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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—"Seven Days in May"

New Haven

For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read "Seven Days in May" by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II . We'll meet at a home in greater New Haven on Sunday, October 27. We will gather at 1:15 pm and our meeting will end around 4:15 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. All attendees are expected to do the reading. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Capacity is very limited and RSVPs will be closed when we reach capacity. Please RSVP to Manny Ratafia at [masked] if you would like to attend. "Seven Days in May", published in 1962, at the time of the John F Kennedy administration, is a thriller novel about a military plot to overthrow the President of the U.S.. It was number one on The New York Times bestseller list and sold millions of copies. Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

HFFC Science Readers on Climate Change. Looking for 3 intrepid readers.

6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. Science Readers leader Ruth Light reports: The topic of “climate change" was requested. Here we go. This will at least provide a new perspective. I have found 3 articles that are not exactly easy reading, although they are pretty easy to understand. I am looking for three presenters for the Oct 28 Science Readers session who are each willing to present an overview of one of these articles (of course, so that the rest of us don’t have to read it…) The topics are: “The Anthropogenic Greenhouse Era began Thousands of Years Ago,” William F. Ruddiman, August, 2003. “Humans Versus Earth” Meera Subramanian, nature, August 8, 2019 And Here is what current research into climate change actually looks like: “Multiplatform evaluation of global trends in wind speed and wave height” Ian R. Young and Agustinus Ribal, Science, May 10,2019. Here’s a simpler article about ongoing investigation of “the methane mystery.” Anybody want to grab it? “Tropical Africa could be key to solving methane mystery” Jeff Tollefson, Nature, February 14, 2019 Please choose an article and tell me that you will present it! Then I’ll send it to you. If you would like to read/see all the articles without presenting them, or before choosing one, let me know, and I’ll send them all. If I don’t get enough takers in the next few days, I’ll offer a different topic. Contact: Ruth Light’s email. If you don’t have it, send to hffc at optimum dot net with "Sci Read" in the subject line.

Party celebrating Day of the Dead (Carpe Diem - Living with Death pt 1)

It’s a Friday! It's a party! About death?! Why not? Come join HFFC for our first Day of the Dead party. Special menu includes sangria, margaritas and other mixed drinks $5, Draft beer $3, and appetizers at half price. The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the Mexican diaspora. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. On the Day of the Dead, family and friends gathering to remember friends and family members who have died. It is a day of celebration because their loved ones awake and celebrate with them. People bring food and other items they know the dead would want. (Many — especially humanists — view this all symbolically.) You can come in costume or with your face painted as is the custom for this holiday. And, if you want, come with a story of a friend or relative who has died and tell us what food or objects they would most miss. To learn more about this holiday please watch this video about Dia de Los Muertos. https://youtu.be/j44yUsIzUks For details contact Anita at [masked]

Do I have a choice in how I live or die? (Carpe Diem: Living with Death pt.2)

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

6:00 pm Social Hour; 7:00 pm Program The Twilight of Our Lives Do I have a choice in how I live or die? Speakers: Attorney Stephen B. Keough, Dr. Donna Colletti and Funeral Director Rebecca Lautenslager Death is part of life – the twilight part. No, we're not talking about rom-com stories about vampires. We mean accepting that death is the only certainty of life and that six out of 10 of us – including people important to us– will live with the cause of death years before we die. Tonight's forum will present topics we should all consider, presented by highly-qualified speakers on law, medicine, and memorials. • Protecting yourself and your wishes, a legal perspective – Attorney Stephen B. Keough • Maintaining dignity as we face our mortality with palliative and hospice care – Dr. Donna Colletti • Reimagining the memorial – Funeral director Rebecca Lautenslager The discussion will be moderated by two HFFC members: Anita Peters, a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, and Sandi Sacks, a recently-retired LCSW, with extensive experience working with seniors and leading bereavement groups. The meeting is open to all. Please RSVP via Meetup.com/hffcct. You are also invited to bring packaged food and other supplies for our red Humanist Food Basket, which is donated to local homeless shelters.

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Burger Bar & Bistro

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