Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

Sept 23rd: What Can You Believe, If You Don’t Believe in God, by Michael Werner

Learn the answers to some of life’s crucial questions; What is true? How shall we live our lives? How do I find my purpose, meaning and joy in life?

Michael Werner is the author of a new highly acclaimed book, “What can you believe if you don’t believe in God”.

This book is intended to help you live your life, and to shed some light on your own values and ethics, if you don’t believe in God. More than just a primer on Humanism, but not quite a full-blown treatise on philosophy, it offers some answers to those crucial questions Socrates asked: What is true? And how shall we live our lives? Those of us who don’t believe in the supernatural sometimes struggle to understand how we can ground ourselves ethically, and how to find truth, meaning, purpose and joy. This book offers ideas about how to know, without depending on Holy Scriptures or guidance from a deity, what it means to lead a good and ethical life.
“Humanism is a value system whose time has come: a positive philosophy for the surging proportion of the world’s population who indicate ‘None’ as their religion but seek meaning, morality, and purpose in their lives. Michael Werner’s statement of Humanism is clear, effective, and graceful, just right for our times.” Steven Pinker, professor of psychology, Harvard University author, “The Better Angels of Our Nature” and “How the Mind Works.”
“Mike Werner captures the depth and breadth of Humanism in his latest work. He shows us what love, reason, imagination and science can have in common. In doing so, he demonstrates what we all have to live for, strive for, and believe in.” Roy Speckhardt, executive director, American Humanist Association
“Outstanding and a must read for everyone who takes life seriously.” Rev. William R. Murry, former president, Meadville Lombard Theological School, University of Chicago
“Michael Werner has written the quintessential book on Humanism for the 21st century. Not since Corliss Lamont’s, The Philosophy of Humanism, has a book so beautifully explained the Humanist position on non-belief with such clarity.” Rev. Suzanne Paul Founder and Executive Director, Center for Secular Humanism

Bio: Michael Werner is president of the Humanist Foundation, is past president of the American Humanist Association, adjunct faculty member of the Humanist Institute. He has taught widely at major universities. He was one of the founders of SMART Recovery a Self Management and Recovery Training recovery program for addictions. He was in the chemical business and now lives in Wilmington, NC. Michael is a past board member of Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear.

Doors open at 9:00 am for optional buffet breakfast ($5 donation) and socializing. Presentation begins at 10:00 am.

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

A Children's Program is available during the Speaker Meeting. Please see the HSGP Meetup for the Children's Program at this meeting for more information and to RSVP with the number of children attending.

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We invite you to become a dues-paying member of HSGP. For your convenience, the membership desk is immediately behind the welcome desk at each Sunday meeting.

Thank you! See you at the HSGP Community Center!

Date: 09/23/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 9:00am - 11:30am MDT

Location: 627 W RIO SALADO PKWY MESA, 85201-4009 United States

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Shop for Food Historically, this has been completed the day before the event.

• Must be a key holder • Costco membership preferred • Determine need based on donations by food preparation volunteers • Purchase items for Sunday breakfast • Deliver these goods to the HCC


Food Preparation & Replenishment 7-9 a.m.; Must be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

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Food Preparation and Replenishment 7-9 a.m. Do NOT need to be key holder

• Prepare food and beverages for breakfast. • Replenish food, plates, cups, utensils, etc. as needed. • Ensure the circuit breakers for the water heaters are turned on.

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Set Up Meeting Room 8 A.M. - 10 A.M. (2)

• Set up tables and chairs. • Place tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers, and flower vases on each table. • Set plates, bowls, silverware, etc., on buffet table. • Fill the coffee station with coffee cups, cocoa, and appropriate condiments.

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Greet and Welcome 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. (3)

• Greet attendees and make them feel welcome. • Distribute badges appropriately. • Offer a tour to new guests who have not visited the community center.

1 of 3 slots filled
Jeanne Devine

Bring a Casserole/Main Dish 8:45 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. (3)

Bring a casserole or main breakfast dish to the community center by 9:00 am. Don’t have a casserole recipe? Ask us to send you one in your email.


Humanist Minute Speaker 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Share what Humanism means to you through a short reading or other self-expression. Need an idea? Ask us to send you a list of resources in your email.


Cleanup 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (2)

Cleanup: clear tables; clean and store coffee urns and serving dishes; sort and discard trash and recyclables.

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Theresa Ryan (2)

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