Hi! I’m Kim. I write about parenting, community, camp, art, and more from my perspective as a humanist and critical thinker. I am the Executive Director of Camp Quest, Inc., a national network of summer camps featuring fun, friends, and freethought for children aged 8-17. I hold a Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University and a BA in Theatre from Hunter College, City University of New York. I’m a founding board member of the Staunton Media Alliance / WQSV 106.3 FM, a community radio station. The views I express here are my own.
I’m American, and my husband, Geoff, is British. Our daughter has dual nationality. Mum is the British form of “Mom”, so around our house, I’m Mum!
What is a humanist?
A humanist is someone who identifies with and follows the principles of humanism. There are many definitions of humanism. The American Humanist Association offers one definition:
Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. – American Humanist Association
The Amsterdam Declaration 2002 is the official defining statement of World Humanism issued by the International Humanist and Ethical Union General Assembly. I like it because it resonates with what I value in humanism: creativity, social justice, reason, responsibility, and compassion. As a scholar of early modern drama (specifically Shakespeare), I am also drawn to the origins of modern humanism – Classical art and literature – and their manifestation in early modern and modern culture and art.
I also identify as a Unitarian Universalist because I value the diverse experiences of others through expression of our natural human need for beloved and welcoming community. For more on humanism and UU, visit the UU Humanist Association.