Humanist Help in the Danger Zones

Hank Pellissier

11 a.m., October 23, 2022

Join the Humanist Forum this Sunday at 11 AM, in person OR on Zoom.
Hank Pellissier, founder and director of the nonprofit Humanist Global Charity, will be in Mountain View to discuss “Humanist Help in the Danger Zones”.

Afghanistan, civil war-torn Myanmar, and northern Nigeria are viewed as “off-limits” to Westerners, but Humanist Global Charity successfully delivers aid in these areas.
In Afghanistan, funds are sent via cryptocurrency wallets to refugees, victims of Taliban persecution, and a “secret school” run by teenagers.
In Myanmar, aid is provided to jungle refugee camps, an orphanage, and a safe house for battered wives, by wiring funds to Burmese Atheists accounts outside the nation.
In northern Nigeria, a region plagued by Boko Haram terrorism, Humanist Global Charity and on-the-ground closeted secularists fund an internet cafe, ice cream factory, and communal shelter for 120 homeless street boys.
Humanist Global Charity also set up mutual aid groups in India, Uganda, and Zambia, and it expanded to Tanzania, Kenya, Bangladesh, Mexico, and Nepal.
This lecture provides an overview of its recent activities, with an emphasis on the poorest, most violent areas.

In addition to founding Humanist Global Charity, our presenter Hank Pellissier is director of Share The World Club.
He was a columnist at NYTimes, SFGate.com, Salon.com, education writer at GreatSchools.org, performance artist, and Poetry Slam co-champ.
He launched the world’s first atheist film festival, the world’s first atheist orphanage, two cooperative preschools, and a comedy institute.
He produced eight transhumanist conferences, and was Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technology think tank.
He believes in economic equity, geo-tinyism, and “information wants to be free.”

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Is Religion Really Evil? A Humanist Chaplain Reflects on Interfaith Work

Humanist Chaplain Ben Iten

11 a.m., October 16, 2022

Many humanists recognize the societal ills for which religion is often responsible. But is this all there is to religion? Humanist Chaplain Ben Iten will reflect on his work and what he’s learned working with people from a variety of religious backgrounds.

Ben is an endorsed Humanist Chaplain with the American Humanist Association. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies from The Ohio State University and his Masters of Divinity from the Methodist School of Ohio. Ben completed his CPE internship and residency with OhioHealth including a second-year residency in Palliative Care. He currently functions as a staff chaplain for OhioHealth as well as Certified Educator Candidate.

You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists in the Maple Room at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Lunch will be served after the forum at a nominal fee.

Those of us attending in person will follow COVID protocols. We require vaccinations and masks, and if you have symptoms that may be COVID, kindly attend on Zoom (see below).

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221016 Ben Iten.mp4 from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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“Love No Matter What,” a TED Talk by Andrew Solomon

A video of a TED Talk by Andrew Solomon

11 a.m., October 9, 2022

This Sunday, for the second time since the pandemic, you can join the Humanist Forum in person OR on Zoom. (We have delayed the talk by Humanist Chaplain Benjamin Iten one more week to give us time to iron out all the bugs in our hybrid, in-person and Zoom forums.)
Instead, we will watch and discuss “Love No Matter What,” a TED Talk by writer Andrew Solomon.
You can preview this 23-minute video at: https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_love_no_matter_what

You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists in the Maple Room at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Lunch will be served after the forum at a nominal fee.

Those of us attending in person will follow COVID protocols. We require vaccinations and masks, and if you have symptoms that may be COVID, kindly attend on Zoom (see below).

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Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Penn Jillette

A video of Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Penn Jillette

11 a.m., October 2, 2022

Join the Humanist Forum, this Sunday at 11 AM, in person OR on Zoom, to watch and discuss the video, “Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Penn Jillette.” This delightful conversation is from Live Talks LA, and was recorded at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School on October, 2015. They will discuss Dawkin’s memoir, “Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science”.

You can attend our forums in person with fellow humanists in the Maple Room at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View. Lunch will be served after the forum at a nominal fee.

Those of us attending in person will follow COVID protocols. We require vaccinations and masks, and if you have symptoms that may be COVID, kindly attend on Zoom (see below).

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Meeting ID: 816 5389 0712
Passcode: 250634

You can also call any of the following phone numbers and then enter the above Meeting ID and the Passcode in order to join the meeting by phone.
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
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SkepTalk: How to Effectively Push Back Against Misinformation

A video of a talk by Jonathan Jarry

11 a.m., September 25, 2022

This Sunday we will watch and discuss a video from Bay Area’s SkepTalk on “How to Effectively Push Back Against Misinformation.”
This informative talk will address fears of the backfire effect, as well as provide evidence-based recommendations on how best to push back against misinformation, using examples drawn from the ivermectin saga, Havana syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity.
The speaker, Jonathan Jarry, is a science communicator with McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, dedicated to separating sense from nonsense on the scientific stage. He has a Master’s degree in molecular biology, and he brings his experience in cancer research, human genetics, rehabilitation research, and forensic biology to the work he does for the public. With cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos, he co-hosts the award-winning medical podcast The Body of Evidence. He talks about science every Friday on CTV Montreal News and is regularly interviewed in both English- and French-language media.
You can preview this video here:

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Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

To see the Forum, and to ask questions or make comments, if you wish, click here.
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