What we're about

Welcome to our community of atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and rationalists. We meet every Sunday for a brief sermon followed by a group discussion. We welcome people of all ages. We are building a community of people with shared values, focusing on uplifting topics for atheists: being good without god, feeling wonder in a world that can be understood through reason and science, and contributing to your community without religion. Children are welcome.

Find out more on our website: https://seattleatheist.church/

Upcoming events (5)

Sunday Morning Stoicism

Online event

Let's get together before church and discuss this week's passages from The Daily Stoic! Each day of the year has a corresponding "devotional reading" (so to speak). Each week, let's discuss the readings since our previous meeting, from Monday through the Sunday of the meeting, and share what resonated with us, what we found profound, and what insights we can apply to what's going on in our lives.

Each reading is about 3 minutes long. They're all self-contained, so you don't need to worry about catching up - feel free to jump in on any week's session!

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register for it here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqf-2spzwoHNYJkpUJHobrD14SqEGfky0Y

We'll end at 11:30 to give everyone time to grab some food and freshen up before the Sunday Service.

You can grab a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore or order on Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Stoic-Meditations-Wisdom-Perseverance-ebook/dp/B01HNJIJB2/

Here's Amazon's blurb about the book:

"Why have history's greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

"The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.

"By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well."

Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
* Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
* Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the discussion after the talk, but not to simply be present. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

Join our private Seattle Atheist Church Facebook Group and continue the discussion outside of church:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattleatheistchurch

Online Service: Emotional Foundations

Online event

Before Jaak Panksepp, there was little agreement on the number of core emotions with theories ranging from 2 to12, but note a recent theory proposing 27. As an undergraduate student, still in the era of behaviorism, Jaak concluded that emotions were the basis of psychopathology. In graduate school he gave up clinical work and determined that in order to understand emotions he would need to study animal brains. He found supportive faculty and shifted into the neuroscience arena and basic brain research. Using electrical brain stimulation, his dissertation demonstrated that ANGER/Rage was distinct from Predatory behavior or SEEKING: The 2 brain systems utilized 2 different brain circuits. From this beginning he soon added FEAR and GRIEF/Sadness. LUST and CARE came next, and with the demonstration of innate brain PLAY systems, he established brain evidence for 7 “primary” emotions: with no additional candidates from other laboratories in over 30 years. Note that Social Dominance is likely an acquired behavior.

But you have heard about these 7 primary emotional action systems and their associated affects previously. My goal today is to move past the academic discussion of these emotions to the topic that originally motivated Jaak’s interest in the first place, namely, how do we use this information to help people including ourselves. How do we take advantage of Jaak Panksepp’s 50 years of research to benefit our mental health?

After the talk, we'll have a group discussion to explore the ideas presented, and to share related thoughts, resources, and personal experiences.

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register for it here:
https://public.seattleatheist.church/register/T5rl9vnUBjJ7XhpKJ8ye

Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
* Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
* Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the group discussion after the talk, but not to simply be present for the talk or the discussion. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

Join our private Seattle Atheist Church Facebook Group and continue the discussion outside of church:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattleatheistchurch

Reading Group: The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

Online event

For our this week, let's read Chapter 3 "The Man in the Moon and the Face on Mars". (This section will be updated each week, so check back if you need to.)

Here's Amazon's blurb about the book:

"How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

"Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms."

You can grab a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore, or order on Amazon here:
https://smile.amazon.com/Demon-Haunted-World-Science-Candle-Dark/dp/0345409469/

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrceqsrjkuEtWw-rWJKAdJ7Q4eH_JFsFb-

Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
* Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
* Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the group discussion, but not to simply be present. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

I hope to see you there!

Sunday Morning Stoicism

Online event

Let's get together before church and discuss this week's passages from The Daily Stoic! Each day of the year has a corresponding "devotional reading" (so to speak). Each week, let's discuss the readings since our previous meeting, from Monday through the Sunday of the meeting, and share what resonated with us, what we found profound, and what insights we can apply to what's going on in our lives.

Each reading is about 3 minutes long. They're all self-contained, so you don't need to worry about catching up - feel free to jump in on any week's session!

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register for it here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqf-2spzwoHNYJkpUJHobrD14SqEGfky0Y

We'll end at 11:30 to give everyone time to grab some food and freshen up before the Sunday Service.

You can grab a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore or order on Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Stoic-Meditations-Wisdom-Perseverance-ebook/dp/B01HNJIJB2/

Here's Amazon's blurb about the book:

"Why have history's greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

"The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.

"By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well."

Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
* Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
* Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the discussion after the talk, but not to simply be present. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

Join our private Seattle Atheist Church Facebook Group and continue the discussion outside of church:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattleatheistchurch

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