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Leadership

President: Bob Lennon
Vice President: Rick Hopkins
Treasurer: Len Moskoff 
Secretary: Martha Knox 
Membership Chair: Jim Childress
Book Club Moderator: Eileen Childress
Facebook Coordinator:
Alex Greene

Additional Board Members: 
Elaine Oxman  
Rosemary Horstman 
Brian Bohmueller
 

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Upcoming Events

Movie Night: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 
Saturday January 7, 2016 7PM – 10PM
BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2040 West Street Rd. Warrington, PA (circle Time room)

SPECIAL HAGP Speakers Series: Justin Vacula hosts discussion on Stoic philosophy 
Sunday, January 8, 2016 1:30 PM 
Upper Moreland Library 109 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 

Social Lunch  
Saturday  January 14, 2016 Noon 
Willow Grove Park Mall (the food court on the 3rd floor) 2500 West Moreland Road, Willow Grove, PA

The Book Club: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
Saturday January 21 , 2016 7PM -  Barnes and Noble 102 Park Ave, Willow Grove, PA 

HAGP Speakers Series: Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism by David S. Cohen & Krysten Connon (will have copies of book to with them)
Sunday, January 29, 2016 1:30 PM 
Upper Moreland Library 109 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA

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 program meetings are an opportunity for group members to come together with each other; become educated on a topic by hearing from a speaker; or discuss issues and explore ideas. Our lecture series covers a wide variety of subjects. Speakers have come from all the the Delaware Valley, many US states, and even abroad.

When and Where: Program meetings are last Sundays from 1:30pm-4pm at the Upper Moreland Library in Willow Grove. There are no program meetings in July and August due to a seasonal change in library hours.
Upper Moreland Library 109 Park Avenue Willow Grove, PA
Library's website
map and directions

When you enter the library, the meeting will be in the first room on your left - just several yards after the entrance.

 *** NOTE: No program meeting in July, or August. ***

SPECIAL January 8: Justin Vacula hosts discussion on Stoic philosophy

Stoic philosophy -- introduced in Ancient Greece and popularized by thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca -- addresses topics such as death, meaning, happiness, handling adversity, forming proper judgments, and personal choice/freedom thorough a lens of prioritizing reason and personal aspiration. 

Rather than drawing upon a tradition informed by religion, stoic philosophy offers wisdom humanists can appreciate. Join event host Justin Vacula in exploring stoic thought in examining its strengths and possible shortcomings. Perhaps you too can apply wisdom from the Ancient Greeks to enrich your everyday life. (This series will continue throughout the year)

 

January 29: Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism by David S. Cohen & Krysten Connon (will have copies of book to with them)

Abortion is a legal, common, and safe medical procedure that one in three American women will undergo. Yet ever since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, anti-abortion forces have tried nearly every tactic to eliminate it. Legislative and judicial developments dominate the news, but a troubling and all-too-common phenomenon-targeted vigilante action against individual abortion providers-is missing from the national discussion, only cropping up when a dramatic story like the murder of an abortion provider pushes it to the forefront. Every day, men and women who are associated with abortion care are harassed, threatened, stalked, picketed, sent hate mail, and otherwise terrorized. Those who seek help from the law are sometimes successful, but not always, either because there are insufficient protections built into the law, or because law enforcement officials fail to respond. 

February 26: Barbara Mancini “Who gets to decide how you will die?”

Dying, of course, gets us all.  In 2013, 93 year-old Joe Yourshaw was dying.  He had prepared carefully for the end of his life by discussing his wishes, completing an advance directive, appointing a healthcare proxy and enrolling in home hospice care.   Yet his careful planning devolved into a nightmarish ordeal where he was subjected to unwanted medical treatment in defiance of his wishes, and his daughter, Barbara Mancini, endured a year-long criminal prosecution for “aiding an attempted suicide.”  Her case sparked outrage and condemnation in the media, and it was ultimately dismissed by a judge due to a “lack of competent evidence.”