Rockville Maryland Discussion Group - Friday Oct 15 - Atheists and Community

From: Don W.
Sent on: Saturday, September 25, 2010 9:07 PM
Topic presenter ? Jennifer Janks
For most of recent history, the religious have reaped the benefits of community, which have been linked to better health, lower stress, etc. Traditionally, getting atheists together in groups has been likened to herding cats. Is there anything for nonbelievers to learn from religious communities, and if so, is there a scientific basis for it? Are there models for such communities that might work for people who tend toward the individualistic side? What else can these organizations or relationships bring to humanists that might be valuable?

Jennifer "JJ" Jank is an Ambassador for Atheists Alliance International as well as an investigator for the Independent Investigations Group, which is affiliated with CFI. She is a bi-coastal skeptic who wants to spread the good godless word about secular humanism.

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.

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