African Americans for Humanism DC (AAH DC) Group
We will be in the Latrobe Room. Entrance on 9th St SE. Elevator access is available.
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This month's topic: Last June the Washington Post featured a local atheist and his family who pray to an imaginary ‘God’. The article goes on to discuss how some atheists seek transcendental or spiritual experiences outside of religion and without belief in God.
Following up on this line of thought, this month’s discussion topic is taken from the featured articles in the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine on “Religious Humanism: Is It Dead, Alive or Bifurcating?” Writers from diverse parts of the humanist spectrum—James Croft, Greg Epstein, and Tom Flynn—agree on “congregational humanism” as the preferred term for an emerging movement of humanists and other freethinkers who find value in gatherings patterned after the communal life of the church, synagogue, or temple while wholly disavowing any religious (transcendentalist) elements. How do you feel about this? Does this term seem apt to you? Have you seen or taken part in new initiatives, or heard about initiatives starting up in other areas, for which the congregational humanist label seems fitting? The article, “The Godless Congregation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come" by Croft and Epstein can be found here.
In addition, Tom Flynn’s introduction which provides an additional perspective on the subject can be found here.
About African Americans for Humanism DC
The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others. Many African Americans have been engulfed by religious irrationality, conned by self-serving "faith healers", and swayed by dogmatic revisionist historians. Many others, however, have escaped the oppression of such delusions, and live happy and upstanding lives free of superstition. African Americans for Humanism (AAH) exists to bring these secular humanists together, to provide a forum for communication, and to facilitate coordinated action. In an irrational world, those who stand for reason must stand together.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.