CFI–Ottawa-Secular Community Network: Everyone working together for good
Chaque semaine le samedi
An intentional community working cooperatively to
build a fair, inclusive and cohesive society
through gaining knowledge and serving others. Secularism Is For Everyone
• Our intentional community of diverse people is engaged in cooperative learning and collaboration opportunities, through community outreach and being of service to others.
• As a secular group, we warmly welcome everyone interested in working towards our common goals; regardless of sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race or religion.
• Simply put, we understand that the only way to build a fair, cohesive, and inclusive community is by ensuring equality and respect of diversity for all. MEETING STRUCTURE
For the next few weeks (during the "business" portion of our meeting) we will be studying: Six Steps to Better Thinking: How to Disagree and Get Along
by Dr. Christopher DiCarlo The goal? Be more empowered to have meaningful discussions about important issues, disagree entirely, and still be able to get along. 9 – 10 am Business planning: community outreach/charitable/service project discussions. (We hope to improve ourselves while we improve our community.) 10 – 11 am Secular Community Conversation - a lightly moderated weekly discussion and active learning session: Philosophy=love of wisdom, books/current events in a community fellowship environment. Feel free to participate or just listen. No pressure opportunity to just hang out with your fellow humans. Please join us if you are interested in creating a more sustainable society through exploring options to cultivate cooperative learning opportunities or be of service to others. You are welcome to bring children or grandchildren to meetings provided they remain engaged in non-disruptive activities.
http://centreforinquiry.ca/cfi-ottawa-secular-community-network/ To borrow from Carl Sagan, consider that we are all in the same boat heading towards the same destination on this “Pale Blue Dot.” '...The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.' Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, Random House, 1994