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Rockville Maryland Discussion Group

  • Robert Ahrens' home

    Near Viers Mill and Aspen Hill RD, Rockville, MD (map)

    39.069103 -77.104962

  • We had an excellent turnout for our Solstice Party in December. There was an even larger turnout for the HumanLight party a couple of days later in Laurel.

    By our third Friday meeting our meetup will have turned on the email list for several weeks. We will also start an Atheist Perspectives blog. There is a decent chance topics will arise from these possible on-line discussion. In the event that no clear topic(s) come from those sources I will recommend that we consider actively engaging with religious communities in discussion as atheists concerning the ethical good. Historically there has been significant conflict within our secular community between those who focus on religious criticism and those who wish to find some way to have positive communication and cooperation with religious communities. I want to consider the details of what can be done to foster that positive communication. Can we do it and do we have any reason to think it would work?

    Robert Ahrens as usual will be hosting this third Friday of the month meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm. People may arrive as early as 7:30 so that we can actually start at 8 pm. Please bring a small contribution of food and/or drink to be shared with the group. The home is in Rockville near Viers Mill and Aspen Hill Road. Transport to and from the Twinbrook Metro stop can be arranged if needed.

    Mr Ahrens address and phone numbers are not posted here to preserve the privacy of his home. Those details will be emailed the week of the meeting to those who are coming (see note below). Affirmative RSVPs should be posted before 8 pm the prior Thursday to allow time to notify all attendees.


    Note: an occasional problem with Meetup emails is that some spam filters will preclude delivery of Meetup email. If you RSVP Yes and want the email informing you of a meeting held in a private home this can be a problem. To prevent this a member can add [masked] to their personal email addresses. If a member does not receive the directions to a Friday meeting by late Tuesday evening he/she needs to directly contact to the organizer. Use the Meetup option for this. A phone call to[masked] leaving your email address is another option. Posting a comment saying that you did not receive the directions (without including your personal email address) is not helpful since if your spam filter stopped the first email it will also stop subsequent email. We want people to be comfortable in opening up their homes to other meetup members and this technical difficulty is a small price to pay to preserve the privacy of those who host events in their homes.


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