Greg Epstein

Greg Epstein

Humanist Chaplaincy (Humanist/Agnostic/Atheist)
Chaplain Greg Epstein

Operations Manager (scheduling contact): Rick Heller;

Special areas of interest:  ethics in technology; meaning and purpose beyond religion; existentialism and humanism in literature and popular culture; developing healthy masculinity from a feminist perspective; secular humanistic Judaism, racial justice and healing; the philosophy of interfaith work.

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Twitter:  @gregmepstein


A prominent leader in the national movement to build positive, inclusive and inspiring humanist communities, Greg M. Epstein has served the country’s rapidly growing population of nonreligious people for nearly two decades. Described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement” by The New York Times Magazine in recognition of his efforts, Epstein was also named “one of the top faith and moral leaders in the United States” by Faithful Internet, a project coordinated by the United Church of Christ with assistance from the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society.


Since 2005, Greg has served as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. He has also served, since 2018, as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Office of Religious Life as Humanist Chaplain at MIT and Convener for Ethical Life. Currently on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year, he also currently serves as ethicist in residence and columnist for TechCrunch, a leading publication chronicling the tech industry.


Greg has also served in an advisory capacity for a diverse range of interfaith and humanist institutions, including Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s Interfaith Advisory Task Force and the Advisory Board of the Secular Student Alliance. He also supported “The Inclusive America Project,” an initiative of the Aspen Institute co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. From 2008-2014, he served on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Chaplains, with a term as vice president.


Greg is a frequently-quoted expert on humanism, religion and ethics. Greg authored the New York Times bestselling book, “Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.” His writing has appeared on CNN, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Salon, Cognoscenti and WBUR. His work has also been widely discussed in the national and international media, including the New York Times, CNN, Boston Globe, and on dozens of radio and television programs.


Over the years, Greg has led and facilitated thousands of humanist and interfaith programs and educational opportunities at Harvard and elsewhere – universities, community and state colleges, urban public and expensive private high schools, at the United States Congress and Senate, megachurches, synagogues and Islamic centers, and interfaith and civic institutions of many other kinds.


Greg received the Humanist Visionary Award from the Foundation Beyond Belief and is the 2018-19 recipient of the Irving Wolfson Award for humanist thought in the Unitarian Universalist tradition. In 2005, Greg received ordination as a Humanist Rabbi from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. He holds a B.A. (Religion and Chinese) and an M.A. (Judaic Studies) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School.


Greg and his wife Jackie, an attorney, live in Somerville, MA with their young son Axel. Follow Greg on Twitter at

While Greg is on sabbatical, he will attempt to accommodate requests for individual meetings with Harvard students, faculty, and affiliates. Please contact or / to schedule a meeting.