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Grace Without God: Lecture and Book Signing with Katherine Ozment

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We are excited to present Katherine Ozment, author of Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, at Humanist House.

The reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 7 pm, with the author's lecture beginning at 7:30 pm. Following Q & A, the author will sign copies of her book. PLEASE RSVP for planning purposes!!!

About Katherine's book:

In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion.

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging.

So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent.

Writer, journalist, and secular mother of three Katherine Ozment came face-to-face with the fundamental issue of the Nones when her son asked her the simplest of questions: “What are we?” Unsettled by her reply—“Nothing”—she set out on a journey to find a better answer. She traversed the frontier of American secular life, sought guidance in science and the humanities, talked with noted scholars, and wrestled with her own family’s attempts to find meaning and connection after religion.

Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.

https://youtu.be/WOVlZc4O0Ks

"A springboard for discussion by parents... Who wonder whether people need 'God to be good'." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"What an important book. I inhaled every word. Every person struggling to live a meaningful life will find wisdom and sustenance." Mary Johnson, An Unquenchable Thirst

Suggested donation $10 per person. All donations are appreciated, and help support the many free activities of the Humanist Community. Cash and credit accepted. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages included in the donation. Wine will be available for an additional donation.