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Program Announcement CAH

From: Maria G.
Sent on: Friday, December 2, 2011 5:54 PM






sent 12/2/11


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“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”  American Humanist Association: Humanism and its Aspirations




Please note that our Wednesday meetings will now generally be in the First Parish Parlor, although we are still part of the Wright Tavern Center program.  The parlor has full handicap access, is more comfortable, and the space will expand when we need it. If we miss the historic ambiance too much, then we can go back to having some meetings in the Tavern.  We will still start the Wednesday meetings with social at 7:00 PM, and program at 7:30 PM. 





First Wednesday Dialog - Roy Speckhardt,     Wednesday,  December 7, 2011,  7:00 PM

First Parish Parlor,   20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA


Roy Speckhardt is Executive Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), which is the national advocacy organization promoting the idea that you can be good without a god.  AHA's Maggie Ardiente will start the discussion by covering the breadth of the AHA's involvement in the legal, political, and public outreach arenas, and then Roy Speckhardt will address how we can best build the Humanist movement. 


This meeting is likely to be popular, since Roy is a key figure in the AHA and is well known by many Humanists.  If convenient, please RSVP on to help our planning


This meeting will be followed, at 9 PM, by a short open meeting of the CAH Steering Committee, with Roy as our guest.  You are welcome to stay and join us.  Among other things, we will be discussing a Darwin Birthday Celebration we are tentatively planning for the afternoon of Sunday February 12.  Come and share your ideas!




Open Discussion Group,   Tuesday,  December 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

Concord Library,  129 Main St, Concord, MA


This night's topic will be "The Meaning of Food". We'll talk about food from a Humanist perspective -- it's role in our social fabric, ethical eating, food politics and environmental impact, and so on. Should be a meaty topic!




First Wednesday Dialog - Jay Wexler,  Wednesday, January 4, 2012,   7:00 PM

First Parish Parlor,  20 Lexington Rd, Concord MA


Jay Wexler is a  Professor of Law at Boston University.   He has a special interest in law and religion and has written a hilarious book called    Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars . Jay's latest book is called  The Odd Clauses , and is about the lesser-known clauses in the US Constitution.




Open Discussion Group,   Thursday, January 19, 2012, 7:30 PM

Concord Library,  129 Main St, Concord, MA


Continuation of previous discussion, or new topic TBD



Second Wednesday Dialog - Dr Abby Hafer,  Wednesday,  February 8, 2011,   7:00 PM

First Parish Parlor,  20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA



     Rabbi Jaffe's talk has been postponed to Wednesday, March 7


Dr Abby Hafer has a D.Phil. in Zoology from Oxford University in England.  She is a College Professor teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology at Curry College.  Abby has had many years of research in both Physiology and Zoology.  She has been giving public lectures on Evolution since 2007.  She will give a new presentation on animals that should not exist according to Intelligent Design, *but do anyway*.  She will especially discuss two unusually intriguing creatures that appear to break all the rules.  


CAH is tentatively planning a Darwin Birthday Party Birthday on Sunday, February 12, with refreshments, social, and a movie on our 14-billion year "Great Story" combining evolution of the Cosmos and of Life.  A discussion will follow.  Abby's talk will be a good introduction to the movie.



Tentative -  Darwin Birthday Party on afternoon of Sunday, February 12

First Parish Hall and Parlor, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA


Details being arranged -  If you would like to come, and even better help, please email [address removed]



Open Discussion Group,  Thursday,   February 16, 2012, 7:30 PM

Concord Library,  129 Main St, Concord, MA


Continuation of previous discussion, or new topic TB




First Wednesday Dialog - Rabbi Jaffe, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7:00 PM 

First Parish Parlor,  20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA


Rabbi Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington will discuss his perspectives on Humanism, Judaic humanism, and secular humanism.  There will be the usual discussion following his talk.





Looking forward to seeing you at our meetings,

                                                                     from your CAH Coordinator,

                                                                                                            Patrick Everett


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