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*** It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that this month will be the last month of the Humanist Hub Discussion Group Meetup. My role as a discussion leader over the past year has been fascinating and fulfilling to me. I am thankful for the conversations I've had the privilege to be a part of where we have shared about ourselves and how to be better people. I am personally stepping down as a discussion group leader to leave more room in pursuit of a personal dream, to pursue a Masters/Ph. D. in philosophy. I have been preparing for this and need to focus in on my application to give myself my best chance of taking on this pursuit. Our last 3 groups are listed below and will be at the Capital One Cafe. I recognize that this group has held an important place in the hearts of many attendees, and my message would be take the conversations we've had and to share them with new places and people. There are a great deal of humanist community organizations in the Boston area and meetups for intellectual/interpersonal conversation that would greatly benefit from the insight and passion I've been able to see as a discussion group leader. I am not an official representative of the Humanist Hub non-profit organization, but if you have any questions or thoughts about these changes, please feel free to come to one of our last meetings listed below and/or reach out to me. Sincerely, Kevin Doherty __________________________________________________________________________________ Each week we have a topic of discussion pertaining to humanist ethics and values that give focus to interpersonal sharing. This is a friendship ritual, where the goal of our conversations is to promote human flourishing in ourselves and each other. We try to balance conversation between intellectual topics where we can learn how to be better people and keeping personal experience the foundation of groups. Humanist perspectives are shared but all perspectives are welcome. We make an effort to be compassionate and foster a non-competitive atmosphere of conversation where we strive to understand rather than persuade. Discussion Topics 12/3 - Free Will and Determinism (An introduction to William James's Ideas and 12/10 - Age - Youth, Maturity, & Wisdom 12/17 - The Next Steps: A chance to share about ourselves and what we plan to do after the Humanist Hub Discussion Group formally ends. Group norms include: * Assume goodwill * Use “I” statements and speak from personal experience * Avoid advice giving * Topics not of a personal nature or of interest to only a few members will be set aside in a “parking lot” to be returned to later * Please respect the anonymity of group members and refrain from sharing specifics outside the group.

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The Humanist Hub works with atheists, agnostics, and allies at Harvard, MIT, and beyond: to create an inclusive new model for how humanists celebrate life, promote reason and compassion, and better the world for all.

Our organization was founded as the first-ever “humanist chaplaincy” to serve nonreligious students at a college or university. In addition to providing humanist philosophical guidance and counseling for over 40 years, the Humanist Hub now sponsors and advises humanist, secular, and interfaith groups at Harvard and MIT, and creates inspirational public programs on a broad range of topics relevant to the rapidly growing secular population, with a special focus on ethical leadership in science, technology, and business.

Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment, aspiring to humanity's greater good -- it is, in short, good without god.

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