A quick review of Greg Epstein’s Facebook page and Twitter feed shows the Humanist chaplain at Harvard University responding to the needs of his community during a tragedy—providing pastoral care and other services customarily performed by chaplains.
On these pages one can find information about vigils, as well as emergency contact information for those students stranded during the city lockdown in the course of the manhunt for the two bombing suspects. Epstein’s Facebook profile picture has been changed to a photograph of Celeste Corcoran and her 18-year-old daughter, Sydney. (Celeste, close friend to a senior member of Epstein’s staff, lost both her legs at the knees in one of the bomb blasts, and her daughter suffered severe injuries after being hit by shrapnel.)
A press release issued by the Secular Coalition of America (SCA) documented that to date, the Humanist Community at Harvard has played a significant role in raising nearly $281,837 for a fund established to help the Corcorans. Also, at the time of this writing, WeAreAtheism.com, the Boston Atheists, the Humanist Community at Harvard, and the Secular Coalition for Massachusetts have raised $26,856 to assist victims.
But though Epstein has considerable experience organizing memorial vigils—and has addressed over 45,000 people in attendance at these events during his decade of service as a humanist chaplain—he was not invited or included to participate in “Healing Our City.” This interfaith memorial event, held at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on Wednesday, April 18, was attended by President Obama along with representatives from the Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.
Written By: Becky Garrisoncontinue to source article at religiondispatches.org