A Scientific Explanation of Spirituality

Dr. Frank Heile

July 30, 2017

Dr. Frank Heile, who has physics degrees from Stanford and MIT, will be discussing his upcoming book, “Spirituality Explained – A Model of Consciousness and Spirituality” (https://spiritualityexplained.com/). This explanation of spirituality is completely compatible with the currently known laws of physics and science; thus, there are no “spirits” in this explanation of spirituality!

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Empowering Women in Ghana with Cookstoves

Adam Creighton, Alanna Miel

July 23, 2017

Over one-third of the planet still cooks their food over open fires–at a human health and environmental cost that is staggering, and wholly unsustainable. The health and economic impacts fall hardest on the shoulders of women and young girls, and the paradigm contributes to systemic poverty among the most vulnerable people in the world.

For almost 10 years, the team at InStove (www.instove.org) has been building a movement centered around a technology that could change this paradigm. From unsustainable cooking that kills forests, blackens lungs, and dirties the air, to clean cooking that feeds hundreds at a time, makes hospitals safer, and helps women build their economic assets to escape poverty–for good–InStove has mobilized a sector behind approaches and partnerships that work.

Come see Alanna Miel and Adam Creighton of InStove discuss their work and the newest applications of their renewable energy technology–a stove which the US EPA has found to be the most efficient in the world.

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Naturalistic Transcendentalism

Dr. Peter Bishop

July 16, 2017

Here is a summary from Dr. Bishop:

This is a philosophy that ties together everything that I have been discovering from a philosophical point of view, and published in my first peer-reviewed journal article of the same name in the Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism.

I am continuing to make headway on this work, but I will present the fundamental point of view: starting from the Transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was interested in the human capacity for intuition and other religious experiences, such as revelations, but looking at this from the 21st century and a 21st century naturalism. There are three major areas of philosophy that are ripe for advance with such a point of view, and I lay out the three areas in my talk.

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Learning to Live

Wes Fornes

July 9, 2017

One of the most impacting statements ever is the Socratic statement: the unexamined life is not worth living. It takes courage to view yourself as the subject matter for interrogation, scrutiny, and questioning. Wes will come at this idea with experience from counseling patients in their last stage of life while on hospice.

Wes Fornes is a former Evangelical pastor who is now an Atheist chaplain. Once a passionate evangelist for Jesus Christ, Wes now uses his passion for meaning-making to help the dying and bereaved deal with loss. The fundamental focus for Wes is: How can I have meaning and purpose in life? Unable to shake his deep conviction for spirituality, his career now as a Secular Humanist revolves around helping terminally ill patients on hospice cope with grief and death.

After receiving a master’s degree in Theological Philosophy and studying Existentialist Philosophy at Oxford’s Green College, Wes spent 12 years deeply committed to full-time ministry. Wes pastored churches in both Baptist and Pentecostal traditions while in Texas and Virginia. In 2010, Wes left the ministry after being a closet Atheist for a year while still a pastor.

Currently, Wes directs the psychosocial team of chaplains and social workers whose goal it is to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and their families. Wes often speaks in the Bay Area on issues concerning ethics, morality, grief and terror management theory.

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Report on the June 2017 AHA Conference

Debbie Allen, Paul Gilbert, Arthur Jackson

July 2, 2017

HCSV Executive Director Debbie Allen, HCSV Board President Paul Gilbert, and longtime HCSV member and leader Arthur Jackson will present their impressions and thoughts about the 2017 American Humanist Association (AHA) Conference, which they attended in Charleston, South Carolina in June.

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