Recently our President, Karen, was part of a discussion on Human Rights without God at the University as part of the Relevant series put on by the Christian Student Union groups. Here is a transcript of her presentation:
In order to discuss the ideas of Human Rights we first have to break it down into sections to discuss:
- Human Rights stem from ideas that humans are unique in our dignity, worth and value
- Human Rights come from a sense of equality, which in turn comes from a sense of justice and fairness
- Justice and fairness require a method of morality; how we come to know right from wrong while also requiring we care for others.
I hold an evolutionary viewpoint on morals, one which includes consequentialism and constructivism and what world leading primatologist, Frans De Waal has coined as ‘’bottom-up morality’’. My arguments lie more in biology than they do in philosophy.
This year, Karen is unable to host her annual New Year’s Eve games night.
Board member Margaret has stepped up and is happy to have the get together at her place instead. Cards Against Humanity, as always, will feature.
If you are interested in dropping by please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on our facebook page using the message box in order to get her address.
Happy New Year!
Apparently Steel Wheels is currently closed, so we will go across the street the other direction to The Next Act 8224 104 street
Some conflicts with the group out in Stony Plain and the original date of December 14th, so please note that this meeting has changed to December 7th.
Apparently there is a late Oilers game on, on the 20th November. Sherlock Holmes has cancelled their trivia night due to this conflict, so we’ll join trivia the week later on the 27th instead.
We completed a large amount of the highway cleanup today so will cancel tomorrow’s event. The weather wasn’t overly great (cold!) and with such a little amount left to do it seems like a bit of a waste of time. We already completed the entire clean up in the spring, and our contract with the province is for once a year anyway, so we’ve done more than we are required to.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered!
If you are looking for other volunteer events, we do have a food bank sorting event coming up in october…just check out our events page.
Due to the weather this weekend we’ve had to push the fall highway clean up back again. Please join us on the 29th and/or the 30th.
Event details here:
We have decided to join in with Westwood Unitarians book club during the months that it runs. The events have already been listed for Nov, Jan, Feb, and March, so you can check out their upcoming book list. April will be added once a book title for that month has been chosen.
In the months they do not have a book club, we will continue with ours on the last Sunday of the month at Second Cup as per usual (with exception of December).
The FreeThinker Book club meets in the basement of the Westwood Unitarian Church at 7:00 PM on the last Wednesday of the month from Oct-March. The format varies but typically begins with a round table check-in and first reactions to the book. This is followed by a free ranging discussion, triggered by questions from other members.
All are welcome – atheists, humanists, agnostics, and theists and of course ‘free thinkers!!
Here are the shifts and the location of the Pride Booth. We are in booth 604.
Come stop by and see us!
Friday night set up, 7pm – 9pm : Karen
June 9th, Saturday Pride!
10am – 11:00 Randy
10am – 1:00 Tamara
11am – 1:00 Karen
1:00 – 2:00 Martin
1:00 – 2:00 Tom
1:45 – 3:45 Marion
2:00 – 4:00 Gary
2:00 – 3:30 Eric
3:45 – 4:45 Ashley
3:00 – 5:00 Doreen
4:00 – 6:00 Mark
4:30 – teardown Karen