Previous Events

       HALVASON Membership Meeting

When – Sunday, Jan.16, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Prof. John Farley. Title of Talk: "Global Warming--Science, Skepticism, Politics, and Power". Dr. Farley is a Professor of Physics on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UNLV where he has taught since 1987. In the last decade he has given a number of talks on the topic of global warming.

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, Jan.2, 2011 at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - In “Evolution, Part II”, Dan Barber will discuss some of the common misconceptions about evolution including neutral or counter-productive genes, evolution as anything but a natural process and “missing links”.

 

 

HALVASON WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY – Special Announcement!

When – Saturday, December 18, at 6:00 pm
Where - HALVASON will not hold its regular third Sunday speaker meeting in December.  We will instead have our annual Winter Solstice party.  All members will receive an invitation to the party containing more information and directions either by email or U.S. mail.  Loretta is coordinating the party and may be reached by phone at 258-1587.

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Binnie Wilkin, member of UUCLV, professional “Raconteuse,” will speak on the topic “Storytelling, A Dying Tradition in the Digital Age?”

Come join us at Noon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, just east of Pecos. Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or uuclvhumanists@gmail.com. Hope to see you there.

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, November 21, at 2:00 pm
Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Prof. David Wrobel of UNLV, Title of Talk: The Battle Over Liberal and Conservative Ideas. Dr. Wrobel is currently the Chairman of the History Department at UNLV. In his talk he will give some historical background on the clash between liberal and conservative ideas and then focus specifically on the links/parallels and the departures between the current political debates over liberalism and conservatism and those of a century ago. We hope you will be able to join us for his talk.

 

 

Special Event: Panel Discussion. Sunday, November 14th, at 7:00 p.m., Mel Lipman, who is a local HALVASON member and the current Vice President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, will be part of a panel discussion on "The Top Five Misconceptions About My Faith". This will be sponsored by the Interfaith Forum. Mel will be joined on the panel by representatives of the following groups: Sikh, Islam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Christian Science, and Scientology. This event will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 3400 West Charleston Boulevard. Directions: Charleston and Rancho, proceed west on Charleston to church on north side of street.

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, Nov.2, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Therapist, Minister, pugilist (?), Humanist, Author of “The God Murders”, Gary DeVaney will share his experience in Quiting the habit of…” How professional therapy has been effective in managing the “addiction” of religion.

 

      HALVASON Membership Meeting­­  -- RESCHEDULED! This month only.

When – Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5:00-7:00 pm
Where -
833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Dr. Anita Revilla, Asst. Prof. in the Women's Studies Department at UNLV. Title of Talk: "Citizenism: A Global Epidemic". This talk will discuss immigration from a human rights perspective. Locally, the immigrant community in Las Vegas has increased tremendously in the past ten years. We will consider why the growth has taken place as well as some of the challenges we face with the changing population. We will then discuss the immigrant rights efforts that have taken place locally and pose a discussion about anti-immigrant backlash locally and across the nation.

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Many religions consider genital mutilation of women and circumcision of males as a key element of their version of the “truth”.

Raul Martinez returns to our HUUmanist Forum and will take on the tradition of male circumcision which he categorically opposes.

 

Here is an interesting link that was passed along by one of our fellow Humanists via email:

 

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, Sept. 19 at 2:00 pm
Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Mr. Mel Lipman. Title of Talk: "Unity and Diversity in Nontheism: Epluribus Unum"

 Mel is the immediate past president of the American Humanist Association and is currently vice-president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is also a longtime member and past president of Halvason. In his talk, Mel will discuss the various terms used to describe nontheists, the various organizations representing nontheists, the need for all the different organizations, and the need for those organizations to work together.

 

HALVASON Forum 

When - Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2:00 pm (Regular time, following the board meeting at 12:30)

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Doug Nusbaum will take on the role of women - why they are considered inferior in all cultures throughout the world, and why, if they do not start running things, we are doomed.

 

 

­­EW CLASS BEGINNING IN AUGUST 2010!

 

www.humanistinstitute.org

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, Aug. 15 at 2:00 pm
Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Ms. Leslie Tighi. Her subject will be: "Ideas Relevant to Humanism Taken From Some of My Favorite Books" Leslie is currently on the HALVASON Board. She has been on and off the board since becoming a member in 1998. She is going to discuss excerpts from three of her favorite books: Being Wrong--Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz; Good Without God by Greg M. Epstein, a Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University; and Born for Love by Maia Szalavitz and Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

 

HALVASON Forum 

When - Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2:00 pm (Regular time, following the board meeting at 12:30)

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Dick Pelletier returns, after his 2009 overview of futurism, to focus on "medical breakthroughs and human enhancements predicted for the next twenty years". Come join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas. Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or uuclvhumanists@gmail.com.

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HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, July 18 at 2:00 pm
Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – The July speaker meeting will be held at its usual time and place--the third Sunday of the month in the Program Room of the Las Vegas Library. The speaker will be Loretta Cardaronella, current president of HALVASON. She will be speaking on "Humanist Ethics". We hope you will be able to join us.

 

HALVASON Forum 

When - Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2:00 pm (Regular time, following the board meeting at 12:30)

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, July 4, at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Bruce Isaacson will share his thoughts about how the written word reveals truth by setting off our "BS" detectors. Bruce will take the notion of truth as it pertains to the notion of "god" and the often bizarre legends that surround this notion.

 

 

HALVASON Special Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, June 13, at 4:00 pm  (Please notice that this is not our regular monthly meeting date or time.)
Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – John Powers In Memorium

 

On April 14th, John Powers, longtime member and past-president of HALVASON, passed away. On June 13th at 4:00 p.m. we will have a memorial program for John. The program will be conducted by member and Humanist Celebrant Mel Lipman as had been requested by John prior to his passing. There will be light refreshments available after the program. We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating John's life.

 

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, June 6, at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Dan Barber will discuss some of the subjects that may affect, but certainly annoy, many of the people in the humanist spectrum and discuss why these subjects bring up such strong emotions.  Subjects to include, vaccine, evolution and science based medicine denial, the wide spectrum of conspiracy theories, and some of the logical traps that "liberals" fall into including organic produce and endangered species.

 


HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, May 16, at 2:00 pm   

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Prof. Ted Jelen. Title of Talk: “’The Politics of Abortion"

 

 

Professor Jelen is in the Political Science Department at UNLV. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a stimulating discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALVASON Forum  Reinstated! 

When Sunday, May 9, at 2:00 pm (Please note the new time following the board meeting at 12:30.)

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What – This is a chance to come and meet members informally and have freewheeling discussions on Humanist topics. See you there!

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, May 2, at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – How do we remove ourselves as individuals and as a society from the straight jacket of cultural and religious programming? Can we? Should we? Ryan Smith will facilitate the monthly forum on this provocative topic. Come join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas. Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or uuclvhumanists@gmail.com.

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, April 18, at 2:00 pm   

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Baldizian. Title of Talk: “Ethics and Value Driven Decision Making"

 

 

Dr. Liz Baldizan is the Assistant Dean for the Academic Success Center at UNLV. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications and environmental studies. She received her master of arts in education from the University of New Mexico, and her doctorate was earned in educational administration from UNLV. Her professional involvement includes serving as president of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, Board of Director member for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, editorial board for the Council on Law in Higher Education, and the NASPA Journal Editorial Board. She has published and presented on the topic of ethical development. As you know, one of the main goals of the American Humanist Association is to promote ethical development. It is our hope that in her talk Dr. Baldizan will pass on information that will cause us to think about and improve our own ethical development.

 We hope you will be able to join us for this presentation.

 

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HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, April 4, at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – Those of us who have crusaded on behalf of choice issues are not strangers to the notion that choosing how and when we die remains problematic in our "permissive" culture. Reuel Williams, our facilitator, has closely followed the incidents of suicide in our state and has chronicled its numbers along with commentary on the circumstances and opportunities leading up to this choice. His book "The Art of Suicide" suggests that "self-delivery" does indeed require skill as well as determination.

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, March 21, at 2:00 pm   

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Speaker: Ms. Margaret Downey. Title of Talk: "Women's Suffrage".

 

 

March is National Women's History Month. To help commemorate this, we have invited Ms. Downey to speak to us on "Women's Suffrage". Ms. Downey lives in the Philadelphia area and will be traveling to Las Vegas to give this presentation. She is well-known in the freethought community. She has served as a board member of almost every nontheist organization in the United States including the AHA. She is the founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia and the past-president of the Atheist Alliance International. Ms. Downey has a lively presentation about how women got the vote and how they had to fight Bible verses to obtain equal rights. She dresses in costume and shows a PowerPoint slide show filled with authentic photos from the time. She also has a collection of Suffragette music from the Smithsonian that she uses to enhance her presentation. (If you would like to know more about Ms. Downey, please see her website at www.myspace.com/margretdowney.)

 

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, February 21, at 2:00 pm   

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Prog. Rm. (Across from Cashman Field)

WhatSpeaker: Mr. Gary DeVaney. Title of Talk: "Is Jesus Christ a Composite?" Gary is a member of our HALVASON group. He is a former actor, a former ordained minister, a former therapist, and is a retired reserve captain in the US Army. He is the author of two books: Thoughts of a Social Layman and Emotional Surgery. He moved to Las Vegas in 1988. He is currently a skeptical freethinker and is deeply involved in biblical criticism. He has spent over 10,000 hours studying the bible. The results of his study can be viewed on his website: www.thegodmurders.com.  We hope you will be able to join us for Gary's presentation.

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, February 7, at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – Dr. Kurt Regner, member of the Biology Faculty at UNLV, will facilitate an overview of the numerous issues in the domain of bio-ethics that currently face our nation. We invited Dr. Regner to speak to the general topic of bio-ethics so as to establish a critical list of topics to be explored in detail at later forums. The public will be invited to give input and make suggestions for future bio-ethics topics. The many topics include the various choice issues, research based on new lines of stem cells, organ donation and others.

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 pm   

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What –  Mr. Edward Loughlin speaking on "History Comes to Selma". Ed Loughlin is a member of our local HALVASON group. He has memories of the Great Depression, WW2, the Cold War and its end, being a Catholic priest for years and then not, being a husband and a parent, a Humanist and a Clinical Psychologist. But his most dramatic memory was being part of history in March of 1965 on the Selma, Alabama, March with Martin Luther King and many others. He will share with us this latter memory in his talk "History Comes to Selma." We hope you will be able to join us in commemorating Martin Luther King's Birthday with this special memoir by Ed.

 

Special Event! -- HALVASON Winter Solstice Party

When – Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 pm 

Where – Leslie’s House

What - On Saturday, December 19th, HALVASON will hold its annual Winter Solstice Party for members and invited guests. Dinner will be served buffet style and will include ham and turkey with all the appropriate side dishes, desserts, soft drinks and water. There will be a $10 charge per person for the party to be paid at the door. This fee will help defray the cost to our treasury.

    If you would like to attend, please call or email Loretta Cardaronella, who is coordinating the party, so we will know how much food to prepare. Please R.S.V.P. by Thursday, December 17th and get directions from Loretta. Her home phone is 258-1587, and her email address is lorettac2@cox.net.

 

 

HALVASON Board Meeting ( NO Forum this month ) 

When Sunday, December 13 at 11:30 am

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What – Board members will be discussing Halvason business and final prep for the party. Next month the Forum will be at 1:00 following the board meeting. See you there!

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­ – Please note Special Day and Time!

When – Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 pm   

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What –  Mr. Roy Speckhardt: "Growing Freethought in a Faith-Based Society"

    We are fortunate to have a very special speaker coming to Las Vegas in December. Please notice that we have altered our usual speaker meeting time to accommodate our guest's schedule. Mr. Roy Speckhardt is the executive director of the American Humanist Association, our parent group. In this capacity, he actively promotes the Humanist perspective on progressive political issues. He has appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, and numerous national radio shows. He has spoken to dozens of local Humanist groups across the country. He also serves as a board member of the Humanist Institute and the United Coalition of Reason and as an advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance. He holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College.

Following is a brief summary what Mr. Speckhardt will cover in his presentation: Religion in America is a sensitive topic. Some people demand that it be part of the public square and even be preferred by the government over secular or rational views. In such a culture, practically any declaration by Humanists and other freethinkers can be construed as offensive by someone. But if we believe our philosophy benefits humanity, isn't it important for others to hear our views? Mr. Speckhardt will discuss how to unite and grow our movement in this faith-based society.

 Mr. Speckhardt will be accompanied by Ms. Maggie Ardiente who is the AHA Director of Development. In that capacity, she coordinates the AHA's fund raising programs and serves as editor of the AHA's membership newsletter, Free Mind. She graduated with a B.S. in sociology and second major in religion from James Madison University. She is currently a member of Class 15 of the Humanist Institute. She will give a brief overview of the issues and projects the AHA has been dealing with this past year.

 

 

        HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, December 6, at 12:00 noon

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – Dr. Ken Osgood will do an overview of the current debate over healthcare reform and give us his best shot at predicting what we are most likely to end up with in the congressional package that we will have to call “reformed” healthcare. What Democratic majority? Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or uuclvhumanists@gmail.com

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm  

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – We are proud to present Kyle Ethelbah, Director of Adult Educational Services (AES) with the Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach at UNLV. Mr. Ethelbah will share his fascinating story titled “Dueling Belief Systems—A Native American Between Ancient Ways and Western Religion”.

 

Kyle Ethelbah is a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe from the Fort Apache

Indian Reservation in Central Eastern Arizona. He is a Two Spirit Individual (gay) and is

currently living with AIDS and Hepatitus C. He is an advocate in the community for

American Indian related issues, educational access to populations traditionally

underrepresented in the Western Educational system and for members living with HIV

and AIDS. He is a member of the “Dischiidn” or Bear Clan of the Western Apache and

is descended from the Navajo people in Arizona.

 

This presentation will document religious philosophy of the Western Apache beginning

with pre-Colombian contact to present day and how this evolution has affected the

spiritual well being of these peoples. The notion of the conflicting ideologies between

monotheism and pantheism in the context of colonization will be discussed and how this

has impacted the physical lives of current day Indigenous peoples.

 

Kyle will also document his personal journey as a by-product of the dueling belief

systems and how he has personally been affected by the western religions as they

conflicted with the traditional Apache belief structures. He will discuss the evolution of

the gay, 2 Spirit Individual and his place within the traditional religious belief system

compared to the current western placement of modern Christianity. Kyle describes his

own journey and his current view of finding the light within versus using established

dogma to find self-acceptance and inner peace.

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, November 1, at 12:00 noon – New time! ( Don’t forget to set back clocks!)

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – We return to the series by First Freedom First (FFF), "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church and State...But Were Afraid to Ask!" As you will recall, we did the first three segments of this huge work back in March '09 (Worship or Not, Sound Science and Academic Integrity).  In October, we did Respect for all families, End of Life Care and Reproductive Health. Now we will be screening the final segments which are No Religious Discrimination and Democracy Not Theocracy. Paul LaCombe will facilitate the discussion afterwards. Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or uuclvhumanists@gmail.com

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 pm  

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What - Katherine Kruse, a Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, will be speaking on "Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Reforms". She conducts the UNLV Innocense Clinic and will be joined by three of her students who will share their perspectives. They are Joanna Myers, John Wickett and Chan Lengsavath. Prof. Kruse has generously provided us with the following information about her work:

 

 “ Prior to joining the UNLV faculty in 2002, I practiced and taught in a prisoner legal assistance clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School, doing everything from sentence modifications, direct appeals and postconviction motions to divorces and child support modifications for Wisconsin state prisoners.  UNLV is one of the few law schools in the country that integrates clinical law teachers into the tenure-track faculty, and joining the faculty here afforded me the opportunity to combine hands-on clinical teaching with the pursuit of academic scholarship.  In 2006, the law school was contacted by the Utah-based Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, which is the innocence project for the states of Utah, Wyoming and Nevada.  The RMIC was seeking to build collaborative relationships with law schools in its region to help investigate RMIC cases in all three states.  My academic interest in systemic reform and criminal justice had drawn my attention to the innocence movement that has developed following the first DNA exoneration in 1989.  With the support of the RMIC and the Boyd School of Law, I started the UNLV Innocence Clinic in the fall of 2008.  In the clinic, law students investigate claims of wrongful conviction by Nevada state prisoners while taking a seminar that focuses on the causes of wrongful conviction and postconviction remedies.  Last year we also worked on two legislative reform projects to create a statute requiring state agencies to preserve biological evidence for the entire time that a prisoner is serving a sentence and to permit defendants to go back into court to request DNA testing of biological evidence in cases where such testing may prove their innocence.  We also seek to provide resources and support for local attorneys who represent Nevada state inmates in postconviction proceedings.”

 

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, October 4, at 12:00 noon – New time!

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – We return to the series by First Freedom First (FFF), "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church and State...But Were Afraid to Ask!" As you will recall, we did the first three segments of this huge work back in March '09 (Worship or Not, Sound Science and Academic Integrity). These three were very well received, so we will continue with the next three segments. They are Respect for all families, End of Life Care and Reproductive Health. Paul LaCombe will facilitate the discussion afterwards.

 

 

Halvason Membership Meeting

When – Sunday, September 20 at 2:00 pm  

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – Mrs. Cielja Kieft, Gordon Master Trainer speaking on “Empathetic Awareness--The Face of Tolerance” Mrs. Kieft was born in Holland but now lives here in Las Vegas with her husband. In earlier years Mrs. Kieft worked as an Actor Trainer and Theater Director. Later, while still in Holland, she was introduced to the work of Dr. Thomas Gordon and was inspired to enroll in training for leadership in one of his programs--Parent Effectiveness Training.

 

Dr. Gordon, who passed away in 2002, was part of the Humanistic Psychology movement (one of the three major forces of psychology along with "behaviorism" and "psychoanalysis"). Dr. Gordon devised the "Gordon Method" with the purpose of improving relationships--first between children and parents, and later between all people. Some of his specific techniques are now well-known, such as "active listening," the use of "I messages," and "no lose conflict resolution." He has written a number of books and has received a number of prestigious awards. Dr. Gordon's work is now carried on by a world-renowned human relations training company founded by him before his death. Their stated mission is to provide people worldwide with the communication and conflict resolution skills they need to create effective and enduring relationships in the workplace, within the family, and in schools. Two of their well-known courses are Parent Effectiveness Training and Leader Effectiveness Training. (For more information, see www.gordontraining.com.)

 

Mrs. Kieft feels that for over 30 years she has been teaching skills to increase "empathetic awareness." First, while she worked as an Actor Trainer and a Theater Director, she was focused on getting the empathy of the actors for the characters and for the conflict in the play. Later, while working as a Parent Effectiveness Trainer and speaker she was focused on getting the empathy of adults for children and for real live conflicts. She later found, she feels, that "empathetic awareness" creates tolerance and that tolerance is the basis for living together effectively and in peace. What does tolerance look like? What can we learn from Dr. Gordon's Effectiveness Training about tolerance? How can you become more empathetic and experience tolerance within your own family and circle of friends? These questions and others will be answered in Mrs. Kieft's talk.

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, September 6, at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – "Evolution and Natural Selection". Dan Barber, a naturalist and secular humanist will give a presentation on evolution and natural selection, including a short history of the subject, an explanation of scientific method, and a tutorial meant to give a working understanding on what evolution is and isn't and why it is important.  This forum is meant to commemorate the 150th anniversary of "The Origin of the Species", and to foster a better understanding of scientific method in general and evolution in specifics. Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or uuclvhumanists@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­   Special Date, Time & Place!

When – Sunday, August 9 (second Sunday) at 3:30 pm (This replaces our regular meeting and forum.)

Where – Rainbow Library 3150 N. Buffalo (So.East corner Buffalo and Cheyenne) 

The Large Meeting Room (For directions click here)

What - In August, HALVASON will hold its usual speaker meeting at a different time and place in order to accommodate some out-of-town speakers. The August Meeting will take place on the Second Sunday in August (the 9th) instead of the third Sunday. That weekend the Executive Committee of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) will be meeting in Las Vegas. Mel Lipman, a long-time member of HALVASON, is now on that committee; and he was good enough to arrange for a couple of the committee members to speak to us.

 

The IHEU was founded in Amsterdam in 1952. It is the only world umbrella organization for Humanist, agnostic, atheist, ethical culture, freethought and similar organizations world-wide. It is now based in London, and its mission is to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values throughout the world. It currently represents over 100 organizations from 40 different countries. IHEU is an international NGO (non-governmental organization) with Special Consultative Status with the UN, General Consultative Status at UNICEF and the Council of Europe, and maintains operational relations with UNESCO. It also has observer status at the African Commission on Human and People's Rights. After its 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress held in Amsterdam in 2002, an updated statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism was adopted unanimously by the IHEU General Assembly. Copies of these principles will be available on the literature table at the meeting. Please see the IHEU website if you would like more information about this organization (www.iheu.org).

 

P.S. At this particular library all furniture must be set up and taken down before and after the meeting. The board could use some help with this task. If you would be willing to do this, please contact Loretta who is coordinating this effort. Home Phone: 258-1587.

 

 

 SPECIAL EVENT Sponsored by Las Vegas Atheists Meetup

When – Sunday, August 2, 1:30-3:30 pm  

Where - The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 4550 W. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV. See Map: here

 What – Darrel Ray will be discussing his new book “The God Virus”. Dr. Ray is a psychologist and former religionist who has dedicated himself to helping others escape the grip of religion and recover from its influence. This should be a great opportunity to have a hot discussion and a cold ice-blended coffee! For more info on Dr. Ray and recovery see his web site: Recovering Religionists

 

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, August 2, at 11:30 am

What – "Artificial Intelligence Transforms Humanity". Futurist Dick Pelletier will scratch the surface of this timely topic, while catching us up on other technologies that will impact our lives as we head for the 2030s and beyond. Come join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, just east of Pecos. Any questions, please contact Paul LaCombe at 437-9862 or lacombe613@msn.com

 

 HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, July 19 at 2:00 pm  

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – HALVASON Member Alwine (Leslie) Wirschke Tighi will be our speaker at the monthly membership meeting. The title of her talk is “The Essence of Humanism – The Story of My Mother and Me”. Here is a summary and brief outline of her subject:

My mother knew she was German, a faithful Lutheran. She didn’t seem concerned when after WWII as Displaced Persons from Poland every German told us we were not really German. I can't say that it bothered me, but in my fifties I got curious.  What was meant by “You are not really German”? My research at UNLV Library led me square into the history of Christianity. That history melds with my curiosity on human nature to make me a humanist.” Outline: (Part One) Rome vs. Germanic barbarians – Onward Christian soldiers – Wends and Slavs – Send them to their judgment before God – Give us your tired and indentured servants. (Part Two) Today and tomorrow – My mother’s compassionate right brain – The brain without compassion – Wow! Is that ever an explanation for religion! – The essence of Humanism.

Please note that we have revived an old HALVASON tradition of going out to dinner after the meeting. Come join us!  

 

 

HALVASON Forum 

When – Sunday, July 12 at 1:00 pm  (following the Board meeting at  11:30 am)

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What – This is a chance to come and meet members informally and have freewheeling discussions on Humanist topics. See you there! (Please note that the Forum is now regularly on the second Sunday.)

 

 HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, July 5, at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – “Humanism and Social Justice – Laurie Bullock, long time advocate of community building programs, will revisit the belief that in a truly just and democratic society, the policies shaping political and economic life must be informed by equal concern for and participation by all people. For more information email Paul Lacombe at: humanist@uuclv.org

 

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting­­

When – Sunday, June 21 at 2:00 pm  

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What – The speaker for our regular HALVASON membership meeting will be member Loretta Cardaronella. Loretta is a semi-retired elementary school teacher. She has been involved with the organized freethought movement in Las Vegas since 1990 and is the current president of HALVASON. The title of her talk will be "The Future of Religion--One Man's Conclusion." This talk is based on an article that appeared in a recent issue of Free Inquiry magazine. The article was written by Mr. Gregory S. Paul, an independent researcher, and is titled"The Big Religion Questions Finally Solved." The article deals with many intriguing questions such as: Has religion been universal in all human cultures? Why has religion had such staying power over thousands of years? Why has the U.S. been slower to become secularized than other western developed countries? What is the likely future of religion throughout the world?

 

HALVASON Forum 

When – Sunday, June 14 at 1:00 pm  (following the Board meeting at  11:30 am)

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What – This is a chance to come and meet members informally and have freewheeling discussions on Humanist topics. See you there! (Please note that the Forum is now regularly on the second Sunday.)

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, June 7, at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – “A Little Forum on Atheist Spirituality”. For more information email Paul Lacombe at: humanist@uuclv.org

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting

When – Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What - The speaker for our regular HALVASON membership meeting will be Mr. Donovan Nichols, M.Ed. Mr. Nichols is the Program Coordinator for Student Involvement and Activities at UNLV. He is also a national speaker for the Pay It Forward Foundation. The title of his talk is "Pay It Forward--Change the World by Helping Others”. There will also be a drawing for free copies of the "Pay It Forward" book and movie. This meeting will take place in the Program Room of the Las Vegas Library located at 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North (between Washington and Bonanza opposite Cashman Field).

We also plan to revive a former long-standing tradition at this meeting by inviting those present to join board members for dinner and conversation afterward. We will have dinner at Jerry's Nugget, which is located a little further north on Las Vegas Boulevard.

 We hope you will be able to join us.

 

HALVASON Forum 

When – Sunday, May 10 at 1:00 pm  (following the Board meeting at  11:30 am)

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What – This is a chance to come and meet members informally and have freewheeling discussions on Humanist topics. See you there! (Please note that the Forum is now regularly on the second Sunday

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, May 3rd at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – HUMANISIMO! Raul Martinez gives us a humorous look at the past, present and future of HUMANISM as seen through his eyes. A collection of conversations, misunderstandings and improbable encounters starting in Mexico, continuing in the U.S. and ending sometime in the future. Raul shows us how to have fun while being an atheist in a world of believers.

 

HALVASON Membership Meeting

When – Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

 What - HALVASON will sponsor a speaker, Mr. John Powers, who is a member and past president of HALVASON. He will be speaking on “Addiction, Homelessness and Depression: A Personal Story”. Please see Mr. Powers’ bio which follows below.

 

 

On April 19, 2009, at the HALVASON Membership meeting we will welcome Mr. Powers to talk about his life, one full of what our society has identified as lifestyle problems.

Mr. Powers, having lived through these situations personally, will give a unique perspective on these conditions from the ‘inside’.  He has come to what many may consider unique perspectives on his life and the problems and events which caused each of them.

Mr. Powers is an eleven year member of HALVASON.  He spent most of that time on its Board, including a term as its President (2005-2007).  He is now taking a break from club governance. 

He graduated Birmingham High School in 1968 with Very High Honors at age 16.  By age 19, in 1971, he had a B.A. degree from UCLA in Stagecraft & Motion Picture & Television Production. 

The 1960’s Cultural Revolution was in Full Bloom.  He returned to his high school musical roots, fronting and writing original songs for his own group.  He played drums, keyboards, guitar, and bass guitar, as well as singing.

However, along with this came drugs and drug dealing.  By 1977, he met and soon married his wife, Mary Susan Cromwell Sebby.  In 1979, he entered Southwestern University Collage of Law, eventually becoming Student Body President.  Unfortunate circumstances led to Mary Susan’s suicide in 1981, when he left for several months in England and Europe.

So lay the foundations of deep depression, addictions, and, later, homelessness, which lasted (with few interruptions) for over three years.  The 1980’s did, however, allow attendance at the Van Mar Academy of Motion Picture and Television Acting, a two year program during which he was hired to teach classes for new students, and led to his own teaching at that school for another two years.

After moving to Las Vegas in 1989, John spent almost a decade acting in over 20 plays and musicals for the Actors Repertory Theatre, the only Equity Guild (union signed) theatre in Vegas at the time.

Now John Powers is teaching acting during his retirement, an active advocate for a “cease-fire” in the “war on drugs” – a medical problem he describes as “America’s longest Civil War”.

His last speech to HALVASON was on the history of America’s drug war from the 1870’s to the present day, given in 2006.

 

 

HALVASON Forum 

When – Sunday, April 5 at 1:00 pm  (following the Board meeting at  11:30 am) (***Please note that the Forum will be on the first Sunday instead of the second because of the library being closed on Easter***)

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What – This is a chance to come and meet members informally and have freewheeling discussions on Humanist topics. See you there! (Please note that the Forum is now regularly on the second Sunday.)

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, April 5 at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What – Joyce Patterson-Rogers will discuss Issues of Choice. Before Roe v. Wade, a group of Yale women lawyers fought the Connecticut anti abortion law with a class action suit and won. There were 1,100 plaintiffs and all the depositions from the Fairfield County plaintiffs were taken in Joyce’s living room.  These were not “welfare mothers;” these were professional women and wives of executives of Fortune 500 companies.  Joyce was so struck by their sometimes harrowing and often demeaning experiences that she is researching and writing a book of actual life stories of women who had abortions in the days when they were illegal.  Whether you are “pro life” or “pro choice,” Joyce wants you to understand the freedom of choice that will be lost if Roe v. Wade is struck down.

 

 

 

 

Biography of Margaret Downey

 

Margaret Downey was born into a multi-cultural family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up in a highly prejudiced southern society in the 1950s, Downey became concerned about persecution and bigotry at an early age. As an adult, ending discrimination has been her life goal.

 

Downey founded the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia (FSGP) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee.

 

The Thomas Paine Memorial Committee has established proper recognition for the memory of Thomas Paine in various Pennsylvania cities including Philadelphia, Lancaster and York. Downey is also the author of city proclamations honoring Thomas Paine in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and in Garden Grove, California. She also authored the Philadelphia City Council Resolution that declares June 8th as Thomas Paine Day.

 

ADSN is concerned with discrimination against the atheist community, and ADSN monitors public office positions and public schools. Downey has represented the interests of the non-theist community at several United Nations conferences dealing with Freedom of Religion or Belief.

 

In 2003, Downey created the Richard Dawkins Award and implemented its presentation and design for six years. Downey is a past board member of American Humanist Association, the Humanist Institute, and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. She is a current board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Enlighten the Vote (formally Godless Americans Political Action Committee), and the Robert Green Ingersoll Museum.

 

In the year 2002, Margaret became the first “Secular Humanist Celebrant” in Pennsylvania. Taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s “Self-Uniting” marriage licenses, Margaret performs godless weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals.

 

Downey is also the creator of the Tree of Knowledge, which is fast becoming a winter holiday icon for the secular community.

 

Along with many television appearances, Downey has been a guest speaker on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and Radio Times. She has also been featured on radio programs in almost every state and most recently China

and Jamaica.

 

Margaret Downey Contact Information

Address: P. O. Box 234, Pocopson, PA 19366         

Phone: (610) 793-2737

Email: Downey1@downey1.cnc.net

Website: www.secular-celebrations.com

 

 


 

HALVASON/LVFS Membership Meeting

When – Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 pm   (****Please notice that this is not the usual day that we hold our membership meetings.)

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What - HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a speaker, Ms. Margaret Downey. Ms. Downey will be visiting here from Philadelphia. The title of her talk will be "Rearing Children Free From Religious Intrusions". Ms. Downey is well-known in the freethought community. She has served as a board member of almost every nontheist organization in the United States. She is the founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the past-president of the Atheist Alliance International. We hope you will be able to attend. (For further information on Ms. Downey, please see www.myspace.com/margaretdowney and her bio which follows below.)

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When – Sunday, March 1st at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - The acclaimed “First Freedom First” film production “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Separation of Church and State……But Were Afraid to Ask!” will provide the substance of this forum. The first three topics of this series will include: Worship or Not; Academic Integrity; No Religious Discrimination. Paul LaCombe will lead a discussion following the screening.

 

HALVASON/LVFS Membership Meeting

When - Sunday, February 15th, at 2:00 pm

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What - HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a speaker, Professor Larry Ashley. Professor Ashley is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Counselor Education at UNLV, the Director of the Problem Gambling Treatment Program at UNLV, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry in the UNLV School of Medicine. The title of his talk will be “Problem Gambling.” This meeting will take place in the Program Room of the Las Vegas Library at 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North (across from Cashman Field).

 

HALVASON Board Meeting

When – Sunday, February 8th at 11:30

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library East Meeting Room

What - The monthly board meeting date has been changed to the 2nd Sunday for this month and the Forum has been cancelled.

 

HUUMANIST Forum

When - Sunday, February 1st at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - Gary Devaney will facilitate "God's Biblical Heroes" in response to our invitation to him to fit the biblical heroes into what humanists find uncomfortable.  For more information, please contact Paul LaCombe at huumanist@uuclv.org

 

HALVASON/LVFS Membership Meeting

When - Sunday, January 18th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV in the Library Program Room (Across from Cashman Field)

What - HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a speaker, Professor Oliver Hemmers. Professor Hemmers is the Director of the Office of Strategic Energy Programs at UNLV. He is also an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry there. He is going to speak on “Renewable Energy Research.”

 

UUCLV HUUMANIST Forum

When -  Sunday, January 4th at 11:30 am

Where - UUCLV Worship Hall - 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What - "An Overview of Humanist Women from the 1200's to Today."  Laurie Bullock will be highlighting several women who espoused and furthered the cause of Humanism for women and men.  It will cover the struggles for recognition within their times up to today. And will include a call to men and women to work together to advance the Humanism so badly needed in today's world and in the future.

 

Open Forum - HALVASON/LVFS

When - NO FORUM THIS MONTH  due to holidays

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (map)

What - This meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants. It is held in the East Conference Room of the Las Vegas Library.

 


We would like to thank those who attended the HALVASON / LVFS Winter Solstice Party on December 21st. Though the turnout was smaller than expected, there was plenty of good food and conversation had by all—including a prospective new member or two. Our best wishes go out to all members and their families for a wonderful new year--one that looks to have an atmosphere more congenial to Humanist goals.

Happy New Year!


Special  Announcement

In place of our usual afternoon speaker meeting:on Sunday, December 21st at 6:00 p.m., HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY at the home of HALVASON member Bob Hannah and his wife Geri. Membership will receive an email with attached map and directions to their home, which is located in the Anthem area. HALVASON and LVFS board members will prepare full turkey and ham dinners served buffet style and including soft drinks and water. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages. There will be a $10 charge per person for the party (to be paid at the party) since we are hoping to recover the cost of the food and possibly raise a little money for our treasuries. If you would like to attend, please call or email Loretta Cardaronella, who is coordinating the party, so we will know how much food to prepare. Loretta's home phone is 258-1587 and her email is lorettac2@cox.net.  We hope you will join us for what should be a very enjoyable evening.

 

UUCLV HUUMANISTS Forum

When - Sunday, December 7th at 11:30

Where - 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV (map)

What - Dr. Ken Osgood, contributor to the NV HealthCare Summit recently released "Guiding Principles to Protect and Improve the Health Status of All Nevadans", will discuss how to reduce the number of people without adequate health insurance.  He will also relay personal experiences dealing with negative interference in healthcare at end-of-life." For more information, please contact Paul LaCombe at huumanist@uuclv.org

 

HALVASON/LVFT  

When - Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 p.m.

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (map)

What - HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a speaker, Professor Leroy Pelton. The title of his talk will be “Homelessness and the Politics of Deservedness.” Dr. Pelton is a professor in and former director of the School of Social Work at UNLV. He is also a professor emeritus of the School of Social Work at Salem State College in Massachusetts. Dr. Pelton has written four books and numerous journal articles and other publications on psychology, social work, child welfare, and social policy. This talk will take place at 2:00 p.m. In the Program Room of the Las Vegas Library located at 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North (across from Cashman Field).

 

Open Forum - HALVASON/LVFS

When - NOTICE – the Sun, November 23 Forum has been CANCELLED.

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (map)

What - This meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants. It is held in the East Conference Room of the Las Vegas Library.

 

UUCLV HUUMANISTS Forums

When -  Sun, November 2, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where - 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What -   Paul Seidel will facilitate a discussion on “Living proud, as a Humanist”. How has humanism supported diverse pathways in life and what expectations does one have for one’s future especially in areas of milestone transitions?

 

SPECIAL EVENT – HALVASON/LVFS

When - Thursday, October 30, 6:30 pm

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

What - Thursday, October 30th, at 6:30 pm, HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a speaker, Mr. Edward Tabash. Mr. Tabash is a lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He is also the current chairman of the national legal committee of Americans for Separation of Church and State and the current chairman for the First Amendment Task Force for the Council for Secular Humanism. The title of Mr. Tabash's talk is "The Threat From the Religious Right on Our Modern Freedoms". His talk will include an overview of what the Founders meant by the First Amendment, how the religious right is attempting to subvert the intent of that amendment, and how a shift of just one vote on the Supreme Court could usher in a theocracy. This talk will take place in the Program Room of the Las Vegas Library located at 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North (across from Cashman Field). Mr. Tabash speaks to many groups around the United States including at the national conventions of many freethought organizations. We are very lucky to have such a fine speaker coming to Las Vegas to speak to us. We hope you will be able to attend. (Please notice that this talk is not taking place on the usual third Sunday date of our regular general meetings. There will not be a general meeting on the 19th of October.)

 

UUCLV HUUMANISTS Forums

When -  Sun, Oct 5, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where - 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

What -  Humanism and the Novel - Inspired by the work of Salman Rushdie, Bruce Isaacson will facilitate a discussion starting with "Humanism, 'God' and literature: What are people for?" Bruce will direct our exchanges to consider whether man was intended to be served or should serve or set priorities. Bruce will end with an acknowledgment of the difficulty in debating purpose and "God" because so many mean entirely different things by the word.

 

Membership Meeting --HALVASON/LVFS

When - Sun, Sep 21, 2pm – 5pm

Where - 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

What - On Sunday, September 21st, HALVASON and LVFS will jointly sponsor a speaker, Prof. David Hassenzahl. Prof. Hassenzahl is the current chairman of the Department of Environmental Studies at UNLV and is the author of numerous books and articles. The title of his talk is "Las Vegas: The Sustainability Everytown”. His presentation will simultaneously explore the unique sustainability challenges facing Las Vegas and argue that, despite or even because of these conditions, Las Vegas can serve as an exemplar for urban sustainability. His talk will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Program Room of the Las Vegas Library located at 833 Las Vegas Boulevard North (across from Cashman Field). We hope you will be able to join us.

 

Las Vegas Atheists September Meetup

When - Tue, Sep 16, 7pm – 9pm

Where - Jason's Deli - 3910 S Maryland Pkwy - Las Vegas, NV 89119 - USA

Description - Atheists Meetups > Las Vegas Atheists This is our regular atheist meetup at Jason's Deli. The gathering is mainly social. This event began several years ago with just a handful of us at the Barnes and Noble book store. We outgrew that location years ago and have been at Jason's Deli ever since. For this event, all types of conversation are welcome. There is usually too large of a group to have one conversation. We recommend that you switch seats periodically to meet new people. Think of it as musical chairs without the music. If you hear someone talking about a topic that interests you, jump on in. There are always new people each week so don't feel shy about meeting someone new. We hope to see you there!

 

UUCLV HUUMANISTS Forums

When -  Sun, Sep 7, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where - 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

Description - Scientology is one of those mysteries of modern life which generates curiosity at the very least. Carl Kaun will talk from his experience with this movement. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, east of Pecos at 11:30 am. At 11:30am on the first Sunday of each month, come to the UUCLV HUUmanists Forum. 3616 East Lake Mead Blvd, east of Pecos. Please join us. The topics are current, controversial and interesting - definitely will stir up some great discussions.

 

Forum: Sunday June 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities (a joint event with UUCLV)

"What exactly is happiness?" Without confronting established religion, Ryan Smith will take on the challenge of celebrating life without the benefit of supernaturalism.

 

Forum: Sunday May 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room
 The forum is a meeting for discussion of  topics of interest to humanists and freethinkers

Meeting:  Sunday May 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room (joint with LVFS)

"Road to 2050" Futurist Dick Pelletier will discuss the unfolding of various technologies -- such as stem cell therapies, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and quantum computing -- and the possibly amazing implications for what it means to be a human being.

Forum: Sunday May 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities (a joint event with UUCLV)
"Coming out as an atheist in America" Raul Martinez  explore the pros and the cons; the danger and the fun; the pleasure and the pain that comes from offering NOTHING to the world.  Raul is an ordained minister and proud Mexican Atheist, and describes himself as magnificently humble computer geek and defender of human rights.

Meeting:  Sunday April 20, at 1:00 p.m. (note time change) at Wayne Bunker Memorial Park, 7351 W. Alexander Road (SW corner of Alexander and Tenaya)
Picnic: We will be serving a variety of barbecued and grilled meats.  This is a potluck affair.  Please call Loretta at 258-1587 to coordinate your participation. Further details are available here.

Note: This will be the last opportunity to say goodbye to Mel Lipman before he retires to Florida.

Forum: Sunday April 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities (a joint event with UUCLV)
"What Humanism has to Offer Mankind"  Randon Beckstead will facilitate the discussion centered on the Human Condition -- not a lost cause in need of supernatural reinforcements, but a reality worthy of celebration in its own right.

 

Forum: Sunday March 30, at 1:00 p.m., in the Las Vegas Library Program Room
The Forum is a  meeting for discussions of items of interest to humanists and freethinkers
NOTE the change of date.

Service: Sunday March 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the UUCLV facilities
"The lighter side of humanism":  HALVASON member Paul LaCombe will turn to Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut for inspiration, and speak to a whimsical and humorous side of humanism. Laughter will be permitted.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Varieties of Freethought

Speaker/
Moderator:

Dr. Mel Lipman, longtime humanist activist and President of the American Humanist Association

Note(s):

This is a joint HALVASON/LVFS presentation

 

Place/Time:

Sunday March 2, at 11:30 p.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

It's the Community, not the Economy

Facilitator:

Laurie Bullock

Notes:

How do we live in community and strengthen our bonds within the human family and with the rest of the interdependent web of existence? This discussion will focus on the evolving community and our connections to it.

This is a joint event with UUCLV.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday, February 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

None: this meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants.

Speaker/
Moderator:

None: this meeting is an open forum.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

A World of Clashing Darwinisms

Speaker/
Moderator:

Dr. David Wrobel,  UNLV  Professor of History and the  current President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society

Note(s):

Dr. Wrobel's talk focuses on the debate over Darwinian Science and the applications of evolutionary theory to human society in the late 19th century, and in doing so, lays the foundation for more informed discussion of a range of contemporary hot button issues from welfare policy to intelligent design.

This is a joint HALVASON/LVFS presentation

 

Place/Time:

Sunday February 3, at 11:30 p.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

The Menace of Fundamentalism

Facilitator:

Gary DeVaney, author of "The God Murders"

Notes:

Gary will discuss the menace of fundamentalism and an end-times mentality that promotes a risky foreign policy stance as well as neglect for an ailing environment and troubled biosphere.

This is a joint event with UUCLV.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

None: this meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants.

Speaker/
Moderator:

None: this meeting is an open forum.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Letting Go of God

Speaker/
Moderator:

Julia Sweeney (video)

Note(s):

We will display portions of Julia Sweeney's video Letting Go of God, interespersed with discussion from attendees. 

From an Amazon review:  Equally comedic and insightful, "Letting Go of God" is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith. Grappling with the seeming contradictions in Adam and Eve, Noah, the Ten Commandments, and even the teachings of Jesus - and trying to understand the Bible's messages about morality, family values, and human suffering while faced with door-knocking Mormons and wise-cracking priests - Sweeney takes listeners on her very personal journey from God to "not-God".

This is a joint HALVASON/LVFS presentation

 

Place/Time:

Saturday, December 22, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of HALVASON member Leslie Tighi

Topic:

HALVASON Winter Solstice/Holiday Party

Speaker/
Moderator:

None.  See description in Notes

Note(s):

Members of HALVASON and the LVFS are invited to attend the joint HALVASON/LVFS Winter Solstice party on Saturday, December 22nd, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Last year's party was a huge success and lots of fun for everyone, and we expect this year's to be even better. We will be serving a holiday dinner of with a variety of meats (turkey, ham and beef), a large variety of side dishes (including potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables), and soft drinks and ice. Those desiring alcoholic beverages are welcome to bring their libation of choice.

There will be a $10.00 charge to attend, payable at the door, to defray the costs of the event.

Those planning on attending the event need to RSVP by phone or email to Loretta C. (Phone: 258-1587, email: lorettac2@cox.net) by Wednesday, December 19th. The RSVP is needed because the event is held within the Red Rock Country Club, a gated community, and we need to give a list of names to the guard gate so that the guards will know who is permitted to enter. We will also use the list of names to plan the amount of food needed.

Time is short (my fault), so please RSVP in the next couple of days if you are able to attend.

The party will take place at the home of HALVASON member Leslie Tighe (as it did last year), at 2676 Red Arrow Drive in Las Vegas. Here are directions to Leslie's house.

We will take a few minutes near the start of the party to approve a HALVASON Board of Directors. The current Board has identified a slate of candidates it will present for affirmation. This slate consists of current Board Members Mel Lipman, Carl Kaun, John Powers, Loretta C. and Bill Jacobs, together with new candidates Mike Plaistad, Leslie Tighe, Fred Knapp, Robert Hannah, and Jim Dreitzler. We look forward a dynamic organization in the coming year with this board.

Members may also indicate their approval or disapproval of the slate of Board candidates to any board member, by phone, in person, or by email. My phone number is 897-0337, and my email address is carl@halvason.org.

The Winter Solstice party will take the place of the normal HALVASON/LVFS Members meeting. That means there will be NO Member's meeting on this coming Sunday, December 16. There will also be no forum on December 23.

We hope you will join us for a delicious dinner and congenial conversation with like-minded individuals.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday December 2, at 11:30 p.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

Presidential attitudes on bioethical issues

Facilitator:

Dr. Kurt Regner, Asst. Professor of Life Sciences at UNLV

Notes:

This is a joint event with UUCLV.  Notes from a previous presentation by Dr. Wegner to HALVASON are available.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday November 25, at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

None: this meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants.

Speaker/
Moderator:

None: this meeting is an open forum.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday November 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 N. Valle Verde Dr., Henderson 89074.  Tel: 733-6292.

Topic:

Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service

Speaker(s):

Representatives of various faith traditions.

Note(s):

HALVASON President Carl Kaun will represent Humanism.  Our participation on the Interfaith Council depends on our representation at these Services, and we encourage members to participate.  Participants have an opportunity to submit written questions at each event.  A short fellowship and refreshments follows the forum, prepared by the host faith community.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday November 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Exploring the dark side of religion: how religion impacts the individual and society

Speaker/
Moderator:

Ryan Smith

Note(s):

Ryan is an elementary school teacher and initiator of an online business.  He was at one time a fundamentalist Mormon missionary, and has gone to religious school and worked for the Mormon Church.  He has spoken to the HALVASON/UUCLV forum on sex and religion.

The membership meeting will include final nominations for the Board of Directors and their election.

The talk is a joint HALVASON and LVFS event.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday October 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

None: this meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants.

Speaker/
Moderator:

None: this meeting is an open forum.  Mel Lipman has announced that because of the national AHA board meeting earlier in the day, several members of the AHA board, including Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, will be present.  This will provide an excellent opportunity for members to ask about AHA's direction and to indicate their desires.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday October 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Where our health insurance dollars really go

Speaker/
Moderator:

Kenneth Osgood, MD, MPH

Note(s):

Dr. Osgood is President and Director of  Product Development for MSR Medical Scientific Resources
This is a joint HALVASON and LVFS event.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday October 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

Common Arguments against humanism revealed:  Pascal's Wager, Einstein believed in god, Hitler was an atheist, the universe must have been designed, etc.  Come and discuss arguments you have heard or may hear in the future and why they are fundamentally false.

Facilitator:

Randon Beckstead

Note:

This is a joint HALVASON/UUCLV event

 

Place/Time:

Sunday September 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Modern Therapy: where the secular and spiritual collide (and sometimes overlap)

Speaker/
Moderator:

Steven Kalas

Note:

Mr. Kalas is a former ordained minister who writes a human-oriented column Sundays and Tuesdays for the Review-Journal.  Further information on Mr. Kalas is found below at 6/23/2007.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday September 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

Varieties of Judaism--From orthodox fundamentalist to humanistic

Presentor:

Mel Lipman, president of the American Humanist Association

Note:

There is NO joint forum in September due to Labor Day.  Mel is talking to the UU congregation.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday August 26, at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

None: this meeting is an open forum for discussions of items of interest to participants.

Speaker/
Moderator:

None: this meeting is an open forum

 

Place/Time:

Sunday August 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Religion in the 2008 elections

Speaker/
Moderator:

Dr. Ted G. Jelen

Note:

Dr. Jelen is a professor of Political Science at UNLV.  His main research interests are in public opinion, religion and politics, feminism, and the politics of abortion.  He is an editor of the academic journal Politics and Religion, and a former editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday July 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Human rights and church/state separation

Speaker/
Moderator:

Dr. Gregory S. Brown

Note:

Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor of History at UNLV

 

Place/Time:

Sunday July 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities  NOTE DATE CHANGE!

Topic:

Who owns our bodies, anyhow?  Dr. Kurt Regner will facilitate this forum from the world of bio-ethics which we will call "Who owns our bodies, anyhow?" The several areas of current interest - cloning, stem-cell research, genetic engineering among others, prompt us to ask this question. Current Admininstration efforts to stymie research in these areas brings us back once again to the Wall of Separation. Join us for a stimulating discussion.

Facilitator:

Dr. Kurt Regner, Asst. Professor of Life Sciences at UNLV

Note:

This is a joint event with UUCLV.  Notes from a previous presentation by Dr. Wegner to HALVASON are available.  President Carl Kaun recently wrote a hopefully provocative letter to the Las Vegas Sun concerning stem cell research.  Deanna Dally wrote a to-the-point letter urging stem cell research.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday June 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room
NOTE TIME CHANGE

Forum:

What should the HALVASON Forum do for members?  Where should we meet?  What should we talk about?

 

Place/Time:

Sunday June 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Godless Grief and remembering Clark Adams

Moderator:

Cathe Jones of Godless Grief

Note:

This is a joint event with LVFS.   Cathe will lead a discussion of  how humanists and other nonbelievers grieve, including remembrances of Clark as appropriate.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday June 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

Unfit to Serve:  Why, in a nation where the constitution guarantees separation of church and state, would an agnostic, atheist or humanist be incapable of gaining national office? Why is freethought seen to be synonymous with evil?

Facilitator:

Paul LaCombe

Note:

This is a joint event with UUCLV.

 

Place/Time:

Sunday June 3, at 2:00 p.m., at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation  facilities at 3316 E. Lake Mead Boulevard, a block east of Pecos.

Topic:

A memorial for Clark Adams, celebrating a life well-lived.

Speaker:

Mel Lipman will deliver opening remarks.

Note:

This is a joint event with LVFS. 

 

Place/Time:

Sunday May 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Library Program Room

Topic:

Humanism in the civil rights movement

Speaker/
Moderator:

Mr. Michael Estes, who has given this presentation at other events. At six feet six inches tall, Mike Estes is certainly easy to find in a crowded room!   He is currently a member of the Atheist Coalition of San Diego, and has been involved with freethought organizations in the San Diego area for over fifteen years.  He was raised as a Baptist until age twelve when he read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Introduction to African Civilizations by atheist John G.  Jackson.  That started him on a journey from religion to atheism that took over ten years to complete.
    Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from San Diego State University, is an Air Force veteran, and is currently completing a sabbatical from his career as a Quality Assurance Software Engineer, taken in part to spend more time on issues related to freethought and church-state separation.

Note:

This is a joint event with the Las Vegas Freethought Society.  Please join us for what both Mel Lipman and Clark Adams describe as a stirring presentation, and following discussion

 

Place/Time:

May 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the UUCLV facilities

Topic:

A humanist examination of sex, exploring differences in outlook from more fundamentalist perspectives.

Facilitator:

Ryan Smith, husband, parent and humanist

Note:

This is a joint HALVASON/UUCLV event.

 

Place/Time:

May 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the brand new theater of the Sci Fi Center, at  2520 State Street (just west of Commercial Center and just south of Sahara; park along State Street)  NOTE THAT THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT AT A NEW LOCATION

Topic:

Where the Hell is Jesus? A Look at the "Trial Transcripts" of Peter and Paul, which is a humorous take on evidence in Acts that Jesus didn't exist

Speaker/
Moderator:

Richard Carrier,  a Ph.D. student of ancient history at Columbia University and frequent lecturer and debater on atheism, theology and history.  He is one of the most noted scholarly authorities of first century Rome.  A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Richard holds a  B.A in history from Berkeley and two masters degrees in ancient  history, one M.A. and one M.Phil, both from Columbia University.   He is also the author of Sense and Goodnesss Without God: A Defense of  Metaphysical Naturalism and has three chapters in The Empty Tomb: Jesus  Beyond the Grave, an anthology edited by Robert Price and Jeff Lowder. He also has numerous articles on the Secular Web ( http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/) and on his own blog ( http://richardcarrier.blogspot.com). Richard is a popular speaker at various freethought functions as he is able to use humor to give a modern understanding to issues of ancient history.

Note:

This is a joint event with the Las Vegas Freethought Society.  Please join us for what promises to be a really fun presentation.