Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 1:30 PM: American Freethought, parts 1 and 2
We will start watching the 4-part DVD series American Freethought.
Produced by Roderick Bradford and The Council for Secular Humanism, this series examines our nation's freethought, atheist, and humanist heritage from the American Revolution to the 1930s. American freethinkers fought for free speech, women's rights, separation of church and state, and above all, liberty.
Each part is about 55 minutes long. We'll start with Part 1, and after a short intermission and discussion, decide if we want to watch Part 2 right away or at our January 2015 meeting.
Part 1 deals with the founding of the nation, rich in religious contradictions: Ethan Allen, America's first freethought author; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Paine's life, career, and his seminal book The Age of Reason; rise of the abolition movement; some radical abolitionists break from the churches: Elizur Wright and Lucretia Mott.
Part 2 deals with the abolition movement that seeds the women's rights and freethought movements: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Seneca Falls women's rights conference; suffragist-freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage; Darwin's Origin of Species; religious resistance: the American Tract Society, morals crusader Anthony Comstock, D.M. Bennett, editor of The Truth Seeker; rise of The Great Agnostic, Robert Green Ingersoll; dawn of America's first Culture Wars.
The video will start at 1:30 pm. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at 4:00 pm at nearby restaurant TBD (I'm sorry to report that Village Pizza permanently closed on 11/2/14).
**NOTE: We collect nonperishable, unexpired food items for donation to the Franklin Twp Food Bank at every meeting. There are collection bins at the library where we can add our items.
Franklin Township Library
485 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
(map and directions)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 7:00 PM: Monthly Dinner
Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group.
If you know you're coming in advance, please RSVP for the event on Meetup or Facebook. Use one of the links to the right.
Starting with this dinner, we will hold these every first Tuesday of each month.
1337 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ
(map and directions)
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 - 4:00 PM: 14th Annual HumanLight Party
Created by NJHN members, HumanLight is a secular December holiday, celebrated around the country since 2001.
The holiday celebrates and expresses humanist ideals and values, and a positive vision of a peaceful, ethical,
and happy world - a better future which humanity can build by working together.
Please visit humanlight.org for more info.
Morris County Cultural Center
300 Mendham Road (CR 510/24)
Morristown, NJ 07960
(map & directions)
Hot coffee and tea
Be sure to tell us if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions.
Madeline's can make individual dishes for us that are vegetarian, vegan, peanut-free, gluten-free, etc.
Each year NJHN makes a donation to the Franklin Township Food Bank.
This year, we ask that you bring:
Please help us fill this need with these items.
Please check the expiration date on any items, as the Food Bank does not accept food with expired dates!
NJHN is now a partner of the Foundation Beyond Belief.
FBB Mission: To demonstrate humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility.
Foundation Beyond Belief is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of atheists and humanists. Ten charitable organizations are selected per quarter, one in each of the following cause areas:
As a Partner, NJHN will help raise funds for designated causes through donations, hosting fundraisers, and by encouraging our members to join FBB as individual members. If you are currently a member of FBB, your monthly donation can accrue to the total for NJHN as well. Just log in to your FBB account, select Manage Donation in the right sidebar, and scroll to the bottom of the page. A dropdown menu allows you to link to NJHN. If not you can join FBB, then select NJHN from the dropdown menu.
One hundred percent of the funds we raise will go to the causes we designate. The slate of beneficiaries changes each quarter and Foundation Partners are an important voice in helping choose future charities.
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- Carl Sagan
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- from Humanist Manifesto III
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