The Humanist Discussion Group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Road, E. Setauket, NY 11733. You are welcome to attend one or both meetings each month.
Information about upcoming meetings of the Humanist Discussion Group may be found at Upcoming Events and News on the UUFSB home page.
Winter and Spring 2015 meeting dates are:
- January 20 (first meeting of the winter)
- February 3 & 17
- March 3 & 17
- April 7 & 21
- May 5
- May 19 (last meeting of the Spring)
The structure of a meeting consists of:
- Opening with the lighting of the chalice (the symbol of Unitarian Universalism)
- Check in by each of the participants
- Appropriate reading for the topic of discussion
- Discussion of the topic
- Feedback on what worked well in the session and what didn't
- Ending with the extinguishing of the chalice
If more than 10 people show up for the discussion, the group will be divided into smaller groups of 5 to 10 and each group will meet separately. This is done so that everyone has an opportunity to participate.
What do Humanists believe?
According to the American Humanist Association the word humanist has come to mean someone who:
- trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
- makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
- believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same."
To read the Humanist Manifesto, click here.
Some links that will provide information regarding Humanism:
International Humanist and Ethical Union is the world union of more than 100 Humanist, rationalist, laïque, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organisations in over 40 countries. Their mission is to represent and support the worldwide Humanist movement. Their aim is a Humanist world in which human rights are respected and everyone can live a life of dignity.
Huumanists Unitarian Universalists who are also Humanists
The Think Humanism forum is a humanist forum based in the UK that welcomes anyone from anywhere in the world who is interested in humanism, secularism and freethought, regardless of their personal world view.