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Learning from Religion (dinner and discussion)

  • Dec 18, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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One of the benefits of practical philosophy is to compel us to seek out and adopt methodologies to live in our modern world and to connect with each other. There is a growing trend to adopt practices which have previously been associated exclusively with religions. What kinds of practices can be extracted and how?

In addition to this, how can one replace scripture with culture in order to find sources for morality, guidance, and consolation?

Please note that this event is open to everyone regardless of their religious standpoint.  As per usual, thought-provoking questions will be provided to our facilitators.

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Facilitator Information

As previously mentioned, our members take turns helping to facilitate our discussions. We require one discussion facilitator for each table of 6 people but I doubt that we`ll have a problem finding volunteers. I`ve created a special video just to explain what is involved with facilitating our discussions.

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Sincerely,

Glen Brauer
Founder, Facilitator, and Event Coordinator
PhilosophyConnections
PhilosophyConnections.org

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  • Hani N.

    interesting discussion on a controversial topic

    December 23, 2013

  • Peter

    Learned some things from others' comments. I still think the facilitators need to create more structure for the group, e.g., have identified a thoughtful subset of questions beforehand, which are then discussed in a time-conscious fashion. A repeated observation in the organization is that, in addition to a general lack of participant preparation beforehand (no clear standards set here), there is not enough facilitator structure, and therefore comments often become digressive and verbose.

    December 19, 2013

    • Hani N.

      Peter , you are aiming for higher standard as your quality of intervention. but for the group meant to be an open discussion more than being a club. The guidelines presented by Glen represent a basic framework have that discussion.We do not have a follow that literally , but represent a starting point.Facilitator main job is to help everybody express themselves on the subject and have a fair share of airtime. concerning being digressive and verbose I noticed that few time , that follows our own style of "language economy" , and our perspective of the subject.

      1 · December 23, 2013

  • Christine P.

    Great Thanks Hani for facilitating our group. You did a great job. I enjoyed the discussion very much. It is such a complex issue and it brings up a number of other issues. Thank you all for the sharing.

    December 22, 2013

  • Gita B.

    cont'd ... There was one topic that came up that could be considered at a future discussion -- it was regarding the need for moral guidance for children or whether we are inherently moral.
    I suspect the need for structure versus a self-organizaing principle can be part of that discussion (noting Peter's comment about lack of structure). Given adequate time and space, after my more than 25 years working with groups, I have learned to trust the group and the dialogue process to generate learning.
    Great group!!! Everyone contributed with their heart and head. :-)

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Gita B.

    The divergent views certainly led to a wide ranging discussion which I believe is a good thing. We lost some time as the restaurant announced we had to leave at 7:30. It was not a good venue, rather noisy and crowded and not relaxing. Glen provied a lot of great questions for structuring the discussion as well as a video by Alain Botton on what Atheists can borrow from religion. We collectively chose which questions we could manage in the time given. I enjoyed facilitating the discussion despite these constraints. See more in an additional post.

    December 19, 2013

  • Gaye S.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the discussions and meeting new people - I came home with a lot of new thought !

    December 19, 2013

  • Gaye S.

    A very good event with interesting discussions - thanks to all participants

    December 19, 2013

  • Gaye S.

    It was very good - well run and good discussion

    December 19, 2013

  • Hani N.

    "The only atheism is the denial of truth."-Arthur Lynch

    "Atheism is using reasoning to be unreasonable; and resolving world problems by having bigger ones." Hani Naser

    December 19, 2013

  • Hani N.

    That was an interesting exchange of ideas on a controversial topic; where I found myself sitting as facilitator. Thanks everybody for your generous contribution.

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Many different viewpoints. A very interesting evening.

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oups... missed registration for this meetup as I was away for a while. If someone can't make it this Wedn, please let me know. I could join on a short notice. Thanks.

    December 17, 2013

  • Ingeborg

    I am looking forward to joining this group. If I am signing in too late to join this upcoming meeting tomorrow, I hope to join the next one.
    Inga

    December 17, 2013

  • Gita B.

    I can facilitate on Wednesday

    December 14, 2013

    • Glen B.

      Thanks so much Gita! Could you please confirm that you can print yourself a copy of the notes for Wednesday? Here are the notes along with the facilitator FAQs: http://www.philosophy...­

      December 16, 2013

    • Gita B.

      Printed - no problem :>

      December 16, 2013

  • Glen B.

    Thanks to Christine for offering to be the second facilitator.

    December 16, 2013

  • Glen B.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this event in person but I will be coordinating it to run just as smoothly as the events which I'm able to attend in person. Please see this page for more details: http://philosophydinners.org/CoordinatorInfo.html

    November 29, 2013

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