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Darwin's Birthday Celebration

Refreshments, social, and a movie on our 14-billion year "Great Story" combining evolution of the Cosmos and of Life.  A talented impersonator of Charles Darwin will accept questions at the Birthday Party, about his life and times.   A discussion will follow the movie.  Abby's talk at the Feb. 8 meeting will have been a good introduction to the movie.

The movie is Journey of the Universe”  by Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Thomas Swimme.  The following is from the “Writer’s Statement”:

We live in a universe of remarkable creativity that has evolved over some 14 billion years. The goal of Journey of the Universe is to tell the story of cosmic and Earth evolution drawing on the latest scientific knowledge, in a way that makes it profoundly relevant and deeply moving to the viewer. What emerges is an intensely poetic story, which evokes emotions of awe, excitement, fear, joy and belonging.

This story told in Journey of the Universe is a dramatic one. Throughout billions of years of evolution, triumph, and disaster have been only a hair's breadth apart. Violence and creativity are pervasive. The ability of matter to organize and re-organize itself is remarkable - from the formation of the first atoms to the emergence of life.

The message of Journey of the Universe shows how we are not just a part of this astonishing process, we are at the very edge of evolution, a primate species that has found in its language and symbols the power to take over the very evolutionary process itself. But this control that we now exercise comes with a responsibility; and viewers of Journey of the Universe will not only be imbued with a sense of astonishment at all that has taken place, they will also come to feel the excitement in learning that now we live in a time when the human species is being asked to play a central role in activating the flourishing powers of Earth’s living systems.

One of the aims of this project is to use the art of storytelling to capture the grandeur and drama of this epic of the universe - from the Big Bang, to where we are today in a moment of great transition.

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  • Maria G.

    Read an article about the event and see a video at the Boston Globe's

    February 15, 2012

  • Gayle & Mort S.

    We enjoyed it very much. The ending of the movie, however, was depressing. Of course it's being realistic, but it didn't feel like a good way to end the program - we left feeling down.

    February 14, 2012

  • Pat E.

    We expected about 30, with ambitous goal of 50. We were happy to have 130 attend. It was crowded, but everybody understood the situation and the meeting went well. The movie "Jorney of the Universe," on our great 14 billion-year story, was well received. Lively following discussion lasted almost as long as the movie, led by an illustrious panel. See for extract video of "Darwin's" excellent Reminiscences.

    Meeting was jointly sponsored by Concord Area Humanists (CAH), and First Parish in Concord. The party was preceded, in the morning, by two Humanist Services at First Parish, led by the energetic Interim Minister, Rev. Dr. Elaine Peresluha, with superb Humanist music, children's program, readings, hymns, and sermon.

    CAH typically has two events per month. To receive 2 or 3 emailed Program Announcements per month, please email [masked], with "CAH SUBSCRIBE" in subject line.

    Written by Patrick Everett, Coordinator for Concord Area Humanists.

    February 13, 2012

  • Lisa T.

    The actor portraying Charles Darwin was wonderful. Mr. Schemp's speech was a delight. The movie (or what I saw of it) was good.
    The person acting as master of ceremonies, Mr. Everett, I believe, ruined the occasion by his thoughtless, controlling, disrespectful, did I say controlling?, behavior. I am not sure why the actor did not walk out. This man is good for alienating people. Are you sure you want him to be the face of Secular Humanism in Concord? If you do, I'll look for someone else.

    February 13, 2012

  • Gayle & Mort S.

    Darwin IS 203 years old. He lives on!

    February 10, 2012

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