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Meet other local Humanists, people who believe in the basic goodness of the human spirit without supernaturalism.

The Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH) was incorporated in 1989 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization in Maryland. Our purpose is to promote scientific literacy and critical thinking, to provide a forum for humanists and others to explore humanist principles and how they relate to all aspects of human experience, and to study the significance of humanism throughout history. Secular humanists are distinguished by an emphasis on scientific methods of knowing, separation of church and state, and a commitment to the pursuit of humanist goals outside religious frameworks.

WASH has 11 active Chapters from Roanoke, VA to Baltimore, MD.

WASH is a Cooperating Local Group of the Council for Secular Humanism, an Chapter of the American Humanist Association, and an affiliate of American Atheists and an endorsing group of The Secular Coalition of America

While being a member of the WASH meetup group is free please consider joining as a member of WASH to help support our activities.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Chevy Chase Discussion Group

Vicki's Home

Our discussion group meetings continue to be on the second Friday of the month. Vicki appreciates an accurate count of people coming so she can set up her home properly for the group. So if you decide you cannot come after you have RSVPed please change it back to NO. The meeting will start at 8 pm. People may arrive as early as 7:30 so that we can actually start at 8 pm. Please bring a small contribution of food to be shared with the group. Vicki's address and phone numbers are not posted here to preserve the privacy of her home. Those details will be emailed the week of the meeting to those who are coming (see note below). Affirmative RSVPs should be posted before 8 pm the prior Thursday to allow time to notify all attendees. Note: an occasional problem with Meetup emails is that some spam filters will preclude delivery of Meetup email. If you RSVP Yes and want the email informing you of a meeting held in a private home this can be a problem. To prevent this a member can add [masked] to their personal email addresses. If a member does not receive the directions to a Friday meeting by late Tuesday evening he/she needs to directly contact to the organizer. Use the Meetup option for this. A phone call to[masked] leaving your email address is another option. Posting a comment saying that you did not receive the directions (without including your personal email address) is not helpful since if your spam filter stopped the first email it will also stop subsequent email. We want people to be comfortable in opening up their homes to other meetup members and this technical difficulty is a small price to pay to preserve the privacy of those who host events in their homes.

Annual DC Area Humanlight party

13 Atwell Ct

Friday, December 20, 2019 Venue: 13 Atwell Ct, Potomac MD there will be a HumanLight Celebration. (There is street parking.) Light a humanist candle in the hope of making the world a more peaceful and better place. Enjoy a modern, Humanist “holiday” celebration sponsored by the WASH MD chapter contact point: Gary Berg-Cross; [masked]) The event is free we’d like to know who plans on coming to make proper arrangements. We will have a rolling pot luck “dinner” (bring what you like bur something that you will enjoy). We will have a signup sheet for what people are bringing. We will have lots of conversation and a few games, for children but you might want to bring something else to entertain them. Either way, you’ll need to provide your own supervision for them. We do decorate a Tree of Knowledge with favorite book titles as part of our celebration. Around 8 - 9 we have our annual free raffle of prizes. Everyone gets a ticket and will get something with first called getting the item of their choice.Again, this is a free and relatively informal, ritual-free secular celebration near the winter solstice. This is a free and relatively informal, ritual-free secular celebration near the winter solstice. Come have informal fun as we approach the Winter Solstice. Light a friendly candle in the hope of making the world a more peaceful and better place. This is a modern, Human-centered "holiday" celebration jointly sponsored by the WASH MD chapter (contact point contact Gary Berg-Cross; gbergcross@ gmail.com) While the event is free we'd like to know who plans on coming so contact one of us so that we make proper arrangements. This is planned as family and kid friendly and we are looking forward to a time to chat, eat and chill out in a warm way.

Chevy Chase Discussion Group

Vicki's Home

Our discussion group meetings continue to be on the second Friday of the month. Vicki appreciates an accurate count of people coming so she can set up her home properly for the group. So if you decide you cannot come after you have RSVPed please change it back to NO. The meeting will start at 8 pm. People may arrive as early as 7:30 so that we can actually start at 8 pm. Please bring a small contribution of food to be shared with the group. Vicki's address and phone numbers are not posted here to preserve the privacy of her home. Those details will be emailed the week of the meeting to those who are coming (see note below). Affirmative RSVPs should be posted before 8 pm the prior Thursday to allow time to notify all attendees. Note: an occasional problem with Meetup emails is that some spam filters will preclude delivery of Meetup email. If you RSVP Yes and want the email informing you of a meeting held in a private home this can be a problem. To prevent this a member can add [masked] to their personal email addresses. If a member does not receive the directions to a Friday meeting by late Tuesday evening he/she needs to directly contact to the organizer. Use the Meetup option for this. A phone call to[masked] leaving your email address is another option. Posting a comment saying that you did not receive the directions (without including your personal email address) is not helpful since if your spam filter stopped the first email it will also stop subsequent email. We want people to be comfortable in opening up their homes to other meetup members and this technical difficulty is a small price to pay to preserve the privacy of those who host events in their homes.

Progressive, Secular music concert featuring Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron

Our 3rd annual Folk concert Jan. 2020 7 -9 pm includes our usual light refreshments Tom with partner Lynn Waldron provide Satire and Social Commentary as we can see in these reviews: "One of the savviest songwriters I know." World Soul Records "His global sophistication put into performance art is extraordinary." Kathy Hersh, Miami Friends "great job reminding us of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it. " Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL Suggested Donation $15-20 but as Tom says “no one turned away” Limited Space (about an intimate 20) so RSVP here to reserve seat You can send check made out to Tom Neilson & mail then to: Gary Berg-Cross 13 Atwell Ct. Potomac, MD 20854 Venue: 13 Atwell Ct, Potomac, MD RSVP/Questions? Also contact Gary Berg-Cross here or at[masked] or [masked] Sponsored by WASH MD-DC Chapter

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