• CAH Small Group Discussion - Men’s and Women’s Feelings on Gender Roles & Issues
    DESCRIPTION: Views about expected roles for each gender are changing, but not everybody agrees with the changes. How do people feel when women are the main bread-winner in a family? Many women have to deal with men who still rely on older expectations about abilities and proper roles for each gender. Many men perceive some women’s attire as provocative and that this justifies sexual harassment. Some justify sexual aggression as a built-in trait developed to assure survival of the species. GENERAL INFORMATION: A small group enjoying ad hoc discussion. Rather than Q&A, we often have a discussion on or related to the topic of the previous Wednesday's speaker. Also, feel free to, on the spot, propose a topic of personal interest.

    Concord Library

    129 Main St · Concord, MA

  • David Ropeik: Cognitive Limits on Human Reason
    EVENT DESCRIPTION Humans claim superiority among species to reason and make choices. However, the brain is more an organ with which we “think” we think. David Ropeik, author and consultant on risk-perception psychology will discuss research on human cognition that established our “thinking” is a mix of thinking and feeling, all reasoning is “motivated”, and all perception ultimately subjective. David will cite his 1012 book “How Risky Is It, Really? Why our fears don’t always match the facts”. David will have copies of his book "How Risky Is It, Really? " for purchase. He will be happy to sign your copy. ABOUT THE SPEAKER David Ropeik is an author and consultant on the psychology of risk perception, risk communication, and risk management. He is author the book How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match The Facts. Mr. Ropeik was the co-director and principal faculty member of the Harvard University professional education course, “The Risk Communication Challenge.” and he was an Instructor in the Harvard Extension School’s environmental management program. He was a television reporter in Boston from 1978 – 2000, where he twice won the DuPont Columbia Award, often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism, along several other national and regional awards. He has taught journalism at Boston University, Tufts University, MIT, and Northwestern University. GENERAL INFORMATION Our (usually) First Wednesday Dialog series brings in outside speakers to share interesting topics related to Humanism -- kind of like Ted Talk. We socialize and enjoy refreshments until about 7:15, at which point the speakers presents for as long as they choose, usually until 8:00 or so. At this point we pass the mic around and have a group discussion about the topic. When the discussion wraps up, we continue with more refreshments and socializing until around 9:00 when all attendees are welcome to join our open steering committee meeting. We take donations at the door to cover the cost of the meeting ($5 is suggested). Half of the donations (after we pay the rent) are given as an honorarium to the speaker with a $25 minimum. All regular attendees are encouraged to bring refreshments to share. Note that we have a large mailing list outside of Meetup.com so the RSVP numbers are generally much lower than the actual attendance.

    First Parish In Concord

    20 Lexington Road · Concord, MA

  • CAH Small Group Discussion
    This event was canceled.
  • CAH Small Group Discussion
    This event was canceled.
  • Candidate Forum: Mass State Representative for District 14
    CAH is joining the Concord UU Forum-Committee in arranging a special meeting to introduce four Candidates contending for election as State Representatives in Massachusetts District 14. This District includes Concord, Carlisle, and most of Acton and Chelmsford. Cory Atkins now holds this seat but will be vacating it. Rev. James Sherblom, member of First Parish in Concord, and past Minister of First Parish in Brookline, will moderate the panel of these four candidates, as they introduce themselves, respond to each other and to questions from the floor.

    First Parish In Concord

    20 Lexington Road · Concord, MA

  • CAH Small Group Discussion
    This event was canceled.
  • CAH Small Group Discussion
    GENERAL INFORMATION: I'm hoping that we might discuss our thoughts about the ways that Humanism might engage our emotions more than it does. It doesn't speak strongly to mine, although perhaps it does for others. Traditional religions are very effective in engaging our emotions. Their myths and visual symbols speak to our imaginations. Their music invokes a sense of harmony and personal belonging. It seems to me that doing charitable work or being an activist for a cause are ways that engage our emotions. Singing or listening to music are other activities that involve emotions. I've found that trying to imagine a familiar thing in a different way involves an emotional part of the brain; thinking about space and time as a four dimensional and curved space-time in General Relativity has a poetic side. Many Humanists practice Buddhist mindfulness to engage their emotional lives.

    Concord Library

    129 Main St · Concord, MA

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  • Roy Speckhart: Creating Change Through Humanism
    EVENT DESCRIPTION Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Assn., will give a talk on Creating Change Through Humanism, published by the Humanist Press. Roy will discuss how the modern humanist movement, with its forward-thinking outlook and emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection, has been at the forefront of such pressing social issues as civil rights, women's rights, religion-free science, LGBTQ equality and environmental preservation. He will argue for the need to be open about being "good without god" while becoming active in social and political causes to put positive values in action and combat anti-humanist prejudice fueled by the Religious Right. Roy will have copies of his latest book "Creating Change Through Humanism" for a discounted $15.00. He will be happy to sign your copy. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Roy Speckhardt earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Mary Washington College and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in information systems management, from George Mason University. In addition to his college education, he received specialized training in nonprofit tax law, financial management, grassroots organizing, fundraising, and dispute resolution. Early in his career, Speckhardt was a fundraiser for various causes, including AIDS research and wildlife conservation, and worked on the "World Difference Campaign" of the Anti-Defamation League. He worked for The Interfaith Alliance from 1995 to 2001 as deputy director in charge of staff. Speckhardt worked as the director of membership and programs of the American Humanist Association for four years, and is now executive director. The American Humanist Association is the oldest and one of the largest groups of humanists and atheists in the United States. GENERAL INFORMATION Our (usually) First Wednesday Dialog series brings in outside speakers to share interesting topics related to Humanism -- kind of like Ted Talk. We socialize and enjoy refreshments until about 7:15, at which point the speakers presents for as long as they choose, usually until 8:00 or so. At this point we pass the mic around and have a group discussion about the topic. When the discussion wraps up, we continue with more refreshments and socializing until around 9:00 when all attendees are welcome to join our open steering committee meeting. We take donations at the door to cover the cost of the meeting ($5 is suggested). Half of the donations (after we pay the rent) are given as an honorarium to the speaker with a $25 minimum. All regular attendees are encouraged to bring refreshments to share. Note that we have a large mailing list outside of Meetup.com so the RSVP numbers are generally much lower than the actual attendance.

    First Parish In Concord

    20 Lexington Road · Concord, MA

  • CAH Small Group Discussion
    GENERAL INFORMATION: A small group doing interactive conversation. Paul would like to propose two potential topics. 1. The differences between Humanism and traditional religions. Related to that is whether Darwin is treated like a saint? 2. Issues related to the equality of men and women. Why do some men feel? 3. If you have a subject you would like to discuss -- come and bring it up.

    Concord Library

    129 Main St · Concord, MA

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  • Bryan Hamlin: Charles Darwin - A Unique Perspective
    Photos: Charles Darwin (left) and Bryan Hamlin. EVENT DESCRIPTION What was Darwin like as a person? We will look at his family life, his friendships, his health struggles. What did he believe, and how does his scientific work stand the test of time? We will also look at Darwin’s links with the United States, including the Boston area. ABOUT THE SPEAKER Bryan Hamlin is originally from England. He commenced university in 1959 - the centennial year of the publication of Charles Darwin’s "Origin of Species". Very aware of this Hamlin decided to study the planet’s early life forms, majoring in microbiology and going on to do a PhD in the subject. GENERAL INFORMATION Our (usually) First Wednesday Dialog series brings in outside speakers to share interesting topics related to Humanism -- kind of like Ted Talk. We socialize and enjoy refreshments until about 7:15, at which point the speakers presents for as long as they choose, usually until 8:00 or so. At this point we pass the mic around and have a group discussion about the topic. When the discussion wraps up, we continue with more refreshments and socializing until around 9:00 when all attendees are welcome to join our open steering committee meeting. We take donations at the door to cover the cost of the meeting ($5 is suggested). Half of the donations (after we pay the rent) are given as an honorarium to the speaker with a $25 minimum. All regular attendees are encouraged to bring refreshments to share. Note that we have a large mailing list outside of Meetup.com so the RSVP numbers are generally much lower than the actual attendance.

    First Parish In Concord

    20 Lexington Road · Concord, MA