What we're about

The purpose of Bay Area Humanists is to promote humanism in San Francisco and East Bay. We do this by sponsoring a range of activities including lectures, discussions, social service, outings and parties. We want to build a sense of community for those who identify with the humanist philosophy. If you would like to be part of this community, please join this Meet Up. We are a chapter of the American Humanist Association (http://www.americanhumanist.org). Our understanding of humanism is taken from “Humanism and Its Aspirations (http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_III)” also know as Humanist Manifesto III

“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”

You can learn more about Bay Area Humanists at our website (http://www.sfhumanists.org) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BayAreaHumanists) page.

See our upcoming events below.

Upcoming events (3)

Sharing Life with People with Disabilities (online)

Online event

As a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Toronto, Alec Gewirtz lived and worked as a caretaker at an interfaith community for people with intellectual disabilities. In this presentation, Alec will share a few stories of the transformative lessons of living with and learning from people with intellectual disabilities, calling attention to profound lessons for all of us in these stories. His discussion of sharing life with people with intellectual disabilities will center on what “being good without god” can mean in practice when serving this population, as well as what the implications are of affirming “the dignity of every human being” in engaging with people with disabilities.
Alec Gewirtz graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University. After college, he conducted participatory research as a Fulbright Research Scholar at L'Arche Daybreak, an interfaith community for people with disabilities -- living and working at the community while writing about his experience of sharing life with people with disabilities. He's the founder of the Social Healing Collective, and he is currently at work on a book about what adults with disabilities can teach young people about maturity.

Please RSVP to the event to receive the ZOOM link. If you can no longer attend the event, be sure to update your RSVP so we have an accurate total.

Humanist Book Group: Testosterone Rex

Online event

Join us on video chat as we discuss "Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society" by Cordelia Fine. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions.

A Zoom link will be visible to RSVP'd members on the day of the event. IMPORTANT: Please make sure to add any +1s, and to change your RSVP early if you can't make it so that folks on the waitlist can join.

We will select the next book from those present at this meeting through a voting process. If you'd like to add a book to the running, be ready to make a short pitch for it and bring a copy if you can. We will want to know the page count of the book and whether it is available digitally from the SF Public Library.

About "Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society" (not available at SFPL):

"Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental, diverging force in our development. According to this familiar story, differences between the sexes are shaped by past evolutionary pressures - women are more cautious and parenting-focused, men seek status to attract more mates - re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains. This, in turn, is the basis of supposedly entrenched inequalities in our modern societies.

But in this entertaining and rigorous exploration of the latest research, Cordelia Fine draws on evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and philosophy to reveal a much more dynamic situation. Testosterone, for instance, is not the potent hormonal essence of masculinity, and received wisdoms about differences between the sexes, from toy preferences to financial risk taking, are turned on their heads. Moving beyond the old "nature" versus "nurture" debates, Testosterone Rex reinvigorates hope and determination for a more equal future."

- Amazon description

If you have not read the book, you're welcome to attend and learn what we're about. We only ask that you allow those who have done the reading to speak first. If you can't finish the book in time, reading part of it or even watching a talk by the author can help make the discussion more interesting. If there's a waitlist for the meetup and you haven't read the book, consider changing your RSVP and sitting this one out.

A list of past suggestions can be found at: https://go.sfhumanists.org/booklist

From the Tuolumne to the Tap Our water supply; Our environmental legacy

This event is sponsored by the UU Humanists and Non-Theists.

Join Peter Drekmeier, Policy Director for the Tuolumne River Trust, for a behind the scenes look at our water supply and the battle for Northern California’s freshwater resources. Can we balance the needs of humans and the environment? Learn what you can do to help preserve our rivers and restore the Bay-Delta ecosystem?

This is a Zoom event. A few hours before the event, the link will be sent to those who have RSVPed. Everyone is welcome.

Past events (503)

The AIDS Epidemic Has Not Gone Away

Online event

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