RET News July 2019 CE

Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

July 2019


First Sunday Meeting

July 7         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.                         

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Tory Mills, Director of Community Engagement of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi, will be providing information on Planned Parenthood's health services and a legislative update.

Come early for coffee and conversation.     Get Directions


Freethought Forum TV

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31          Wednesdays          6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

FFTV, presented by Rationalists of East Tennessee in conjunction with the Atheist Society of Knoxville, is broadcast each Wednesday, 6:30–7:30 p.m. on Knoxville's Community TV. Call in (865-215-2288) with questions and comments. 

The program can be seen live on the internet at In the Knoxville area it can be viewed on the following TV channels - Xfinity (Comcast), Channel 12; WOW! (Knology), Channel 6; Charter (Spectrum), Channel 193; AT&T U-verse, Channel 99.


     July 13        Saturday        5:00 p.m.

     Meet at Burger King at the Lovell Road exit of Pellissippi Parkway

    Wear sturdy shoes and gloves and bring a "picker-upper" if you have one.  Insect repellent is a good idea.  Please come help if you are able!   All volunteers must watch the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway training video before participating.

Skeptic Book Club

July 14        Sunday        2:004:00 p.m.   

Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919 

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. 

For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe. 

Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physicsso appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.


Third Sunday Meeting

July 21         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.                         

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Stewart Harris, creator and host of the podcast "Your Weekly Constitutional," will speak on "The Establishment Clause after the Advent of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh." 

The Supreme Court decided the "Peace Cross" case recently, allowing a 40-foot Latin Cross to remain on public land in Maryland.  Given the new composition of the Court, this decision may fundamentally change how we apply the Establishment Clause.


July 28          Sunday          1:00–3:30 p.m. 

Pot Luck and Discussion              Hosted by Bob Morris, 140 Greystone Drive, Oak Ridge 37830

We are now halfway through the year.  What turned out right for you, what didn’t work, and what couldn’t you get around to?  Politics keeps a lot of us busy, but maybe your strawberries got moldy from all the rain, or you never got your tires rotated, or your Summer trip got cancelled.  Come and talk about the ups and downs of real life for a change and how you want things to work out or go away and give the political world a rest for a while.

Please bring a dish or snacks for the usual pot luck, and Bob will provide some drinks and paper dinnerware. If you have strong legs, please park at the bottom of the driveway so others have less of a climb.


Summer Solstice Party

Thanks to Carl and Aleta Ledendecker for hosting our Summer Solstice Party.  Other local freethought groups (ASK, FFRF of East Tennessee, and Sunday Assembly) came together on a beautiful day to celebrate the beginning of Summer.  There were around 60 in attendance, including quite a few children who were entertained by Faithless Forrest teaching them SCUBA diving in the pool.

RET Logo

RET is in search of a logo.  Below are two contenders created by Raeus Cannon.

Still Missing: The vinyl used for the RET billboard:  "Don't believe in god?  You are not alone!"  Check to see if you have it. Contact anyone on the RET board ,, if you find it.


OTHER AREA SECULAR ACTIVITIES                         

Atheist Society of Knoxville, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 East Jackson Avenue, Knoxville 37915. Conversation, food, and drink.

East Tennessee Chapter, Freedom from Religion Foundation, 6:00 p.m., third Wednesday of alternate months, Earth Fare, Turkey Creek, Knoxville. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 17.

Sunday Assembly Knoxville (Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More)
The Concourse, 944 Blackstock Avenue, Knoxville 37921. Sunday Assembly sites: Facebook, Meetup, Email.


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