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The Jefferson Humanists is a chapter of the American Humanist Association.
Our Vision : Free thinkers building a better community
Our Mission: to expand an ethical and life affirming humanist community devoted to science, reason, inclusion and social responsibility. Through community building, lectures, social activism, and discussion we expand our member’s awareness gain an understanding of the issues facing the world and provide learning opportunities through guest speakers on a variety of topics.
In addition to a wide variety of activities (including book discussions, hiking, happy hours and more), join us for our regular monthly meetings, which are held on fourth Sunday evenings at 4pm.
A typical meeting consists of a Keynote Speaker or Special Program followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.
Before the presentation, take some time to browse our free Humanist library, become a member of our Chapter, sign up for our newsletter, explore volunteer opportunities to help us build a stronger chapter, meet new friends, ask questions about Humanism and have some appetizer and wine.
For more information about the Jefferson Humanists, see our website, www.jeffersonhumanists.org. You can also keep current on what we are doing and humanist issues in your community and the world on our Facebook page.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Sci-Fi Discussion Group: Movie - The Day the Earth Stood StillNeeds location
Do you like science fiction? Join the Jefferson Humanists Sci Fi Discussion Group where we discuss sci-fi short stories, novellas and movies. We typically meet by Zoom on the 4th Thursday of each month and occasionally meet in-person to watch sci-fi movies.
In September, we will do a book/movie tie in. We encourage you to read Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates and then join us on the afternoon of Sunday, October 1st to watch the 1951 movie version, The Day the Earth Stood Still. We will then discuss the story and the movie and how they compare.
Set in the Cold War during the early stages of the nuclear arms race, the storyline involves a humanoid alien visitor who comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful robot, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race. Alien, Klaatu, comes to save the Earth, from the humans who threaten its existence.
In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
There are copies of this story available online at http://www.digital-eel.com/blog/library/Farewell_to_the_Master.pdf.
You may also watch the 2008 remake, starring Keanu Reeves, to add to our comparison discussion.
The movie viewing will be at a Jefferson Humanists member's home. We will have food and drink and encourage attendees to bring a small dessert to share. RVSP to get the address and directions.
RSVP to this Meetup or email ASC@jeffersonhumanists.org. Only those who RSVP will receive the address.
DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 12 PEOPLE WHO RSVP.
Interested in being added to our Sci-Fi group email list? Email ASC@jeffersonhumanists.org.
- HHH Walk to End Alzheimer'sBusiness Field, Boulder, CO
In October, we are replacing our regular hike to Walk with a Purpose. The Humanists Helping Humanity (HHH) committee is putting together a team to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. If you visit this site, we have a team under Jefferson Humanists, https://act.alz.org/site/TR?team_id=841206&pg=team&fr_id=16431. You can either make a donation to our team at this link or can donate & join us for the walk.
We will meet at University of Colorado- Business Field, Regent Drive Boulder, CO 80309 at 9am.
We will be walking in honor of JH founding member, Rosalie Bole, who we recently lost to Alzheimer's. Please donate to this worthy cause in Rosalie's memory.
- Book Group Meeting - Sat October 14 - Free Thinkers - Jefferson HumanistsJefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO
Join FROG, the Free thinkers Reading Opportunity Group, for the Saturday October 14 book group meeting from 2-3:30 PM.
This month we'll be discussing a topic, Banned Books. In honor of banned books week (October 1-7) we will be discussing banned books we have read, and thoughts we have on the current trend of banning books. There are numerous articles and lists of banned and challenged books on the internet.
Location: We are meeting in person at the Mills Building. The Mills Building is a separate building behind the Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), at 14350 W. 32nd Ave. Enter the parking lot and head to the back left (southeast) corner of the lot. Use the walkway between the church and the Mills building to enter the door that will lead you directly to our meeting place, Rooms 1/2.
RSVP to this Meetup or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book group is sponsored by the Jefferson Humanists. For more information about humanism see https://www.jeffersonhumanists.org.
Upcoming Book Discussions:
Saturday November 11 - Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Saturday December 9 - Topic - Best Book(s) you read in the past year Come share the best books you read this year with fellow readers. A great way to get recommendations for next year! This is always a very popular event, so gather your thoughts, and a snack to share, and come celebrate another year of good reading!
The entire schedule can be viewed at https://www.jeffersonhumanists.org/jh-frog-book-group/.
- Humanist Perspectives - Humanists Role in the Coming Historical Inflection PointSecular Hub, Denver, CO
Humanist Perspectives - Humanists’ Role in the Coming Historical Inflection Point, with Ralph Hughes.
With climate change, political uproar, and authoritarianism bearing down upon the U.S., American's thinking will have to evolve rapidly over the decade or so.
This change could be an utter train wreck if we, as a nation, give into the emotions and propaganda circulating through the culture now.
Alternatively, the rise of new thinking could be the opportunity that we’ve been waiting for.
We could end up with a more equitable and sustainable society, but only if somebody brings a healthy and compelling set of new thoughts and values to the forefront of the debate, and effectively sells them to the American people.
Given the freedom of thought that secularism and empathy afford us, Humanists could play a big part in defining and promoting the new thinking the nation needs, new thinking that could lead the U.S. to thrive rather than dissolving into chaos.
Ralph Hughes is a long-time member of Jefferson Humanists. He is an expert on political issues and hosts Post-Partisan Forum, a monthly political discussion group at the Secular Hub. His jazz band, the Starving Oligarchs, plays at JH events including the annual picnic and the monthly Secular Speakeasy at the Hub.
Humanist Perspectives is a combined monthly program with JH and the Secular Hub on the third Saturday. This is a hybrid event, live in-person at the Hub and online with Zoom, your choice. Come to the Hub to see the show live and Zoomers on the big screen, with discussions. Feel free to BYOB (beer and wine are OK) or an appetizer to share. OR get on Zoom at home and mingle with the audience to see the program and join the discussions. To join with Zoom use this link at any time: Zoom Registration Link No information will be shared.
The Jefferson Humanists and Secular Hub Chapters of the American Humanist Association are very pleased to offer a regular exploration series on 3rd Saturdays, 4 to 6 pm. Each session will be slightly different and include several segments to showcase aspects of Humanism through a presentation, videos, movies, forums and explorations, followed by discussions. We will include time for participants to socialize and get acquainted, in keeping with our chapters' goal of building community.
We need your help to tell us what topics you'd like to see explored at upcoming Humanist Perspectives programs. Which past presentations did you like that we can expand on? Maybe you've seen some good Humanist videos to show. We are also looking for people to get involved with HP and help put presentations together as well as co-host sessions. Email email@example.com with your thoughts.