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Dinner Meeting (Norma Bauer Presenting)
Hello Everyone, Mark your calendar for our Dinner Meeting to be held on Sunday, September 23rd at the private Banquet Room of Asian Buffet Restaurant, located at 4920 Marsh Road, Okemos, Michigan. We will start the meeting off with a brief update on the latest political scene before commencing with the featured program in which MMAH Member Norma Bauer will share with us what she is learning about Preventive Measures to Address a Contributing Factor to Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, COPD, and Mental Illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) increase risk of damage to physical, cognitive, and behavioral health. When a pediatrician learned this, she was thunderstruck. She sees ACE-attributable effects in her clinic every day! “Why didn’t they teach me this in medical school?” she asked. “What is the protocol?” Prevention strategies are now yielding dramatic health improvements. Find out how the Michigan ACE Initiative is working to help combat ACEs in our communities. Speaker Profile Norma Bauer is a retired human service worker who has seen the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences in her clients over many years: substance abuse, learning disabilities, suicide attempts, and much more. In her constant search for best practices, she is learning about how to create a trauma-informed community, and why “What happened to you?” is a more helpful question than “What’s wrong with you?” when someone goes from calm and controlled to murderous rage in a split second. Dinner and Socializing will be from 5 to 6:25 PM Program will start at 6:30 PM The owner of Asian Buffet Restaurant, Henry Kwok, is also owner of Henry’s Place Neighborhood Gastro Sports Bar next door that adjoins the Asian Buffet Restaurant through the Banquet Room. Though it is expected that large group of attendees to order the buffet, Henry is agreeable to accommodate the few attendees who would prefer to order individual items from the menu of Asian Buffet, or from the menu of Henry’s Place which offers seafood varieties and salads as well. A charge of $1.75 will be added to all orders to cover Banquet Room usage and tip (additional tip optional). Buffet is $10.99 plus tax (includes sushi bar and cook-to-order ingredients you select). Drinks are $1.30 extra, except for complementary hot tea. Alcoholic beverages and foods through Henry’s Place can also be ordered from the Banquet Room. RSVP appreciated on our Meetup website http://atheists.meetup.com/453 to provide an approximate headcount. Jim Hong, Director Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists American Atheists Affiliate “Suggesting I hate people with religion because I hate religion is like suggesting I hate people with cancer because I hate cancer.” --- Ricky Gervais

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4920 Marsh Rd · Okemos, MI

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Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists is a proactive, social, educational, non-profit, organization whose central goal is to promote the welfare of society by defending the wall of separation between church and state and protecting our First Amendment Rights. We monitor ongoing political events and provide information to our membership when we observe a breach forming in that wall. We write letters to the editors and legislators. We hold protests and initiate legal actions when necessary.

Additionally, our organization provides a community for those who subscribe to scientific and natural explanations in regard to the nature of reality. The goals of this community are:

1. To raise concerns over issues of State and Church Separation.

2. To challenge claims of supernatural or paranormal phenomena by providing scientific and natural explanations.

4. To provide selected topics and speakers at formal meetings.

5. To provide informal events to foster friendships and community building.

6. To be a presence in the community by participating in social programs.

7. To cooperate and collaborate with other organizations of similar ideology and pool resources when necessary for achieving mutual objectives.

Our membership is open to Atheists, Humanists, Brights, Freethinkers, Agnostics, Skeptics, Rationalists, and others who share the ideals of our organization.

HUMANISM AND ITS ASPIRATIONS
Humanist Manifesto III, a successor to the Humanist Manifesto of 1933*

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance..

This document is part of an ongoing effort to manifest in clear and positive terms the conceptual boundaries of Humanism, not what we must believe but a consensus of what we do believe. It is in this sense that we affirm the following:.

Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies. We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence..

Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists recognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be. We welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known..

Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond. We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility..

Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death. Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty..

Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all..

Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community. We seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life..

Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner..

Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.

* Humanist Manifesto is a trademark of the American Humanist Association—© 2003 American Humanist Association.

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