media pioneer (Public Voice Salon), will deliver a lecture on his development as a humanistic thinker.  In these challenging political times, with autocracy on the rise around the world and in the US, the talk is designed to inspire hope by being positive and uplifting, and to encourage participants to reflect more deeply on their own humanistic biographies. 

The works of Erich Fromm (The Art of Loving), Martin Buber (Between Man and Man), and Carl Rogers (On Becoming a Person) were key in Bredin’s own humanistic development, and he continues to grow and learn from his friendship with Rev Joseph Ben-David, founder and director of the Church of Humanism.

At a time when education is increasingly focused on “job training,” Bredin has remained committed to resisting this trend in his teaching positions at over a dozen colleges (including Rutgers, Essex County College, and Stevens).  He has thus helped to liberate thousands of students to grow as humane and creative beings with a love of democratic community.

Extending his classroom to the media in 2010, Bredin co-created a nonprofit TV show (with his wife Claudia Canasto) that serves as a free humanistic university.  With a focus on hopeful ideas, culture, and community, their show has featured prominent intellectuals and artists such as Stanley Aronowitz, Harold Bloom, Judith Malina, Richard Dreyfuss, and Vivian Gornick. 

Held at the Universalist Society,

4 West 76th St. (corner CPW), NYC. Please use 76th St entrance.

All are welcome. Light refreshments. Program of the Church of Humanism. Info: 212-877-5662,

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