On January 6, 2016, I gave a talk for the Concord Area Humanists titled "Lifelong Learning (for Free) Using the Internet", and I promised to publish links to the resources mentioned in the talk and a link to the slides. (Unfortunately, I did not arrange to have the talk videotaped.) I hope you found the topic interesting and find some of these resources valuable as you indulge your own intellectual curiosity. Read more about Lifelong Learning for Free Using the Internet »
Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about my reaction to Molly Worthen's NY Times article, "Wanted: A Theology of Atheism" for the UU Humanist Association's blog. It doesn't address her thesis (that I agree with), that the new "atheist churches" need to be aware of their philosophical heritage. (She calls this theology though she mostly talks about moral systems.) Instead, it points out how that the heritage of Humanism in UU congregations isn’t even mentioned and considers why that is. I would love comments from Concord Area Humanists. Read more about Why Are UU Humanists Overlooked? »
An Easter Prayer from a Non-Christian Humanist
Let us hope we can rise from a death
From the Powerful where Might makes Right
To a new life of the Spirit: The Spirit of Peace.
Let us be filled with this Spirit of Peace.
And let us talk in tongues
So that people can understand us.
Let us lift up the downtrodden and fearful,
Heal those whose souls and bodies are afflicted,
And blind the oppressors with our light
Like Saul with his conversion to Paul Read more about An Easter Prayer from a Non-Christian Humanist »
In today’s (January 6, 2015) The Guardian, there is an editorial entitled “If Peace On Earth is Our Goal, Atheism Might Be the Means to That End” by Adam Lee. It is a great article revealing several results of various polls on religious societies and non-religious societies throughout the world. The comments are sufficient themselves to press their points so I am just going to excerpt quotes from it. Read more about World Peace Promoted Most by Non Religious »
A popular movie musical that has just come out is “Into the Woods” with lyrics by Steven Sondheim. It is always good to see humanistic thoughts and values which are expressed by popular media that is outside the realm of the Humanist community.
Part of the storyline tells of how a witch has taken a child, Rapunzel, and raised her as her own. Rapunzel says to the witch who has raised her in isolation in her tower:
“I am no longer a child. I wish to see the world.” Read more about Humanism and the musical “Into the Woods” »