What we're about

The essence of humanism is this: we look to human experience (including the results of scientific inquiry), rather than divine revelation, for guidance on how to live well. So in making our life choices, we rely on scientific facts, and we listen to our own inner voice, to friends, and to wise men and women of all persuasions. For more on humanism, see the page "About Humanism (https://www.meetup.com/Upper-Valley-Humanists-Association/pages/22626222/About_humanism/)".

We are a group of people who enjoy seeing each other regularly, having a supportive fellowship, and learning together. Those who drop in for one event are always welcome; we hope some will stay and become friends. We have borrowed the motto of the international Sunday Assembly movement:

Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More.

Our meetups fall into three classes. First, we have regular gatherings on the first and third Sunday of each month. These consist of potluck, sometimes a presentation, and discussion. The discussion may get somewhat philosophical at times, but there is always a pragmatic question at the heart of it. Second, we often participate/volunteer, as a group, with other organizations. Third, we like to have fun together, and many of our meetups are just about enjoying a good time with like-minded friends.

In our discussions all points of view are welcome; we require only that every participant be respectful, tolerant, civil and willing to learn.

Upcoming events are described below. If you would like to suggest an event (ideas are always welcome!), please contact any member of the planning group (Sue Buckholz, Jim F, Tracey, Gerald Kozak, Diana Munson, Martha Pullen, Susan Tucker).

Upcoming events (2)

What's on Your Humanist Nightstand 2023

Norwich Public Library

What have you been reading lately that you would recommend to your fellow Humanists?

We will be in the community room at the Norwich Library. We are expecting that:

  • Everyone attending in person be vaccinated and boosted.
  • Everyone is requested to wear a mask.
  • Coffee will be provided. Feel free to bring food to share.
  • Bring your own mug.

Watch Black Mirror Episode "Nosedive"

Norwich Public Library

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall.....

Join us as we enter a society where social media "likes" really do mean something, via a one-hour TV show followed by discussion.

Black Mirror was a recent science fiction series similar in approach to the Twilight Zone, with modern themes. This tragicomic episode follows the misadventures of a young woman in a world where social ratings are all important, and where everyone you meet has the opportunity to give you a rating from 1 to 5. These ratings determine most of your life: your social status, employment, credit rating, etc. Our heroine seems to have hit the jackpot when she is invited by an old friend to a society wedding, but in the intervening weeks things start to go wrong for her....very wrong.

Does this seem real to you? Could we be headed in this direction?

We will be in the community room at the Norwich Library. We are expecting that:

  • Everyone attending in person be vaccinated and boosted.
  • Everyone is requested to wear a mask.
  • Coffee will be provided. Feel free to bring food to share.

Past events (260)

The Gender Spectrum

Norwich Public Library

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