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Free Thinker's Forum: A UU Humanist Discussion Group

Do you ever wonder how we humans got here, what life is all about, and how we can best live together with our fellow inhabitants of the cosmos? Humanism promotes and extends the use of rational inquiry without supernatural considerations, followed by compassionate action in all human interactions. If this sounds like you, please join us! And please bring your topic ideas to the first gathering of this new, interactive, socially and intellectually nurturing event!

The general format will be a short presentation on a topic of interest to the group, followed by half an hour of open discussion of the topic. The presentation may consist of a speaker, a panel, a TED talk, a film clip, or another format suggested by the ingenuity of the participants. Third Sundays of every month starting September 18th at 9am in Fogelson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe 107 W Barcelona Rd.

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From the Ego-Centered to the Eco-Centered

Unitarian Universalist

Maj-Britt will be leading a discussion based on writings such as Michael McCarthy's "The Moth Snowstorm": "The destruction of humanity's home by humanity's own actions is not something that can be coped with adequately by our current belief system, which we might term liberal secular humanism. This creed, which has held sway since the Second World War, has a single, honourable aim: to advance human welfare. It wants people everywhere to be free from hunger and fear and disease, and in so far as is possible, to be happy and to live fulfilled lives. It is principled and upright. It is admirable. But there is a gap at its core: "In the modern consensus, in liberal secular humanism, the spiritual view of man as having limits, as not being able to do everything he chooses, and of potentially being a problem creature ~ for what else is a species which destroys its own home? ~ is missing entirely." Our morality now is entirely anthropocentric: we automatically define objective good by what is best for ourselves. So where humanity's interests clash with other interests the other are likely to get short shrift from us, even when they involve the proper functioning of the planet, which is the only place we have to live. Were we to make the protection of our ecosystems our ultimate value, how would this reconfigure our social, political, and economic lives? What (direct) action(s) would humanists undertake, and still remain loyal to humanist principles? Can we make rational, science-based decisions to act even when these actions subvert our mores and existent culture? The general format will be a short presentation, followed by an hour of open discussion of the topic. Please note that, in case of snow, 8:30 activities at UUCSF are cancelled, due to the need for snow removal! Questions? Please contact: Bill Austin [masked] Mim Chapman [masked] Roger Brumley [masked] Mary Ellen Gonzales [masked] For further reading: UU Humanists (http://huumanists.org/) From UUA (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/beliefs/humanism) American Humanist Association (http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/what_is_humanism) British Humanist Association (https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/) Ethical Culture Society (http://www.nysec.org/) “The UU Congregation, A Habitat for Humanism” (http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2014-01-the-uu-congregation-a-habitat-for-humanism) UU World, “Our Humanist Legacy” (http://www.uuworld.org/articles/unitarian-universalisms-humanist-legacy) Wikipedia, "Humanism" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism)

Free Thinker's Forum: A HUUmanist Discussion Group

Unitarian Universalist

Steven Mead, Director of Lifespan Faith Development at UUCSF, will facilitate our discussion this morning based on his title: Perennial Philosophy. More information and possible readings will be posted here soon. The general format will be a short presentation, followed by an hour of open discussion of the topic. Join us the third Sundays of every month at UUCSF Fellowship Hall. Questions? Please contact: Bill Austin [masked] Mim Chapman [masked] Roger Brumley [masked] Mary Ellen Gonzales [masked] For further reading: UU Humanists (http://huumanists.org/) From UUA (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/beliefs/humanism) American Humanist Association (http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/what_is_humanism) British Humanist Association (https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/) Ethical Culture Society (http://www.nysec.org/) “The UU Congregation, A Habitat for Humanism” (http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2014-01-the-uu-congregation-a-habitat-for-humanism) UU World, “Our Humanist Legacy” (http://www.uuworld.org/articles/unitarian-universalisms-humanist-legacy) Wikipedia, "Humanism" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism)

Free Thinker's Forum: A HUUmanist Discussion Group

Unitarian Universalist

Do you ever wonder how we humans got here, what life is all about, and how we can best live together with our fellow inhabitants of the cosmos? Humanism has long been one of the foundations of Unitarian Universalism, as stated in our second and fifth source. The UU Humanist Association “strives to promote and extend the use of rational inquiry without supernatural considerations, followed by compassionate action in all human interactions.” If this sounds like you, please join us! And please bring your topic ideas to the first gathering of this new, interactive, socially and intellectually nurturing event! The general format will be a short presentation on a topic of interest to the group, followed by half an hour of open discussion of the topic. The presentation may consist of a speaker, a panel, a TED talk, a film clip, or another format suggested by the ingenuity of the participants. Third Sundays of every month starting Setpember 18th at 9am in Fogelson Hall. Questions? Please contact: Bill Austin [masked] Mim Chapman [masked] Roger Brumley [masked] Mary Ellen Gonzales [masked] For further reading: UU Humanists (http://huumanists.org/) From UUA (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/beliefs/humanism) American Humanist Association (http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/what_is_humanism) British Humanist Association (https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/) Ethical Culture Society (http://www.nysec.org/) “The UU Congregation, A Habitat for Humanism” (http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2014-01-the-uu-congregation-a-habitat-for-humanism) UU World, “Our Humanist Legacy” (http://www.uuworld.org/articles/unitarian-universalisms-humanist-legacy) Wikipedia, "Humanism" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism)

Free Thinker's Forum: A HUUmanist Discussion Group

Unitarian Universalist

Do you ever wonder how we humans got here, what life is all about, and how we can best live together with our fellow inhabitants of the cosmos? Humanism has long been one of the foundations of Unitarian Universalism, as stated in our second and fifth source. The UU Humanist Association “strives to promote and extend the use of rational inquiry without supernatural considerations, followed by compassionate action in all human interactions.” If this sounds like you, please join us! And please bring your topic ideas to the first gathering of this new, interactive, socially and intellectually nurturing event! The general format will be a short presentation on a topic of interest to the group, followed by half an hour of open discussion of the topic. The presentation may consist of a speaker, a panel, a TED talk, a film clip, or another format suggested by the ingenuity of the participants. Third Sundays of every month starting Setpember 18th at 9am in Fogelson Hall. Questions? Please contact: Bill Austin [masked] Mim Chapman [masked] Roger Brumley [masked] Mary Ellen Gonzales [masked] For further reading: UU Humanists (http://huumanists.org/) From UUA (http://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/beliefs/humanism) American Humanist Association (http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/what_is_humanism) British Humanist Association (https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/) Ethical Culture Society (http://www.nysec.org/) “The UU Congregation, A Habitat for Humanism” (http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2014-01-the-uu-congregation-a-habitat-for-humanism) UU World, “Our Humanist Legacy” (http://www.uuworld.org/articles/unitarian-universalisms-humanist-legacy) Wikipedia, "Humanism" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism)

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Humanity’s Interdependence with Nature

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