Our calendar below is shown in reverse chronological order by month; each month will show dates in customary ascending date order. This will provide one place for everyone to go to view current and prior calendar entries. It also provides easier administration by the webmaster. 😀
All programs are at our customary meeting place, Extraordinary Ventures, unless otherwise noted. We meet from 1:30-3:30 every Sunday unless otherwise noted. All of our meetings are free, and open to the public. The months for 2014 below are shown as the most recent first. Our programs for prior years can be viewed here.
Rev. Rollin Russell, and Allison Mahaley will present “A Preacher and A Teacher.” Rev. Russell is the President of the Orange Durham Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Ms. Mahaley is a former teacher in the North Carolina school system. They will present their concerns about Christian Fundamentalism and the undermining of public education, especially in North Carolina.
The documentary “The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today” is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning film about the legal battle which established the separation of church and state in public schools. The case is little known to many Americans, but is a must see for anyone wishing to understand the importance of this case. EHST will show the documentary.
EHST will celebrate “Founders Day” with a program celebrating both our local founding in 1986 by Ina Evans as well as the founding of Ethical Culture by Felix Adler in 1876 in New York City. Ethical Culture and its modern moniker Ethical Humanism have long been providing a place for nontheists to celebrate community and work to make the world a better place.
Greg Samsa will speak on “Beyond Getting To Yes: Is There a Principled Way to Engage in Principled Negotation?” Mr. Samsa is director of Graduate Studies of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University. He is also writes essays features on the Bahai Teachings website.
Tammy Schwerin of the Abundance Foundation will speak to EHST. She was originally scheduled for April 5th. (see below)
CANCELLED as of 4/5 at 11:15. Ms. Schwerin is ill. We wish her well! Tami Schwerin of the Abundance Foundation will talk about the mission and work of the foundation. The foundation works to encourage sustainable agriculture, energy, and other basic needs here in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club, will speak in Durham at the Hayti Heratige Center at 7 pm. The event is sponsored by the Orange-Durham Americans United, and co-sponsored by EHST. The event is free and open to the public.
Chris Muma of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence will speak on “Wrongful Convictions – When the Justice System Is Too Blind.” The mission of the center is to identify, investigate and advance credible claims of innocence, obtaining justice for people imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, for the victims of those crimes, and for the actual perpetrators. The center was founded in 2000, and hears claims from over 600 inmates annually.
Paulo Ribeiro, a Leader-in-Training in the American Ethical Union, will speak about his work organizing young ethical humanists and their recent trip to New Orleans to work with urban sustainable gardening.
The problem of racism continues to confront both the victims and the perpetuators (both intentional and unintentional) of racism. EHST member and President of the society, Chris Kaman, will examine what constitutes racism, and how best we can work to eliminate or reduce its influence.
EHST member Jim Wyman will present “Reasons and Tools for Optimism.” Ferguson, ISIS, inequality, global warming, overpopulation. The future doesn’t always look bright. The news media serves up enough doom and gloom to make you want to curl into the fetal position in a dark room and hope the end is swift. But there’s a flip side to all this bad news, even the worst of it. A touch of optimism leads to more optimism, which can reveal a world full of better options. Mr. Wyman will explore just a few tools to redesign, restructure and rebuild a better world are close at hand. He will take a look at one such tool, the Business Startup, an evolving institution that is no longer the province of inventors or businessmen.
The struggle for healthcare reform goes back decades. Canada is often cited as an example of how healthcare should be done in the US. However, in the 1950s both the US and Canadian system were almost identical. What happened to make them diverge? We will show a brief video (approximately 30 minutes) about how the Canadian system diverged from the US system, and will engage in a discussion about that change, and what may lie ahead for healthcare in the U.S.
We are delighted to show a documentary “A Knock At The Door” and meet the filmmaker, Gregg McPherson, and Paulette Terwilliger, the subject of the film which focuses on the experience of Ms. Terwilliger and her mother who fled Paris to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews after Paris became occupied territory. We will show the film, and have ample time for questions and answers by the Ms. Terwilliger and Mr. McPherson. Note that our expanded time will run from 1:30-4:30.
Club Nova is a local nonprofit service organization which serves Orange County citizens living with mental illness. Club Nova provides a holistic, caring environment which promotes the rehabilitation and reintegration of those whom it serves, focusing on their strengths and potential rather than their illness. A representative from Club Nova will speak to us about their program.
EHST will have a “community day” which will provide a chance for members and friends to build our humanist community through song, discussion, and reflection. EHST member, Jan Broughton, will lead this program.
EHST Leader Randy Best will speak on Ethical Humanism (aka Ethical Culture). He will define it, review some of its history, and indicate where it is going in the future. This is a good refresher for members, and a great introduction for visitors who want to know more.
Marshall Brain will speak about his new book How God Works. Marshall Brain is best known for his book How Stuff Works. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, MSNBC, and Modern Marvels. He also teaches the Engineering Entrepeneurs Program at NCSU. He also speaks regularly at the Secular Together Sundays sponsored by the Triangle Freethought Society. He lives in Cary, NC.
EHST will celebrate Darwin Day with a talk by Nichelle Reed, a PhD student at Duke University in evolutionary anthropology. She will talk about what evolutionary anthropology is, and how Darwin’s theories influence that field.
EHST member, Delores Eaton, will speak on “The Selma to Montgomery Protest: The Catalyst That Recalled the Past to Project A Future With Justice.” The talk will be about the experiences that she and her late husband, the Rev. Herbert Eaton, had during the early 1960s in the struggle for civil rights in Montgomery, Alabama. Rev. Eaton succeeded Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. The Rev. and Mrs. Eaton were at the center of many of the civil rights struggles we take for granted today.
Randy Best, EHST Leader, will speak on “Bringing Humanism to North Carolina Prisons.” The talk will focus on his relationship with a prisoner in the NC Department of Corrections who has been reaching out for the last 2 years to have humanism included in allowed “religions” by the prison system. By so doing, the system would allow him to hold meetings where prisoners of like mind could attend and share their interest in and support of humanism. The American Humanist Association has recently taken the lead on this effort!
Local musicians, Helen Wolfson and Eric Thomas, will provide a music based program which will explore how music can be inspirational for humanists as well as express the joys and sorrows of the human condition.
EHST will have a community day program today, one of several during the year. We will be focusing on activities which will help our members and our friends build our ethical humanist community. This will include small group discussions, and music, and possibly singing.
EHST will hold its annual business meeting. The board will present its budget for 2015, and slate of officers for 2015. Members are highly encouraged to attend, and friends and visitors are welcome as well. Only members can vote, however.
The Bellwether Book group will meet at 3:30 at the Chapel Hill Public Library (meeting room D) to discuss the book: What’s God Got To Do With It? Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought, Honest Talk, and the Separation of Church and State by Tim Page. The meeting is open to the public.