The Humanist Institute is offering on-site training for individuals who are already Celebrants or desiring to become Humanist Celebrants.

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Rutgers University

Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center,
85 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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  • Learn how to prepare unique and inspiring humanist wedding ceremonies
  • Find out how to care for individuals nearing the end of life and support their families during this time
  • Discover what makes a humanist memorial service so different
  • Gain an understanding of how humanists celebrate life events and milestones
  • Learn how to get in the queue for giving local meeting invocations, and some examples of appropriate versus inappropriate things to say when invited to do so
  • Acquire knowledge on what the Humanist Society has to offer



  • 10:00 to 10:30 am:  Welcome & Introductions
  • 10:30 to 12:00 pm:  Weddings
  • 12:00 to 1:00 pm:  Lunch (Provided) & Discussion
    “What are the types of Humanist Leadership?”
  • 1:00 to 2:30 pm:  End of Life Preparation & Memorials
  • 2:30 to 3:00 pm: Invocations
  • 3:00 to 3:30 pm: Baby Welcomings
  • 3:30 to 4:00 pm:  Coming of Age Celebrations*All participants will be provided with supporting materials to begin (or add to) their personal library of resources i.e. sample ceremonies, suggested readings, creative ideas. Endorsed celebrants will be added to a local database. 

Join us for a dynamic day of learning

Be a part of enriching your community

Expand your network of fellow celebrants

Gain new ideas for celebrating life’s events


Option #1

A very nice hotel that is close to the Rutgers Campus:

  • The Heldrich Hotel
  • 10 Livingston Ave,
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Option #2
A very affordable option near Rutgers University:
  • Days Hotel Conference Center East Brunswick
  • 195 Route 18 South, NJ Turnpike / I-95 Exit 9,
    East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Note – there are several other nearby hotel options, these are just two close options. 


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Trainers represent the broad spectrum of humanist identities such as Secular Humanist, Ethical Culture, and Unitarian Universalists from a Humanist perspective.