Humanist Chaplains: Casual Authority

From the Handbook For Humanist Chaplains:

Art: keep it nonspecific. Nongendered humanoids in joyful poses are ideal.

Furniture: In keeping with the idea of nonpatriarchal conversation, avoid wing chairs, club chairs, anything throne-like. Modern, airy, nontraditional shapes suggest an openness and mindful “today” outlook.

Dress: Obviously, up to you. A nice dark pair of (new) jeans is always appropriate in a campus setting; a collared shirt isn’t necessary or even desirable (again, with the inferences) but you might want to throw on a blazer just to give yourself a little casual authority.

Footwear can be tricky; something between Birkenstocks and Oxfords is ideal. A new hiking shoe or cowboy boot is substantial yet friendly.


Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.