Paul Golin is executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www.SHJ.org), the congregational arm of a movement that applies a Humanistic philosophy of life to Judaism as the cultural and historic experience of the Jewish people. He is a writer, speaker, advocate, and consultant on important social issues facing Americans today, including community engagement, disaffiliation, interfaith/intercultural marriage, inclusion, freedom, and equality.
Paul has co-authored two books on the identity of children raised in interfaith households and his writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the New York Jewish Week, Tablet, Forward, and many other outlets. He previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism. Paul has a background in media, having worked at HBO Studio Productions and a startup multimedia games company. He majored in Communications and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Paul is the white Ashkenazi half of a “Jewpanese” (Jewish/Japanese) Jewish multiracial household. He maintains the Jewpanese page on Facebook and tweets sporadically at @paulgolin.
Maria Greene is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (http://UUHumanists.org). Maria discovered Humanism after her Catholic upbringing while trying to explain to her devote family how joy and a strong moral foundation can be found without belief in God. Her primary interest is in Humanist community, which led her first to become an AHA chapter leader, and then to join her local UU congregation after discovering that Association’s 100-year history of Humanist thought and practice. She is also a member of the Humanist Hub in Cambridge, and has been part of the Sunday Assembly Boston and Boston Oasis when they were active. Maria’s writing about Humanism has appeared in the AHA’s weekly news publication, the UU Humanist’s journal Religious Humanism, the UU Humanist blog, and she has a chapter in the recently published Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism, from Skinner House Books.
Maria’s education (Brown University) and professional background is in Computer Science, and she is the founding partner of a small web development firm. Maria lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their three busy teenagers, and assorted pets. The family have been honored to serve as plaintiffs on several MA church-state separation cases, including one brought by the AHA.
A onetime reporter for the Orange County Register and Associated Press, Krattenmaker has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a master of liberal arts degree in religion in public life from the University of Pennsylvania.
Krattenmaker was a presenter at the 2010 and 2013 “Q” gatherings, the 2010 and 2013 conferences of the American Humanist Association, and the 2014 Level Ground Film Festival. Named the 2009 Mendenhall Lecturer at DePauw University, Krattenmaker has also spoken at college campuses including Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Baylor, Lewis & Clark, Willamette University Law School, the University of Portland, Portland State University, Missouri State University, and Springfield, Swarthmore, and Haverford, and Kilns colleges. He was a recipient of the 2009 “Friend of MET” award from the Portland-based Muslim Educational Trust and, in April 2013, was honored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon with its Hunderup Award for Religious Education.