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FreeThinkers

In 2016, Westwood Unitarian Congregation embarked upon a journey to be more welcoming, inclusive and respectful of those Humanists, Atheists, Agnostics and FreeThinkers.  This effort was guided by the criteria for FreeThinker Friendly designation from the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association.

Members of our Unitarian Universalist (UU) Humanist Association wrote:

We are “religious” in that we share with most Unitarian Universalists the natural human desires for a beloved and accepting community; a purpose greater than ourselves; rituals and practices that resonate with our common humanity and shared mortality; and opportunities to work with other tough-minded, warm-hearted people to do good in the world and to help one another attain the greatest possible fulfillment in life.

To suggest a book for next year’s book club reading list complete the form here.

We are proud to have been designated as Canada’s first Free Thinker Friendly Congregation

The program challenges us, as a Congregation to:

  1. Be explicit in our welcoming statements and other language that atheists, agnostics, Humanists and Free Thinker are both welcomed and respected for their beliefs.
  2. Discuss within our Congregation ways we both support and discourage those with these religious and non-religious outlooks.
  3. Offer time and place for alternate religious or non religious groups to socialize, network  and learn from each other
  4. Reach out to the Atheist and Humanist communities in the city and the province.

To meet these goals we have been examining our language (and this website) and are sponsoring a FreeThinker Friendly Book Club.  

We welcome comments and suggestions for ways that we can expand our inclusiveness towards these individual and communities.

 

FreeThinker Book Club Goes Online

Westwood Free Thinker book club will be meeting online as long as we are struggling with Covid 19.

The meetings will be held at regular time and date (see below) at:

This Zoom link.

The book club is designed to:

  • provide participants with a broad and balanced look at the major ideas of atheism, humanism, ‘free thinking’, environmentalism and other social movements
  • provide a critical response to atheism and
  • examine issues related to parenting secular children.

The book club meets online on the last Wednesday evening of the month 7:00-8:30 PM. In true Unitarian tradition theists, atheists, post-theists, agnostics and the unclassified are all invited to participate in one or all book club meetings.

Click Below for Dates, Book Titles and Descriptions for the next Freethinker Book Club

Recent Posts and Events relevant to our FreeThinker Friendly Program

Does Unitarianism Have a Future Without Humanism?

  This is a PDF transcript of a talk given by Rev. David Breeden at the Eileen Hastings Memorial Lecture presented by The First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in April 2021. The title of the talk is “Does Humanism Have a Future in Unitarianism?” but Breeden also flips the statement to question the future of

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Season Startup – Westwood FreeThinkers’ Book Club

The Westwood Freethinkers is group of Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics and those who can’t decide – or care about theological truths! But they all care about Free and Critical thinking. Thus, we gather, this year via ZOOM, for 90 minutes of lively discussion. Please free to join us on: Wednesday on Wednesday Sept. 30 2020, at

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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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