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.
• We are a wide-ranging group of open-minded people who hold a variety of worldviews but together recognize our common humanity and value the learning that comes from respectful dialogue and disagreement.
• 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. General Meeting Outline 9:00 - 9:15 am: Business planning and Community Outreach – charitable and service project discussions 9:15 - 9:45 am: Book study – critical thinking – philosophy – presentations and other cooperative learning activities
[We are currently studying: Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication by Oren Jay Sofer] https://more.orenjaysofer.com/book/ 9:45 - 10: 30 am: Community Conversation - a 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 by 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/ Online Discussion Group Link Below: This moderated public group provides an opportunity to continue discussions started at our face-to-face meetings - it's a place to provide extra comments and relevant links. It will also be used to gauge interest in suggested topics, events, projects, and logistics (eg timing, venues, etc). https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cfi-scn-ottawa-discussion We’re all in the same boat, using a variety of paddles—but we still need to paddle together. “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
—Einstein, The Einstein Papers