Welcome to the LAKE SUPERIOR FREETHINKERS


PLEASE JOIN US!   We next meet on the second Sunday in January 2017 in downtown Duluth at the Radisson Hotel (Location Map)
            Socializing begins at 9:00 am.
            Optional breakfast buffet at 9:30 am.
            Presentation from 10:00 until about 11:30.

MONTHLY SPEAKER & TOPIC INFO IS TO THE RIGHT
            Co-Host: David Broman - (218) 349-7455
            Co-Host: Jim Lyttle - (218) 464-1652
             Videographer - Jan Resberg


ADMISSION TO LSF EVENTS IS ALWAYS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Lake Superior

Freethinkers


Newsletter – February 2017


Upcoming Events:

Ø LSF Happy Hour
o   Location: Mexico Lindo
o   Date: Thu Feb 2nd (monthly on 1st Thu)
o   Time: 4 to 6
Ø LSF Monthly Meeting
o   Location: Radisson Duluth Conference room
o   Date: Sun Feb 5th
o   Time: 9:30 to Noon
Ø LSF Darwin Day Event
o   Location: Beaner's Central Coffee House
o   Date: Sun Feb 12th
o   Time: 7:00 to 9:00PM
Ø  LSF Dinner Social
o   Location: Pizza Luce – (location changes monthly)
o   Date: Wed Feb 15th (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 4:30 to 7:00
Ø TED @ Teatro Zuccone
o   Location: Teatro Zuccone
o   Date: Wed Feb 15th (monthly on 3rd Wed) 
o   Time: 7:30 PM
o   Topic: ?

Newsletter Editor: Mark Woodcock
To submit an item for possible inclusion in the Newsletter please contact:
MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


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Monthly Meeting – February 5, 2017
Place: Radisson Conference Room


Speaker: Jim Noble
Jim Noble is a retired elder law attorney who lives in Brule, Wisconsin.  Previously, he taught political philosophy and philosophy of science at Ohio State.  He has a Ph. D from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and a Bachelor's in philosophy from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Topic: What is a Just Society

Description:
This will be a philosophical discussion in which I will try to set forth a thoroughly secular ethics.  Humans are social and political animals who desire happiness, i.e. a good life.  A good life, I shall argue, is unattainable apart from a just society.  I shall further argue that a just society is one whose laws are consistent with the general will as characterized by Rousseau.  Some implications of this and examples of legitimate and illegitimate laws will also be discussed.

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Dear Fellow Freethinkers,

It is time again to begin preparing for Darwin Day. The gala will be held again at Beaner's in Duluth, MN on February 12th from 7 to 9 PM. We look forward to celebrating your creativity through your talents at our 4th annual event.

Again, there will be cake and photo ops and even if you don't wish to share a talent, we'd be honored if you shared your time with us that evening.

For more information please contact Sonya.
 (715) 817-4817 or salston2001@yahoo.com

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The more a proposition is deemed crucial, the more it demands critical scrutiny.
©  Rodney Sheffer


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Wanted: Book Club Members
A new LSF book club started in November 2016. There are currently 8 members. The group selected Steven Pinker's "The Blank Slate," as the first book, and has been meeting monthly on Saturday mornings. The group will be starting the next book in late February, so it is an ideal time to jump in if you'd like to join.
For more information, please email MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


Lake Superior

Freethinkers


Newsletter – January 2017


Upcoming Events:

Ø LSF Happy Hour
o   Location: Mexico Lindo
o   Date: Thu Jan 5th (monthly on 1st Thu)
o   Time: 4 to 6
Ø LSF Monthly Meeting
o   Location: Radisson Duluth Conference room
o   Date: Sun Jan 8th
o   Time: 9:30 to Noon
Ø LSF Dinner Social
o   Location: Blind Pig gastro pub (former Tycoon's) – (location changes monthly)
o   Date: Wed Jan 18th (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 4:30 to 7:00
Ø TED @ Teatro Zuccone
o   Location: Teatro Zuccone
o   Date: Wed Jan 18th (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 7:30 PM
o   Topic: ?
Ø The Great Debate - with LSF's own David Broman and Mark Pavola (Pastor at Bayside Baptist Church)
o   Location: The Encounter (201 E. 1st St, Duluth, MN)
o   Date: Thu Jan 26th 
o   Time: 7:00 PM
o   Topic: The Problem of Evil

Newsletter Editor: Mark Woodcock
To submit an item for possible inclusion in the Newsletter please contact:
MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


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Monthly Meeting – January 8, 2017
Place: Radisson Conference Room


Speaker: Jim Lyttle
Dr. Lyttle is a member of the Society of Philosophers in America, founder of the Iron Range Coalition of Reason, and secretary of our own Lake Superior Freethinkers. After high school, he traveled back and forth across Canada with his own showband for a decade. Then he went back to school to earn bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in philosophy and organization. Since 2001, he has used the Harvard case method to develop broad and wise decision-makers at American universities such as Penn State and UMD.

Topic: Freethought: Historical Context and Hysterical Connections

Description:

It turns out that the freethought movement has a venerable history of its own and we are a part of that. It may be helpful from time to time to review its origins and development and assess the ideas it has come to be associated with. Some of those associations are more legitimate than others.

Why is February 17th considered the birthday of the freethought movement?  How did European freethought come to America?  What is the connection between freethought and other ideas such as socialism, anarchy, atheism, and conspiracy theories? To what degree are these associations still valid?

This talk will be an attempt to answer these questions.
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Those Who Fear Atheism
by Rodney Sheffer, long time LSF member


The words “atheist” or “atheism” have been demonized for so long by religious believers that they are pejoratives in the lexicon of nearly all of them. Why is this so? Ecclesiastics--priests, pastors, ministers, rabbis and assorted other members of the cloth who have preached intolerance of all “other” world views have largely been responsible for this demonization. Historically, those who claim to possess the absolute truth about their views of the otherworldly or “supernatural” have regarded alternative views as heresy and/or blasphemy. People are not born with these viral attitudes--they are acquired from grossly ignorant people. Religious “IN” groups have also engaged in behaviors that strongly suggest that they are victims of the indoctrination they received at the hands of their “Holy Men.” These “Holy Men” preach love, forgiveness and tolerance out of one side of their mouth for each other, and hatred and intolerance for those of other views out of the other side. Cognitive dissonance, hypocrisy and dissimulation come to mind.

It would seem that those who believe that they possess the absolute, immutable truth, on any issue, would be so confident that their beliefs would be so unshakeable that they could stand up to all competing ideas at any time or place. In any such case, alternative or competing ideas would be regarded with utter indifference because they would not be serious competition. But this is not how people react to competing ideas from those who are of a different persuasion. Indeed, competing or contrasting ideas are regarded as a lethal threat that must be stamped out at any cost, even if it results in death for the non-believer. Such is the nature of absolutist thought.

Instead of being indifferent to competing views of the transcendental, many people become openly, even aggressively, hostile to the “other.” “Live and let live” get a lot of lip service from pious believers until their own beliefs are called into question--then their blood pressure rises, their heart rate skyrockets, and their pupils contract. Their hatred becomes palpable and their tolerance of “other” disappears. Religions exacerbate our immanent propensity for xenophobia, and historically bloodshed has been the result.

Religious believers who irrationally react in a hostile manner to either atheism or atheists need to understand that atheism is not a competing ideology or world view to their religion. Atheism does not posit a competing deity. Atheists simply declare that they do not believe in any deity, and the reason for this disbelief is that no one has ever presented any compelling evidence in support of the claims for any deity. Consequently, no convincing argument has ever been proffered in support of their claims, as well. All the sacerdotal arguments from St. Augustine to Luke Timothy Johnson have been exposed by the most accomplished modern Biblical scholars to be specious at best. Absolutist/authoritarian/totalitarian apologists can no longer construct a compelling argument in defense of their “theology” in the light of modern scholarship. Those highly reputable Biblical scholars like Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Robert M. Price and Bishop John Shelby Spong, who were very committed to their Christian religion, no longer place any intellectual credibility in the Christian scheme of things, and for all the right reasons. Christianity is grounded in and derived from fiction, fraud, forgery, fakery and fantasy. No amount of ecclesiastical spin-doctoring will change that.

How shall we respond to this seemingly intractable problem? The solution needs to be two-pronged. First, the education of our children must have a greater emphasis on critical thinking skills and the universal adoption of the scientific paradigm for problem solving, truth determination and truth telling. 

Second, the ecclesiastics of all denominations need to stop their irrational demonizing of atheists and atheism with pejoratives and inflammatory language that cannot be justified. If the religionists do not want to be victims of unfair and unjustified religious discrimination, then they must stop their unfair and unjustified demonization of atheists and atheism. Liberty, justice and freedom for all must include atheists and atheism, otherwise the believers make a mockery of our secular Constitution, for our secular nation.


 Fear of atheists and atheism is the unjustified consequence of gross ignorance, intolerance for alternative ideas and liberal education that has been responsible for the intellectual advances of our modern culture. Demonizing atheists and atheism can have only negative cultural consequences. Hence, it is indefensible in the light of our modern knowledge base.



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Prius Envy - I Have a Friend Who Doesn’t Believe in Global Warming Part II
(Part I is found in the December Newsletter)
by Mark Woodcock, editor of the LSF Newsletter

I concluded Part I of “I Have a Friend Who Doesn’t Believe in Global Warming,” with the observation that the daily choices of those who believe in human caused climate change are too often the same as the choices made by global warming deniers. This reality calls to mind Thoreau's criticism of his countrymen, when in 1849 he wrote that “There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.” For those whom global warming is an important concern, how might they as individuals, cease being a patron of virtue, and shift to leading by example? 

In addition to the handful of choices outlined in part I of this segment, contained below are a few global warming numbers (measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide) that would be saved by the average American making alternative choices over the course of a lifetime.


The last bullet is probably an eye-opener to most readers. 9,441 metric tons is 19.35 times higher than the sum of metric tons avoided by implementing all of the other alternative choices on this list. At the individual citizen level, there is perhaps no single choice that has a greater adverse impact on global warming than the decision to have a child, or to add another child to a family. Responsible individuals in previous generations made a point of ensuring that they were mature enough and financially stable enough to support a child, in advance of choosing to reproduce. In the modern era, a new important consideration must be contemplated – the knowledge that adding a child is a decision to exacerbate an existing problem by at least 9,441 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Owning a Toyota Prius has long been a status symbol for those who see themselves as environmentally conscious, but the math shows this to be cold comfort for a warming planet. It may be that the Chevrolet Suburban comes out on top as long as it contains fewer car seats.


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Featured LSF Member for December

Sam Weston has been a member of LSF since January 2016, when he attended his first LSF dinner social at VIP Pizza. Throughout 2016 Sam has become a regular attendee of LSF happy hours, dinner socials, monthly meetings, and planning committee meetings. As a 23 year-old millennial, Sam is perhaps LSF's youngest member.

I was eager to interview Sam to hear about his path to atheism, how he came  to learn about LSF, and what keeps Sam engaged with LSF.

Sam is the son of two Lutheran Pastors, so it was not for lack of exposure to religion that Sam identifies as atheist. In the summer of 2012 he was working at a Lutheran Bible camp, and says that the longer he worked there the less he believed. He began struggling with the problem of evil - how do bad things happen in a universe created and maintained by a good god. At the time he was unaware that this is a topic that has been much discussed by philosophers. He also started considering that few religious people ever think about why they believe what they believe.

Sam had a scholarship for Communication Arts at Wartburg College in Iowa, so he started there with a major-minor of Computer Science and Communication Arts. Within a year and a half he decided that neither field was a passion, so he packed up and moved back home for a few years, before deciding to move to Duluth MN, a city he describes as "a perfect size, with a good arts community and budding film community." Film is Sam's real passion. In fact Sam is currently working on his first feature film screen play titled "Our Wizard." The genre is fantasy, and Sam expects portions will be shot here in Duluth, as well as the Boundary Waters, and on the Iron Range.

When asked how he learned about LSF, Sam said his roommate gave him an LSF pamphlet and he liked what it had to say.

When asked what Sam likes about LSF he said "that no one answer is the correct answer." Sam went on to state "I firmly believe that diversity of opinion is what makes societies stronger."

When asked if he had any closing thoughts that he would like to share he said that his philosophy of life is "to be an eternal silly face," which he defines as not taking himself too seriously, because he believes life is supposed to be fun! To which I replied, Sam, clearly you were not raised Catholic. Wink!

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Dear Fellow Freethinkers,

It is time again to begin preparing for Darwin Day. The gala will be held again at Beaner's in Duluth, MN on February 12th from 7 to 9 PM. We look forward to celebrating your creativity through your talents at our 4th annual event.

Again, there will be cake and photo ops and even if you don't wish to share a talent, we'd be honored if you shared your time with us that evening.

For more information please contact Sonya.
 (715) 817-4817 or salston2001@yahoo.com


Lake Superior

Freethinkers


Newsletter – December 2016


Upcoming Events:

Ø LSF Happy Hour
o   Location: Mexico Lindo
o   Date: Thu Dec 1st (monthly on 1st Thu)
o   Time: 4 to 6
Ø LSF Monthly Meeting
o   Location: Radisson Duluth Conference room
o   Date: Sun Dec 4th (monthly on 1st Sun)
o   Time: 9:30 to Noon
Ø LSF Dinner Social
o   Location: JJ Astor (to enjoy Bentleyville Tour of Lights, without having to get cold in the process) – top floor of the Radisson (location changes monthly)
o   Date: Wed Dec 21st (monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 4:30 to 7:00
Ø TED @ Teatro Zuccone
o   Location: Teatro Zuccone
o   Date: Wed Dec 21st(monthly on 3rd Wed)
o   Time: 7:30 PM
o   Topic: How Great Leaders Inspire Action & Know Your "Why" and How to Tell It

Newsletter Editor: Mark Woodcock
To submit an item for possible inclusion in the Newsletter please contact:
MarkDWoodcock@yahoo.com


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Dec Monthly Meeting – Dec 4, 2016
 Place: Radisson Conference Room


Speaker: Ken Bowers
Ken is educated as a physicist. He is versed in the hard and soft sciences and has taught these and other subjects at the college level. In addition, Ken founded two businesses, in photography/graphics which specialized in journalistic work for activist nonprofits, and in construction focusing on rehab and subdivision of existing structures. Ken has advocated for wider access to health care on the state and national level, and for improved and user friendly public transit at the local level in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Topic: Mainstreaming Micro Housing Options

Description:
America, plus many others following America's example, are awash in magical thinking, perpetuated by advertising and the peer pressure it creates, about more for me being the ultimate goal in life, that things count more than people and the rest of nature, and that the human enterprise can forever "grow" with no adverse consequences.
Mainstreaming micro housing options will help us move from consumerism to stewardship as a way of life as a survival necessity, not to mention a likely improved, less stressful and more fulfilling lifestyle. Ken has lived in micro housing for over 30 years and wouldn't have it any other way.


Historical example - Henry Thoreau's home on Walden Pond
 measured 10' x 15', and in 1846 dollars, cost just $28.12 to build
photo courtesy of Mark Woodcock - taken October 23, 2016

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I Have a Friend Who Doesn't Believe in Global Warming
by Mark Woodcock, editor of the LSF Newsletter

I have a friend who doesn’t believe in global warming. We met in Mrs. Brynildson’s English class in 10th grade. A year later we became friends while working together at McDonald's. Throughout most of her adulthood she has self-identified as a Republican. To be fully accurate, I’d say she never gave much thought to global warming, but on the rare occasion that I would raise the topic, she would act skeptical, before rapidly shifting the conversation to a topic that interested her. Global warming did not interest her.

A year ago, I was surprised to learn from her that she had changed her position on global warming. Upon inquiring about the “why” of her opinion change, she told me that one of her brothers shared some YouTube videos with her, and that these videos quickly changed her mind. Now she not only believes in global warming, but she says she is very concerned about global warming. She occasionally comments if the weather is unseasonably warm, and says “this is evidence of global warming.” She and other family members have begun storing dried beans and rice in the basement of a farmhouse on their parent’s property. Her family believes this to be sensible preparation for a looming global food crisis that they believe will be triggered by climate change.


Last March my spouse and I went on a 17-day cruise, from Spain to Italy and back again. It was an amazing trip. This friend of mine was kind enough to watch our 3 dogs for all 17 days. Our return flight touched down mid-day, on a week day. My friend knew she would be at work when we arrived at her house to pick up our dogs, so she shared her garage door keypad PIN. Just as expected, we arrived to an empty house. As I was entering the PIN into her garage door keypad, I noticed that her front lights were on. Once again, this was mid-day. As I entered her house I noticed that the house temperature, with no one home, was at least 72 degrees. The light was on above her stove. A string of holiday lights was plugged in and glowing above her basement fireplace mantle, as I walked by to retrieve our pups from her laundry room. I was immediately struck with the irony of the human condition. I do not mean to seem smug. I too am human. We ignore sound reasoning and hold beliefs that could easily be disproved by just a few minutes of honest reflection (AKA free thought). When we change our minds we often do so for the wrong reasons, such as an emotionally charged YouTube video. Sound premises lead to sound conclusions. Unfortunately, emotionally charged premises usually lead to emotionally charged conclusions, such as hoarding rice and beans, rather than making lifestyle changes that might serve to address the perceived problem.

Today is November 28, 2016. I don’t have many friends today who verbally deny global warming.

But…

  • I have a friend who drives a vehicle that gets less than 40 miles per gallon, when vehicles that get over 40 miles per gallon have been readily available for over 25 years
  • I have a friend who sets their thermostat to 72 degrees in the winter, rather than set it for 10 degrees cooler and dress for the season
  • I have a friend who lives in a home that is over 2000 square feet (see square footage comparisons by country)
  • I have a friend who eats meat. In fact, they are so dedicated to eating meat, when dining with them at a pizza place they will say “…you pick the pizza. If it has meat on it, I’ll be happy.” This statement seems to imply that even one meal without meat is an unthinkable sacrifice. See link below to the Stanford Environmental Law Journal (SELJ) article indicating that animal agriculture is one of the primary causes of environmental degradation in general, and climate change specifically. The SELJ is just one source of many that have reached the same conclusion.
  • I have a friend who doesn’t think anything of purchasing an airline ticket for their winter vacation, even though 1 round-trip flight from New York to Europe or to San Francisco creates a warming effect of 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person.
  • I have a friend who has yet to install a programmable thermostat in their home, even though using a programmable thermostat can result in energy savings of 10% or more
Today is November 28, 2016. I don’t have many friends today who verbally deny global warming. Yet most of the bullets above apply to all of my friends today. I don’t mean to be smug. These bullets also apply to me.

Many people who are convinced of the reality of global warming spend a great deal of time fretting about the fact that there are still those who deny its reality. "These people are scientifically illiterate," is often the charge. But isn't the real point not what we say we believe, but how our beliefs impact our daily choices? If the daily choices that are made by the individuals who comprise the two camps (believers and non-believers in global warming) are all-to-often identical, which group is the ignorant group - the believer, the non-believer... ahem, both?

A personal thought: Leo Buscaglia once said, “Concern with how I behave is procrastination." If Leo is correct, the first steps that should be taken on our journey appear clear. If we instead choose to focus on the academic question of what our neighbors believe, might we be engaged in an evasive tactic designed to help us cope with our own cognitive dissonance?

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December 25th is fast approaching, but LSF’s Billboard on 220 W. 3 Street will get here first - NEXT WEEK

There is an LSF donation basket on each table at the monthly meetings, and the contributions that are made throughout the year are put to good use in various ways, such as advocating freedom from religion at an abortion clinic (see picture of picketers John Wolforth and Jim Lyttle below), advertising LSF on Minnesota Public Radio, and advertising before movies at the Zeitgeist Theater. Effective December 5th, LSF will also be letting Duluth residents know that if they are questioning religion they are not alone, on a billboard that will appear on Central Entrance. The specific location is 220 West 3rd Street (facing east).  Here is your opportunity to snap a photo suitable for your annual holiday photo cards.


The LSF monthly meeting on December 4th will also be the LSF annual fundraiser. Please help LSF close out the year in the black. Wouldn't it be nice to change that worn out old holiday phrase, yes you know the one, to "Let's advocate reason this season."



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Featured LSF Member for December
Rod Sheffer has been a member of LSF since it started in the early 1990's. For many years he would drive the 104 mile route, from his Cedar Lake home in Aitkin, Minnesota, to Duluth, to attend monthly meetings, and converse with like minded intellects, whom he recently described as "some of the smartest people in the state."

A few years back Rod and his wife relocated to Woodbury, MN. The 160 mile drive to Duluth has resulted in his becoming a satellite member of LSF, but he remains fully engaged, in part by sending out daily emails, containing intellectual tapas harvested from the web, and "mini missives," a term he coined for his many personal observations and thoughts.

Here is an example of one of his recent mini missives. Expect to see more of Rod's thoughts in future editions of the LSF newsletter.

"We can assert with confidence that all human ethical and moral codes are the product of human history and experience, and they are judged by their consequences. No deity is required by educated people to explain the origin of ethical and moral codes. We have done this without any help from any external source."  courtesy of Rodney Sheffer


Interesting Rod facts:
 Age: 87
 Profession: Rod retired from teaching high school biology and chemistry in 1991. He is quick to point out that he chose his profession at the age of 16, after developing a special relationship with biology teacher Frank Masterjohn. Immediately following the Masterjohn teacher/mentor relationship, he was fortunate enough to be taught by Margorie Edington, a similarly engaging teacher, from whom he learned chemistry and physics, during his junior year of high school in Rice Lake, WI. Of the two of them, Rod stated, "Those were the people who defined my whole career, and I never regretted my choice."
What prompted him to retire at 62: A good friend of Rod's, also in the science department, retired a year earlier, and shortly thereafter provided some sage advice, "Don't work a day longer than you have to. There are just too many worthwhile things you can do with your life, besides more of the same." So at 62, and after teaching what was perhaps his best year, he took his friend's advice to heart.
Bicycling to his 50th High School Class reunion: At the age of 68, Rod decided he would impress the attendees of his 50th class reunion by bicycling from Grantsburg, WI to Rice Lake, WI, which equates to 70 miles of pedaling over hill and dale. Upon arrival, he was much chagrined to learn that one of his fellow classmates, David Connors, had opted to run the 52 miles from Hayward, WI to the reunion. "He was tough as a railroad spike," said Sheffer, in admiration of David's accomplishment.
He has published two books, including: "God Talk and Other Incoherent Religious Delusions." (April 9, 2010) The book can be found on Amazon at this link: "God Talk and Other Incoherent Religious Delusions" by R. Sheffer

Alumni of Bloomington's Lincoln and Jefferson High Schools thank Mr. Sheffer for his many years of committed teaching, and LSF is honored to count him among its long-term membership.

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Summary of the First Meeting of the Lake Superior Freethinkers People of Conscience Committee (POCC)
by Jo Haberman

Fifteen people met on November 12th to begin discussion of forming a new "spoke" or committee of LSF, focused on the subject of Morality Without Superstition.

The idea for LSF-POCC is two fold:


  • To discuss and learn more about secular morality
  • To consider ways that the group might engage in the community, in service of the greater good

After talking about some of the contemporary moral and social issues important to those present, and some of the organizations doing effective work to address these and other issues, there was general agreement that the first step for the group should be to focus on foundational questions, such as:

What criteria should secular people use to differentiate what is moral?
What are the roots of morality and ethics for secular people?
What common values do secular people share as the basis of morality?

Charles Gessert and Mark Woodcock have kindly agreed to facilitate a set of discussions on these and related questions regarding secular moral thought.

It is never too late to join the discussion. The next meetings will be scheduled soon for December and January 2017. If you have an interest in being part of the discussion, or simply attending as a listener, please RSVP to Jo Haberman at:
JoJane@juno.com or (612) 600-7483


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Secular Spirituality, Humanistic Mindfulness, Mind-Body Awareness in Fellowship - Frankly the Title Eludes Me
by Gail Matthews

Have you ever found yourself in a setting that suddenly elicited a sense of awe? The funny thing is the settings that can produce this feeling are so varied, it is hard to pin down the root cause. Some people call it having a spiritual experience, but not believing in spirits, I have a hard time calling it that. And the term "secular spirituality" is uncomfortable to me, because the two words seem to be wrestling each other for control. Whatever you call it, the feeling often appears for me at odd moments. While:

  • Walking on a wooded trail
  • Gardening
  • In the presence of great architecture
  • Admiring a piece of art
  • watching natural phenomenon such as a sunrise, sunset, or thunderstorm
  • Listening to a song with lyrics that resonate with my personal experience
  • In a moment of silence
  • Or on rare occasion, simply by coming together with a large group of people for a common purpose

 I am sure we have all been fortunate enough to experience these feelings from time to time. I would like to explore these feelings and related ideas with a group of similarly motivated people. In a chaotic and often worrisome world I would like to find ways of attaining and maintaining inner peace, and just as importantly for me, finding ways of connecting to and fostering inner peace in those around me.

I will be saying a few words on this topic before January's speaker at the LSF monthly meeting. I will also be bringing sign-up sheets to that meeting. If you'd like to sign up now, please email Gail Matthews:
wyncie1@gmail.com



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