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James Croft: Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism
Sunday, April 21, 2013
4:00 PM

Gage Hall (Unitarian Church)
4 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC

Building the Temple of the Future: Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism

Humanists have high moral principles and lofty goals: a true Humanist vision would lead to nothing less than the transformation of the world. And yet, in the decades since Humanism became a well-defined creed, we have not had the political and cultural impact we might wish for. If we are to build a better world – what Robert Ingersoll called the Temple of the Future – we need to work harder, smarter, and with greater conviction than ever before. In this presentation James will draw on history, culture, science and his experience as an activist to show Humanists how they can come together, build community, and begin to fulfill the promise of their beliefs.

James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, where he works on the Humanist Community Project, helping build communities for nonreligious people. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, while training to become a leader in the Ethical Culture movement. He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek, and is a proud, gay Humanist.

James also has a blog entitled “Temple of the Future” which he uses to empower Humanists to express their worldview with the eloquence and immediacy of Ingersoll, and to build ethical communities – “temples of the future.” You can read more here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/templeofthefuture

We will be collecting donations for our Charity of the Quarter, the Palmetto House, a shelter for women and children in Summerville. http://www.lowcountryhumanists.org/default.php?page=Community

As always, we will go to dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

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