Humanists often state that they are in search of community. There are many Humanist Communities throughout the country that vary greatly. Some emphasize political activities, service programs, education or ethical concerns. Other Humanist Communities become large enough to support a wide range of activities. Arthur Jackson will discuss these types of communities with special attention to the Humanist Community of Silicon Valley (http://www.humanists.org) that meets in Palo Alto. This group is decades old and sponsors weekly forums on a variety of topics; Freethought and academic video discussion groups, family programs that provide a humanistic view of the world to children, fun events and social justice activities. Is this the type of Humanist Community we would like to see in San Francisco and East Bay?
Arthur Jackson has been committed to Humanism since becoming involved with the American Humanist Association (AHA) in 1962. He believes that humanism is what is needed to make the world a better place. He was among the first to receive training as a humanist officiant for performing weddings and other ceremonies. He later became assistant director of the AHA and worked with its new officiant-training program. He came to San Jose to work as executive director of the Humanist Community, and is now president of the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley. Arthur is the author of two books; The Humanist Chapters of the Future and the Future of Humanism and How to Live the Good Life; A User's Guide for Modern Humans.
Sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists. Everyone is welcome.