humanist-greenThe 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 generally be found at Upcoming Events and News on the UUFSB home page.

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TUESDAY NOV. 15. 7:00 P.M. (in the Yellow Room):

The topic led by Andy Collver and Rich Ohlrogge will be "Inventing cooperative ways for Gig workers to survive and prosper." They will be presenting a way to create private enterprises that rely on neither government nor capitalist ownership but draw their strength from worker ownership and democratic participation.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the Gig Economy as a workforce characterized by “single project[s] or task[s] for which a worker is hired, often through a digital marketplace, to work on demand.” Presently some 30 percent of the U.S. labor force is in the Gig Economy.Those numbers are expected to grow significantly in the coming years. A study from Intuit predicts that by 2020, 40 percent of US workers will fall into this category. That is some 60 million people, equivalent to the total population of Great Britain. Workers with specialized skills, deep expertise, or in-demand experience choose to join the Gig Economy because they can do well in it.

Many people, however, are being forced into the Gig Economy because they lost their job, cannot find another job and have no choice but to try to survive in the GIG Economy.  The latter include family men and women in their 40's and 50's who have lost jobs, or are going to lose jobs, jobs that have been automated, eliminated, contracted out, or outsourced to cheaper labor. Many of these people are struggling or going to struggle to survive because they do not have the entrepreneur skills needed to find work in the Gig Economy. We will consider ways to help them.

Perhaps you know someone who has chosen to be in or forced to be in the Gig Economy. You may wish to join us to add your voice to the discussion.

Map and Directions

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.

If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Gil Hanson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or, feel free to just show up. You will find a welcoming group.

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.

American Humanist Association

Huumanists Unitarian Universalists who are also Humanists

Humanist Community at Harvard

British Humanist Association

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.