April 3: Humanism: Ideological, Spiritual and Radical
Speaker: Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader,
Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County (BECS)
"What is Ethical Culture? What is humanism? How do they relate to each other? Are they the same thing?" Felix Adler didn't think so, but later leaders of the Ethical Culture movement defined it as a "humanist movement." However, Joe argues that Ethical Culture "points to something beyond these[humanist] principles... something more sublime."
April 10: Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
Speaker: Dan Barker, The Freedom From Religion Foundation
Dan Barker's book begins, "When I was 15, I received a "call to the ministry." He answered the call and went on to a 19-year career as an evangelical preacher. But today he is copresident of The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which lays claim as America's largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics and skeptics), with more than 16,000 members. Come hear him tell his amazing story from the piano with music, song and speech.