What we're about

Lehigh Valley Humanists is a chapter of the American Humanist Association. As secular humanists, we strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life. Humanism encompasses a variety of non-theistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and a set of ethical values grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now. We promote human rights, civil liberties, the scientific method, and the democratic process in an open, secular, and humane society. Lehigh Valley Humanists provides education, support, and outreach about humanism in an effort to build a vibrant community based around a positive ethical life-stance.

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Upcoming events (4)

Online Game Night and Movie Discussion (Nomadland)

Needs a location

Join other LVHers for an online hang out of friendly conversation gaming and discussion of Nomadland (available streaming on HULU and rentable through AppleTV/etc)

After movie chat our usual game line up will include Jackbox Party Games: Murder Trivia, Quiplash and other party games (requires a second device : smartphone or tablet connected to the internet and device to run Zoom) If there's interest we could try online Codenames too or a BoardGameArena (BGA.com) game.

Brian will lead us on Zoom. Use this LINK to join the Zoom call.

Nomadland Synopsis: A woman in her sixties lost everything during the Great Recession. Now living in her van, she moves between temp jobs while embarking on a journey across the American West. Nomadland received three Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) and Best Achievement in Directing (Chloe Zhao). It was also nominated for three other Academy Awards.

Wrap Gifts for Angel Tree Kids

Private hall

Help wrap gifts for children with a parent in prison/jail. Donations of wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon, bows, tape, etc would be appreciated.

I'm currently working (while recovering from a shoulder injury) for a nonprofit that supports women reentering society after being incarcerated, and they're hosting a Christmas Party for local families sponsored by the Angel Tree program.

If we don't get through all the gifts that night and there's interest in a second evening I can arrange that.

Please note the building entrance is a long ramp.

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January Book Club

Pie's On Pizzeria

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy by Michael Lewis
"[Michael Lewis’s] most ambitious and important book." ―Joe Klein, New York Times
Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative of the Trump administration’s botched presidential transition takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its leaders through willful ignorance and greed. The government manages a vast array of critical services that keep us safe and underpin our lives from ensuring the safety of our food and drugs and predicting extreme weather events to tracking and locating black market uranium before the terrorists do. The Fifth Risk masterfully and vividly unspools the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works.
Steve will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
Upcoming books:
January: Book Selection Month: Please bring a book to recommend.
February: Behaving Decently: Kurt Vonnegut's Humanism by Wayne Laufert (Pat)

February Book Club

Pie's On Pizzeria

Behaving Decently: Kurt Vonnegut's Humanism by Wayne Laufert
Kurt Vonnegut and humanism go hand in hand. In BEHAVING DECENTLY: KURT VONNEGUT'S HUMANISM, Wayne Laufert examines how Vonnegut revealed his moral philosophy through the themes and characters in his work and through his public comments.
Topic by topic, Vonnegut's written and spoken views are explored, from his first novel, Player Piano (1952), through his antiwar masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), to the collections of his fiction and nonfiction that appear up till today, long after his death in 2007. His speeches, essays, interviews, and journalism, which support and expand upon the sentiments in his novels, receive proper consideration in this conversational overview of Vonnegut's life and career.
Religion, war, politics, science, art-these subjects and more are seen through Vonnegut's perspective and are placed within a larger humanistic outlook. His most famous creation, the old science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, gets his own chapter too.
Vonnegut called himself a "Christ-worshiping agnostic," a term that BEHAVING DECENTLY analyzes in the context of his upbringing as a freethinker, his wartime experience, his time in the corporate world, and other factors that formed his values.
Those values are perhaps best expressed by his character Eliot Rosewater, the damaged, super-rich philanthropist: "God damn it, you've got to be kind."
Vonnegut's real and imagined selves were incorporated into Kurt Vonnegut the author, the public speaker, the interview subject, and even the character that appears in some of his books. After all, he wrote, "I myself am a work of fiction."
That funny, wise, sometimes depressed persona was humanistic. BEHAVING DECENTLY shows the reader how Kurt Vonnegut reminded us to take small steps along hopeful paths to kindness and community and dignity and art-and farting around.
Pat will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
Upcoming books:
January: Book Selection Month: Please bring a book to recommend.

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