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AHA! @ Stanford: Memorandum of Understanding

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Memorandum of Understanding between Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics and the Office for Religious Life at Stanford University



Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford and the member organizations of the Stanford Associated Religions (SAR) serve many parallel roles for the Stanford student body. As such, AHA! is glad to be included in the SAR community, and hopes this will foster new opportunities for respectful dialogue and cooperation. This document is not a contract, but clarifies how AHA! and the Office for Religious Life view the terms of the SAR program.

AHA! fully commits to all the guidelines and requirements of SAR membership. Though its participants generally do not consider themselves religious, AHA! reconciles its purpose with a broad interpretation of the term "religion," and of the pledge by all SAR organizations to promote "spiritual growth." Atheism and agnosticism are philosophical positions on the existence of a supreme being, and secular humanism adds an ethical component to these worldviews. AHA! represents atheists, humanists, and agnostics who share an open-minded curiosity about these issues and their relevance to worldly affairs. It does not engage in worship services, traditional ceremonies, or other hallmarks of most religions; however, with respect to open inquiry into questions of meaning and morality, which are spiritual questions in the most comprehensive sense, AHA!'s function complements those of the other SAR organizations.

The Office for Religious Life and AHA! at Stanford enter this relationship under the standard wording of all relevant agreements and the understanding of definitions given above. They agree that AHA! will gain the full rights and privileges of a SAR organization, and will be held to the same expectations and responsibilities.



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