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)

Humanist Forum: Restorative Justice

536 Mission St

Marvin Mutch, Director of Advocacy at the Prisoner Reentry Network, and David Basile, a restorative justice activist, will be discussing their experiences with restorative justice, which is the philosophy and practice that by taking accountability and making amends, including meeting with victims if they are interested, criminal offenders can reenter society as productive, contributing citizens. Mr. Mutch, who served 41 years in prison based on circumstantial evidence for a crime he says he did not commit, will be discussing restorative principles as they apply to wrongful convictions, and the common space occupied by victims and those falsely accused of causing harm. He will share personal detail into his younger years, and provide a forward glance at life after long term incarceration. Mr. Basile spent 32 years in prison for crimes he did commit, and for which he has taken full responsibility. He will talk about the healing process and forgiveness restorative justice brings to both offenders and victims in contrast to the punitive Kantian philosophy of retribution and punishment, including capital punishment. Both men are respected members of the community, making a difference to others. Our Humanist Forum talks begin with an unstructured meet-and-greet at 2:30. ** The presentation itself will start at 3 o'clock.** Most lectures incorporate a long period of Q&A, finishing around 4:45. Afterward, many of us head to a nearby restaurant for dinner. The dinner is a great way to get to know people in your local humanist community, and if you're not hungry you can always come along and grab a drink instead. We will be in room 3201 on the 3rd floor of Golden Gate University (536 Mission St in San Francisco). The campus is open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Impeaching a President

First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center

You've heard the testimony and the evidence. You've heard the pundits. But what does the Constitution say? The answer is "not much". The framers subjected the President (and the VP and "all civil officers") to impeachment, but they were short on details. Over the years the Supreme Court has filled in some gaps, as has Congress. What are "high crimes and misdemeanors"? Is it necessary as a condition of impeachment that the President has violated an existing law? Is the impeachment process intended to be "political"? Most would say yes, but does that mean it should be "about politics"? Doesn't impeachment undermine elections? We will tackle these questions and more and, by the end of the presentation, we will get a better sense about how to answer them in a way that is consistent with our cherished traditions. Our presenter Leland Chan is an attorney living in San Francisco and a professor of law. We’ll start at 1:00 in the Martin Luther King room. A light lunch will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome.

Humanist Book Group: Good Economics for Hard Times

San Francisco Public Library

Join us in the Stong room as we discuss "Good Economics for Hard Times" by Abhijit Banerjee. Newcomers are always welcome, as are new book suggestions. We will be selecting the next book from those presented in person at this meeting. If you'd like to add a book to the running, come 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 in the SF Public Library. About "Good Economics for Hard Times" (SFPL: http://bit.ly/3a8sqBe): "Two prize-winning economists show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day. Figuring out how to deal with today's critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Much greater than space travel or perhaps even the next revolutionary medical breakthrough, what is at stake is the whole idea of the good life as we have known it. Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change--these are sources of great anxiety across the world, from New Delhi and Dakar to Paris and Washington, DC. The resources to address these challenges are there--what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable. In this revolutionary book, renowned MIT economists Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo take on this challenge, building on cutting-edge research in economics explained with lucidity and grace. Original, provocative, and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times makes a persuasive case for an intelligent interventionism and a society built on compassion and respect. It is an extraordinary achievement, one that shines a light to help us appreciate and understand our precariously balanced world" 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. We typically go to dinner together afterward at a nearby restaurant, for those who would like to stick around. A list of past suggestions can be found at https://go.sfhumanists.org/booklist This is not a Library Sponsored Program.

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Census Road to 2020: Shape Your Future

First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center

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