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Reflections
No Reflection Sept. 28. Since there was a Reflections meeting last month we will skip September.
Sept. 28, 2014
Trash Pick-up
Adopt a Highway trash pick-up. Meet at Lovell Road Burger King at 3:00 pm Wear appropriate clothing, bug spray (recommended), gloves and hat. A pickup tool is very useful. The more we have the faster and easier it is.
Oct. 04, 2014, 3:00 PM
First Sunday Meeting
In this meeting we will be viewing and discussing Tim Minchin/’s address to his alma mater on how to live. “Listen to these words of wisdom, and you might just get through life perfectly...Or at least, kind of unscathed.” Tim Minchin We will also view a short video on humanism by the British Humanist Association and discuss “The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles” by Paul Kurtz
Oct. 05, 2014, 10:30
Skeptic Book Club
"Nonbeliever Nation" by David Niose - Sunday, October 12, 2:00 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Kingston Pike. Today, one in five Americans are nonbelievers—a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers. Still we see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the falsehood of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose calls for nonreligious Americans from all backgrounds to step out of the shadows and signal their opposition to the long-dominant Religious Right. Exploring all the hot-button issues that divide the country—from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles—he shows how Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from organized religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at a growing demographic that is flexing its muscles for the first time.(Amazon Review)
Oct. 12, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm
Third Sunday Meeting
Open Roundtable Discussion. Bring a topic you would like to discuss. The meeting will open by considering the four proposed amendments to the Tennessee State Constitution that will be on November's ballot. Following these discussions, members will have the opportunity to present other topics of general interest. Goins building cafeteria annex,Pellissippi State Community College, 10:30am-12:30pm
Oct. 19, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Smoky Mountain Stroll
This “hike” can be one mile or eight miles round trip. Some can go the short distance and others may want to go farther. The trail is 80% smooth and has a very gentle grade along the lovely Middle Prong River. The first really great water feature is just a half a mile into the hike. Bring lunch and we can have a picnic at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Directions: From Alcoa Highway (129) take the split into Maryville towards the Mountains (N. Hall Road Hwy 35). Proceed to Townsend via Hwy. 321/73. Enter the Park and take the “Y” split towards Cades Cove. Two tenths of a mile from the “Y” on the left is Tremont Road (just past a pull off area). The parking area is 5 miles down Tremont Road (at the end). Please let me know if you can come in case we need to car pool. Contact Carl, 982-8687 or ledendecker@bellsouth.net
Oct. 22, 2014
Reflections
Potluck begins at 1:00 pm at Schera & Ted's (call 865.690.8742 for directions). In recognition of Halloween, we'll be discussing death. Ignoring death leaves us with a false sense of life’s permanence and perhaps encourages us to lose ourselves in the minutiae of daily life. Obsessive rumination on death, on the other hand, can lead us away from life. Honestly coming to terms with one’s death involves reflection on its deep significance, and thinking about the larger values that give life its meaning. In the end, it may be useful to think about death only to the point that it frees us to live fully immersed in the life we have yet to live. Let's share some of our thoughts on death: • experiences we may have had, • ideas with which we’ve toyed, or • concepts about which we wonder. And give a brief summary in the five minutes or so we’ll have to share our reflections. Bring a box, bag, or dish and join us.
Oct. 26, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Halloween Lunch cancelled
This Halloween event has been cancelled.
Oct. 31, 2014, 11 AM
Skeptic Book Club
“The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap ” by Matt Taibbi - Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers on Kingston Pike. Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime—but it’s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side. In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks; and the story of a whistle blower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America, only to find herself in the crosshairs. On the other side of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source: a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new vision of civil rights. Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all. (Amazon Review)
Nov. 09, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm
The Demography of Unbelief
Special public lecture. Tom Flynn of the Center for Inquiry and editor of "Free Inquiry" magazine will discuss the "Demography of Unbelief" - A lavishly-illustrated PowerPoint presentation tracing what pollsters know -- and what they get wrong -- about the record growth in the numbers of Americans claiming no religious affiliation from the 1980s to today.Goins Auditorium, Pellissippi State Community College, 2:00 pm.
Nov. 15, 2014, 2:00 pm
Third Sunday Roundtable
There will be no third Sunday Roundtable this month, owing to the special public meeting on Saturday, November 15.
Nov. 16, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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