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Holiday Break

From: Jeff
Sent on: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 7:19 PM
Our next meeting will not be until Monday, January 11th. The reasons for the break are probably pretty obvious - the holidays, family vacation time, office/friend parties, end-of-semester exams, other general December chaos.

As I mentioned above, we'll pick up again on January 11th at the Zen Tea House where we seem to have complete run of the whole upstairs. Meetings will continue as before, every Monday evening from 7 to 9. This break also gives us an opportunity to think about and talk about changes you'd like to see in this group. If you have some ideas, please share them with the group via e-mail or on the message board.

Thanks to all of you who have showed up and posted on the message board! We typically see between 6 and 12 attendees at a meeting; we've been extraordinarily successful so far because of you. If you haven't made it out to a meeting yet, please try to make it some time - there's plenty of room, no pressure to talk, and we don't take ourselves too seriously.

The post-holidays should be fertile ground for philosophical topics:
- Is commercialism of the holidays over the top;

- What's wrong with the average American family (if you don't know what I mean now, think about your own experiences when the holidays are over);

- Many Christians believe that the United States is a Christian country - in light of the pervasive Christmas celebration, are they right? If so, what are the implications to non-Christians in the US?;

- Many Christians have said that they feel that "Christmas is under attack", evidenced by the PC push to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" (and maybe for some other reasons, too); Is Christmas under attack? ...it's not an accident that I listed this topic right after the "Christian country" topic;

- Kwanzaa has been around since 1966 but most Americans still don't seem to know much about it - why is this so?

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