John Figdor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Jonathan Figdor
John Figdor.jpeg
Residence San Francisco Bay Area
Alma mater Vassar College, Harvard Divinity School
Occupation Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University
Religion Atheist, Humanist[1]

John Figdor is the current Humanist Chaplain at Stanford University[1][2] where he organizes events and programs for both students and community members of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the first Humanist Chaplain on the West Coast serving a university community.[3] As a Humanist officiant he also oversees non-theistic weddings, funerals, and baby-naming ceremonies.[2][4]

Humanism at Stanford University[edit]

The Humanist Community at Stanford includes Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics, who believe in values such as reason, science, pluralism, compassion, empathy, and altruism.[5][6] The organization holds a variety of different events, from dinners, to public lectures, to art gallery tours, to pub nights, to discussions and debates, and game nights.[5] Previous notable speakers have included Richard Dawkins.[7]

The Stanford Humanist Community played an essential role in the creation of Darwin Day. The first celebration of the event took place on April 22, 1995, and included a lecture given by famed anthropologist Dr. Donald Johanson to over 600 attendees.[8]


John Figdor received his B.A. with honors in Philosophy from Vassar College[2] and holds a master’s degree (MDiv) in Humanism and Interfaith Dialogue from Harvard Divinity School.[3][4] John was an Organizing Fellow of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University[4] and former Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard,[9] working with Greg Epstein. John is a former Board Member of the Secular Student Alliance.[4] John and his work have been discussed in the San Francisco Chronicle,[9] the Huffington Post[1][10] and the Washington Post.[11] In 2014, John coauthored the book Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for the Twenty-First Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Alan (28 December 2012). "John Figdor Appointed as Atheist Chaplain at Stanford". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chaplain John Figdor develops humanist community on campus". Stanford Daily. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Stanford’s New Humanist Chaplain: John Figdor". The Stanford Review. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Secular Student Alliance John Figdor". Secular Student Alliance. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Stanford Humanist Community Facebook Page". Stanford Humanist Community. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stanford Humanist Community". Stanford Humanist Community. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Richard Dawkins @ Stanford Humanist Community 2012 10 11". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "About the International Darwin Day Foundation (IDDF)". International Darwin Day Foundation. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Asimov, Nanette (22 December 2012). "Stanford gets a chaplain for atheists". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Atheist Chaplain". Huffington Post Live. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Shulman, Robin (21 December 2008). "Humanist Parents Seek Communion Outside Church". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 June 2013.