UUHK Humanist Group gathering: Explore Life's Big Questions 29/4/17
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UUHK Humanist Group gathering
Explore Life's Big Questions Date: 29 April 2017
Place: Hong Kong Christian Institute, 10/F, 11 Mongkok Road, Mongkok, Kowloon
The essence this first meeting: Do you like regular atheist gatherings? Let's talk!
In the latest issue of the UU monthly newsletter Quest, a short story for kids tells a simple basic worldview of atheism: humans are made of atoms. One of the purposes for which religions have been invented was to answer the fundamental existential question: where do we come from? Atheism does have an answer: we are made of atoms which come from the stars. This simple story brought out the vital message: Atheists should and can ask and answer life's ultimate questions (Where do we come from? What is the meaning of life? How should we live? Where will we end up?). Exploring these big questions from the perspective of atheism shall be important and interesting! Do you like regular atheist gatherings? Regular gatherings can build a sense of community, something that is often lacking for atheists. Shall we start one? If yes, what to do? How often? Where to meet? Let's talk and enjoy the process!
Form: Free discussions, brain-storming
1. Establish worthiness (if not, simply drop the idea)
2. Set purpose/aim/directions
3. Plan arrangements:
a) What to do (discussions on podcasts*; participants take turn to organize?)
b) Frequency (weekly/biweekly/monthly)
c) Venue (CityU canteen/Starbucks/a pub/HKCI/etc.)
d) As a joint event with other atheist group(s) in Hong Kong?
e) Sunday Assembly?**
*Example podcast material:
Podcast "Waking Up with Sam Harris"
Episode 67: Meaning and Chaos
"In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson discuss science, religion, archetypes, mythology, and the perennial problem of finding meaning in life."
**A possible model: Sunday Assembly
(Anyone interested in setting one up in Hong Kong?)
Taboo (old Delaney's)
1/F, One Capital Place
18 Luard Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(upstairs in the dining room)
Come and join us for the first of our weekly atheist community Sunday gatherings. Swap stories about "coming out" to your family, and your experiences with non-belief in general. Or just talk about science, philosophy, and the meaning of life with like-minded individuals.
Big Question Lab is the Humanist Hub's children's program; developed originally as -- the Learning Lab (2012 - 2015) -- as a secular Sunday school for humanist, atheist, agnostic, and multi-faith families who wanted to teach their kids about morals and critical thinking.
It was further developed in 2015/16 by a team of educators, humanist community members, families, and a multi-modal artist/teacher A Hughman (Nick Bohl) who is documenting (in YouTube series form) their goal to help kids in communities develop as compassionate, creative, and critical thinking human beings.