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  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-01-07

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2016-01-07

    “Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.
    – Laozi (Lao Tzu)

    Note: Location – location – location. Please note that events are in different locations this year. We continue to search for meeting space. Suggestions welcome.

    Upcoming events:
    • Sunday, January 17: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Huntsville Public Library on Monroe, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Enjoy tea, coffee and light snacks.

    o Our January theme, from Steven Pinker’s suggestion below, will be a refresher on The Enlightenment. We’re asking everyone to devote five minutes to recommending a favorite philosophy or philosopher of or preceding the eighteenth century, anyone from Francis Bacon to Thomas Paine.

    Steven Pinker, in Jan-Feb 2016 “The Humanist” said: “Humanism has to transcend its high-school-chess-club image and identify itself with larger historic and global movements that people are sympathetic to but don’t identify as “humanistic” — the European Enlightenment, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, classical liberalism, the scientific worldview, and human rights movements worldwide.”

    o At the February 21 monthly meeting, Gary Gunnels, scholar and NAFA member, following the theme, will speak on “What is classical liberalism?” with discussion afterward.

    • Sunday, January 24: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Book Discussion Group, meeting on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 pm. at TBD. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us.
    o This month we meet in room C at the main Huntsville library on Monroe St. We will be discussing, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics,” by Jonathan Haidt. June Norton has volunteered to lead the discussion. A brief book review:
    As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.

    • Monday, January 25, 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). New faces are always welcome!

    Our events can be found
    • on our Meetup group:

    Humanists of North Alabama Meetup

    Huntsville, AL
    247 Humanists

    Meet with fellow Humanists: those that follow the progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to…

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    • on our FaceBook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humanists-of-North-Alabama/258854664128349
    • on our web page:
    http://www.humanistsofnorthalabama.org/
    Other community events:
    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group
    • 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/
    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

    • 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
    • 2nd Friday of the month is usually Movie Night

    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

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    Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.

    – Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2015-12-02

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2015-12-02

    “The things you really need are few and easy to come by; but the things you can imagine you need are infinite, and you will never be satisfied.” – Epicurus, Principal Doctrines, C300 BCE

    Note: I have been informed that the Women’s Center may not be available for meetings next year. Please let me know of any available spaces.

     

    Upcoming events:

    We don’t have any formal events scheduled in December. Due to my vacation schedule, the Hardins cannot host a Solstice event this year. If you would like to host a Solstice event, let me know and I can assist you in distributing the information thorough email, FaceBook and Meetup. Contact Travis Hardin if you are interested in attending an informal potluck on December 25.

    • Sunday, January 17: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at TBD. Enjoy tea, coffee and light snacks. Topics decided by attendees!

     

    • Sunday, January 24: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Book Discussion Group, meeting on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2:00-4:00 pm. at TBD. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us.
      • Our first book selection for the upcoming year is, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics,” by Jonathan Haidt. June Norton has volunteered to lead the discussion!
    • Monday, January 25, 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). New faces are always welcome!

     

    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 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/

     

     

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

     

    • 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
    • 2nd Friday of the month is usually Movie Night

     

    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

     

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    “Just as the sun does not wait for prayers and incantations to persuade it to rise, but shines anyway and is universally loved, so you should not wait for applause and praise in order to do good; but be a voluntary benefactor and you will be beloved like the sun.” – Epictetus, 1st Century CE

  • 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

  • Ask-an-Atheist newspaper article in Huntsville Times

    http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/ask_an_atheist_huntsville.html

  • Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gay-marriage-and-other-major-rulings-at-the-supreme-court/2015/06/25/ef75a120-1b6d-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html?tid=magnet

    Couples looking for an Alabama wedding officiant — please consult our list on this site.

     

  • 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

  • Secular invocations program

    Humanist Group Launches Secular Invocations Program in Response to Supreme CourtRuling

     

    For Immediate Release

     

    Contact:

     

    Merrill Miller, merrillmiller@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 ext. 105

     

    Monica Miller, mmiller@americanhumanist.org, 202-238-9088 ext. 120

     

    (Washington, DC, May 5, 2014)—In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway, which determined that legislative prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, the American Humanist Association announced a new program that will provide resources for atheists and humanists to deliver secular invocations during legislative meetings.

     

    The Supreme Court’s ruling, authored by Justice Kennedy, makes clear that local governments must make “reasonable efforts to identify all of the congregations located within its borders” and welcome an invocation by anyone who wishes to give one, regardless of their faith. The majority decision also states that the policy must be one of nondiscrimination.  The opinion adds that the invocations must not “denigrate nonbelievers or religious minorities, threaten damnation, or preach conversion.”

     

    The Humanist Society, an adjunct of the American Humanist Association, just launched as a platform for humanists to be identified within local government borders so that they can offer secular invocations pursuant to a legislative prayer practice. The website provides sample secular invocations and an interactive map to find a humanist who can deliver an invocation in one’s local area. Though this is a new program, there are already 50 individuals approved to give secular invocations, and the program is actively seeking to bolster this number.

     

    “Non-religious people are often asked to contribute to a ceremonial event, but some struggle to find an alternative to religious wording,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We want to make it easier for anyone who wants to give a secular invocation so that legislative meetings can be nondiscriminatory.”

     

    Monica Miller, attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said, “While we would have preferred the Supreme Court to rule against any kind of prayer during government meetings by overruling the 1983 Marsh v. Chambers decision, the Supreme Court’s ruling emphasizes that local governments must be inclusive in their prayer policies, meaning that humanists must be allowed to deliver secular invocations whenever a government allows citizens of other faiths to deliver prayers at its meetings.”

     

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    Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other non-religious Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

     

    Special thanks to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation for their support of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.


    About the AHA

    The American Humanist Association, founded in 1941 and located in Washington DC, strives to bring about a progressive society where being “good without god” is an accepted way to live life. We accomplish this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without religious belief, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview. Read more about the AHA here.

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