2019 Wolfson Award & Lecture, Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am


The UUCW Wolfson Lecture Committee is pleased to announce that Greg M. Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and author of the NYTimes best-selling book Good Without God, has been chosen as the 2019 Dr. Irving & Anabel Wolfson Award Recipient and Lecturer. This year’s lecture will take place on Sunday, April 7 during the 10 am Worship service with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.

Mr. Epstein’s lecture is entitled “Are UU Humanists Believers in the Religion of Technology?” from social media and smartphone addiction to AI, Amazon, and Uber, to Blockchain…whatever that is; billions of devoted followers worldwide now orient their lives not around any particular set of values, but around new technologies and their seductive power to entertain, engage…enslave? Technology may be becoming the world’s largest religion, which means those of us who care about humanistic ethics must now ask ourselves: to what extent are we believers in tech?

Greg M. Epstein is the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT, and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Good Without God. Described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts to build inclusive, inspiring, and ethical communities for the nonreligious and allies, Greg was also named “one of the top faith and moral leaders in the United States” by Faithful Internet, a project of the United Church of Christ and the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society.

In addition to serving as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University since 2005, Greg joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life in 2018 as Humanist Chaplain and “Convener”. Greg’s new role inspired him to reorient much of his work toward helping people think about and create ethical lives in a technological world. In March 2019, Greg began a column he calls “Tech Agnostic,” for TechCrunch, in which he interrogates issues of ethics and how they apply to technological advances in Silicon Valley and beyond.