MARCH MEETING – Dr. Peter Boghossian “A Manual for Creating Atheists”


“Street Epistemology” or “A Manual for Creating Atheists” with Dr. Peter Boghossian. In this provocative talk, Dr. Boghossian will detail tools to help people talk to others about faith and superstition and the benefits of reason. There will also be an extended Q&A. People of faith are encouraged to attend and ask questions. Bio: Dr. Peter Boghossian is a full-time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University. He has an extensive publication record across multiple domains of thought. Dr. Boghossian is a national speaker for the Secular Student Alliance and CFI, and an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. His recent book, “A Manual for Creating Atheists” is receiving a lot of publicity.

After the talk and dialogue all are encouraged to bring a dish and stay for a potluck and interchange.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014 6:00 PM

Darwin Day Dinner- “Meeting Charles Darwin” One man show

DON’T MISS THIS ONE! Roger Brewin performs his one man show on Charles Darwin. Roger has done these historical characterizations since 1982, when he began portraying Clarence Darrow. Along with over 200 performances as Darrow, he has also appeared as Charles Dickens, Frederick Douglas and Octave Chanute (including a walk-on at the 100 year anniversary of the Wright Brother’s Flight.). Tonight he offers a look into the private and family musings of Charles Darwin – not an easy man to impersonate, Brewin says, because he spoke so little in public, and wished to avoid not only professional and family conflict but also many ordinary social encounters. Much of this monologue is based on Darwin’s writings – to translate that into what he might have said aloud, requires imagination on the part of the presenter, and forbearance on the part of the audience. This will be a fantastic treat for us all.

Roger Brewin is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister, having served a campus ministry and nine congregations over 38 years. He served on the Executive Board and the Guidelines (Professional Ethics) Committee of the UU Ministers Association, For the past twelve years he has edited the Journal of Religious Humanism for HUUmanists. He curates a humanist traveling art show related to immigration reform, and promotes awareness of banned books. Brewin lives in Chicago with his wife of 44 years, Katherine, an attorney.

This is our big pot luck of the year, so bring “appropriate” food such as “Primordial Soup” or Pterodactyl Wings” ;>) It will be a blast as we celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday. Invite others.

Sunday, February 9, 2014      6PM

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May Meeting – Humanist Celebrants and Celebration in the U.S.A.

The topic this month is “Humanist Celebration: Weddings, Memorials and Beyond…”
Our guest speaker is Han Hills, past President of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear.
Han has been practicing Humanist celebrations since 2006 and is certified by the Humanist Society.
He also presents several podcasts on Atheist topics.
What is a Humanist ceremony, and without religion why do we need them in the community?
In this session Han Hills will lay out the background to this phenomenon and explain what a “Humanist Minister” does. He will talk about the benefits and challenges of a Humanist ceremony and why we need them.
Across Europe the number of Humanist weddings and other community celebrations have rocketed in the past few years. This year the number of Humanist weddings appeared to outstrip the number of ceremonies held by the Church of Scotland, the county’s largest religious body. Here in the U.S. the trend is already starting to follow suit.

Remain with us after the meeting for a pot-luck buffet dinner, and a raffle. Bring a covered dish and an item to donate for the raffle. Soft drinks provided, BYOB  All proceeds help benefit our chapter.