This is our regular weekly Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of topics!
Yes it is that time again, time to haul out the holly and decorate a tree! We will have only one prep session ahead of the actual decorating day but it is always a fun way to gather together and help a good cause, the Blank Children’s Hospital.
For address in Ames, call Peggy at 515-291-8693 and she’ll have all the supplies we need to create handmade ornaments. This year is a farm house theme “Heartland Holiday”! Hot glue guns will be ready!
Yes it is that time again, time to haul out the holly and decorate a tree! For many years now, the IAF has decorated a tree at the Festival of Trees & Lights all proceeds of which benefit Blank Children’s Hospital. Please join us in continuing this proud tradition of community service. Plus, you get a free sneak peek at all the other trees that are decorated by other groups!
“In 1984 the Festival of Trees & Lights made its debut in Des Moines, and since that time families and friends of all ages have eagerly awaited this fun-filled event to kick-off the holiday season. With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children’s area, food, entertainment and special events, “Festival” has become a central Iowa tradition.”
How will YOU use the hour you get back this weekend?
Lyle Simpson, former Executive Director of the American Humanist Association, will be presenting a forum “The Philosophy of Humanism” at 9:15am and repeating again at 11am in Channing Hall. All are invited to the presentation by Lyle on the philosophy of humanism: what defines a humanist, how we determine what’s true, what it means to be a humanist, and what is our purpose for our own lives.
This will be step one on the road to earning the official designation from the UUHumanists organization as a Freethinker-Friendly Congregation.
The presentation is open to all. Atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers as well as humanists are encouraged to attend.
By popular demand, IAF founding member and past President Randy Henderson presents Critical Bible Study! The keyword is “critical” as in revealing the misrepresentations, inconsistencies and contradictions of the Christian Bible in its many forms.
This session will be the third and final session on the topic of “Jesus: Fact, Fiction and Myth.” While the historicity of Jesus is being questioned, we will study the four gospels as the primary source material. In November we will finish the survey of the gospels of Acts and John to see what is really there. So if you wish to read Acts and John note any questions, comments, issues and we will discuss them. This will also be the final session for the year so don’t miss this one!
Feel free to bring a bible (yes, many of us still have one!) and food and covered drink is allowed in the Millie Knee room.
About Randy Henderson: Randy studied three years for ministry in a conservative Bible College called Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. He finished undergrad studies at Dana College in Blair, Neb. with degrees in Social Sciences and Religion. In the ’70’s he pastored a church that he helped found in Council Bluffs that was a non-denominational congregation that was Charismatic/Pentecostal. Masters degree in Psychology, Counseling with School Counseling endorsement from U. of Neb. Thirty years atheist and agnostic with the American Atheists, formerly as Iowa state AA director and Freedom from Religion Foundation member.