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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 (5)

Secular Alliance: Rethinking Education

Online event

Due to Covid-19, we are currently meeting via Zoom. To get the zoom link, just join this meetup group then RSVP saying you plan to attend this event. You can then click on the zoom link next to the Online event icon! Our noon discussion on Sunday, Sept. 20 will be led by Scott Pittman, who writes: "I have been teaching Permaculture for the past 34 years and as a result I have devoted a lot of time thinking about pedagogy. Most of the things I have gleaned from my studies is contained in two books, "Dumbing Us Down" by John Taylor Gatto, and "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire. Gotto is particularly interesting because he was named teacher of the year in New York City for two years in a row and then teacher of the year for New York State for two years. He spent over 30 years teaching in the public school system both in some elite schools and primarily in impoverished communities. Mr. Freire had to flee his native country of Brazil where he taught and live in Argentina as his teaching was considered too critical of the dictatorship's interference in the education system of Brazil. "The conclusions that I came to was that our of education is so formal, repetitive, formulaic and hierarchical that it is oppressive and boring to both teachers and students. No real learning takes place but, instead, a lot of memorization. This system of education was modeled on the Prussian methodology of training youth to train and serve in the military. It was also a perfect system for training farmers into the industrial system of work. It was proposed by Andrew Carnegie, Rockefeller and Henry Ford as a way to create a literate and numerate working class. It worked very well in Prussia and in the United States as well as most of industrialized countries. I believe that real learning takes place within whole system learning and with teachers who deeply care for their charges and teach them in a way that encourages individuality and curiosity." Come share your own ideas about rethinking education! 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. 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 topic. 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] Mary Ellen Gonzales: [masked]

Freethinkers Forum: How Old Are You Really?

Online event

Age is an issue we all face - after all, we're all getting older, and have been since the minute we were born! Karen Armitage will lead our discussion about aging, giving us a little quiz that will help us answer the question about how old we really are. More info will be posted later. 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. 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 via zoom. When you RSVP to the event, you will see the zoom link at the Online event icon. Then at noon feel free to join our Secular Alliance zoom discussion 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! 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)

What is Diversity? Defining It and Choosing Politicians Who Represent It!

Mimi Adams and Mary Ellen Gonzales will lead us in a stimulating and personal discussion of diversity. Why does America have so much trouble defining and understanding diversity, and even more problems electing politicians that represent it? More information about this stimulating discussion will be posted later. 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. We currently meet via zoom the third Sunday of every month from noon - 1:30 pm. To get the zoom link, go to Events on our meetup site, www.meetup.com/freethinkersforum/ and click that you will attend, and the zoom address will appear. 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 topic. 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] Mary Ellen Gonzales: [masked]

Freethinkers Forum: A Humanist Discussion Group

Online event

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! 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)

Past events (57)

Freethinkers Forum: Rights vs. Responsibility

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