Join The Conversation
Secular Conversations —(public welcome) freethinkers participate in respectful dialogue sharing ideas and opinions on a variety of subjects. Videos, essays, participant and guest speakers provide topics at 2:00 pm on the third Saturday each month at Cypress Hall, 8413 SW 80th Street Ocala.
June 17th 2017: Commemorating Juneteenth:
“Amazing grace,” one of America’s most recognized musical pieces, was written by Sir John Newton, a slave captain. He participated in many abhorrent evils and vicious brutalities inflicted upon Africans aboard slave ships. Many years and voyages later, he was moved to write, “It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” To understand the violence of many inner cities today, we must begin with understanding the condition and confinement of slave ships which kept human persons penned in, struggling to breath, for water and light.
Leroy Chandler’s historical analysis of the slave ship is key to understanding the conditions of America’s inner cities today. He has spent years acquiring material of the African-American experience with his “museum on wheels” in Marion County. More importantly, is his studied reflection of the material connecting the past of slave ships to inner cities today. A scholarly “tour de force” Newton had a conversion of his complicity in inhumanity, “at which my heart now shudders.” Can Americans have a conversion of heart and mind for complicity in maintaining the confinement of too many persons, penned in America’s inner cities?
Leroy Chandler will take us on a voyage of discovery, enlightenment, and hopefully conversion of heart and mind. Come aboard, and begin the perilous journey to change the course of history. We are the captains of our destiny.
Next Few Months
July 15th 2017: Nuclear Power…A Blessing or a Curse.
Instructor: Bob Zannelli
Should the US shy away from the use of nuclear energy to meet power generation needs? Are the risks of nuclear energy being evaluated rationally? Using videos produced by The Teaching Company, we will learn, at a basic laymen’s level, about radiation and nuclear fission and take an unbiased look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy. Questions and comments from the audience will be welcomed.
Bob Zannelli earned enough credits for Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology and Nuclear Engineering Technology from the University of New York Regents College.
After six years in the Navy as a nuclear power plant operator, Bob spent 27 years at various nuclear power facilities. His responsibilities were in start-up engineering and engineering support, focused mainly in the area of instrumentation, control and safety systems included new installation, design review, developing operating procedures and establishing certification standards and programs for nuclear technicians.
As an avocation, he collaborated with the physicist Dr. Gerald Fitzpatrick on three papers on the puzzle of Fermion Families in particle physics and with Dr. Victor Stenger (along with other members of Dr. Stenger’s “physics gang” on eight books and two papers, fine tuning questions in cosmology and the defense of New Atheism.
August 19th: Marijuana-Science or Fiction
While our history with cannabis has been known since the beginning of civilization, amazingly there are many myths and misconceptions about its effects on our body.
At a time when Cannabis products have been approved in several states and recently in Florida for either medical or recreational purposes, our communities need to understand the possible benefits and risks of its use. For this lecture, I have done a comprehensive review of the literature, from historical features of the plant and the data regarding its potential medical benefits, to its short and long term side effects.
Dr. Gaudier is neurologist practicing in Ocala for 25 years. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico and then move to the states for his Neurology training in Alabama, before establishing his practice in Marion County. He is former president of the Marion County Medical Society, former member of the hospice board and among other positions was chairman of the hospital ethics committee. He is known for his interest in education and has lectured extensively on topics of history, science, medicine and neurology.
Secular Friends at Home
HNCFL members and friends come together to enjoy conversation over lunch. Held monthly on the first Wednesday at 11:30 AM at a variety of restaurants. We welcome suggestions and input regarding where you would like to meet.
Seating is not prearranged nor tables pushed together preferring instead to have smaller groups at separate tables for easier communication.
On June 7 at 11:30 Secular tables meets at
In Reason We Trust
June 8-11, 2017
Informative sessions on humanist philosophy, science, social justice, the First Amendment, and more.Expert speakers and guests. Check it out conference.americanhumanist.org
RAMAL SUMMER ENRICHMENT CAMP
June 5th through July 28th
R.A.M.A.L. Educational & Social Services strives to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most by “Reaching, Aiming, Motivating and Leading.” Our mission is to provide information, training, and life coaching to empower, inspire and motivate individuals to improve their lives and the community in which they live.
To provide information, training, and life coaching which will empower, inspire, and motivate individuals to improve their lives and the community in which they live.
The summer enrichment camp will be held at the Marion County Boys and Girls Club.
We need individuals for tutoring, mentoring, special skills (i. e., art, arts. & crafts, computer, financial literacy, etc.).
Remember, we are open for suggestions of something you can offer which is not listed. Ask yourself, “What can I offer that would be fun, or informational, or educational? What can I offer which will enrich the life of an at risk student? Educational? Fun games? Writing – poetry, stories? Crafts? Grooming? Jewelry making or other craft? Chess? Computer skills? Music? These suggestions are not all-inclusive. Offer an idea or a suggestion and it will be explored to see if the program can support it.
The RAMAL curriculum for the Summer will consist of:
1. Math – 1 certified teacher
2. Reading – 1 certified teacher
3. Life Skills (financial literacy, self-esteem, character development)
4. Computer Literacy
5. Health & Fitness
This is a new section of the newsletter. Any member may submit comments, ideas, thoughts, that relate to our organization. The following is an article from Emmett Coyne on his reflections of our latest Secular Conversations meeting.
HNCFL PO BOX
There is a new PO Box to use as the mailing address for the HNCFL. Just be extra careful with all those 2s and 7s.
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RESIST?
The U.S. Constitution provides protection for disagreeing with leaders and policies. INDIVISIBLE is an online guide developed by former progressive congressional staffers who “believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda but a resistance built-in the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness.” This short guide offers proven strategies for action and making your voice heard. Google INDIVISIBLE to read this free guide. Groups have formed in Stone Creek, OTOW, Dunnellon and Ocala.
Have a smart-phone or tablet? Text RESIST to 50409. You will receive a message from RESISTBOT who will invite you to identify your concerns and what you want your leaders in DC to know. It will then send your comments to their offices. It is the least one can do.
MEETUP: Ocala/Marion Co Freethinkers, Humanists, Agnostics site is available to everyone online. You can find them HERE.
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