• Sunday Meeting: AGREEABLE OR DISAGREEABLE?

    Oakridge Seniors' Centre

    AGREEABLE OR DISAGREEABLE? In exposure to people and ideas, which do you prefer? Join us on Sunday to view and discuss from a selection of videos challenging current expressions of feminism (hip hop), leadership (without ego; and teenagers), and meeting the enemy. Listening to all sides provides opportunity for understanding. All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

  • Sunday Meeting: GUEST SPEAKER: FURQUAN GEHLEN from WORLD WITHOUT WAR

    GUEST SPEAKER: FURQUAN GEHLEN from WORLD WITHOUT WAR Is it possible to have a World Without War? Furquan Gehlen works in the industrial automation industry as an Automation Engineer with a background in Electrical Control Systems. He has been a peace and social justice activist since 1985 and has recently furthered his education by completing a ‘Certificate in International Development’ from UBC in 2012 and completing a Master’s degree in Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in 2016. He is currently Co-Chair of the Vancouver chapter of Canadian Peace Initiative and is also on the board of GAMIP. From 2013 to 2019 he was the National Co-chair of Canadian Peace Initiative. He is currently chapter coordinator for World BEYOND War’s Metro Vancouver chapter and is focused on developing a culture of peace in Canada and around the world. He has also joined the board of Global Peace Alliance in Surrey. His passion is to make the world a better place by focusing on resolving problems at the root cause level and in a sustainable way. His goal is to have society progress so that war is no longer considered an acceptable activity for humans. Born in Newcastle, England and living in the Metro Vancouver region since 1973, Furquan currently lives in North Delta with his wife and three children. Please join us to learn more. All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

  • Book Club: Deer Hunting with Jesus

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    Deer Hunting with Jesus Dispatches from America's Class War by Joe Bageant Synopsis Expand/Collapse Synopsis Years before Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash, a raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor -- and why they have learned to hate liberalism. What it adds up to, he asserts, is an unacknowledged class war. By turns tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks." Deer Hunting with Jesus is Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Like countless American small towns, it is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. Two in five of the people in his old neighborhood do not have high school diplomas or health care. Alcohol, overeating, and Jesus are the preferred avenues of escape. He writes of: • His childhood friends who work at factory jobs that are constantly on the verge of being outsourced • The mortgage and credit card rackets that saddle the working poor with debt • The ubiquitous gun culture—and why the left doesn’ t get it • Scots Irish culture and how it played out in the young life of Lynddie England Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home. Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested. Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association. Call Kirsten[masked] for exact address

  • Sunday Meeting: Habits, highways, walking, leadership and listening!

    Video & Discussion: Habits, highways, walking, leadership and listening! Ideas are essential before any actions can be taken. We draw ideas from numerous and diverse sources. How are these ideas related? Please join us to view and discuss a selection of videos about habits, highways, walking, leadership and listening. You may leave inspired and for sure more informed. All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

  • Sunday Meeting: FALSELY CONVICTED: HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?

    Oakridge Seniors' Centre

    FALSELY CONVICTED: HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? Video and discussion on a case of false conviction in Canada and The Reid Technique. Usually, we hold the belief that being honest and cooperative in telling the truth is commendable. Is this necessarily the case? All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

  • Sunday Meeting: Global Discontents: Rising Threats to Democracy

    Oakridge Seniors' Centre

    Global Discontents: Rising Threats to Democracy DAVID BARSAMIAN: One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 34th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are with Noam Chomsky: Global Discontents: Rising Threats to Democracy and a new edition of Edward Said: Culture and Resistance. He is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna and San Francisco. Alternative Radio airs on CFRO, 100.5FM Tuesdays, noon to 1 All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

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  • Sunday Meeting:

    Oakridge Seniors' Centre

    FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN: Are you curious about, even sometimes frightened of, the people and the world we live in? Then join us this week to view and discuss videos that explore ideas concerning mental health illness (such as bipolar and schizophrenia), and physical challenges (such as vitiligo). Depending on time available, other videos concerning climate & nature, cultural appropriation, how not to be ignorant about the world may be viewed and discussed. All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

  • Sunday Meeting: Change is inevitable

    Oakridge Seniors' Centre

    Change is inevitable, sometimes intentional and often not. Understanding first is preferable to trying to understand after the fact. The video choices this week include: how not to be ignorant, why tech needs the humanities, cultural appropriation, three myths of climate change, how trees talk to each other, and animism. Join us to learn something and share your ideas. All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre

  • Book Club: The War on Normal People

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    The War on Normal People The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Yang Synopsis Expand/Collapse Synopsis From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how "a skinny Asian kid from upstate" became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next twelve years--jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant. The consequences of these trends are already being felt across our communities in the form of political unrest, drug use, and other social ills. The future looks dire-but is it unavoidable? In The War on Normal People, Yang imagines a different future--one in which having a job is distinct from the capacity to prosper and seek fulfillment. At this vision's core is Universal Basic Income, the concept of providing all citizens with a guaranteed income-and one that is rapidly gaining popularity among forward-thinking politicians and economists. Yang proposes that UBI is an essential step toward a new, more durable kind of economy, one he calls "human capitalism." Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home. Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested. Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association. Call Kirsten[masked] for exact address

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  • Sunday Meeting:

    Oakridge Seniors' Centre

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre