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

At-Large: Paul Roszko

Newsletter: George Unser

Social Action: John Levin, Amy Ewing, Jim Russell

Key Players:

Ann Stamler: Membership Support, Welcome/Registration

Joe Stamler: Stagecraft & Audio Visual

HFFC Books Et Cetera: Manny Ratafia

Science Readers Group: Ruth Light

Communications Committee: George Unser, Cary Shaw

Upcoming events (5+)

Annual Meeting and Summer Solstice Potluck BBQ Celebration

Important: To RSVP, go to Evite web address at bottom and choose what you are bringing. Come join us for our 2019 Pot luck Summer Solstice BBQ Party. There is a pool and we'll have dancin' music, Live Music. Bring your family, significant other, friends - and swimsuits. Your paid membership is your free ticket. Guests are only $10 for an all you can eat barbecue! Children of all ages welcome, and under 12 are free. (Please understand that no child will be allowed in the pool without parent supervision). We provide the burgers (veggie too), hot dogs, all the fixins', non-alcoholic beverages, and set-up (plates, napkins, utensils). You bring a dessert or favorite BBQ side dish. This is a BYOB event - however, we will supply the corkscrews, ice, coolers and glasses. Come early (12:30-1:00) and attend our Third Annual Meeting where all members will cast their vote for our leadership team and learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. https://www.evite.com/event/025DNNXYK7R36MDNWEPJN6W7PM7F4Y/rsvp?utm_campaign=send_sharable_link&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_source=NA RSVP and choose what you are bringing at Evite. (Evite will show specific Norwalk location.)

HFFC Science Readers: Hard Science and Squishy Science: Do animals mourn?

6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. Hi, Science Readers. Last month we discussed neutron stars and black holes; John Theys had to translate mathematics to words to clarify the concepts for us, which he did extremely well. I think of that as “hard science.” This month let’s do squishy science: science that engages our emotions, and perhaps overstates its findings. Do animals mourn? Review the evidence. Then ask yourself, the skeptic, what we really mean by mourning. Does it involve the actual concept that other beings die? or is it simply that the loss of the relationship causes emotional pain in the animal, and they seek to somehow undo the loss that they have experienced, to stop the pain. I think a major difference between humans and very advanced animals is that we know that all animals* die…and they don’t. So read how Barbara J. King views animal mourning in two articles in Scientific American: (If you haven't received the articles via our hffcct listserver, you can email [masked] with "Mourn" in Subject line.) I hope to hear your rational and emotional reactions to this concept at Science Readers this month, on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Silver Star Diner in Norwalk. Come at 6:30 to eat and socialize, at 7:00 PM to discuss the article. best wishes, Ruth L. *single cell guys excepted

HFFC Books Et Cetera--“Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren

For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. We will meet at a home in Trumbull on Sunday, June 30. We will gather at 1:00 pm and our meeting will end around 4:00 pm. We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming readings and meetings. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to Manny Ratafia at [masked] if you would like to attend. "Lab Girl" received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science prize for Excellence in Science Books, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year in The Washington Post, TIME.com, and NPR. “Engrossing. . . . Thrilling. . . . Does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.” —The New York Times “Brilliant. . . . Extraordinary. . . . Delightfully, wickedly funny. . . . Powerful and disarming.” —The Washington Post “Clear, compelling and uncompromisingly honest . . . Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]

Sound Off: Humor in Relationships; Rights and the Supreme Court; Anti-Vaxxers

Silver Star Diner private banquet room

6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Sound Off! Humanists share their concerns. The speakers will be three HFFC members. Norwalk residents Kevin Zezima, Kenneth Ormand and John Levin will each “sound off” on a topic they care about and have been following closely. Kevin Zezima, a lawyer, will present Individual Rights and the 2019 Supreme Court with a focus on key issues that have been recently addressed or are currently pending with the U.S. Supreme Court: the Free Exercise Clause and Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kevin also plans to briefly address other topics including abortion rights, prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, political gerrymandering, and employment discrimination based on sexual preferences. Kenneth Ormand will discuss Humor & How It Helps with Successful Communication in a variety of relationships. Ken has been a classroom teacher for over forty years and has expertise in peer mediation, group facilitation, and conflict resolution. He plans to lead an interactive discussion (including the age-old question, “Can men and women be friends?”) and then share helpful techniques of using humor to facilitate healthy relationships, whether personal, platonic or professional. John Levin, a secular activist, will discuss Anti-vaxxers in CT and their fight against the elimination of parental freedom to not vaccinate their children. Connecticut's Public Health Committee held a public hearing on the topic, because Connecticut doctors and insurers are worried about the public health risk of the declining vaccination rates. John will discuss the issue and how we can get involved. The meeting is open to all. Please RSVP via Meetup.com/hffcct.

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