Reflections

See below for examples of why the upcoming Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal Packing Project is so meaningful for members of the local community:

“For me, the biggest problem God had to grapple with was the problem of suffering. I couldn’t conceive of a deity who would tolerate the ubiquitous state of human pain. But losing God didn’t solve this problem: now I found myself alone in the universe without hope for a divine intervention to aid in addressing injustice. Working with the Values in Action committee at the Humanist Community at Harvard has provided me an unmatched opportunity to put a considerable dent in the problem of food insecurity. Our Thanksgiving meal packing events have consistently provided tens of thousands of meals for impoverished and hungry members of the Cambridge community, and the packing events themselves have provided me the opportunity to form meaningful partnerships with my religious and nonreligious neighbors who share this commitment to improving the world. The VIA Thanksgiving meal packing event is of critical importance to me because through it I am able to enact meaningful change on so many lives. As a humanist, I believe that there are no supernatural forces that might intervene and alleviate the very real and very human problems of poverty and food insecurity. If no god will answer the call of suffering, we surely must. And through events like the VIA interfaith meal packing, we do.”

– Stephen Goeman, Values in Action Committee member at the Humanist Community at Harvard

“Giving to the community is taking responsibility for the people around me that have full hearts and empty bellies. Food insecurity and poverty have plagued many of the people that I know and love, I and my family have been included in that number. However, with my hands joined with the hands of hundreds of others giving what we can, the lives of many can be made better—if only for a season. I walk in a world with problems far greater than I, daring me to act against them. But, working as part of a team with a goal in sight, I am reminded that my efforts are not in vain when I am supported by the community. I am a Christian that believes in the power and responsibility of humans for the state of society. I see humanity’s hands as the hands of God. The world may not always be kind, but so long as I can find others that care to make a change, I can have faith that—through our actions—things will not always remain the same.”

Sonia David, Field Education Intern at the Humanist Community at Harvard

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