Here is a short list of the events we have held over the last few years:
On April 14th this year's theme of Science will continue with a talk by Yi-Hsin Erica Tsai, a postdoctoral researcher at Notre Dame.
Abstract: As climates shift the habitable ranges for species often also shift. In order to survive the habitat changing around them, species must move to newly habitable areas before old regions become inhospitable. In my research, I look to the past and study how plants have coped with previous episodes of global warming as an allegory for the future. For instance, what factors have limited the spread of parasites compared with their hosts? What evidence do we have that chronicles the migration history of the trees in this area? Can we use DNA from fossils to understand past population changes? This talk will explore the analysis of genetic data, fossils, and models in understanding species range changes after the last ice age.
On March 10th we will again be at the awesome Secular Hub, with a pair of speakers from the ACLU on the topic of the Death Penalty.
The United States is the only advanced Western Democracy today that does not view capital punishment as a profound human rights violation and a frightening abuse of governmental power. In 2011 the US was the only source of executions in the G-8 countries or in the western hemisphere, while the only countries who execute more people than we do are the human-rights powerhouses China, Iran, Saudi Arabie, and Iraq.
Bonnie Ruth and Fred Varani of the American Civil Liberties Union will speak on the topic: "How did we end up in this company? A history of the death penalty in the United States and Colorado."
The HOC is thrilled to announce that our February 2013 meeting will be the FIRST EVER
FULL EVENT AT THE SECULAR HUB! Part of our 2013 annual theme on Science, and timed to
support the "Darwin Day" festivities two days later, it will feature Dr. James Sikela,
professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
The Sikela lab's work relates to investigating the human genome to find what genes are unique to our species. Dr. Sikela's talk, "The Search for the Genes that Made Us Human" describes how work on the genome provides additional validation of Darwin's theory and has resulted in some very interesting discoveries.
For this meeting, and hopefully for a long time thereafter, we will be meeting at a location chosen and outfitted especially for us and groups like ours: the Secular Hub. Located at the corner of 31st and Downing just outside downtown, this rented space has parking on the side, on the street, across the alley, and across 31st street. (Please avoid using the few spaces near the exterior stairway, as they are for upstairs tenants.) There is a light-rail station a block or so away. Nondescript from the outside, the space is very comfortable inside, with a fresh paint job, cafe colors, a kitchenette, three bathrooms, two offices, and more. You'll just have to see it.
The best part is, this space is not part of a church, and is not a for-profit establishment. Shared among secular groups and members throughout the community (a heretofore severely underserved minority constituting some 20% of the Colorado population), it can be, going forwards, whatever we would like it to be. On Sunday, February 10th, we would like it to be the new HOC meeting space - so please come and show your support. (Since this will be the first event at the Hub, two days before the Grand Opening on Darwin Day, we expect some difficulties to be experienced, we just don't know what they will be. We plan to take everything in stride.)
Another change, along with the venue: nobody will bring drinks for the potluck. Drinks will be available as concessions, so bring a few extra dollars for some soda or coffee.
The HOC is pleased to announce that our January 2013 meeting will feature Marvin Straus. Last summer Straus gave a talk at the national conference of the Atheist Alliance of America, held in downtown Denver. If you missed his talk then, you now have another chance, because Straus will give the same talk at our HOC meeting! The topic is the the need for strategic planning in the national atheist movement, and Straus, co-founder of the Boulder Atheists and one of the founders of the Colorado Coalition of Reason (COCORE), is the right person to speak on that topic.
In December, our usual space at the First Universalist was not available to
us on the Second Sunday of the month, for the first time in memory, so we
are combining that meeting with our annual HumanLight celebration. In fact,
we'll even fold our monthly book discussion into this one celebratory
evening with a book exchange - three meetings in one, not bad for an evening
The meeting will take place at an apartment complex common room on the southeast side of Denver. To get there, from Havana, head east on Evans and take the second entrance marked for "Little Turtle" (the bigger sign). The club house will be on the right after the line of townhouses. (Note; Google maps does not do a very good job of directing you to this location.)
At 6:00 we will hold a potluck, with a main course to be provided by the HOC Board. Bring any dish you like; we will not go by last name for this special potluck dinner.
Afterwards, we will carry out the usual HumanLight celebration activities. Bring a book, or even more than one book, to exchange with the group. And, bring a quote to share with the group, recent or old, on the topic of "Community".
Bryan and Baxter and company, among our most popular
speakers in recent years, return to the HOC.
There are thousands of paranormal groups in the United States. Unfortunately, most of these groups are “educated” by credulous-minded TV shows. And, there are many problems associated with paranormal investigation, dangers of which many skeptics and even skeptical investigators may not be aware. What happens when a paranormal group is invited to investigate a location that isn’t haunted?
- What are their approaches to investigation?
- Will they remain respectful of their surroundings?
- If they find something that needs explaining, what will they do about it?
- What will be the effects on local residents?
What are the real-world consequences of paranormal investigation? This is the story of the ghosts and demons, in the imagination of one man…
of this year's theme, Politics and Economics, we will be presenting in
October a selection of short talks relating to the current political
election season. Currently we have the following three speakers lined up:
Chris Getzan, State Organizer, will speak on behalf of the "Yes On 65" Campaign (Election Funding State Amendment)
Mason Tvert, co-director of the 2012 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, will speak for the "Yes on 64" Campaign (Legalize and Regulate Marijuana)
Tom Gorman will speak on behalf of the "No on 64" Campaign
Our first movie night, one year ago, was a success, so here comes the sequel. Last year we showed a new movie, this year we will present one of three classics: "Inherit the Wind", about the Scopes monkey trial, and featuring Spencer Tracy; "Elmer Gantry", about a conmon minister and featuring Burt Lancaster; or Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors", a black comedy about the absence of God's wrath for the guilty. A vote after the potluck will decide which film, with "Inherit the Wind" as the default if the vote results are not clear. Kimberly will bring the popcorn this time!
The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States.
SCA member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview.
The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country. Our chapters will bring together secular Americans in each state to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations. The primary goal of each chapter is to lobby for the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.
The Colorado State Chapter: The Secular Coalition for Colorado has recently been launched, with Ben Donahue as a Co-chief Executive Officer. For the 12th of August Humanists of Colorado program, Ben Donahue will present to us the purpose, aims, and goals of the Secular Coalition of America. He'll discuss the timeline of the establishment of the Secular Coalition of Colorado, what the Secular Coalition of America is doing nationally, and what the Secular Coalition of Colorado is doing locally. We will have a Q&A session towards the end prior to reconvening at the Bull and Bush on Cherry Creek Drive after the meeting to further discuss the topic.
In keeping with this year's theme of Political Economy, we present two speakers from the far sides of the political aisle, one Libertarian, the other Communist.
First to speak will be Jeff Orok, State Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado. As anyone who follows American politics knows, this party wields an influence far beyond their membership numbers. From the backing of billionaires through the Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge to the Tea Party and recent Supreme Court decisions, the Libertarian Party fights beyond its weight class with its emphasis on liberty for the market.
From a diametrically opposed point of view, Larry Hamelin will speak on the topic of communism, whose heyday seems to have come and gone last century, and yet remains the nominal system for maybe a fifth of the world's population. After decades as a software developer, Larry took up his studies again, and will pursue economics and political science at the University of Colorado, Denver this fall. He works as a writing tutor and publishes a blog called The Barefoot Bum, in which he write about philosophy, atheism, economics, politics, and, of course, communism.
Every June we forego a presentation in favor of a picnic, some entertainment, and voting for the Board and Officers. This year, the entertainment is improvisational comedy, from the local improv group The Denver Wigs! First time for comedy at the HOC, at least of the deliberate variety.
For the picnic, we will bring a couple of portable grills, with some items to grill. Bring your own grilling foods if desired, plus any other picnic dish you like (no last-name-based recommendations for this one).
The May 2012 meeting of the Humanists of Colorado features Kai Haswell, past president of the CSU student group Leaders in Free Thought, who will speak on the topic of animal rights. For the past two years, Kai has worked closely with Dr. Bernard Rollin, one of the foremost animal rights scholars in the country. Kai's current thesis work addresses the question of whether invertebrates, specifically insects, should be protected by anti-cruelty legislation.
Kai will discuss the challenges faced by the animal welfare movement, and specifically focus on the problems posed by the behaviorist movement. He will give a short overview of behaviorism (what it was and what it hoped to accomplish) and will argue that the theory, now widely discredited by scientists, still pervades modern thinking about consciousness and especially animal welfare. He will then discuss how humanist ethical theory relates to non-human animals and suggest a number of ways we might bring animals into the realm of moral consideration. Finally, Kai will offer a few modest suggestions on what steps we can take to improve the quality of life for other sentient creatures.
Sunday 8 April 2012 - Bob Bows on Public Banking
The April 2012 meeting of the Humanists of Colorado continues our annual
theme of Politiconomics by featuring Bob Bows, communications manager of
the Public Banking Institute (PBI). Bob is a political economist
(Stanford ‘71) known for a diverse set of accomplishments including
designing prototypical vote-by-mail procedures in Colorado, helping
start a public television station, and helping to bring the Colorado
Rockies baseball franchise to our state.
Bob's talk, entitled "The Colorado Economy, OccupyWallStreet, and Public Banking", asks why the state of North Dakota had (with the last data available) the nation's lowest unemployment rate and the largest budget surplus, with no bank failures in the previous decade. His answer, intriguingly, is that North Dakota is the only state currently operating its own bank!
This month we take a break from our year's theme of econo-politics for a refreshing talk on philosophy, specifically ethics, more specifically ethics in ancient Greek philosophy. UC Boulder's Dr. Ellen Wagner, an expert on Greek philosophy, will speak on "How to Lead an Excellent Human Life, No Supernatural Beings Needed!" She says: "Aristotle designed a beautiful argument for a virtue ethics based on nothing more than human nature, in its complexity. His thinking about ethics and virtue has stood for more than 2,000 years and can inform our humanist ideas today. We'll discuss the strengths and weaknesses of what he argues."
Sunday 12 February 2012 - Colorado Move to Amend
Michael Melio, Colorado Chair of Move to Amend, will be discussing the disastrous Citizen's United decision by the (not very) Supreme Court that turned on the spigot of corporate bribes in American politics -- and what Move to Amend is doing about it. (And what you can do, too!)
Sunday 8 January 2012 - Introduction to Humanism
This month we feature a combination presentation on the topic of Humanism itself, a topic we try to cover once per year or so. Our previously planned speaker has been dragged off to Paris by his day job, so we are pulling out all the stops to replace him. We will show some short videos from the "Introduction to Humanism" DVD by Florida's Jennifer Hancock; we will feature some short talks by 3 different individuals on topics in Humanism; and we will take as many questions as the audience would like to ask. This should be a good meeting for those new to Humanism
Our annual HumanLight party celebrates the winter solstice, when the days start lengthening again. A potluck will start at 6:00 (bring whatever you wish, no suggestions). Later in the evening, we will hold our annual paperback book exchange. Bring one or more paperbacks to trade, and take home the same number. Also, we will be sharing our thoughts on this year's theme of Sustainability, whether original or quoted. In keeping with our 2011 theme of Sustainability, our hosts, Ray and Betty Flescher, have their leased solar panels up and running.
In recent years the HOC has often collected money at meetings, to
distribute to charitable organizations. Our friends the Denver Atheists,
under the dynamic leadership of Eric Meer, have gone a step further, and
formed an organization, "Atheists For Humanity", complete with a web
site, a Board, and so on, specifically intended to make it easy for
people like us to lend a helping hand to those who might benefit from
In December, during the traditional season of sharing, Eric Meer will visit our meeting and describe his organization, how it works, and how much success it has had so far, and explain why we should consider jumping on this particular bandwagon.
Sunday 13 November 2011 - Sustainability: Concentrating Solar Power
Yes, we've already done a program on solar energy this year, but this
one is different. Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology is a way of
using solar energy on a much larger scale than photovoltaics can
provide. CSP technology will use solar power to boil water in order to
turn the turbines that generate electricity, replacing the fossils fuels
that are used in most power plants today. This has the potential to move
solar energy from a minor role in our energy production to a major
contributor of clean, sustainable electricity.
Allison Gray of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will give the presentation on this exciting new technology. Allison joined NREL in 2008, working as an engineer in the Concentrating Solar Power group. Before working at NREL, Allison worked on concentrating solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies for 4 years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work there included investigating system performance and reliability, data acquisition, and solar resource studies. Her Master's thesis focused on improving the passive cooling system of a high concentrating photovoltaic system using a numerical model and experimental data.
This year's series on Sustainability continues, with two speakers.
First, Nancy Kellogg of company Lightly Treading will talk and take questions on Home Energy Audits. Nancy has been involved in energy efficiency for over thirty years. She holds a BA in Business Administration and is also certified in building science. She has been with Lightly Treading for over 10 years, conducting energy audits, energy ratings, educational presentations and inspiration for our community. Nancy is very passionate about helping homeowners address their energy concerns and has helped hundreds of homeowners solve their comfort issues.
Next, Jeff Tejral will speak about Xeriscaping. Jeff is a conservation specialist for Denver Water with over fifteen years of training and experience in water conservation, drought tolerant landscaping and low-water vegetable gardening. He currently manages Denver Water's conservation rebate programs which provide opportunities for 1.3 million customers to use only what they need. Jeff's talk will be a brief overview of each of the steps for a homeowner to go from living or dead lawn to a healthy low-water xeriscape. Attention will be given to price and maintenance changes.
It has been years since the HOC has shown a movie, since we prefer
human interaction with speakers. But, a film that spends a lot of time
on Humanist concepts was released earlier this summer, and already
available on iTunes, and we will show it this month. If everyone enjoys
the experience, we might make it an annual event.
The film is "The Ledge", described online as "A thriller in which a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist escalates into a lethal battle of wills." Written and directed by Matthew Chapman, the film features some stars, including Terence Howard and Liv Tyler, but is most notable for its courage in discussing belief and non-belief. The film is rated "R" (for language and sex, but not much violence), so this might not be the best HOC meeting for children.
Sunday 14 August 2011 - Humanist Celebrants
Every so often we like to do a presentation on various aspects of
Humanism. This month we will host a panel of humanist celebrants.
Most human societies have a tradition of marking important life events, including weddings, funerals and baby namings among others, with some sort of ceremony. Traditionally, these ceremonies have been in the domain of religion, but the need for these ceremonies transcends and most likely predates religion. Humanist celebrants fill this need for the non-religious.
We have invited a panel of humanist celebrants to discuss topics such as what they do, the history of humanist celebrants, and to what extent humanist celebrants are resources to the secular community . Panel members will include Celebrant emeritus John Abramson; HOC vice-president and humanist celebrant, Tim Bailey; Humanist Celebrant Sean P. Curley, and Life-Cycle Celebrant ® Jennifer Bailey, who along with Tim operates Celebrating Times of Change.
Our sustainability series continues with a presentation on
alternative energy, specifically solar photovoltaics (PV). Matt Johnson
Namaste Solar will be presenting "Solar PV 101". Topics covered in
this presentation include:
- How solar PV technology works
- Solar PV design considerations
- Environmental and financial benefits of solar PV
- The role of solar PV in our current and future energy portfolio
Our June meeting will be our annual picnic + entertainment + elections
Meet at the usual place at the usual time. If the weather is bad (as it has been in recent years) we will meet inside, otherwise we will enjoy the good weather outside.
Instead of a potluck with listings by last name, we will hold a picnic, starting at the usual time of 6:00. The HOC will provide some grilling foods and two portable grills. Bring whatever picnic foods you like, including additional grilling foods if you like.
We are still discussing entertainment possibilities, and will post news here.
Any current member who would like to join the Board of the HOC should contact any of our Board members, or send a letter to our PO Box 461112, Glendale, CO, 80246, or simply speak up during the picnic. We will vote for Board members that evening.
Should be a great time as always!
Dr. Kathleen Hynes is a volunteer speaker for the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado. After receiving a PhD in Sociology
from the University of Denver, she held a faculty appointment at the
University of Colorado School of Medicine, dealing mostly with medical
ethics. She later left the University and began her own research
business, which she has pursued for over two decades.
Dr. Hynes will use this opportunity to discuss several topics of interest to the ACLU and Denverites, including immigration issues, prisoners' rights, and the Patriot Act.
For our second talk in our Sustainability series, HOC board member Deiadra Swartz will give a presentation on global water sustainability, water poverty and gender equity. Here is how she describes her presentation:
"The main focus of my presentation will be global water issues, which will illustrate the need for more sustainable local water practices; I’ll summarize the latest research on gender equity and water poverty; then I’ll end with a call to action – things that each of us can do to make difference. You know that I’ll be looking forward to presenting to HOC on April 10th so be ready with those tough questions!"
Deiadra is a lawyer, writer, professor, mentor, and professional speaker; yet somehow she still finds time to be a single mom. Deiadra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver College of Law.
We are pleased to have Deiadra’s service as a dedicated Board Member with this organization. Among her other affiliations, Deiadra lists the Universities Council on Water Resources, Colorado Business Women, Colorado Coalition for Reason, and Gender & Water Alliance based in The Netherlands.
Sunday 13 Mar 2011 - David Eller: Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence
In his previous books for a general audience, Natural Atheism and Atheism Advanced, Dr. David Eller provided fresh arguments for an atheistic worldview and explained why atheists must advance beyond a simple non-belief in gods to the rejection of belief without evidence altogether.
At the next HOC meeting, Eller will discuss his new book, Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence across Culture and History. In this book, Eller examines the many different forms of violence manifested in religions throughout history and the world. As the subtitle suggests, Eller discusses violence not just in the Abrahamic religions we are so familiar with, but in eastern and tribal religions as well.
One week after the HOC meeting, Eller will lead the discussion of his book at the Denver Humanist Book Group meeting. There are still a couple of spots available and plenty of time to read the book.
Copies of Eller's new book will be available for purchase and signing.
Dr. David Eller is a professor of anthropology at the Community College of Denver.
Our 2011 series on Sustainability kicks off with a talk by Steve Andrews.
Steve consulted, wrote and taught in the energy realm from 1980 through 2009, and continues to give presentations (250 and counting) on the long view regarding world energy supply constraints.
Topics to be covered include world oil production by nation, differing forecasts of oil production, alternative fuels, and the increasing role of the financial system on both supply and demand. Steve will also cover and take questions about items in the news recently related to petroleum production.
Last year the Humanists of Colorado became increasingly interested in charitable activies. We held speakers on the topic, we donated collected money, and we donated collected goods.
This month, we will hear from an expert in the field.
Balbir Mathur of Wichita, Kansas founded and continues to run the longstanding charity "Trees For Life International" (http://www.treesforlife.org/), best known for organizing and supporting the planting of trees as food sources in poor countries, although their activities are varied, including the recent spinoff "Books For Life".
Balbir will tell us about his life in charity, the activities of Trees For Life, the effect of the internet on charities, ideas for group-run charitable activities and anything else this born storyteller wishes to recount.
The winter solstice was a secular celebration time long before it was chosen for religious holidays. Join us to eat, drink, talk, and share the party season.
A potluck will start at 6:00; bring whatever you wish, no suggestions for this one. Later in the evening, we will hold our annual paperback book exchange.
Bring one, or more, paperbacks to trade, and take back the same number. Also, we will be sharing our thoughts on What It Means To Be Human, whether original
Students today are different than they were 20 years ago; they have more access to information than ever before. However, most traditional schools and districts are
teaching as if we are still in the industrial age. In December, Karen Sorensen
(http://www.21stcenturyedu.com/) will hold a workshop/presentation on why and how education
should be brought into the new century.
21st Century Education takes the themes of civics, environment, personal finance, career and life readiness, business, economics, health, and global awareness, integrating them with the academic disciplines of reading, writing, math, English, language arts, world languages, history, science, geography, and the arts. These connections are aided through the use of technology to create project-based learning environments through which students develop cognitive thinking skills such as problem solving, communication, innovation, critical thinking, leadership, creativity, and curiosity.
Sunday 14 Nov 2010 - Humanism in World Traditions: Quakers
Our series on "Humanism in World Traditions" concludes this month with a talk on the Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends. As so often in this series,
we have located the best person available to tell us about a religion which shares many tendencies with Humanism.
Martha Roberts was not born into a Quaker family, but was "convinced", as the Friends say, as an adult, and has since spent decades as an active member of the Society: serving on committees, giving workshops, teaching classes, chairing a national conference, and serving on a committee which wrote a book describing the faith and practice of Quakers in the Southwest.
A month before the 2010 elections, we will host representatives of some of the political campaigns in Colorado. As of this writing (Friday, October 6) we have three confirmed speakers:
Eleanor Celeste will speak on behalf of Michael Bennett for Senator from Colorado.
Jamie Van Leeuven will speak on behalf of John Hickenlooper for Governor of Colorado.
Bob Kinsey, candidate for Senate from the Green Party, will speak himself.
We are still trying to line up speakers on behalf of Dan Maes for Governor and Ken Buck for Senator, and possibly other speakers as well. Watch this space for updates.
Our series, Humanism in World Traditions, continues this month with two speakers covering the two great Chinese religions. Don Scheuer (bio to follow) will speak on Taoism, known to most westerners as an abstract philosophy stemming from a 230-year-old book by Lao Tzu, but Don will tell us what Taoism is really about. Ken Roberts, past President of the HOC, will speak on Confucianism, the even more ancient humanistic philosophy that dominated chinese cultural developments until late in the 20th century.
(Sorry about the change of topic. The previously-scheduled topic, "Political Campaigns", will be held instead in October, closer to the next elections, so that the campaigns have a chance to get themselves organized.)
Was the United States founded as a Christian Nation? Do our laws favor Christianity over other religions, or no religion? Does our society define its values through Christanity? These are questions that affect all of us, and there is a lot of confusion and hype surrounding them. This presentation attempts to take a rational look at these questions.
Our speaker, Sean Curley, is an active member of the Humanist and Atheist communities, both in Colorado and nationally. Sean is on the board of the Boulder International Humanist Institute, is the regional Ambassador for the Atheist Alliance International, and is an active Humanist Celebrant (Reverend). Besides being an activist and public speaker, Sean is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing. He has published a book on parenting, Humanism for Parents - Parenting without Religion, and has completed a novel that covers the founding of Christianity.
On July 11 you are invited to the fourth presentation in our series, "Humanism In World Traditions". The topic this month will be the Baha'i Faith, a monotheistic religion with perhaps 6 million adherents worldwide that emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind.
Our speaker, Matt Weinberg, is a researcher and writer with interests relating to international development, science and ethics, and human rights. His presentation will explore the question of human identity in a globalizing world from the perspective of the Baha'i teachings.
As usual in June, the monthly Humanists of Colorado meeting on the 13th will be given over to eating, talking, and entertainment.
We will hold a picnic starting at 6:00, just outside the usual meeting place (or inside if it rains.) The HOC will provide a grill and some food for grilling. Instead of organizing by last name, everyone else should bring whatever they like to bring for a picnic/grill out!
At 7:30 or 8:00 we will move inside for some entertainment, which has not been determined yet. Perhaps music like last year, or perhaps something else. Watch this space for an update.
On May 9 you are invited to the third presentation in our series, "Humanism In World Traditions". This time we feature the most humanistic religion known to us, so humanistic that the HOC meets in one of their churches: Unitarian Universalism, a historical outgrowth of Christianity that is now ... well, you'll have to attend to hear more.
Even better, we have lined up a local speaker so knowledgeable about UU'ers, he can be found introducing the topic on their video website, UU Planet TV (at the URL http://www.uuplanet.tv/video/Unitarian-Universalism-Rev-Mich). Michael Corrigan is a minister at the First Universalist, and will speak on the history of the Unitarian Universalist movement, its deep ties to Humanism, and its current currents. Michael will also describe the First Universalist Church, our host these many years, and will answer questions about all of the above.
Book Collection: This month, the HOC is inaugurating a new practice, the collection of goods at our monthly meeting for various purposes. This first collection will be a classic, books, to be donated to local public libraries. Don't recycle those old potboilers, romances, space operas and textbooks, let them be reused!
Climate change as a topic has risen steadily in importance for over 20 years. For Sunday, April 11, we have lined up one of the best speakers available to explain why. Bob Henson is a writer and editor for the consortium that runs the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, as well as the author of "The Rough Guide To Climate Change". Bob will show a slide presentation followed by questions, and will cover background info on climate change, impacts on Colorado, last December's meeting in Copenhagen, and recent controversies in the press.
Michelle M. Davis of the Beth Ami Colorado Congregation of Humanistic Judaism, will speak to us about the trends of Judaism from a Humanist viewpoint. There will be a summary of the history of Humanistic Judaism, brief bios of some of the pioneers such as Sherwin Wine, and a discussion regarding how Humanistic Judaism integrates the traditions and ideals of Judaism with Humanistic principles.
From their website:
"Beth Ami - Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, provides the opportunity to celebrate Jewish culture and identity consistent with a humanistic philosophy of life. Humanistic Judaism offers a Secular alternative in contemporary Jewish life, and is compatible with many belief systems. It was established by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine in 1963 in Detroit, Michigan, and has grown into a worldwide movement. Beth Ami is affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism."
This lecture is one within our series covering Humanism and World traditions. Whether you are interested in Judaic thought or how contemporary Humanistic Judaism and Secular Humanism integrate, be sure to attend this fascinating and informative lecture.
With thoughts of the tragedy in Haiti fresh in our minds, the February meeting of the Humanists of Colorado will be devoted to a topic we have been discussing off and on over the last year: charitable activities. We will hear some comments from the Board of the HOC, followed by presentations from a few selected knowledgeable charity enthusiasts who will relate their experiences and explain how the HOC could follow their lead. At the end of the meeting we will attempt to achieve consensus on how the HOC should enter into the realm of charitable activities.
This month we begin an occasional series on "Humanism in World Traditions". Two presenters will speak on the topic of Buddhism, one of the world religions often characterized as Humanistic in nature.
Thay Tinh Man is Abbot of the Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery is Morrison, and will speak from the standpoint of one whose life has revolved around Buddhist traditions.
Barry Albright will also speak, from the standpoint of one who is knowledgeable about Buddhism, but has not devoted his life to the practice.