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Discussion Group: Humanist Communities

Join the HOC's book group at our new home in the Secular Hub!  Our November discussion is on the topic of Humanist Communities.  The discussion will be based on a series of articles in the October/November 2013 issue of Free Inquiry magazine under the title, "Religious Humanism: Is It Dead, Alive, or Bifurcating?" (pp. 18-44).  Three of the articles are available online.  If you would like to read the whole series, you can obtain a copy of the magazine at many bookstores and libraries.

The list of articles with links (as available):

• "Introduction" by Tom Flynn

• "The Godless Congregation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come" by James Croft and Greg Epstein

• "F. C.  S. Schiller’s Idealistic Humanism and Personalism" by Hugh P. McDonald (available only in print or by subscription)

• "John Dewey and the Fighting 'Faith' of Humanism" by John Shook (available only in print or by subscription)

• "Religious Humanism Today" by William R. Murry (available only in print or by subscription)

• "Congregational Humanism: Throwing Out the Bad and Keeping the Good" by Jennifer Kalmanson

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the Secular Hub. Hope to see you there!




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  • Jan E

    I tried to attend the 2:00pm book club today - it was very hard to find the hub and I got lost!! so turned around.... what is the best way to get to the hub and is there much parking? I hope to hear from someone as I would like to attend an event!

    November 17, 2013

    • Barbara

      Hi Jan. I'm sorry you got lost! The Secular Hub is at the intersection of 31st and Downing. If you let us know from which direction you're coming, I or someone else can try to help. There is plenty of parking at the Hub. There are several spaces behind our building and at a lot on the other side of 31st. Street parking is also plentiful.

      November 17, 2013

  • James

    A couple of points...

    First, I am interested in this topic. Community centered about humanism. Sounds great. What kind of community do you mean?

    Secondly, I think it deals with peoples communication and interpersonal relationship skills. As well as what people desire and what they will work with...

    Lastly, I am currently looking for a new housing situation. Preferably one with my cool indoor/outdoor cat. I like to pride myself on being an asset and friend. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend as I am up in Boulder and it would be getting too late for me.

    November 17, 2013

    • Barbara

      Hi James. If you're interested in the topic, you can read the three articles linked above in the event description. Those articles were the starting point for our discussion.

      November 17, 2013

  • Dru W.

    Can't they just delay the game for a couple of hours?

    November 16, 2013

  • Randall W.

    I would have loved to have come...... except my family has had these Broncos tickets for the last 47 years. Dang.

    November 16, 2013

  • Richard B.

    After starting with the articles listed above, the conversation can go in any direction the attendees want. So come on down to the Hub for it!

    November 15, 2013

  • Dru W.

    This just popped up on my radar, but looks really interesting. Is only about the changes in religious humanism or about the effect of changes in religious humanism on the larger potential for humanistic community ... or something else entirely?

    November 15, 2013

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