What we're about

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC), Connecticut, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought in our community. Check out our website at HFFCCT.org (http://hffcct.org).

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. (http://hffcct.org)

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

At-Large: Paul Roszko

Newsletter: George Unser

Social Action: John Levin, Amy Ewing, Jim Russell

Key Players:

Ann Stamler: Membership Support, Welcome/Registration with Amy Ewing and Lori Tanner

Joe Stamler: Stagecraft & Audio Visual

HFFC Books Et Cetera: Manny Ratafia

Science Readers Group: Ruth Light

Communications Committee: George Unser, Cary Shaw, Amy Ewing, Paul Roszko

Upcoming events (5+)

HFFC Books Et Cetera—“The Living Reed” by Pearl Buck

For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will discuss “The Living Reed” by Pearl S Buck . We'll meet at a home in Norwalk on Sunday, November 17. We will gather at 1:00 pm and our meeting will end around 4:00 pm. We will start with lunch which each of the attendees will contribute to and will then discuss the reading. We'll conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming readings and meetings. "The Living Reed" is a historical novel covering Korea’s history from 1881 to 1945. An interesting review is located at https://londonkoreanlinks.net/2011/02/25/book-review-pearl-bucks-living-reed/ All attendees are expected to do the reading. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Capacity is very limited. Enough regular attendees of HFFC Books Et Cetera have signed up for our November 17 meeting that we are already above capacity and RSVPs for this gathering are already closed. If you want to join our book group, you can RSVP for later gatherings. Contact Manny Ratafia at [masked] if you would like to attend. Again, all attendees are expected to do the reading. Our upcoming gatherings include: “Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion” by Alain de Botton 12/31/19—RSVPs CLOSED “Leonardo DaVinci” by Walter Isaacson – place and date TBD “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover – place and date TBD Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

Death Cafe discussion group (Carpe Diem: Living with Death Pt 3)

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

6:00 pm Social Hour; 7:00 pm Death Cafe discussions. Death cafés are part of a life-affirming international movement to encourage people to gather in social settings to have honest and frank conversations about death. A death café is an informal, intimate, group-facilitated conversation on topic of death and human mortality. There is no planned agenda, theme or objective. It serves to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Discussions will take place in small groups of about six with each group having its own facilitator. www.deathcafe.com Please be advised this is not a bereavement support or counseling event. Humanist Celebrant Anita Peters, who organized the event, has led 6 Death Cafes in Connecticut, 4 for HFFC since 2016. The discussion will be facilitated by two HFFC members: Anita Peters, a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, and Sandi Sacks, a recently-retired LCSW. The event is free and open to the public. This program is part of HFFC November 2019 focus on Carpe Diem (Seize the Day): Living with Death. For more on the death cafe movement, visit www.deathcafe.com.

HFFC Trivia Team

Burger Bar & Bistro

We compete as an HFFC Team, and select a name. Just show up. We've been successful, winning appetizers, beer, etc. and having fun. Actual trivia contest starts around 7:45. If you don't see us, ask. More info: John Levin,[masked], [masked]

HFFC Science Readers: How Cats Relate to People

Silver Star Diner

6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. Science readers, here’s our chance. Cat lovers, let’s challenge the dog lovers. Let’s read a new article about studies of how cats relate to people. We’ll discuss it on the evening of November 25, 2019 at 6:30 to chat, 7:00 to discuss, What’s the latest in scientific thinking, what does it mean for us, and what do we think of it. Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained, under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Light. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Science Readers meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Silver Star Restaurant’s banquet room. For information on the reading, send email to hffc at optimum dot net with "Sci Read" in the subject line.

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