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 The leadership is no longer comprised of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Instead, HAGP is now under the leadership of a ten member committee. Any questions regarding HAGP or membership information should be directed to the following email address: membership@hagp.org.

 

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Movie Night Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM:

A young couple leaves city life for 200 acres of barren farmland. Bringing it to life is a dream that turned out to be much more challenging than they had bargained for, but along the way they learned a great deal about biodiversity and our amazing ecosystems. There are many delightful animal scenes and gorgeous cinematography, as well as Mother Nature's urgent message regarding the care of our planet Earth. Come with an open mind. Members and non-members are invited.

The movie will start promptly at 7:00 PM.

Movie Night Location on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM:

BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Address: 2040 Street Rd, Warrington, PA 18976

Phone: (215) 343-0406

Movie night will be at 7:00 PM in BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Room 106. Park in the front of the building and enter down the stairs through the basement front door on the left side of the building.

 

Luncheon Saturday, October 12, 2019:

Luncheon at the Food Court in the Willow Grove Mall will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. This informal get-together is a chance for members and non-members to share ideas and opinions on just about everything imaginable. Join us. The conversations are usually lively and enjoyable.

 

Book Club Saturday October 19, 2019 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble Willow Grove:

Book Club will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble in Willow Grove, PA. The selection for this month is a short story, Marigolds, by Eugenia Collier.The selection can be found on the internet. Members and non-members are welcome.

Monthly Speakers Series- Upper Moreland Library October 27, 2019 1:30 PM:

The monthly speaker will be Daniel Hoffman. The subject of his talk will be “Survival of the Fittest is Teaching to the Test”. Since the publication of “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins, there have been numerous debates among philosophers of science, ethicists, scholars in the social sciences, and biologists, about what it means to be human. Daniel Dennet, in “Bacteria to Bach and Back”, makes a strong case that humans are symbiotes of language and bodies. Peter Godfrey-Smith, in “Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection”, makes the case that the unit of selection is not an individual, rather a population. In the realm of memes, this is necessarily the case. We will explore what it means to be part of a population that teaches each other to pass social tests. Members and non-members are invited to attend.

Daniel Hoffman, philosopher and U.S. Navy veteran, received his B.A. in Philosophy from LaSalle University, and his M.A. in Philosophy from Villanova University. Mr. Hoffman completed his coursework for a doctorate from Temple University. A founding member of the Freethought Society, he has served as an officer on the board and represented it at the United Nations Freedom of Religion or Belief NGO. He currently represents Humanists International there. In addition, Mr. Hoffman serves on the Education Committee of the Philadelphia Ethical Society.

 

 

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion.

Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility.

It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice.

Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values--be they religious, ethical, social, or political--have their source in human experience and culture. 

Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
-- The American Humanist Association

For a more complete explanation of humanism, click here. 

HAGP is an educational and philosophical organization.

Our main goal is to educate the general public about the ethics and values of Humanism by being a positive influence in the community. We do this through our meetings and lectures (free to the public); community service, such as our support of Tabor Children's Services, Inc. and the work they do for youth; networking encouraging debates and humanistic activities, and continuing our efforts through letter-writing, dialogue and other educational means to maintain the Jeffersonian "wall of separation" between church and state.

OUR MEMBERSHIP is drawn from a cross section of the Greater Philadelphia area. Members range in age from early 20s to 80+, with backgrounds from many professions and walks of life. The only requirement for membership is interest in the principles of Humanism. Participation can be limited to simply attending meetings, or becoming actively involved in projects.

ACTIVITIES throughout the year include networking and socializing with other Humanist groups; reading and discussing Humanistically-themed books; observing celebrations such as Darwin Day and HumanLight, and viewing Humanistic movies.

HAGP is affiliated with the following organizations:

 

PhillyCOR, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition of Reason, is a joint effort to help you connect to local freethought and humanist groups near you; to provide you with information and a sense of community; to give you a way to combine your voice with others who are ready to move society forward.

The American Humanist Association is a national organization founded in 1941 to promote humanism in the United States. The AHA represents both secular and religious naturalistic humanism, and cooperates with other national and international humanist organizations to advance the ideals of humanism. The AHA organizes and supports local humanist chapters in many major American cities, is a full member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and provides support for other humanist organizations, including the Humanist Institute, the Humanist Society of Friends, the Friends of Religious Humanism, the AHA Feminist Caucus, and the Humanist Chapter Assembly. The AHA has an active outreach program that provides humanist celebrants, chaplains, advocates, speakers, and advisors to help individuals and organizations that need non-sectarian assistance from a naturalistic philosophical viewpoint.

The Council for Secular Humanism cultivates rational inquiry, ethical values, and human development through the advancement of secular humanism. To carry out its mission the Council for Secular Humanism sponsors publications, programs, and organizes meetings and other group activities. The Council's specific objectives are:

  • To promote secular humanist principles to the public, media, and policy-makers
  • To provide secular humanist activities and communities to serve the needs of nonreligious people and foster human enrichment
  • To demonstrate the viability of the secular humanist eupraxophy as an alternative naturalistic life-stance
  • To engage in research relating to the critical examination of religious and supernatural claims and the humanist outlook
  • To conduct educational programs for all age levels.