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Curated for Me

CFI Ottawa - Secular Community Network (Finding Unity in Diversity)

Centre For Inquiry - Ottawa
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Feb 10 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Our secular community network is currently engaged in:
Creating a shared community vision;
Developing a fair, participatory decision making process;
Making clear communication and conflict-resolution a priority;
Taking a holistic approach to building a cooperative culture between diverse people;
Building a more collaborative, yet wide-spread community of individuals aspiring to live a more humane and/or sustainable way of life through social cohesion.

Our intentional community welcomes those committed to exploring options to cultivate cooperative learning opportunities or be of service to others. Over time, we will expand our group to include book/philosophy discussions and community resource connections/referrals. Members are welcome to bring children and grandchildren to meetings provided they remain engaged in non-disruptive activities. Please include guest numbers in your RSVP so we know how many tables are needed to accommodate everyone.

To borrow from Carl Sagan, consider that we are all in the same boat heading towards the same destination on this Pale Blue Dot.

'Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

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

Important to know
We will follow CFI Canada's Code of Conduct and together develop a clear communication and conflict-resolution format.

How to find us:Look for table with "CFI Ottawa Secular Community Network" sign

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CFI Ottawa - Secular Community Network (Finding Unity in Diversity)

Feb 24 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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…
 
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Living without Religion

Living without Religion

Feb 25 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Please Note the New Time:Living Without Religion now runs from 12 to 1 and Secular Chat runs from 1 to 3. Living without Religion (LWR) is a weekly peer support group for believers and non-believers…
 
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Feb 25 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Please Note the New Time: Living Without Religion now runs from 12 to 1 and Secular Chat runs from 1 to 3. Secular Chat is an informal weekly discussion group for atheists, agnostics, humanists,…