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This week: American History and Humanism

From: Jason F.
Sent on: Monday, July 15, 2013 1:28 PM
Hello Humanists and Friends!

This is a fantastic week and reminder about the awesome things that we are doing.

One quick summary. We had a fantastic discussion on Saturday evening after marching with SDCoR in the Pride Parade. Part of our regular Coffee & Conversation discussion went on for about 40 minutes about Humanism and the role of clergy in society. I personally love those times where we start to dig deeper, stretch our parameters of understanding, and expand our worldview. Michael was absolutely fantastic with his sangria-generosty and perspective, Chris added awesome commentary, and we had a wonderful new person show up. 

Sunday, five of us took to Mount Woodson. We hiked to the 2900' summit and met some really interesting station-relay people at the top who gave us an impromptu lecture on RF signals, line-of-sight communications, emergency-desert-medicine, and rattlesnake management and safety.

This week, we continue our chats on Humanist history through the book club, as well as our third Sunday series. 

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7pm (T-Deli), we will be covering a book important to resisting tyranny as we continue our look at Thomas Paine. We will be discussing "The Rights of Man." You still have ample time to read or browse the literature. Here is the book online (for free!): http://www.ushistory.org/paine/rights/. I will be presenting the work, chapter-by-chapter, with an analysis of context. That means that if you just want to understand the material, but are unable to read it-you will come away with a great introduction. 

And Sunday at 6pm (Joyce Beers Center), we will be going over Humanism and American Independence. I will be covering several of our founding fathers, their thoughts on religion and government, and demonstrating that we were not established as a Christian nation. 

If you would like a reading list for this: Anything by Peter Gay (Enlightenment-studies Author), Brooke Allen's Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers, Stephen Prothero American Jesus: How the Son of God became a national icon, Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason, and The Rights of Man, Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia, and The Jefferson Bible, and James Madison Memorial and Remonstrance of Religious Assessments.

We are also going to have a paypal option for homeless outreach donation on the website soon (we have raised $80 so far!), and the Conference registration will be up and running by August 1st.

thanks so much, see you this week and have a great day!

-jason
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Humanist Association of San Diego
(619)[masked]
3350 Sports Arena Blvd Ste F
San Diego, CA 92110
sdhumanist.org

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