The February 5th service was our 22nd Birthday! Yes, our very first NTCOF service was held way back on February 5th of 1995 and featured a dramatic reading of Huxley’s “Letter to Kingsley” which you can read here: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/huxley/letters/60.html - scroll down to September 23rd of 1860. Of course, we enjoyed Birthday Cake and if you weren’t there then you didn’t get any!
Our service in February featured a video of Stephen Colbert – who is a devout Catholic it turns out! – debating the existence of “God” with Ricky Gervais. Gervais made the absolutely telling point that if all of the productions of humanity were destroyed, none of the “holy books” would come back just as they are. But the principles of science would.
Merlin gave a nice talk about how our calendar got to be the way it is and why February only has 28 days. Freethinkers would be the ones to wonder about things like that!
Then we considered at length the question of “Who Is My Neighbor?” as well that of on what neighborliness depends and what the conditions are that allow and sustain people in being good neighbors. As usual, nothing in either the Old or New Testaments really explain these important questions. One of the sources used for the presentation on this subject was Good Neighbors by Harvard professor Nancy L. Rosenblum. She postulates that the principles of Reciprocity, Speaking Out and Live and Let Live apply in a context of feeling that our neighbors – regardless of how much they may differ from us – are basically “decent” people and that we can interact with them on a mutual understanding of “what anyone would do.”
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