Past Meetup

Gathering and Potluck - Secular Ethics - Paths, Pitfalls and Perseverance

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Every 3rd Sunday of the month

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Fellowship of Freethought, as part of its mission to promote a family-friendly organization that emphasizes education, socialization, and charity, will be encouraging its members to gather together once a month to learn from each other, share in each others' lives, and coordinate outreach to the community. These "Gatherings" will combine music, short presentations, and special announcements all running alongside a fun yet educational youth program. Following presentations and youth activities is a potluck meal to encourage close fellowship among all members.

This month, we welcome our own, Blinn Combs, who will be discussing secular ethics. We've all heard it: How can you be good without God? We've all felt the sting of the pronouncement of Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor that in a world without God, everything is permitted. How should secularists like us respond to challenges like this? It's good to start, first, with an awareness that most of modern ethics gets on just fine without invoking any notion of the divine. Yet the grand questions remain, from the particular "What ought I to do?" to the general, sometimes paralyzing, "How ought I to live?" Just as puzzling, "What is ethics?" Join us for an introduction to the schools of modern ethical thought, and some of their enduring problems. If you've heard terms like "utilitarianism" or "deontology," and wondered what they mean...or whether science can answer ethical questions, or whether the general study of ethics is even a coherent notion, this is a talk you won't want to miss.

About Blinn: Before giving up and going to law school, Blinn earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas in Austin, where he picked up many bad habits. Blinn currently practices healthcare and regulatory law.

Program Schedule:
11:00 am - Coffee and mingling
11:30 am - Program Begins
12:30 pm - Potluck

BRING YOUR CHILDREN. Age appropriate activities and presentations will be provided while you enjoy our speaker.

Fellowship of Freethought is partnering with Atheists Helping the Homeless on a winter clothing drive this month. Please bring your gently used items (coats, gloves, hats, blankets, sleeping bags, etc) to donate on Sunday. Let’s show some love and help our less fortunate friends stay warm this winter!

Potluck Tips
Just bring food (whatever dish you like to eat). FoF Dallas will supply the drinks, ice, napkins, plates, cups, and eating utensils.

Bring enough to feed yourself, your family, and your guests — as if that were all you had to eat. Food should be "ready to serve". It should be cooked, cut, and ready for someone to quickly put it on their plate as they walk through the line.

Label your dish with the ingredients if it contains common food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts (groundnuts), nuts from trees (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts), fish, shellfish (including mussels, crab and shrimps), soy products, and wheat.

Applications for Voting Membership will be collected at the Gatherings.