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

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)

Atheists Who Help – Episode 62

All hail the Volunteer Queen!

Doesn’t it seem like it can be really hard to help sometimes?  Many of us have the impulse and desire to help but don’t know how to make a meaningful difference.  It’s common enough to look for a group, an organization already established to make it easier.

Monique is our guest this episode and we discuss how a group makes those volunteer opportunities available in the first place.  Monique is a long-term volunteer and Hub member, currently holding three volunteer positions including:

Check out Heart 9/11.  This organization is designed to help first responders, and it is the organization our Chili Cook Off will be benefitting.

GUEST:  Monique

HOST, EDITOR:  Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)

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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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)

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

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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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

Visit the Secular Student Alliance.  Send them an email and tell them you heard about them on the podcast, even if you already knew about them

Hosts:  Jesse Gilbertson, Paul Schilling, Chauncey Williams

Editor: Jesse Gilbertson

Logo Design: Terry Kirkham

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)

Episode 8 – Atheists Helping the Homeless

Service to community is a responsibility of all feeling and caring beings. Some members of the atheist/freethought community choose to provide service directly to the most vulnerable among us.

Atheists Helping the Homeless is a grass roots organization active in many communities around the nation. Denver has a dedicated and active group of nonbelievers that provides winter clothing, sleeping bags, food, hygiene supplies and other necessary items to Denver’s homeless community.

Find out what motivates these volunteers in this episode of the Secular Hubcast.

Learn more about Atheists Helping the Homeless:

Have a question for the volunteers or want to help out yourself?

Visit the Facebook page for the  Denver Chapter   of Atheists Helping the Homeless!

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See what events are happening on Meetup 

Learn more about the American Humanist Association

Music: A Himitsu – Adventures

Guest(s):  Russell Poley, Erik Watkins, Larissa, and Christian

Host(s): Mike Baumeester, Jesse Gilbertson

Videographer: Jesse Gilbertson

Episode 6 – Denver People’s Fair

Community, Volunteerism, Outreach

The People’s Fair is a 45 Year tradition in Denver, Colorado that welcomes in the summer with an enormous festival of entertainers, artists, and volunteers in a celebration of community.  According to the official website of the People’s Fair, it is

Denver’s oldest neighborhood festival and famous for bringing together a diverse population to celebrate community and enjoy the start to the summer. This Civic Center Park tradition welcomes community groups, artists, and entertainment from every corner of Denver.  The uniqueness and magic of the People’s Fair is created by the blending of great family fun, carefully selected handmade arts & crafts, delicious culinary delights, fabulous entertainment and the commitment to raise funds for and promote the missions of non-profit organizations.

As part of volunteerism and community outreach the Secular Hub’s many hardworking volunteers were present to make a good impression on believers and to let everyone else know that a thriving free thought community exists right here in Denver.  Enjoy this exploration of community in culture with The Secular HubCast!

Learn more about Denver and the People’s Fair:

Civic Center Park

The official website for the People’s Fair

Learn more about the guests who spoke with the HubCast:

One Colorado is fighting to protect the people of Colorado from bad science

Learn more about the practice of public banking.  As a model for other economies, consider North Dakota’s public bank

Ellen Brown writes on the subject of public banking

A bunch of volunteers from the Hub took a break to have a giant sword battle.  It was super fun

Can Denver ComicCon promote education?  Learn about those efforts here

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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures

Host: Mike Baumeester

2 – A Discussion with Melissa Huff & Dr. Caleb Lack of the Secular Therapist Project

Jesse Gilbertson welcomes Melissa Huff to the HubCast. They discuss her background, values, interests, and hopes regarding the Secular Hub and the larger secular movement. Melissa mentions activist and science advocate AronRa’s 2016 visit to the Secular Hub, her involvement in the Secular Sisterhood and her career goals.
Later, Melissa interviews Dr. Caleb Lack. Dr. Lack is a clinical psychologist, professor, author, skeptic and activist. Currently, he is the Director of the Secular Therapist Project which aims to bring together non-religious persons seeking mental health treatment with secular, evidence-based providers. Melissa and Dr. Lack discuss mental health and the Secular Therapist Project.
More information about this episode:
Dr. Caleb Lack: www.caleblack.com
Secular Therapy Project: https://www.seculartherapy.org/
Host(s): Jesse Gilbertson, Melissa Huff
Guests: Melissa Huff, Caleb Lack
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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)
Logo Design: Terry Kirkham
Editor: Mike Bouwmeester

1 The Secular HubCast

Hello World! What is the Secular Hub, and who cares? Find out in this debut of the Secular HubCast.
Host(s): Jesse Gilbertson
Guests: Chauncey Williams, Ruth McLeod
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Music: A Himitsu – Adventures (unedited, used under Creative Commons License)
Logo Design: Terry Kirkham
Editor: Mike Bouwmeester