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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, which has been suggested by the group, followed by an hour or so 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. All are welcome, and all outlooks on the topics are respected. We aim to learn from each other and celebrate our diversity!

We meet the third Sunday of every month from 8:30 - 10 am in the Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, 107 W Barcelona Rd. at Galisteo. Between the 8:30 gathering and the noon continuation, participants are welcome to attend the UU congregation's service from 10:30 - 11:30, go to breakfast, take a walk, or whatever. Then join the new Secular Alliance for more vibrant discussion over a brown bag lunch in the congregation's library from 12 - 1:30 pm. Participants are free to attend one or the other or both sections of the forum. Come suggest topics, and enjoy the conversation!

Upcoming events (4+)

Freethinkers Forum: Progress on our "Call to Action"

Online event

(Info on how to access our zoom link is at the bottom of description.)
In January, we discussed how we've been educating ourselves with rich and stimulating discussions on a wide variety of topics, but perhaps weren't serving the community as much as we should, and needed to look for ways to go out there and make a difference. We think a humanist approach - that values and respects the decency of individuals, families and tribal groups - can contribute to our diverse community here in Santa Fe and the surrounding world.

So we put out the call to to learn from you where your humanist passions may lie: is there something we are missing as a community, or is there some cause that you think desperately needs more support, perhaps more feet on the ground, or more fingers on keyboards? Many of you offered ideas, and some offered to be part of a subgroup to propose suggestions of causes we might pursue.

Today we are going to hear from this team on the progress and suggestions so far. Join us in our effort to expand discussion into action!

To get the zoom link, go to Events on our meetup site, https://www.meetup.com/freethinkersforum/ and click that you will attend, then you can access the zoom link at the Online event icon.

We currently meet via zoom the third Sunday of every month from 8:30 - 10 am. Our general format is a short presentation on a topic which has been suggested by the group, followed by an hour or so of open discussion of the subject. All are welcome, and all outlooks on the topics are respected. We aim to learn from each other and celebrate our diversity!

For more information, or to suggest topics or activities, contact:
Roger Brumley: [masked]
Mim Chapman: [masked]
Robert Cordingley: [masked]
Mary Ellen Gonzales: [masked]

Secular Alliance: Of Sex and Gender

Online event

(Note: info on how to access our zoom link is at bottom of description.)
What is the difference between sex and gender? How are transgender, genderqueer, and other gender-atypical folks helping all of us learn more about ourselves, and about gender itself? Our guest presenter, Allan Hunter, grew up in Los Alamos but now lives in NYC, and is the author of "Genderqueer: A Story from a Different Closet". He will lead us an overview of gender - straight, queer, trans and otherwise - and an exploration of its permutations. This is a chance to explore and ask questions about all aspects of how gender is, and is not, different from sex and sexuality, enabling us to better understand the wide array of gender identifications currently emerging in our society. Join us in this discussion, bringing an open mind and heart, and a willingness to express and accept diverse outlooks!

To get the zoom link, go to Events on our meetup site, https://www.meetup.com/freethinkersforum/ and click that you will attend, then you can access the zoom address at the Online event icon. We currently meet via zoom the third Sunday of every month from noon - 1:30 pm. Our general format is a short presentation on a topic which has been suggested by the group, followed by an hour or so of open discussion of the subject. All are welcome, and all outlooks on the topics are respected. We aim to learn from each other and celebrate our diversity!

The Secular Alliance of Santa Fe is a gathering of freethinkers and humanists, atheists and agnostics, people from all faiths or none, who come together to discuss collaboratively-chosen topics, to listen with open minds, share with open hearts, work together on social activism projects and share supportive community.

For more information, or to suggest topics or activities, contact:
Bill Austin: [masked]
Roger Brumley: [masked]
Mim Chapman: [masked]
Robert Cordingley: [masked]
Mary Ellen Gonzales: [masked]

Freethinkers Forum: A Humanist Discussion Group

Online event

(Note: info on how to access our zoom link is at bottom of description.)

To get the zoom link, go to Events on our meetup site, https://www.meetup.com/freethinkersforum/ and click that you will attend, then you can access the zoom link at the Online event icon.

We currently meet via zoom the third Sunday of every month from 8:30 - 10 am. Our general format is a short presentation on a topic which has been suggested by the group, followed by an hour or so of open discussion of the subject. All are welcome, and all outlooks on the topics are respected. We aim to learn from each other and celebrate our diversity!

For more information, or to suggest topics or activities, contact:
Bill Austin: [masked]
Roger Brumley: [masked]
Mim Chapman: [masked]
Robert Cordingley: [masked]
Mary Ellen Gonzales: [masked]

Secular Alliance:

Online event

(Note: info on how to access our zoom link is at bottom of description.)

To get the zoom link, go to Events on our meetup site, https://www.meetup.com/freethinkersforum/ and click that you will attend, then you can access the zoom address at the Online event icon. We currently meet via zoom the third Sunday of every month from noon - 1:30 pm. Our general format is a short presentation on a topic which has been suggested by the group, followed by an hour or so of open discussion of the subject. All are welcome, and all outlooks on the topics are respected. We aim to learn from each other and celebrate our diversity!

The Secular Alliance of Santa Fe is a gathering of freethinkers and humanists, atheists and agnostics, people from all faiths or none, who come together to discuss collaboratively-chosen topics, to listen with open minds, share with open hearts, work together on social activism projects and share supportive community.

For more information, or to suggest topics or activities, contact:
Bill Austin: [masked]
Roger Brumley: [masked]
Mim Chapman: [masked]
Robert Cordingley: [masked]
Mary Ellen Gonzales: [masked]

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