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Today is the first ever National Secular Service Day, a brainchild of the Harvard Secular Society.

A handful of organizations around the country are hosting events to mark the occasion, including hosting food drives, cleaning up highways, and donating blood. Good for them and I hope other groups will join in on the action.

The event is also tied into the release of Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein‘s forthcoming book, Good Without God.

I hope the event is a success. But that success will not be judged on just what happens today. It depends on whether this event happens year after year and whether more events get scheduled. It has to have support well after the book has been released.

Without that, I fear it will be seen as much a promotional tool as it is a gesture of goodwill.

(Thanks to Kaleena for the link!)