This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.
Humanists of Linn County and Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers are pleased to announce a half-day symposium titled, “Death and Dying Beyond Belief.” This is a cooperative effort between the Eastern and Central Iowa Coalitions of Reason and focuses on various death and dying topics including death with dignity and end of life preparations, hospice care from a non-theist perspective, memorial services for non-theists, personal stories of facing death without belief in a god or afterlife, and how death and grieving differs for non-theists. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, HOWEVER, WE WILL BE REQUESTING DONATIONS TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES.
Confirmed speakers include:
State Representative Liz Bennett – Representative Bennett will speak on the Death with Dignity issue within the Iowa State Legislature.
Kay Becker – President of Compassion and Choices of Iowa. Kay is a member of First Unitarian Church of Des Moines and facilitator of the Death With Dignity Action Group at that church. She will give a presentation on what Compassion and Choices does and the importance of advanced planning and documents to aid this planning. She will also give an explanation of the Iowa Death With Dignity Act (HF65 and SF2051).
Peggy Fulton – Board certified hospice and palliative care nurse, has cared for patients and families at the end of life. Seeing families, patients and medical staff all navigate thru the end of life processes, has brought a unique perspective to Peggy’s nursing practice. Peggy and her husband Russ are active in the Iowa Athiests and Freethinkers and currently make their home in Ames.
Kevin Bradley – Final Exit Network Kevin is a writer, speaker, stress management counselor, the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, and an interfaith minister ordained in the United Church of Christ. He grew up in Southern Minnesota and started college with plans to become a minister in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, but those plans changed when his father died from lung cancer when Kevin was 21. He now refers to himself as a humanist, agnostic, atheist, or non-theist, depending on your definition of those terms. He will give a presentation on what Final Exit Network does.
Dr. Hector Avalos – Dr. Avalos is an atheist professtor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and has experienced near death situations a few times in his life. He will present a personal perspective on what that is like to a non-theist.
Dr. Paul Knupp Ed. – Dr. Kupp is President of the Humanist Society of Iowa and is a Humanist Chaplain. Dr. Knupp will speak about memorial services for non-theists.
Alan Diehl – Board member of Humanists of Linn County and former Evangelical associate pastor. Alan will be speaking about the concept of an afterlife from a non-theistic point of view.
We are still waiting to see if a state legislator can speak and also whether or not United Coalition of Reason Executive Director, Jason Heap, will be able to attend and give a presentation.
The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF and other interested parties on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.
For this session the group will begin to discuss the text “Mistakes Were Made [but not by me] (revised edition*)” by Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson.
The reading assignment for this session will cover Preface to the Revised Edition, the Introduction & chapters 1 and 2 (to page 87). Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.
*The revised edition has a blue and white cover (as shown) as opposed to the 2007 edition which has a primarily yellow cover.
The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂
*NOTE* Refreshments will no longer be provided gratis. If you require anything for drinking or snacking, you will have to bring it yourself.
You can read about the book on the publisher’s Website by following this LINK</a> or by going to the Goodreads page for the title <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/522525.Mistakes_Were_Made_But_Not_by_Me_”>HERE.
If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the publisher’s site –
“Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a compelling look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. “
This past Sunday, America awakened to fear, heartbreak, and loss after an extremist attacked an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Amidst the tragedy Orlando blood centers sent out calls for donors because of the critically low blood supply. Hundreds immediately responded, and lines as long as eleven hours were reported. The Orlando donation centers were so overwhelmed that they asked eager donors to return through the week.
In an effort of solidarity with the Orlando community and to promote good here at home, IAF would like to encourage members to donate blood if they are eligible to give. Much like Orlando, Des Moines has a critical need for blood–most especially O–and few donors as summer vacation season begins.
So please join us this Thursday to show your support and donate to a worthy cause!
Yes, we have a display in the parade, but we also have a vendor’s booth.
You can do both!
We’ll be setting up the booth at 9:00am on Sunday, and keeping it occupied until close at 6:00pm. We’ll only need a few people during the parade, but we’ll need volunteers to set up and tear down. In between, please consider spending some time handing out literature, answering questions and presenting a smiling face to the public.
Please RSVP, especially if you can help with the set up and tear down.