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Tenets of Humanism: Ethics

Due to the poor weather for the first session, the first session on Naturalism will be repeated on Feb. 3, and the subsequent sessions for Ethics--and Purpose and Meaning are being postponed by one week.

In this second session of our three-part series on humanism, we will focus on the ethical imperative of humanism. So many secular and atheists groups say they support humanist ethics. But what does that mean? Clearly those in the freethought community reject religious, authoritarian morality, but what moral theory and principles lay the foundation of the humanist outlook? Contrary to popular opinion, we are not moral relativists. Come explore the heart of humanism.

This three-week series surveying the basic tenets of humanism is designed for those new to humanism or those who are not exactly sure what contemporary humanism represents. Whether you want to explore the humanist lifestance for yourself or are you interested in reviewing how to explain humanism to others, this series will help you understand naturalism, ethics, and meaning and purpose from the humanist perspective.

Participants are encouraged to come to all three of the sessions, but folks are welcome to come as they are able. Each one-and-a-half hour session will begin with an overview of one salient aspect of humanism followed by group discussion. Please note that this is not an academic course, but a review of contemporary humanism as understood and practiced by a growing number of people affiliated with such organizations as the American Humanist Association and the Council for Secular Humanism.

For more information, go to our website at http://www.humanistsofmn.org/tenets-of-humanism

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  • sandra

    A good topic. Ethics is a moving target. It is always evolving as we understand ourselves and others.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Audrey, for covering so much in so little time. Your excitement is exciting!

    February 10, 2013

  • Luke M.

    Very interesting!

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this session.

    February 10, 2013

  • David

    Sorry--between the weather and not feeling great I'm not going to make it.

    February 10, 2013

  • jodie s

    I hope next Sunday isn't snowy again.

    February 10, 2013

  • steve

    I'm going if the weather isn't bad.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can get in a little nap today, and if the weather isn't too bad, I may join. I have to be up around 3:30am, and I don't know how ethical it is to put my body through that without a nap!

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still interested in attending this meeting, but it depends on what the weather looks like later this evening. Even if I decide not to go tonight, I will attend future events.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Most likely won't attned now due to the weather.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going and with my boyfriend again! Hopefully we won't be so late and he won't be talking so much during the discussion this time lol.

    1 · February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My girlfriend, Hayley Kubler, and I plan on attending. We recently moved to the Twin Cities and are looking to make connections within a non-religious community, and so this piqued our interest. I hope to see you all there!

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to work too early on Monday mornings.

    January 26, 2013

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