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    • 05/16/2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

    Title of Presentation:  Why I Write Secular Columns for a Religion Page

    Summary:  Where is the rational voice of secularism/humanism being heard in our hyper-religious world, especially in our local communities?  Can that voice be expressed in an inclusive manner that builds bridges instead of walls?  In this talk we will hear from one secular writer whose weekly columns appear on the religion pages of a local paper.  He will share stories from those essays and some of the responses from readers of faith and freethought.     

    Bio:  Chris Highland is a freethinking humanist teacher and writer.  He was a Protestant minister and interfaith chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years serving in churches, county jails, shelters and streets.  After leaving his ministry and faith, Chris was a shelter director and housing manager.

    He is the author of Simply Secular, From Faith to Freethought, Nature is Enough, Friendly Freethinker, Broken Bridges, A Freethinker’s Gospel, My Address is a River and other books. 

    Chris has taught courses on Freethought in California and, since 2016, at the UNCA Reuter Center and Blue Ridge Community College.  He writes the weekly “Highland Views” column for the Religion pages of the Asheville Citizen-Times.  Chris and his wife, Carol Hovis, a Presbyterian minister, live in Asheville.

    His blog is “Friendly Freethinker” (www.chighland.com


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    • 05/23/2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
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    RET Reflections Meeting

    May 23, 2021  Sunday 4:30 - 6:00 pm

    Are Delusions Useful?

    Psychologists are now beginning to realize how powerful and helpful delusions can be in our lives.  Have you ever been in a situation with someone where a false belief was necessary for them to hold their life together?  How off was it and how did you tip toe around the issues to help them get on with life?   Check this out or better yet read the book:

     

    Book review of Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler - The Washington Post

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    • 06/06/2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
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    JOHN RAWLS, A THEORY OF JUSTICE presented by Marty Carcieri

    John Rawls' work may be the state of the art in western political theory. Hetransformed the discipline in 1971 with A THEORY OF JUSTICE and spent thenext thirty years refining his theory in response to the most able critiques fromacross the political spectrum. As Harvard professor Michael Sandel haswritten, A THEORY OF JUSTICE "is a powerful, deep, subtle, wide ranging,systematic work in political and moral philosophy which has not seen its' likesince the writings of John Stuart Mill, if then. It is a fountain of illuminating ideas,integrated together into a lovely whole. Political philosophers now must either work within Rawls' theory or explain why not.

    (RET veteran) Marty Carcieri is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at San Francisco State University. He is the author of APPLYING RAWLS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: RACE, GENDER, THE DRUG WAR, AND THE RIGHT TO DIE (2015).

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    RET First Sunday Meeting - Marty Carcieri

    Time: Jun 6, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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    • 07/18/2021
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)

    Stoicism as a secular philosophy for modern life, presented by Lifetime Member Massimo Pigliucci

    Summary: What, exactly, is a philosophy of life? Who needs it, and why? In this talk I answer these questions beginning with a story that happened 23 centuries ago, and which resulted in the articulation of one of the most influential philosophies of antiquity, Stoicism. That philosophy is experiencing a comeback in the 21st century, for the simple reasons that it resonates with fundamentals of the human condition, and that it works in practice. We will see how Stoicism can offer a compass to navigate life, to set priorities for what is important, and to become better citizens of the world.

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    Topic: July - Third Sunday - Massimo Pigliucci

    Time: Jul 18, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Past events

05/09/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
05/02/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
04/25/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
04/18/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
04/11/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
04/04/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
03/28/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
03/21/2021 Dan Barker on March's Third Sunday
03/14/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
03/07/2021 March First Sunday
02/28/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
02/21/2021 February Third Sunday
02/14/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
02/07/2021 Annual Membership Business Meeting
01/24/2021 Reflections via ZOOM
01/17/2021 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
01/10/2021 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
01/09/2021 Adopt-a-Highway
01/03/2021 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
12/19/2020 Winter Solstice Party Via Zoom
12/13/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
12/06/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
11/29/2020 (copy) RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
11/22/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
11/15/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
11/08/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
11/07/2020 Adopt-a-Highway
11/01/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
10/25/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
10/18/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
10/11/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
10/04/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
09/27/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
09/20/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
09/13/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
09/06/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
08/23/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
08/16/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
08/09/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
08/02/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
07/26/2020 Reflections via ZOOM
07/19/2020 Third Sunday Zoom Meeting
07/12/2020 RET Skeptics Book Club Sunday Meeting via Zoom
07/05/2020 First Sunday Zoom Meeting
06/21/2020 Third Sunday Meeting via Zoom
04/19/2020 Annual Public Lecture -- cancelled
04/04/2020 Adopt-a-Highway - Cancelled
03/22/2020 Reflections -- Cancelled
03/15/2020 Third Sunday Meeting - Cancelled
03/01/2020 First Sunday Discussion
02/27/2020 Blount County Social Event
02/23/2020 Fourth Sunday - Special Speaker, Dave Warnock
02/16/2020 Reflections (Different DATE and LOCATION)
02/09/2020 Skeptic Book Club
02/02/2020 Annual Membership Meeting
01/26/2020 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
01/19/2020 Third Sunday Meeting
01/12/2020 Skeptic Book Club
01/11/2020 Adopt-A-Highway
01/05/2020 First Sunday Meeting
12/15/2019 Third Sunday
12/08/2019 Skeptic Book Club
12/01/2019 First Sunday
11/17/2019 Third Sunday
11/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
11/03/2019 First Sunday
10/27/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
10/20/2019 Third Sunday
10/13/2019 Skeptic Book Club
10/12/2019 Adopt-A-Highway
10/06/2019 First Sunday
09/22/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
09/15/2019 Third Sunday Presentation
09/08/2019 Skeptic Book Club
09/01/2019 First Sunday Presentation
08/25/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
08/18/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
08/11/2019 Skeptic Book Club
08/04/2019 First Sunday Meeting
07/28/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
07/21/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
07/21/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
07/14/2019 Skeptic Book Club
07/13/2019 Adopt a Highway
07/07/2019 First Sunday Meeting
06/23/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
06/16/2019 NO THIRD SUNDAY MEETING
06/09/2019 Skeptic Book Club
06/02/2019 First Sunday Meeting
05/19/2019 Annual Free Public Lecture
05/12/2019 Skeptic Book Club
05/05/2019 First Sunday Roundtable
04/28/2019 Reflections: Discussion and Pot Luck
04/21/2019 Third Sunday Roundtable
04/14/2019 Skeptic Book Club
04/13/2019 Adopt-a-Highway
04/07/2019 First Sunday Meeting
03/24/2019 Reflections
03/17/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
03/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
03/03/2019 First Sunday Meeting
02/17/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
02/10/2019 Skeptic Book Club
02/03/2019 First Sunday Meeting
01/20/2019 Third Sunday Meeting
01/13/2019 Skeptic Book Club
01/12/2019 Adopt-a-Highway
01/06/2019 First Sunday Meeting
01/06/2019 Board of Directors meeting
12/16/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
12/09/2018 Skeptic Book Club
12/02/2018 First Sunday Roundtable
11/25/2018 Reflections
11/18/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
11/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
11/11/2018 Board of Directors meeting
11/04/2018 First Sunday Meeting
10/28/2018 Reflections
10/21/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
10/14/2018 Skeptic Book Club
10/13/2018 Adopt-a-Highway
10/07/2018 First Sunday Meeting
09/16/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
09/02/2018 RET First Sunday Meeting
08/19/2018 Trip to Gray Fossil Site and Museum, 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, Tennessee 37615
08/12/2018 Skeptic Book Club
08/05/2018 First Sunday Meeting
07/15/2018 Online Security and Privacy
07/08/2018 Skeptic Book Club
07/07/2018 Adopt-a-Highway
07/01/2018 NO RET First Sunday July 1
06/17/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
06/16/2018 Annual Summer Solstice Celebration
06/10/2018 Skeptic Book Club
06/03/2018 RET First Sunday
05/20/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
05/13/2018 Skeptic Book Club
05/06/2018 First Sunday Roundatable
05/03/2018 Annual Day of Reason Cook Out
04/29/2018 Annual Public Speaker
04/22/2018 Reflections—Discussion and Pot Luck
04/15/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
04/08/2018 Skeptic Book Club
04/07/2018 Adopt A Highway on Pellissippi
04/01/2018 First Sunday Roundtable
03/25/2018 Reflections - Are our smart phones psychologically ruining us?
03/18/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
03/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
03/04/2018 First Sunday Meeting
02/25/2018 RET Reflections
02/18/2018 Third Sunday Meetinfg
02/11/2018 Skeptic Book Club
02/04/2018 Annual Membership Meeting
01/28/2018 RET Reflections
01/21/2018 Third Sunday Meeting
01/14/2018 Skeptic Book Club
01/13/2018 Trash Pickup on Pellissippi
01/07/2018 First Sunday Meeting
12/17/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
12/10/2017 Skeptic Book Club
12/03/2017 First Sunday Meeting
11/19/2017 RET Third Sunday Meeting
11/12/2017 Skeptic Book Club
11/05/2017 First Sunday Meeting
10/15/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
10/08/2017 Skeptic Book Club
10/07/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
10/01/2017 First Sunday Meeting
09/17/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
09/10/2017 Skeptic Book Club
09/03/2017 First Sunday Meeting
08/20/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
08/13/2017 Skeptic Book Club
08/06/2017 First Sunday Meeting
07/16/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
07/09/2017 Skeptic Book Club
07/08/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
06/18/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
06/11/2017 Skeptic Book Club
06/04/2017 First Sunday Meeting
05/21/2017 Third Sunday Meeting in May
05/14/2017 Skeptic Book Club
05/07/2017 First Sunday Presentation
05/04/2017 Day of Reason Cookout
04/30/2017 Annual Public Lecture - Hemant Mehta
04/23/2017 Reflections
04/16/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
04/09/2017 Skeptic Book Club
04/02/2017 First Sunday Presentation
04/01/2017 Trash pick-up on Pellissippi
03/26/2017 Reflections
03/19/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
03/12/2017 The Skeptic Book Club
03/05/2017 First Sunday "Genes, Environment and Fate: The Origins of Human DIfferences"
02/26/2017 Reflections
02/19/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
02/12/2017 Skeptic Book Club
02/05/2017 Annual Business Meeting
01/22/2017 Reflections
01/15/2017 Third Sunday Meeting
01/14/2017 Trash Pick Up on Pellissippi
01/08/2017 Skeptic Book Club
12/18/2016 RET Third Sunday Meeting in December
12/11/2016 Skeptic Book Club
12/04/2016 First Sunday Meeting
11/27/2016 Reflections
11/20/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
11/13/2016 Skeptic Book Club for November
11/06/2016 First Sunday
10/16/2016 RET Third Sunday Meeting
10/09/2016 Skeptic Book Club
10/08/2016 Trash Pickup on Pellissippi
10/02/2016 First Sunday: "Shifting Context: How Innocuous Legislation Becomes Controversial, Without Changing a Word"
09/18/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
09/11/2016 Skeptic Book Club
09/03/2016 Smoky Mountain Freethought Advance
08/28/2016 Reflections
08/21/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
08/14/2016 Skeptic Book Club
08/07/2016 First Sunday
07/24/2016 RET Reflections
07/23/2016 RET Highway Clean-Up
07/17/2016 Third Sunday Roundtable
07/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
07/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
06/26/2016 RET Reflections
06/19/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
06/12/2016 Skeptic Book Club
06/05/2016 First Sunday Meeting
05/15/2016 RET Annual Public Meeting
05/08/2016 Skeptic Book Club
05/05/2016 Bible Belt National Day of Reason Picnic
05/01/2016 First Sunday Meeting
04/24/2016 RET Reflections
04/23/2016 Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup
04/17/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
04/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
04/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
03/20/2016 Third Sunday Meting
03/13/2016 Skeptic Book Club
03/06/2016 First Sunday Meeting
02/21/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
02/16/2016 Free Thought Forum Community TV
02/14/2016 Free Thought Radio Hour
02/14/2016 Skeptic Book Club
01/24/2016 Reflections
01/23/2016 Free Thought Radio
01/21/2016 Free Thought Radio
01/17/2016 Third Sunday Meeting
01/16/2016 Adopt A Highway clean up
01/10/2016 Skeptic Book Club
01/03/2016 First Sunday Meeting
12/20/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
12/13/2015 Free Thought Radio Hour
12/13/2015 Skeptic Book Club
12/06/2015 First Sunday Meeting
11/22/2015 Reflections
11/15/2015 RET Third Sunday Meeting
11/08/2015 Skeptic Book Club for November
11/01/2015 First Sunday - Movie
10/24/2015 Adopt A Highway Trash Pickup
10/18/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
10/13/2015 Shelley Segal Concert
10/11/2015 Skeptic Book Club for October
10/04/2015 First Sunday Meeting
09/24/2015 Autumnal Equinox Picnic
09/20/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
09/13/2015 Skeptic Book Club for September
09/06/2015 First Sunday Meeting
08/16/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
08/09/2015 Skeptic Book Club for August
07/03/2015 Smoky Mountain Advance
05/17/2015 Third Sunday Meeting
11/15/2014 The Demography of Unbelief
10/31/2014 Halloween Luncheon
10/19/2014 3rd Sunday Meeting
09/30/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/23/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/21/2014 3rd Sunday Meeting
09/16/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/14/2014 Skeptic Book Club
09/14/2014 Skeptic Book Club
09/09/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
09/07/2014 First Sunday Meeting
09/02/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville
08/26/2014 Freethought Forum on Community TV of Knoxville

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