Sept. 20th, 2014 - UniversiTea: The Islamic State & Radical Islam

Our discussion topic for this UniversiTea will be the rise of the Islamic State and radical Islam. We will begin by seeding the discussion by watching an excellent and informative news documentary (45 minutes long) created by journalists who were embedded with the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria. As the United States prepares to ramp up its military strikes against the Islamic State and up to 31,500 of its fighters, it is important to gain a further understanding of this situation and the people involved. After watching the video, we will explore topics such as whether or not it is disingenuous for our President to claim that we are not fighting Islam, the plight of moderate Muslims, problems of western intervention, the root causes of extremism and more. The documentary does contain some graphic content that is not be suitable for children.

As usual, we will provide a variety of teas and you are welcome to bring snacks for the discussion.

When: Saturday, Sept. 20th from 10:00 am - Noon

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

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Sept. 13th, 2014 - Camping & Potluck at Island Lake

Humanists Doing Good will be camping overnight at the Island Lake campground on the Grand Mesa. We will also have a potluck camp dinner at 6:00 pm that people who do not wish to camp overnight can join us for too. There are few better ways to get to know your fellow humanists than camping with them and seeing some wilderness. Bring your gear and let's have a great time together.

We plan to arrive at the campground at 2:00 pm. Be on the lookout for a brownish-gray Toyota Tundra. We ask that anyone planning to attend the potluck dinner arrive by 5:30 pm so we will know who will join us for dinner. We'll be having a main course with some meat and lots of veggies in it (think stew or a veggie/meat stir fry). Please bring some other hearty fare to share for the potluck and any necessary serving spoons, etc. We also ask that everyone bring their own beverages. If you are camping, please bring your own meals for the remainder of the trip.

There are clean bathrooms and water spigots at the campground. There are also plenty of hiking and fishing opportunities. Bring your fishing pole and license if you're interested in fishing (Dana says you can't help but catch fish there). This is also bear country, so plan to store your food safely. Bring bug repellant.

When: Saturday, Sept. 13th - 14th, arriving at 2 pm with potluck at 6:00 pm

Where: Island Lake Campground - Mesa National Forest, Forest Road 116, Cedaredge

Cost: $10 per person for overnight camping (contact us about family rates)

$5 per person for people not staying overnight

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Sept. 13th, 2014 - Apple Harvesting for Community Food Banks Pt. 3

Humanists Doing Good will be volunteering to pick  apples for local community food banks and people in need for a third time this year. We will once again be collaborating with the Grow Another Row organization. Volunteers will remain at ground level and will not be using ladders. We have been asked to try to bring as many boxes and/or plastic grocery bags as we can to place fruit in. Volunteers can bring some apples home in exchange for the labor of picking fruit for the food bank. Please plan on bringing your own water and be aware that bathrooms will not be available. We anticipate the harvest lasting approximately two hours and it will be located on the south east end of the valley. Please wear your volunteer shirt if you have one available.

The address will be sent to those who RSVP.

When: Saturday, September 13th at 8:30 am

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