Coffee and Community – Episode 69

Sundays are not so holy anymore.  Not if we have anything to say about it.  And so we have coffee and community, a place for nonbelievers to get together.  To share in that tradition and basic human need of community and togetherness is what brings us together.

C & C is one of the Hub’s longest-running and most popular events.  It’s a great way to share a drink, break bread, and share ideas and learn from each other.  Just don’t call it atheist church, thankfully we’re not worshiping or idolizing anything except that blessed molecule, caffeine.

GUESTS:

Many guests and attendees including:

Chauncey, Becky, Joe, Mugsy, Lianna, Cathy, Pam

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

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What is a Secular Conference? – Episode 58

Colorado Secular Conference 2019

CSC 19 brought together hundreds of atheists and freethinkers from around the nation, as well as dozens of groups and vendors.  It was a special opportunity for community, camaraderie, and support as well as the vital exchange of ideas and lived experience on a large scale.

The Secular Hubcast was on hand to capture the moment by conducting interviews with some familiar voices and many new ones.

I know what I’ll be asking folks for the next little while:  Where’s the next conference you’ll be attending?

To learn more, contact the organizers, or buy merch pay CSC 19 a visit at their online home

Please visit the websites or social media of our special guests to let them know you heard them on Secular HubCast:

Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist program

Annie Laurie Gaylor, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Shelley Segal, Musician

Visit the websites of the guests we interviewed in this episode:

Humanists Doing Good  These guys have a lot of volunteer opportunities, if you’re in Grand Junction

We welcomed the The Satanic Temple Colorado to the conference and come to appreciate their nontheistic religion.  Thanks and we’re looking forward to seeing you again sometime

evolvefish.com  Check them out, they have what you neeeeeed!!

Skeptic Bret, host of Athiests on High podcast as well as an organizer for Pike’s Peak Athiests, has a lot to say

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Episode 52 – Love

DENVER PRIDE

Secular Hub has been a proud supporter and participant in Denver’s annual celebration for several years.  The outreach and volunteerism has been growing and it is because Pride is such a special and brilliant event.

We’re greatly looking forward to next year and looking forward to carrying the spirit and principles of PRIDE within us until then.

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Chauncey

GUESTS:

Becky, Secular Hub board member

Claudette, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Denver Chapter

HOTS (Human On The Street):  Mugsy, Caley, Tessa, Zena, Michelle

Secular Hub Members/Volunteers:  Amy, Anne, Joe, Chauncey, Jesse

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Episode 51 – Becoming Atheist

Some say we are born atheist and religion is placed on us only after we are old enough to absorb it.  That may be true, yet why do so many atheists need to leave a faith community?  It what ways can it be simple or difficult?

Describing one’s deconversion story can be a powerful way for atheists to meet and share ideas.  Learning why someone left a community to face the real world on their own can give one great insight into who they really are.

Join Chauncey and Jesse as they describe their journey’s from faith to atheism.

You should totally come to Apogaea next year!  It was awesome!

If that’s not your thing check out Mike the Headless Chicken Day instead!

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Chauncey

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Episode 45 – Death Cafe

A Safe Place to Talk about Death

The Death Duo, Heili and Stephanie, join us for a delightful discussion about death and dying.  This can be a very difficult topic to discuss, but it is very important to give thought and attention to what may happen to us before it is too late.

As painful as the topic can be it can also be a lot of fun to think about, if you’re with the right people.  In this discussion we cover everything from choosing when to go into hospice, to coping with or supporting the dying, to alternative ways to care for one’s remains.

Are you interested in learning more about Death Cafe or hosting one of your own?  Visit the official site to join the community

Talking about dying with loved ones is difficult.  Use this starter kit to help you.  Before it’s TOO LATE!

I guess it’s true.  We live in a world where Luke Perry can be buried in a mushroom suit

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures

Guests: Heili and Stephanie

Host: Jesse Gilbertson, Chauncey William

Episode 40 – Feeding on the News 2

News.

It pours down upon us in an endless stream, relentless and ruthless.  It can drive one to withdraw and say “To HELL with the world.  I’m not paying attention anymore!”

But it’s my world, too, and yours. So it’s on all of us to care, to pay attention.  Join us, pay attention and form your own opinions.  The propaganda out there is strong, the antidote is alertness and vigilange.

Join us.

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling, Melissa Huff, Chauncey Williams

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Episode 39 – Logical Episode

A wise man once told me:  a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.  In this episode Chauncey, Paul, and Jesse attempt to increase their knowledge of one of humankind’s oldest mental disciplines:  LOGIC.

Everybody likes to claim to be logical.  But how many of us can define it or exercise it in life?  Why do so many people make so many illogical decisions all the time?

In addition to defining and explaining, we discuss some real world logical arguments put forth by some highly questionable sources.  Let’s just say, the logic doesn’t quite hold up.

Check out the FIELD GUIDE TO CRITICAL THINKING.  Very good stuff.  We have barely scratched it in our discussions, really.

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling, Chauncey Williams

Editor: Paul Schilling

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Episode 38 – Ask Me Anything

Atheists need to be more visible in society and it is accomplished by individuals getting out there and making themselves so.  This can be a little awkward at times but is always a good time.  Chauncey, Paul, and Jesse relate some of the weirder stories from past events volunteering.

The discussion flows into the meaning of life, death and everything else.  This is very similar to how some of these Ask An Atheist day discussions can go.

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling, Chauncey Williams

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

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Episode 37 – Coming Out Atheist

Coming Out Atheist:  Why Does it Matter?

Chauncey, Paul, and Jesse discuss their past experiences coming out as atheist, how they did it and why.  It’s a personal choice for each individual as to when they come out and in what manner.  If we’re able, most of us come out to different people at different times, in a way that seems best or safest.  At a certain point we move from a point of fear to one of pride in our authentic identity and volunteer time to spread it to others.

  1. It allows us to interact with believers in a respectful way
  2. It dispels common misconceptions about atheism and what it means to be secular
  3. Helps those who have never experienced it understand secular life
  4. Atheism isn’t a belief system!
  5. Promotes the benefits of secular thinking and morality
  6. Allows us to find other secular folks who don’t know there are others like them out there
  7. Accomplishes outreach to people who believe differently and establishes who we are
  8. Changes the narrative so folks hear the truth about who we are rather than someone else’s talking points
  9. We take pride in who we are and want others to know it
  10. It’s fun to go out and meet people and discuss/share ideas
  11. Be an example to others that it’s ok to be an out atheist

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Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling, Chauncey Williams

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

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Episode 30 – The Great War Part 3, Final

November 11, 1918 – November 11, 2018

In our final episode on World War 1 Robin, Chauncey, Jesse, and Paul discuss the final episode of PBS.org’s documentary, The Great War:  The American Experience.

Jesse shares from his great-grandfather’s war journal, written during the fighting in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

This was a fun experience for us.  Was it for you?  Send us your feedback podcast@secularhub.org

The Great War, a documentary on PBS.org it still highly recommended.

Note:  The Great War  is a six hour documentary, served up on PBS.org in three 2-hour segments.  This episode of the Secular Hubcast is drawn on our experience of Part 3 of the documentary only.

Hosts: Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling, Chauncey Williams, Robin

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