"The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others." African Americans for Humanism
The next AAH-DC meeting will be held on Saturday January[masked] from 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the Latrobe Room at the Hill Center 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (entrance on 9th St-elevator access available). The Hill Center is located about 1.5 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. All AAH-DC meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting’s discussion will center on two articles from the January/February 2013 edition of “the Humanist”. The articles are “Humanism in a Shitstorm” by renowned author and atheist blogger Greta Christina, in which she reveals how humanism helped her get through difficult personal circumstances and “With Liberty and Justice for All” by John Shook who argues for humanism as the basis for a just and ethical society. John Shook is the Director of Education for the Center for Inquiry and Coordinator for the Center‘s Science and the Public program. The on-line version of “the Humanist” can be found at the American Humanist Association page.
Some other notable January events
January marks the 150th anniversary of the Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
January 16th , Religious Freedom Day, commemorates the signing of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. The Virginia Statue was the first to guarantee religious freedom as well as freedom of thought. The text and a modern paraphrase can be found at http://religiousfreedomday.com/images/RFD_Guidebook.pdf .
The Dr. Martin Luther King birthday observance is January 21st, but on January 20th Dr. Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs is scheduled to deliver a speech entitled “Answering the Knock at Midnight: Dr. Martin Luther King‘s Legacy in the Contemporary Black Church.”. Dr Tucker-Worgs will discuss Dr. King’s challenge to the Black church to “answer the door” and progressively engage in public life. Her book “The Black Megachurch: Theology, Gender and the Politics of Public Engagement” won a W.E.B. Dubois award. The event will be held at St Luke’s Episcopal Church from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The Church is at[masked]th Street, NW. for more information please go to http://stlukemlkprogram.eventbrite.com/#
Finally in his January 9, 2013, “No Faith Value” blog Ron Lindsay asked for input on two major issues that will be discussed among leaders of the Secular Humanist Movement. He said, “Specifically, I’d like your input on these two questions: 1. What specific steps do you think secular groups should take to increase diversity within our movement, in particular with respect to the participation of minority groups? 2. As you are aware, there are some stark differences of opinion within the movement about the appropriate understanding of feminism and how feminism (however defined) should influence the practices and mission of secular organizations. How do you think these differences can best be narrowed or resolved?
Suggestions would be most helpful to me if they were supported by a concise explanation of the reasons for the suggestion. You don’t have to write a treatise (although I promise to read it if you do) but a paragraph or so might be useful. Please mention in your comments if you are a CFI member/donor. I will consider everyone’s input, but I will give more weight to those who support our organization. As they say, membership does have privileges.”
Even though many AAH-DC are not also members of the Center for Inquiry, I urge you to contribute to the discussion. The complete post can be found at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/the_heads_meeting_your_input_requested/
I look forward to seeing you on the 26th.