Let’s Talk About It Discussion Group: Challenges of Secular Community

An increase in non-religious lifestyles has some wondering how society will evolve with this change. What, if anything, will take the place of religion in our communities in the future? Could secular communities fill the gap? Do you have any ideas for what a world without religion would look like?

Our discussion in August will revolve around secular adaptation and meeting potential challenges, as religious observance becomes increasingly irrelevant.
Join us for a viewing of Atheism 2.0, TED Talk by Alain de Botton. Alain offers insight and ideas for addressing human needs for connection, ritual, and transcendence in a world shaped less and less by religion.



Skip the Sunday Service, Do Good Without God at #ServiceSundayILM

Not into Sunday service? We Feel You… Join HFCF for the New #ServiceSundayILM Initiative

Not digging Sunday service? We get it! Come on out and join your fellow Humanists for Service Sunday. The HFCF Social Action Committee, chaired by Amber Taggert, will kick off a new monthly event, #ServiceSunday #ServiceSundayILM, starting Sunday, March 18, 11am, at Morning Glory Coffeehouse.

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Winter Solstice Invocation – HFCF Dinner 2017

by Michael Werner

As we gather here today, let us reflect for a moment on our lives here when the meaning of the holidays has changed for us,
When the Winter Solstice reminds us that even in the bleakest winter, the warming spring will return and with it renewal of the earth and ourselves.

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OPINION: Honor Religious Freedom

brunswick county nc
To the Editor,

When the Brunswick County Commission voted to put “In God We Trust” on police vehicles they voted for religious bigotry over religious liberty. This seemingly innocuous phrase to some is in violation of the separation of church and state and is a form of religious coercion to nonbelievers. It may be legal, but it is not moral. When the Commission said it is to show “integrity” and being “morally correct” they imply nonbelievers are not moral when all the scientific evidence shows just the opposite. In fact, only 0.0261 % of people in prison are atheists.

Today 25% of people are nonreligious, the fast growing demographic and larger than Catholics. Moreover, 39% of Millennials are nonreligious. Hardly insignificant anymore.

Leave religion out of government. How would people react to, “In Allah We Trust”, or “In Satan We Trust, or “In Zeus We Trust?” The Founding Fathers created a secular government after observing centuries of religious wars in Europe. The original motto of the United Sates was “E Pluribus Unum”, or “One Out of Many.”

The Brunswick County commission chose a tyranny of the majority putting one religious belief over all the others, clearly proselytizing, clearly disparaging nonbelievers, and clearly shoving narrow religious beliefs down people’s throats for no other reason than religious domination. Honor religious freedom and individual conscience for all and take down the signs. “To Serve and Protect” is just fine as a sign on police cars.

~ Michael Werner

Note: Michael Werner’s Letter to the Editor was originally published in the StarNews. You can read it online here; scroll down to the bottom of their page to find Mike’s letter.