• Free Thought Forum - The Reason and Sense of Thomas Paine

    Today’s Topic: The Reason and Sense of Thomas Paine - Known best for his works “Common Sense” and “The Age of Reason,” Thomas Pain was a political activist, philosopher, and champion for individual rights, reason, freethought, and deism - long before such ideas were mainstream! Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

  • Volunteer Project: Holding Out HELP Applications

    Draper Library

    The local nonprofit “Holding out HELP” is in need of awesome volunteers! Because of the important and sensitive nature of the good work they do, we each need to submit applications and undergo their volunteer screening process. To get started on this and as a precursor to our involvement with this worthy cause in the future, we will meet together at a local library and utilize their computer lab. ***More Information and details will be shared as we get closer to this event.*** About Holding Out HELP Holding Out HELP provides those who come from a polygamous culture the resources needed to transition from isolation to independence. We build upon the courage they have shown and hope to bring them to place of confidence, stability and self-sufficiency. Sources have estimated there are as many as 60,000 fundamentalist polygamist group members in the United States. Polygamist communities often self-isolate in an effort to control their environment and keep individuals and families contained. The needs of those leaving these polygamist communities throughout Utah often go unaddressed due to fear and lack of knowledge about mainstream society. Holding Out HELP bridges the gap between their culture and ours to help ease them into mainstream society. We provide access to shelter, food, clothing, education, counseling and unconditional love and support. No other organization is serving this specific population to the same degree or with the same knowledge of how best to integrate them into a life that will provide them the opportunity to be successfully independent. To learn more about this organization, please visit their website: https://holdingouthelp.org/ Point of Contact Nick (Springville Group)[masked] [masked] Jacob (Draper Group) [masked] Holding out HELP [masked] How We’ll Help Before we can be invited to help in bigger ways, we each need to begin Holding out HELP’s application and screening process. This project is an important precursor to volunteering for this organization more in the future. What to Wear Come as you are! What to Bring If you don’t have a library card, you may need to sign-up for one which requires that you show a photo-id and legal proof of your residency such as a bill or lease agreement. Please bring your charged phone and your most up-to-date professional RESUME (in a digital format, such as on a flash drive or attached to a recent email) with the contact information for your 5-or-so professional references (such as coworkers, community members, etc.)

  • Free Thought Forum - 5 Habits for Better Physical Health

    Today’s Topic: 5 Habits for Better Physical Health - Exactly how much sleep, exercise, or dieting does the average person need anyway? In today’s discussion, we will look at what the actual science says, free from the confusing noise of health gurus and alternative medicine. Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

  • Free Thought Forum - Friendly Chat and Support Circle

    Start the New Month with Freethinking Friends! Our first-weekend events are more casual than our other meetings and focus more on strengthening social bonds and sharing personal goals. Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Support Circle (45 Minutes) Every participant is welcome to share a personal goal for the upcoming month as all other participants offer help, advice, and other forms of support. This allows us, as a group, to check-up with one another on a monthly basis and encourage continual personal improvement and progress. (NOTE: We will not be holding an outdoor picnic or potluck meal at this particular event. That is reserved for our “First Week Feast” meetings that only take place in the warmer months of the year.) Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

  • Free Thought Forum - Demystifying Quantum Physics

    The Clever Bean

    Today’s Topic: Demystifying Quantum Physics - Quantum Field Theory and Quantum Mechanics focus on the odd behaviors of energy at the smallest of scales. These are the phenomena that make our modern electronics, computing, and cryptography possible. What else should the average person know about the odd physics of the quantum world? Let’s take a look! Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

  • Secular Family Solstice Celebration and Banquet

    Eliot Hall, First Unitarian Church

    All nearby Free Thought Forum groups have been invited by the Humanists of Utah and the Atheists of Utah to join in a secular holiday celebration in Salt Lake City! The event will feature a banquet, games, lots of great food, and music! More official information will be made available as the event draws nearer on the Humanists of Utah website and facebook page: https://humanistsofutah.org/get-involved/upcoming-events/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/humanistsofutah/ The solstice celebration will take place on the 12th at Eliot Hall (a few days before the actual winter solstice), to accommodate the seasonal travel plans of our local freethinkers, humanists, atheists, skeptics, rationalists, and more!

  • Free Thought Forum - Great Ideas from Jediism and Force Realism

    Today’s Topic: Great Ideas from Jediism and Force Realism - All religions and spiritual customs arise from fantastic stories, even in our modern age! With inspiration from the heroic tales from a galaxy far, far away, Taoism, Bushido, Zen Buddhism, and more, Jediism is a decentralized movement that is certainly worth a closer look! Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

  • Harmony and HumanLight - A Secular Celebration

    The Clever Bean

    Each of our four annual festivals celebrates one of the cardinal virtues of classical philosophy. According to Plato, harmony was the most important of the four! It represents the proper interpersonal interactions and behaviors within a well-functioning society. In this festival, we celebrate harmony, justice, fairness, balance, peaceful cooperation, good citizenship, equality, humanity, family, and friendship. The best part is that you are invited to join us! Whether you observe Christmas, Secular Solstice, or other traditions, we hope that you can add our Harmony Festival to your holiday season! Please bring a prepared potluck brunch item and come to enjoy a festive event of music and cooperative games. Each guest will also receive a bag of gifts and thought-provoking suggestions on how we can all strengthen our friendships, family relations, and more as we each prepare for the new year. For more information about what to expect, feel free to visit our official festivals page found here: https://www.freethoughtforum.org/festivals — See you there!

  • Free Thought Forum - How To Build and Strengthen Friendships

    Today’s Topic: How To Build and Strengthen Friendships - Making and keeping friends is one of our most important pursuits in life, but that doesn’t mean it's easy! Today, we will explore a few things we can all do to find and enjoy meaningful friendly relationships at school, work, and in other settings. Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Primer Discussion (45 Minutes) Your Local Group Leader will lead the conversation on today’s activity or topic (usually relating to Science, Healthy Habits and Life Skills, or Moral Philosophy). Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org

  • Free Thought Forum - Friendly Chat and Support Circle

    Start the New Month with Freethinking Friends! Our first-weekend events are more casual than our other meetings and focus more on strengthening social bonds and sharing personal goals. Everyone is welcome (regardless of personal religious belief, political leanings, education, race, sex, etc.) to join our weekly open and civil discussions on moral philosophy, science, religion, politics, current events, and more! MEETING SCHEDULE A Warm Welcome (10 Minutes) This is a great opportunity to casually meet other friendly and open-minded guests and share a little about yourself before the meeting formally begins. Support Circle (45 Minutes) Every participant is welcome to share a personal goal for the upcoming month as all other participants offer help, advice, and other forms of support. This allows us, as a group, to check-up with one another on a monthly basis and encourage continual personal improvement and progress. (NOTE: We will not be holding an outdoor picnic or potluck meal at this particular event. That is reserved for our “First Week Feast” meetings that only take place in the warmer months of the year.) Recess (5 Minutes) At the meeting’s midpoint, a five-minute break takes place. This is a good time to stretch the legs, get a drink, and show appreciation to our host! Open Forum (60 Minutes or so) The meeting is opened-up to entertain any topic our guests and members wish to discuss while following our “Five Rules for Civil Discourse.” FIVE RULES FOR CIVIL DISCOURSE At our events, all participants agree to abide by the following rules: 1. Be respectful of each other’s time by making your comments reasonably concise and by refraining from interruption. 2. Focus your comments on ideas, not people. 3. Recognize the authority of the appointed moderator. 4. Allow for amicable disagreement and a diversity of opinions. (Your aim should not be to debate, convince, convert, or “win” the discussion.) 5. Be prepared to explain the reasoning behind your ideas, if asked. ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The first experimental Free Thought Forum assembled in March of 2019 in Springville, Utah. Since then, other local groups have formed and continue to meet weekly under the direction of a volunteer Group Leader who reports to our Executive Board. Our members are encouraged to be model citizens, stand for first amendment rights, and engage in continual self-improvement. We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and freethinking community by hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science to improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society. We celebrate healthy civil discussion and the free exchange of ideas while granting all participants opportunities to share. We assert that one’s ability to voice their ideas (and have them supported, contested, tested, and reviewed among peers) is an indispensable tool in one’s honest search for the best answers to life’s most important philosophical questions. For more information, to offer suggestions and feedback, or to make a donation, please visit our official website: https://www.freethoughtforum.org