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FreeThinkers’ Book Club Members choose books to read next year

At their final meeting of the year, the FreeThinkers held a pitched contest to choose selections for next year. Members were invited to pitch one or two books, telling us why the book was both interesting and useful (or just plane fun), as well accessibility, format details, costs, library availability etc. Then each member was …

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March meeting of the Westwood Freethinkers

Westwood Unitarian FreeThinkers’ Book Club 7:00- 8:30 PM, March 25 2010 We will be staying home this Wednesday- but gathering via a ZOOM web conference. The URL for the meeting is https://us04web.zoom.us/j/780381039 The URL and titles for next month are on the Westwood web site at https://www.westwoodunitarian.ca/freethinker-book-club-selections-2019-2020/This month’s selection is How the West Really Lost …

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Why You Should Go to Church (Even If You’re Not Sure of Your Beliefs)

In an insightful post at the “ArtOfManliness” website Brett and Kate McKay offer a multitude of reasons why men (and folks of  all genders) should go to Church. For many (most Canadians) Church seems so ‘19th Century’, boring or irrelevant, that they find all sorts of alternative activities to indulge in on their Sunday mornings.  …

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Freethinkers’ Book Club

Join us on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 7:00 PM Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions edited by Susan Tive & Cami Ostman Beyond Belief addresses what happens when women of extreme religions decide to walk away. Editors Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian) have …

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Does Westwood Support Digital Human Values?

I stumbled upon a new study by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Media services (like the BBC) are struggling to insure that their programming actually meets current and emerging needs of its consumers (or one could say its members.) The study identifies nine digital  ‘human values”.  As I read through the flash cards produced (one for …

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FreeThinkers Book Club – April Selection

We had a great discussion in March and were “blessed” with participation by two friends from Society of Edmonton Atheists. Hopefully we will be able to induce the SEA president Karen  Kerr to talk to us on a Sunday morning next year. In line with the CUCs focus on water issues this spring, , the …

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Humanists, Freethinkers and Christmas

Many Freethinkers (also often referred to as Humanists) have trouble with Christmas. This is not only because of excess consumption, rabid commercialization or sentimental angst. Rather we have trouble getting over the distinctive “Christian narrative” that for some makes “Jesus the (only!) Reason for the Season”. This severely limited view of the annual celebration completely …

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Westwood Freethinkers’ Book Club Trigger Questions. Nov. 2018

Westwood Freethinkers’ Book Club Trigger Questions. Nov. 2018 Nov. 28, 2018 Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (below from Amazon, the publicist and retailer!) If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our …

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FreeThinkers Book Club

Coming off a  record breaking attendance at October’s meeting  – 14 people, The Free Thinker Book club next discusses Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now.  For those who’d rather listen than read, the audio book can be borrowed from the library or there are numerous videos on YouTube in which Pinker talks about the Enlightenment 7:00 PM, …

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