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NCW Freethinkers Group Description (& links)

We would like to encourage anyone who has a naturalistic, non-religious world view who is interested in making new friends for good conversation, information sharing and socializing to join us for our posted gatherings. Whether you refer to yourself as a skeptic, secular humanist, atheist/agnostic/non-theist, Bright, secular progressive, cultural ethicist, naturalist or just plain 'heathen' who needs a break from some of the religiosity &/or other brands of unsubstantiated belief and irrational rhetoric that too often permeates our regional & national communities, then please come join us!



The Free-thought movement has a long and interesting history, having emerged from the Dark Ages to bring forth the age of Enlightenment, and includes some rather specific philosophical stances on Democratic Liberalism, Secular Humanism and the advancement of science and reason over the superstitions & dogmas of religion. A main feature of this world view includes an avid adherence to a non-super-naturalistic, fastidiously skeptical and empirically rooted approach to knowledge that is not at all oriented toward the promotion of unsubstantiated beliefs, claims or "magical" thinking of any sort, no matter how interesting or personally compelling any such claims may be. Science and skepticism does not dismiss claims of this nature out of hand, but on its own, requires a rather rigorous standard of scrutiny and evidence that some folks do not necessarily hold to in everyday consideration, putting more credence on their own intuitions, personal biases and beliefs instead. If you find yourself amongst those more aligned with this way of thinking, you may be disappointed in the main themes of this group. But if you're among those who have a deep appreciation and understanding of the methods of science, critical thinking and skepticism when combined with the best of human intuition, creativity and a genuine openness to what is possible for human beings to achieve (and you also like to talk about it!) then this will probably be a good Meetup group for you.


Secular Humanists:

-- are among the 16% of Americans (and growing) who follow no religion, mythology or other supernatural beliefs.

-- embrace the goals & principles of the Enlightenment that our Founding Fathers fought so hard to establish and protect in the pursuit of life, liberty & happiness: A free and secular democracy by self-government and the rule of law, tolerance in an open, pluralistic platform of ideas, quality public education promoting the principles of science & critical thinking, applied reason & the arts, a community basis of fairness, civility & compassion, and equal rights & opportunity for everyone.

-- believe that with a democratic/representative government that remains vigilantly neutral to (and separate from) any/all religion, that we can each live fair, self-reliant, ethical and peacefully co-existing lives.

-- believe that moral principles are tested by their real consequences to living human beings and the planet we share, as opposed to mere faith-based acceptance of absolute authority, 'revealed truth', fundamentalism and/or dogma.

-- reject the notion that the highest potential for moral/ethical behavior must emanate from an allegiance to, or 'relationship' with a Supreme Being or other supernatural source, as we affirm that we must not look outside of nature for our salvation; that human beings alone must solve human problems by taking responsibility for our lives, our communities and the world in which we live. We recognize that the highest and most genuine expression of goodness, morality & ethics comes from within human conscience and deliberate consideration, and not from fear of Hell or punishment.

-- reject sin-based ideologies, taking joy & fulfillment in our own capacities to create the Good Life available to us here on earth; realizing fully that the true meaning of life (and our humble place in the universe) comes from what we make of it while we are alive, and in the legacies we leave for those who follow in our footsteps.

(And in between, we like to play, eat, drink, talk & be merry!)

From one of the largest Secular Humanist organizations in the world, "The Council for Secular Humanism" and Center For Inquiry (& the publishers of Free Inquiry & Skeptical Inquirer magazines):

"The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles": http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?page=declaration&section=main

"A Secular Humanist Declaration": http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?page=declaration&section=main

Dan Barker on “What is a Freethinker?” : http://ffrf.org/publications/nontracts/What-Is-A-Freethinker/

10 Myths About Secular Humanism:http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/cherry_18_1.01.html

”Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." -- Carl Sagan (the burden of proof/evidence is always on the one making the claim!)

"People who believe God is on theirside are dangerous as hell." -- various

keywords for area searches:

Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Chelan, Brewster, Twisp, Quincy, Moses Lake, Ellensberg, Tri-cities, Yakima, Cle Elum

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Recent Meetups

  • July 14 · 5:30 PM

    Potluck

    4 Freethinkers

    We have the shelter from 5-9, 530 is our target time. I will probably be out of town. Our booking number for the shelter is 2524.

  • June 23 · 5:00 PM

    Ncw secular humanists

    3 Freethinkers

    Potluck Thursday June 23 Walla Walla Park shelter#2, We have the shelter from 5pm, meet time is 530 and it is ok to be fashionably late. Bring a friend. If you don't... Learn more

  • May 19 · 5:30 PM

    Potluck

    8 Freethinkers | 5.00

    Potluck Meeting Thursday May 19 about 530pm Walla Walla Park, Shelter#2, Reservation#1919. Topic#1 Food Topic#2 What should be our topic be for next meeting? Topic#3 How... Learn more

  • April 8 · 5:30 PM

    Dinner. Discus what our topic should be.

    8 Freethinkers

  • January 23 · 6:00 PM

    A Januarary Meetup

    3 Freethinkers | 4.00

    Alison will be hosting this meetup.

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  • New Discussion Reply
    Francois T.

    "What is happening with this group? I've invited two people for the past two months now, and they're gonna be let down again. I'm gonna look like a right fool because of this cancellation. Thanks for nothing."

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    Hellbound A. Hellbound A. RSVPed Yes for Potluck
    July 13
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    Potluck
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    Kate & J. Kate & J. commented on Potluck
    July 13
    Kate & J.

    "Unable to attend during our 12 hr shift work weeks at the hospital. Will watch for a Meetup that occurs on the every other weeks off... Have a great meetup! Hope to see you another time. :o)"

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    scott m.

    "Too many people out of town, see you all August 18"

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    scott m. scott m. commented on Potluck
    July 13
    scott m.

    "We are cancelling the July Potluck, We have Reservation­ August 18 and September 22, Walla Walla Park Wenatchee, shelter#2 There are too many people out of town this week."

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    Maureen S. Maureen S. commented on Potluck
    July 12
    Maureen S.

    "Hello Everyone, Well, our unusually busy summer strikes again! We are leaving today for Colorado for Carl's­ family reunion. We won't be back until the 19th. So, we will sadly miss yet another meet-up we would like to have attended...­."

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    July 11
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    scott m.

    "As for what to bring, we don't have a sign up sheet, so bring what you like and god will provide. Just kidding. We had topics at past meetings; What is our position in the community?" "How to talk to 'the other side.' "Religion and p..."

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    Sean C T. Sean C T. RSVPed Yes for Potluck
    July 10
    Sean C T.
    Potluck
    Thursday 5:30 PM
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    Sean C T. Sean C T. commented on Potluck
    July 10
    Sean C T.

    "I'd like to attend but have a few questions. Do we have a specific conversatio­n topic? How do we decide what to bring? Do we all bring small main dishes or is their a sign up list? Thanx Sean"

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