Nov. 18th, 2014 - Movie Night: Paul

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart aleck decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, the humans hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Paul is a rated R comedy and this event is intended only for participants of Humanists Doing Good. We will discuss some of the irreligious themes present in the movie and some of the reasons why the movie has proven controversial to some people.

When: Tuesday, November 18th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road, GJ)

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Nov. 15th, 2014 - Speaker Isabella Kasselstrand, Ph.D. - Secularization

Isabella Kasselstrand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colorado Mesa University, will talk about her research on secularization, church and state, and culturally situated meanings of religious beliefs and belonging in Northern Europe. This study was conducted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland between 2010 and 2013, resulting in a dissertation entitled "'Tell the Minister Not to Talk About God:' A Comparative Study of Secularization in Protestant Europe."

Northern Europe is the most secular region in the world today. Yet, “belonging without believing” is prevalent, suggesting that support for and identification with secular functions of churches are strong, while belief in God or a supernatural power is low. Scotland and Sweden are used as two case studies to highlight this phenomenon; a majority of Swedes are culturally religious as they do not believe but still identify with the Church of Sweden as a cultural heritage and as a provider of life cycle ceremonies. In Scotland, on the other hand, “belonging without believing” is more closely associated with a sense of community or cultural defense in a nation that is more religiously diverse.

The presentation is followed by a discussion of what we can learn from the Northern European trends about our own experience of secularization here in the United States, still in its earlier stages.

When: Saturday, Nov. 15th from 10:00 am - Noon

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road, park at rear of building and enter Garden Room entrance)

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Nov. 8th, 2014 - Humanist Hike: Palisade Riverfront Trail

We'll be doing a leisurely and easy hike along the Palisade section of the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The trail is a dog-friendly and mostly paved 3.5 mile round-trip trail. If you have dogs, feel free to bring them out to meet some other pooches as we enjoy some of the fall weather. An old cannery is visible from the trail and the path meanders through trees along the river. There is also the Palisade Heritage Area that is the site of a migrant workers camp that was operational until the 1960's. The trail should allow us to avoid potential problems with mud and so far the forecast says sun. There are numerous benches and places with grass to stop and relax.

When: Saturday, Nov. 8th at 10:00 am

Where: Colorado Riverfront Trail's Palisade Section (park in the parking lot on the south end of Brentwood Drive)

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