The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm
The Monthly Meeting the 2nd or 3rd Saturday at 1:30pm (TBD)
The Steering Committee meets 1st Wednesday, 7pm
The Book Group meets monthly.
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DATE: Sat March 9, 2013, 1:30pm-3pm
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room TBA
TOPIC: Religious Humanism
SPEAKER: Shawn Newton, First Unitarian Church, Toronto
"My talk will focus on what it means, for me, to be a religious humanist. I also plan to speak a bit about Alain de Botton's notion of "religion for atheists.
In the course of his preparation for ministry, Shawn served five different congregations, including the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas; Arlington Street Church in Boston, where he was administrator; the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, as a student minister; the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio, as the Killam Fellow; and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley, as Assistant Minister. Shawn's clinical pastoral education was undertaken at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Shawn loves to travel, to take in theatre and classical music, and to explore the fascinating array of neighbourhoods in Toronto.
DATE: Feb 23, 2013, 11.00am-1pm
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,
TOPIC: Gun Control
SPEAKER: Cecilia Rayo
What do you think motivates a person to own a gun or rifle? Are these reasons valid and sufficient from the point of view of the collective?
Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe. Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations; Switzerland thus has one of highest militia gun ownership rates in the world.
In recent times a minority of political opposition has expressed a desire for tighter gun regulations. A referendum in February 2011 rejected stricter gun control.
Why do you think that even though a large percentage of the population in Switzerland has a weapon at home, the death by firearm is significantly lower than in USA?
NRA leaders have expressed their view that most mass murders occur because of the lack of policy about treatment and supervision of mentally ill people. Do you agree with this statement or not? Why?
Did you know that 100 times more children die in a swimming pool than by a firearm? What do you think about banning swimming pools?
LOCATION: OISE: 252 Bloor Street W, Room 2-198
TOPIC PRESENTER: Norine Earl
How can we be more authentically ourselves?
Is there a social cost to psychological authenticity?
Modern choice exhaustion now permeates every area of our lives resulting in personal responsibility for consequences we can’t even reasonably fathom. What effect might this type of alienation have on our experience of reality? On our sense of appreciation? On our sense of responsibility? Does a culture of apathy figure in here somewhere?
The opinions expressed in their forum are those of the participants, and not necessarily of HAT
Dr. Gail McCabe, the HAT spokesperson, will be speaking at this panel tomorrow.
Why? Exploring Life's Key Questions
When: Wednesday Feb 6, 13, 27 and Mar 6 5:30 to 7:00pm
Where:Room 3 of Knox College (56 St.George Street)
Details:All events are free and a pizza dinner is included
Wed Feb 6. What is the meaning of life?
Wed Feb 13 Why is murder wrong? To whom are we responsible?
Wed Feb 27 Does science have limits?
Wed Mar 6 Why do bad things happen to good people?
(Atheist)Dr. Larry Moran, (Buddhist) Marco Mascarin, (Christian) Dr. Kirk Durston, Dr. Alex Philp, Dr. Scot Masso, Dr. Andy Bannister, (Humanist) Dr. Gail McCabe, (Jewish) Rabbi Aaron Katchen, (Muslim) Dr. Shabir Ally, (Sikh) Santbir Singh and Other
Sponsored by: U of T Multi-Faith Centre, Secular Alliance at U of T, Muslim Students Association at Uof T, and Power to Change at U of T
For more information please email email@example.com
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC: The Hero
FACILITATOR:Mandy St Germaine.
Definition of a hero (Wikipedia)
“hero (male) and heroine (female) refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice for some greater good of all humanity.”
In his book The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell, describes the typical adventure of the archetypal character known as The Hero, the chosen person who goes out and achieves great deeds on behalf of the group, tribe or civilization. The journey of the hero follows a common path including; the existence in the ordinary world, the call to adventure, refusing the challenge, finding a mentor, ordeal, death and rebirth and finally returning home as the hero with strengthened physical and mental abilities.
In modern times we are surrounded by examples of people who risk their own well being to save others. In some cases these heroic acts are spontaneous and in the moment while others come about because people knowingly place themselves in dangerous situations for the greater good of society. George Brown College student, Dwight Orchard, jumped onto the subway tracks as the train was entering the St. Clair West station, to save the life of a stranger . He did this as other passengers stood by watching in fear.
Newtown school administration faced certain danger by confronting the gunman to save their students.
Canada has been shaped throughout history by the heroic acts of our veterans who choose to face certain danger for the sake of their country and fellow citizens.
When interviewed after their heroic acts most people say they didn’t do anything special and prefer not to be called heroes, they believe they did what anybody would do in the same situation.
1.Do you believe that we each have the capacity to be a hero or are heroes a special breed of us just waiting to be called into action? Which characteristics do you think embody a hero? Under what conditions would you be moved to act heroically?
2 Popular wisdom says that we should each have a hero whose character and good works we admire and aspire to, eg. Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Terry Fox, Christine Sullivan, Raoul Wallenberg, Ann Harvey
Do you have a hero , who is that, and why do you believe they are a hero? How do these people/characters impact your life?
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.