- Meet Dan Barker - Special FFRF-VS Event - Co-sponsored by Secular Communities AZ
Humanist Community Center
Dan Barker, Co-president of FFRF National, will join us to talk about his new book Mere Morality. "What drives us to be good? How do we even know how to be good? Philosophers and theologians have dealt with such questions for millennia, but Dan Barker thinks the answers are not so complicated. In Mere Morality, he argues there's no need to appeal to supernatural commandments or the fear of some higher power when considering morality. Stripping “good" and "evil” down to the basics, he offers a simple compass for navigating life's most difficult moral and ethical dilemmas." Nibbles and light refreshments will be provided. You may BYOB. FFRF Valley of the Sun & Secular Communities for Arizona are co-sponsoring this special event. It is free and open to the public. Dan Barker / Minister Turned Atheist: Dan became a teenage evangelist at age 15. At 16 he was choir librarian for faith-healer Kathryn Kuhlman’s Los Angeles appearances. He received a degree in Religion from Azusa Pacific University and was ordained to the ministry by the Standard Community Church, California, in 1975. (See ordination.) He served as associate pastor in three California churches: Arcadia Friend’s Church (Quaker), Glengrove Assembly of God (Hacienda Heights), and Standard Christian Center, an independent Charismatic church loosely affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ tradition) in Standard, California. Dan was a Protestant missionary in Mexico for a total of two years. Dan preached for 19 years. He maintained an ongoing touring musical ministry, including eight years of full-time, cross-country evangelism. An accomplished pianist, record producer, arranger and songwriter, he worked with Christian music companies such as Manna Music and Word Music. For a few years, Dan wrote and produced the annual “Mini Musicale” for Gospel Light Publications’ Vacation Bible School curriculum. For more than two decades, Dan was accompanist, arranger, and record producer for Manuel Bonilla, the leading Christian singer in the Spanish-speaking world. He accompanied on the piano such Christian personalities as Pat Boone, Jimmy Roberts (of the Lawrence Welk Show), and gospel songwriter Audrey Meier, and was a regular guest on Southern California’s “Praise The Lord” TV show (Spanish). One of Dan’s Christian songs, “There Is One,” was performed by Rev. Robert Schuller’s television choir on the “Hour of Power” broadcast. To this day, he receives royalties from his popular children’s Christian musicals, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1977), and “His Fleece Was White As Snow” (1978), both published by Manna Music and performed in many countries. Following five years of reading, Dan gradually outgrew his religious beliefs. “If I had limited myself to Christian authors, I’d still be a Christian today,” Dan says. “I just lost faith in faith.” He announced his atheism publicly in January, 1984. He tells his story in the books Losing Faith in Faith (1992) and Godless (2008). Dan was PR Director of the Freedom From Religion Foundation from 1987 to 2004. He was elected co-president of the Foundation with Annie Laurie Gaylor in 2004, with whom he is co-host of Freethought Radio, a national weekly talk show. He is a contributing editor of Freethought Today and is involved with the Foundation’s state/church lawsuits. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists, many at college and university campuses. Not an official AU-GP event.
- Secular Day at the Capitol 2019 with Secular Coalition for AZ
Join hundreds of Arizonans who support secular public policy at the Capitol for tours, guest speakers, meetings with your legislators, a rally for secular government and more! AU-GP will have a table there! Be sure to stop by and say hello! REGISTER for your free ticket - or choose to be a sponsor for this event! GO HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secular-day-at-the-capitol-2019-tickets-53272653942?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox&fbclid=IwAR3Dba5vHVg3D1eIpcXFJlN2kdAek_YokEjPTbvFCsen0gJxviCyTmglxFk Event schedule: 8:00am - check-in, coffee, snacks, partner booths, and social activities begin 8:30am - early bird Capitol Tour with Rep. Athena Salman (max. 25) 9:00am - 9:30am - press conference and reveal about new issue campaign; 9:30am - 11:30am - one-on-one lobby coaching and assignment; meetings with lawmakers; post-meeting debriefings; guest lectures and presentations 9:45am - Senate Tour with Senator Juan Mendez 11:30pm - lunch with invited lawmakers (provided with registration); social activities continue 12:40pm - group picture and rally for secularism 1:15 - 2:00pm - introductions from House and Senate floors 2:00pm - Civic Engagement Beyond Voting - how to use Request to Speak (RTS) system; possible hearing observation 2:45pm - Presentation by American Atheists Happy Hour: We'll follow up this day of advocacy and education with a members-only happy hour from 4-6pm. at the Vig Fillmore. Not a member yet? Become a member today at https://secularaz.org/ Parking Map: http://azleg.gov/alispdfs/council/CapitolMallParkingMap.pdf Bus/Carpooling Info: Details are still being worked out regarding a bus or carpool from Tucson to Phoenix. Inquiries may be sent to Kay Lehman by email at [masked].
- Camp Quest AZ Games & Pizza Night!
Camp Quest AZ is too much fun to squeeze into just one week a year! Attention past, present and future campers, volunteers, and any kids who want to join the fun: Let's get together for pizza and games! The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP) is excited to host an evening of board games, card games, and role playing games (Werewolves anyone?) so that campers and volunteers can see each other again and any kids can find out what Camp Quest AZ is all about. We will have pizza, snacks and drinks available. Parents and other adults: You may join the games with the kids, relax on the sidelines or drop the kids off and pick them up at 9:30. (Date night?) The kids will be supervised by Camp Quest AZ staff. Kids dropped off must be 8+ years old. Younger children are welcome and must be supervised by the adults who brought them. This official HSGP and Camp Quest AZ event is free and open to the public. If there is enough interest, we will offer regular get-togethers with more fun camp activities! Please RSVP here and see you soon! Jennifer White HSGP Board member and Communications Chair Camp Quest AZ Board member and Program Director
- 20th Annual Solstice Celebration and FUNdraiser at HSGP
Believe it or not, we've been celebrating winter solstice for 20 years! HSGP is excited to invite you, your family, and your friends to attend our 20th Annual Solstice Party! Each year, we Humanists gather on or about the longest night to celebrate and reflect upon the previous year and to plan for the years ahead. The Solstice Celebration is traditionally our biggest fundraiser of the year. This is when we raise the money to be able to make our annual contribution to Secular Coalition for Arizona. And, of course, to make a big dent in the costs of the ongoing support of our cherished Humanist Community Center, including the hiring of our very first Executive Director! Get your Tickets at the Door - or - Register Online with this link: https://hsgp.org/civicrm?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&id=2600&reset=1 Come prepared to buy lots of raffle tickets for some awesome prizes, and maybe you can win a silent auction or two. If you take a fancy to any of the unique table centerpieces, they are available for an affordable price. And don't forget our tag board! **See instructions further down for dropping off donations for the raffles and silent auctions.** This year our theme is La Posada, which means Shelter. The Mexican tradition of La Posada enacts a story of an immigrant family seeking shelter - and being turned away again and again. Finally they are welcomed into a loving and generous home, where everyone celebrates with warmth, food, drink, music, camaraderie and the traditional star-shaped pinata. The Humanist Community Center is our shelter and we are here to welcome all who crave La Posada. Join us as we honor all the wonderful members who make HSGP the vibrant, one-of-a-kind community that it is! This is your opportunity to show off your culinary skills, enjoy dinner with your Humanist friends, and support HSGP. Bring your Little Humanists - we will have activities for them as well! There will be a variety of delicious tamales (veg and meaty), the traditional Mexican holiday food. We will also provide water, tea, coffee, milk, lemonade, and soft drinks. BYOB - we have plenty of glasses! Here is what we need from you: BRING something delicious to share: appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and/or desserts. We encourage all types of food - not only Mexican. Treat us with your favorites! **Please let us know what you plan to bring in the comments section at the bottom of this Meetup page.** DONATE items of value suitable for Raffle prizes. If you have something of higher value, we may include it in a silent auction. ***(To deliver your donations to the HSGP center, please be sure to label it for the Solstice Celebration and put your name and phone number with it so we can reach you for any questions. Check the comments section below to see when you can drop off your donations at the center during the days and evenings leading up to the celebration.)*** VOLUNTEER to help – click this Sign-Up Genius link to choose your volunteer slot(s): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448a4ab22a6fa7-december3 COME prepared to meet new friends, have fun and experience what makes our HSGP Community the best community in the country! Entry Tickets: General admission $25 - 5 raffle tickets included Sponsor a ticket for someone else $25 Students 13 and over $15 - 5 raffle tickets included Children 12 and under FREE Get your tickets at the door - or - Register Online with this link: https://hsgp.org/civicrm?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&id=2600&reset=1
- AU-GP Kick-off Event: Panel Discussion on the Status of Church/State Separation
Humanist Community Center
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Greater Phoenix Chapter (AU-GP) is back! Please join us at this kick-off event! The highlight will be a panel discussion by leading local and national legal experts, fresh from the trenches, to talk about the status of church/state separation today. Bring your questions! Panel Members: Darrell Hill - Staff Attorney, ACLU of Arizona Richard Katskee - Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (National) Dianne Post - Chair of Legal Committee, Secular Communities for Arizona Andrew Seidel - Director of Strategic Response, Freedom From Religion Foundation (National) There will also be a presentation of upcoming events and future plans of AU-GP. Your Host and Panel Facilitator is Zenaido Quintana, President, AU-GP. Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by AU-GP and Secular Communities for Arizona. This event is free and open to the public.
- 4th Annual Secular Summit, Secular Coalition for Arizona
Join secular public policy supporters from around the state for Secular Coalition for Arizona's 4th annual Secular Summit! This is a ticketed event for Secular Coalition members. Not a member yet? Choose the ticket that includes membership! TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-secular-summit-tickets-50877660452 Get inspired and engaged during this day of networking, advocacy training and education as we prepare for the 2019 Legislative Session. Our keynote speaker this year is Freedom from Religion Foundation's Andrew Seidel, a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, atheist and author. Ticket price includes full day admission to the Summit, coffee & pastries, lunch and materials. Clink on the TICKETS link and choose one: $20 - General Admission (members' rate) $50 - General Admission + Secular AZ membership $100 - Sponsor - receive recognition at the event Additional donations are always appreciated! Limited seats are available, so buy your tickets soon and save your spot! Do not RSVP on Meetup. Go to this link to purchase your TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-secular-summit-tickets-50877660452 See you at the Summit!
- FFRF Valley of the Sun Kick-off Event!
We are very excited about restarting the Freedom From Religion Foundation - Valley of the Sun chapter! This event will include fun social activities, talks from FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel, FFRF-VSUN President Zenaido Quintana and Secular Coalition for Arizona Director of Government Affairs Tory Roberg. We will also have an open discussion regarding future plans for the local group's activities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Andrew Seidel's Bio: Andrew L. Seidel is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, atheist, author, and former Grand Canyon tour guide. As the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Andrew works to ensure that the government obeys the First Amendment and that Jefferson’s “Wall of Separation” between state and church remains tall and impregnable. His first book, "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American" (https://www.amazon.com/Founding-Myth-Christian-Nationalism-American/dp/1454933275), debunks the myths underlying Christian nationalism and hits shelves in May 2019. Andrew's talk: "Defending our First Freedom: Why fighting for state-church separation is so important." The wall of separation between state and church is under assault from all directions. Many Americans fail to understand why the Constitution's promise of a secular government is so critical. Andrew seeks to cure that misunderstanding and tell a few war stories from his time as a watcher on that wall. How you can help: We have ideas on the types of activities that we will focus on and we need your input on what you would like to see. We will also be applying for non-profit status and reestablishing ourselves as an FFRF chapter in good standing. Among the activities we are considering are billboards, mass press releases, legal pressure on violators of constitutional church/state separation guarantees, etc. All of these will require both volunteer and financial support. Please consider partnering with us to bring the focus and determination that FFRF is famous for back to the state of Arizona where it is sorely needed by signing up as an FFRF member, if you have not yet done so, and by adding to your gift so that we can carry on the work of FFRF at the local level. If you are already a member, you can be a part of reestablishing our local presence by donating what you can either at any of our upcoming events or by mailing a check made out to Secular Communities for Arizona, marked "For use by FFRF-VS" to our treasurer, Julia Wright, at PO Box 19258, Phoenix, AZ 85005. Because we have not yet secured our 501(c)3 status, we cannot yet open a checking account. Secular Communities for Arizona has agreed to serve as our Fiscal Sponsor to allow us to use their 501(c)3 to raise funds for our start-up activities. Just mark your checks "For FFRF-VS" and the money will be held exclusively for our use. Your contribution will be fully tax-deductible. Let's get this going strong again! Free and open to the public.
- Humanities Project: The History of Humanism, Zenaido Quintana
Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting Zenaido presents The History of Humanism Want to learn more about our history as Humanists? Zenaido has prepared an engaging and enlightening presentation for us! Bring your friends! BYOB and snacks to share always welcome. The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. The majority of the evening is given over to one or more of our HSGP members or guests, to share with us some aspect of arts & humanities that they are passionate about! We are committed to bringing outstanding people from the world of humanities to present to HSGP at least once per year at the Sunday Speaker Meetings. Your HSGP Humanities Project Committee. Image: Rafael School of Athens (Wikimedia commons)
- Herb Silverman: Candidate Without A Prayer, Tales From the Bible Belt
Summary: Herb will speak about his book, "Candidate Without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt," which describes his journey from Orthodox Judaism growing up in Philadelphia, to apathetic atheist, to accidental activist atheist when he moved to South Carolina. He will talk about his encounters with Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, and others when he ran for Governor of South Carolina. He will also discuss his latest book, “An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land,” a compendium of some of his writing for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Humanist, and other magazines and blogs. BYOB, Snacks and refreshments provided. Doors open at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Please consider making a donation at the door to help HSGP pay for the Humanist Center, and continue to bring great people like Herb Silverman to the Valley. Thank you!
- Secular Memorial Celebration for Anne Mardick
Lotus Anne Mardick passed away on February 15, 2018. A secular memorial to celebrate her life will be held at the Humanist Community Center on Saturday, March 24. The program will begin at 2:00 PM with scheduled speakers, followed by the opportunity for others to say a few words about our friend Anne. Finally, we will toast Anne’s life with champagne and enjoy some light refreshments. You are welcome to BYOB. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the Anne Mardick Memorial Fund, which will be shared (after memorial expenses) between Americans United for Separation of Church & State, Greater Phoenix Chapter, founded and led by Anne, and the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, of which Anne was a major supporter. •Donate at the memorial with cash, check or credit card. •Donate online at http://au-gp.org/ . Click “Donations” in the navy-blue bar at the top. •Mail a check (made out to Americans United for Separation of Church & State, Greater Phoenix) to: Anne Mardick Memorial Fund, 1229 E. Claire Drive, Phoenix[masked]