- Skateworld, Donuts, and Conversation
Skateworld. Then the donut shop next door for conversation. Attend either or both. Two Buck Tuesday at SkateWorld. $2 admission; $2 skate rentals. First time skaters welcome; try new things or just watch. Skate from 6:30 to 7:30. Then walk next door to the donut shop for some conversation. Both SkateWorld and the donut shop have food options.
- Mission Bay Beach Cleanup
Let’s spend 30 minutes walking the beach together and putting the trash where it belongs. Do good. Feel great. Mingle. The scheduled low tide will give us plenty of room to walk the beaches north of the old Mission Bay Visitor Center. I’ll bring some disposable gloves and trash bags, but if you have gardening/dishwashing gloves for yourself, please bring. Hope to see you there. Meet outside the closed Mission Bay Visitor Center and we will go from there.
- Humanism, an Overview
Let's go over some key features of Humanism. 1. What is Humanism 2. A brief History of Humanism 3. How Humanists See the World We will take 10-20 minutes to briefly go over each topic. For this event there will be a worksheet, but we will need a moderator. WE haven't had an event in a while, and this will be a good one to reconnect. Please RSVP and will get this together and have a great time. Here is the discussion guide: http://www.freethought.com/?page_id=56
- Winter Solstice Display at Balboa Park!
Show your support for the equal-time Winter Solstice display by gathering, socializing and taking a group picture! The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has provided an equal-time Winter Solstice banner and a Bill of Rights Nativity display. FFRF may use the picture on their website and in their newspaper, Freethought Today. The display is located adjacent to the huge Christian Nativity display at the Organ Pavilion. We may not have equal space, but we are present in this open public forum. Visibility matters.
- Election (Non-Partisan) Discussion
Election Day is fast upon us (Nov. 6). Get out there and VOTE! Or just mail in your ballot -- easy as can be! Haven't voted before? Let's help you out. A seasoned pro? Come lend us your experience. The important thing is that you vote. In 2016, 107,000,000 American voters did not vote. This year people are running for governor, senator, and the house (and all of the numerous municipal positions). As always with California, we also have a myriad of initiatives to choose from. We are going to be meeting at Panera in Clairemont on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the upcoming election in a nonpartisan manner. Here are the rules of the day: • We will be going over the San Diego County Voter Registrar Guidebook Either bring a copy or look it up online: (http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/pdf/complete-vig.pdf). • We will be going down through the booklet and discussing everything that interests us. • We are not going to make any official endorsements but feel free to share your opinions and what you know. • If you have already voted (mail-in), please join us as well. The goal of this event is to have fun while making sense of the election. We understand that the majority of our group are progressives and diehard Democrats. It is important to understand that this event will be all the better for a diversity of opinions to discuss policy direction on its nuances and merits. Bring your book, a pen, and let's figure this crazy election together. REGISTERING TO VOTE: For those who have not registered to vote, the deadline in California is Oct. 22 by mail or online. For more information visit https://registertovote.ca.gov/ The final day to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 30. FAQ: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/frequently-asked-questions/
- Primary Election (Non-Partisan) Discussion
Election Day is fast upon us (Tuesday the 5th). This year dozens of people are running for governor, senator, and the house (and all of the numerous municipal positions). As always with California, we also have a myriad of initiatives to choose from. We are going to be meeting at Panera in Hillcrest on Sunday at 2 p.m. to discuss the upcoming election in a nonpartisan manner. Here are the rules of the day: • We will be going over the San Diego County Voter Registrar Guidebook Either bring a copy or look it up online: (http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/pdf/complete-vig.pdf). • We will be going down through the booklet and discussing everything that interests us. This can include following the money-trail on the propositions (https://ballotpedia.org/California_2018_ballot_propositions). • We are not going to make any official endorsements but feel free to share your opinions and what you know. • If you have already voted (mail-in), feel free to join us as well. The goal of this event is to have fun while making sense of the crazy roster of choices. We understand that the majority of our group are progressives and diehard Democrats. It is important to understand that this event will be all the better for a diversity of opinions to discuss policy direction on its nuances and merits. This is also not an election in which we are deciding either Democrat, Green, Libertarian, -OR- Republican (it's a primary). Bring your book, a pen, and let's figure this crazy election together.
- Coffee & Conversation
We haven't done a Coffee & Conversation in quite a while. Let's get together to chat about philosophy and news from a Humanist perspective. For those newbies, usually our chats run the gamut to include very sophisticated perspectives and just plain open and accessible info on each topic. It's very democratic that way. You always know that with our Coffee and Conversation meetings you have a chance to vent, learn something, and make new friends. This week we could discuss: * The current religious aims of the U.S. Depart of Education as Secretary DeVos tries to use her position to channel public funds to religious proselytizing in our schools. * Being a Humanist during the holidays. Is the holiday a potential minefield of conflicts relating to religion and world views? What do you guys do? * With the Doug Jones victory, what does mean about the state of Evangelicals in American politics? * An overview of secular and humanist issues from around the globe: from Nigeria finally recognizing the Humanist Association of Nigeria to Indonesia nearly criminalizing homosexuality. *Or what ever else is on your mind. Until some of us moved away, we used to hold this meeting weekly. If you miss the old C&C that went on every Saturday from[masked], it's a rare opportunity to come back and enjoy it again. See you at Panera in Hillcrest, Saturday at 7.
- Coffee on the Harbor
Have a coffee, morning beer or mimosa, tasty food or just come for the company at this hidden marina cafe on Mission Bay. We will be sitting outside on a covered patio overlooking the boats. A muslim, a jew, a christian and an atheist walk into a coffee shop... and they talk, laugh, drink coffee and become good friends. That's what happens when you're not an asshole.
- Naval Base San Diego Humanist Meeting
'Humanism' is an ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Humanists are everyday people who espouse the principles of humanism. The principles of humanism include helping others, concern for our environment, meeting in community with others of like mind, making connections and growing by connection with others who hold diverse beliefs, and building a legacy that makes our world a better place. What is Humanism? (http://thehumanistsociety.org/about/humanism/) Our aim is to provide support and resources for Armed Forces affiliated humanists, their dependents, and veterans...but you don't have to be a humanist to attend. All are welcome to join us in discussion and fellowship. Don't worry...this is not an opportunity for us to proselytize, as this kind of engagement is prohibited by The Humanist Society's ethical standards. This is strictly an outreach effort. We will touch on many topics from meeting to meeting, and suggestions and feedback on themes and approaches are welcomed and encouraged. The discussions will be facilitated by Doug Wright, a retired Chief Petty Officer and Humanist Society-endorsed Celebrant. The topic for this meeting will be 'The Meaning of Humanism and it's Aspirations for Society'. Humanist Celebrant link (http://thehumanistsociety.org/directory/listing/doug-wright) The meeting will take place at the NBSD Chapel in the educational spaces (Classroom One). Feel free to contact us here if you have any questions or need additional guidance. We look forward to seeing you there.
- Post Broadway Gala
Okay, so not a real gala, but a laid-back gathering of humanists and freethinkers at The Local, a casual downtown eatery and drinking hole. Some will be coming from The Book of Mormon Broadway play that started at 2 pm. We may be able to get back bar area/tables reserved depending on number of RSVPs ;) People will be able to order on their own at the bar.