What we're about

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC), Connecticut, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought in our community.

Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity. Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, or dogma.

Our bywords are Reason and Compassion. We look for evidence as the basis of our beliefs about the world, and we embody compassion as our approach to others. We seek:

1. To provide a forum for mutual and public education,

2. To promote critical thinking and the separation of government and religion, and to stand up for humanist values as citizens,

3. To form a warm, welcoming and supportive community of thoughtful people.

We welcome all who wish to participate. Also, visit our Facebook Page! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/humanistsandfreethinkersoffairfieldcounty)

Click here to learn about membership in HFFC. (https://humanists-and-freethinkers-of-fairfield-county.square.site/)

HFFC is an IRS-recognized 501(c )(3 ) educational organization. Membership contributions are tax-deductible. HFFC is an independent chapter of the American Humanist Association.

Contact for answers to questions, information, and membership forms: Cary Shaw, (203)849-8978, hffc@optonline.net

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HFFC Board of Directors (aka Steering Committee):

President: Cary Shaw

Vice President: John Levin

Secretary: Amy Ewing

Treasurer: Cary Shaw

Program Director: Anita Peters

Membership: Cary Shaw, All Board of Directors

Technology: George Unser

Program Development: Fred Cunningham

Outreach: John Levin

Newsletter: George Unser

Social Action: John Levin, Amy Ewing, Jim Russell

Key Players:

Ann Stamler: Membership Support, Welcome/Registration

Joe Stamler: Stagecraft & Audio Visual

Book Etc Group: Manny Ratafia

Science Readers Group: Ruth Light

Communications Committee: George Unser, Cary Shaw

Upcoming events (5+)

HFFC Science Readers: The Protein Slayers (& Alzheimers)

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. THE PROTEIN SLAYERS a new approach to Alzheimer’s, and other diseases, in this article from Nature, March 21, 2019, Vol. 568 pp[masked].Led by Ruth Light, M.D. Let’s discuss a topic in science, learn stuff, and have fun. For the article, follow a link on HFFC’s Events & News, or receive notice from our listserv, or to RSVP and obtain info, email [masked] Subj: “Sci Readers”.

Courtesy posting: Make Your Voice Heard for Reproductive Rights at CT Capitol

See https://www.facebook.com/events/321192431904255/ for description of the event. Support bill 7070 to outlaw deceptive advertising by fake women’s health centers, which pretend to be medical facilities, but are non-medical fronts for anti-abortion advocates. Earlier info according to organizers: The day will begin at the Legislative Office Building at 10am & will probably run until about 2 or so. A FB event & email with RSVP link will be going out once we have a room confirmed. The day will start with introduction to lobbying, then we will have small break out groups for the various bills we will be supporting that day so attendees can ask questions and get a good overview. Then together we will talk over to the Capitol building to engage our reps! Liz Gustafson Organizer & Volunteer Coordinator NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers [masked] (860)[masked] more information on the issue at: https://www.prochoicect.org/issue/fake-womens-health-centers/ Text of H.B. 7070 is at https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/h/pdf/2019HB-07070-R00-HB.PDF

HFFC Books Et Cetera--“The Dead” by James Joyce

Private Home in Fairfield

For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “The Dead” by James Joyce (the last story in “The Dubliners” by James Joyce). This book is widely available in public libraries, both as a stand-alone book and in "The Dubliners" collection of James Joyce stories. We will meet at a home in Fairfield on Saturday, May 4. We will gather at 1:30 pm and our meeting will end at around 4:30 pm. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you would like to attend. We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming reading and meetings. Dan Barry of The New York Times called "The Dead" "just about the finest short story in the English language" on the centennial of Dubliners. T. S. Eliot called it one of the greatest short stories ever written. Joyce biographer and critic Richard Ellmann wrote, "In its lyrical, melancholy acceptance of all that life and death offer, 'The Dead' is a linchpin in Joyce's work." Cornell University Joyce scholar Daniel R. Schwarz described it as "that magnificent short novel of tenderness and passion but also of disappointed love and frustrated personal and career expectations." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_(short_story) ] Upcoming gatherings of HFFC Books Et Cetera: “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (date and location TBD) “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling (date and location TBD) Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

HFFC Monthly Meeting: The Landscape of Secular Organizations

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Speaker: John Levin, a Norwalk resident and secular activist who has been on the board of Secular Coalition for America since 2015. Did you know that the number of people in America who identify as secular (non-religious, humanist, atheist, agnostic, nothing) is larger than ever, growing quickly, and incredibly diverse? In response, there are many organizations and leaders who serve this broad constituency and its many needs. In this talk you will “meet” them and discover the passion, cleverness, determination, and humor these groups and people bring to their important missions. Come see the creative approaches groups have used to support secular values and to provide a welcoming environment for secular people. The meeting is open to all. Please RSVP via Meetup.com/hffcct.

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