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  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2015-02-21

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2015-02-21

    This is has been a topsy-turvy week in so many respects. On the high end, wedding week was successful, and thehumanist.com published my story about the events at http://thehumanist.com/news/national/love-respect-and-free-weddings-in-alabama

    On the low end was the loss of a dear friend and a supporter of all, Richard Kramer. You can read his obituary at http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/02/huntsville_mourns_death_of_out.html

    Then the crazy cold and snow and ice scrambled lots of plans, but we made it through. Today the high note was the celebration of two dear sweet people united in marriage, surrounded by their family and friends.

    Upcoming events:

    CANCELLED: Book discussion on February 22

    • Monday, February 23, 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month in the upstairs room of “A Cup of Everything” at 103 Northside Square. An assortment of sandwiches, snacks and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). (In January, we discussed various issues around the topic of prisons.)

     

    • Sunday, March 15: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Crestwood Women’s Center.
      • Topic is open: last month we had some interesting discussions about Humanism and the media.

     

    • Sunday, March 22, 2:00- 4:00 pm: Book Discussion Group, meeting on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 pm. at the Crestwood Women’s Center (behind Starbucks on Airport road). Rose Deverzly is coordinating the discussion. These are the current selections: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, by Jimmy Carter. (The Huntsville/Madison library system appears to have a few copies available.)

     

     

    Our events can be found

    • on our MeetUp group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

     

    Other community events:

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF-Redstone meets on the third Tuesday, March 17, from 6:00-7:30 pm at Newk’s Express Café on University Drive. MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/

     

    Not Your Mama’s Craft Circle

    • Not Your Mama’s Craft Circle is hosted by the Free2Be LGBTQ Resource Center at 2004 Poole St on the First and Third Thursday of each month from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Attendees share snacks, work on their projects, and chat. Open to all who support LGBTQ Equality.

     

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association
    (see their MeetUp page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/

     

    • 2nd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA Movie night at Crestwood Women’s Center. Doors open at 6:30, movie starts at 7:00.
    • 3rd Friday of each month at 7:00 PM – NAFA dinner at Casa Blanca at Main Street South Center (7500 Memorial Pkwy SW # 115A, Huntsville, AL phone: (256) 213-9979)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL
    • Every Monday at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Coffee (and cheese-cake and other items) at The Foyer 600 Jordan Lane, suite 2, Huntsville, AL (north-east corner of Holmes and Jordan Lane)

    National/Regional Events:

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

     

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

     

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association. Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

     

    Louise Hardin

    256-683-8026

  • Book Discussion Group begins 4th Sun. in January, 2-4pm

    From Rose E. Deverzly:
    The Humanist’s of North Alabama is starting a new book discussion group in January. We will meet on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 pm. We will be meeting at the Crestwood Women’s Center (behind Starbucks on Airport road). The book selection for January 25th: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander The Huntsville Library system appears to have two or three copies available. The book selection for February 22nd: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, by Jimmy Carter The Huntsville Library system appears to have two copies available. I chose the first two books to get the group started and we can group select subsequent selections. I would like to keep the focus on current issues. However, we can also choose relevant fiction books along with other humanist and secular books. I’m looking forward to trying to see if we can get this group populated and going! I’m also sharing this with the North Alabama Freethought Association. I will post some suggested guidelines for conducting the discussions in another post. Just so that everyone has an opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions, and be listened to respectfully. And, to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to participate!
    rose.deverzley@gmail.com
    posted by Travis Hardin

  • One Huntsville presenter is Chuck Miller on Mar. 17, 2015, 5:45 p.m.

    Chuck Miller is going to be the presenter at One Huntsville, on Tuesday, March 17. in the auditorium at the downtown library.  This is a community centric group that has been meeting for many years.   Bring a brown bag meal to share dinner and table talk from 5:00 to 5:45.  Chuck is providing questions to guide the table talk.  Formal program begins at 5:45.  Would appreciate help in getting the word out.  Thanks, Carol Landry

    The February presenter is Dr. Monica Williams Murphy.

  • 2015 Humanist Conference May 7-10, Denver

    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • Federal Judge puts same sex marriage on hold

    http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2015/01/federal_judge_puts_same-sex_ma.html#incart_river

  • Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Gay Marriage Ban

    Pleased!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/alabama-gay-marriage_n_6535610.html

    posted by Travis Hardin

  • 2015 Humanist Conference May 7-10, Denver

    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • Children raised secular are moral. Not news to us.

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0115-zuckerman-secular-parenting-20150115-story.html

  • Sir Julian Huxley:

    "Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable...and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief... Once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, [then] we must construct something to take its place."
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    ASU Origins — The Storytelling of Science     1:30

    The Storytelling of Science — part 2 or 2 — audience questions and answers

    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

    Video by Black Chalk Productions

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.  (from YouTube)