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The Secular Origins of the U.S.

Presentation by Dave Collamer

How was it that the seminal documents of our nation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, were composed with the intent to set up a secular government? What were the religious sensibilities of the Founders? Why did they consistently vote down proposals to proclaim the US a Christian nation? What did Thomas Jefferson mean when he spoke of a "wall of separation between church and state?" Join us for a discussion of these questions.

 

We make it worth your while to get up early on Sunday morning.  =-)

Programs are presented in four broad areas relevant to Humanism:

Human Well Being

Science/Reason

Secularism

Humanities, Culture, and Morality

Sun @ HGP program details -- for this week's speaker follow this link and read the "Next Speaker" announcement on the HGP website home page, left side; for future speakers and activities, click on the "Calendar" button, upper left:

http://www.portlandhumanists.org/

Sunday Morning Schedule:

8:45  Early Bird discussion, choose topic by consensus (Garden Room)

9:45  Children join parents in East Room for simulcast

9:45  Coffee, juice and cookies (Arts and Crafts Room)

10:00 Main program, weekly speakers on topics of interest to Humanists (Keeston Room)

10:05 Humanist discussion, each week a different theme (Garden Room)

11:30 AfterThoughts: engage the speaker over light snacks (Arts and Crafts Room)

11:45 Classes, discussions, musicians, committees meet until 1:00 PM

12:15 Lunch at nearby eatery, all are welcome!

Be sure to peruse our humanist library while you're here -- books available to lend upon HGP membership.

Find more information about the Humanists of Greater Portland by clicking on the sponsor link at the left side of the webpage, then check out the full calendar of activities on HGP's main website.

All Meetup fees are paid by our sponsor through your memberships; donations toward the work of HGP are gratefully accepted.

Join us -- and bring a friend!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative, but I didn't particularly like the classroom vibe.

    March 23, 2014

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