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Monday, May 15, 2017
WHO: David R. Simon, Ph.D., Sociology Professor (Ret.)
WHAT: Talk titled, "The Crisis of the American Dream"
WHEN: May 15, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
WHERE: BUCKMAN BRIDGE UNITARIAN CHURCH, 8447 Manresa Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244. (From the I-295 Roosevelt exit, go north to the first traffic light, Collins Rd. Turn right. Go 400 ft. The church driveway will be on your right.)
DESCRIPTION: The American Dream is a vague, commonly used phrase which is both overly used and highly questionable. It is not that a majority of Americans are no longer middle class. It is more that the American Dream has always been based on mythical notions about social mobility, military supremacy, the permanent existence of a huge under class (even in the mythical 1950s), a violent culture, and numerous other social problems.
FREE ● OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ● FREE PARKING
MEET THE SPEAKER: Dr. David Simon holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in sociology and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in public health at UC Berkeley. He has recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Public Policy, University of North Florida. He is the author of nine books, the latest of which is the eleventh edition of Elite Deviance, which is celebrating its 38th anniversary as the oldest white collar crime text in the field. Dr. Simon is also the author of some 58 academic articles, review essays, and book reviews. His current research focuses on societal insanity.
Humanist Book Discussion Group - Jacksonville
Rob Boston, director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be the guest speaker for the FCFS book group, Jacksonville. You all are invited. Bring your questions. Bring information about threats to separation of church and state. Bring your ideas for how to defend the church-state wall. We'll discuss what religious freedom means and current efforts by the Religious Right to redefine that principle in a way that harms others.
Rob will talk about his most recent book, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do. Even if you haven't read the book, please attend this important discussion. We'll be talking about what the religious freedom provisions of the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...") really mean and the challenges we face in this difficult political climate.
- When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:30 PM
- Where: Mandarin Branch Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257
For further information, please contact the First Coast Freethought Society here.
Welcome to the First Coast Freethought Society. Now in our nineteenth year!
Founded in 1998, we are a group of freethinkers dedicated to promoting science and reason over dogma, faith, and belief in the supernatural. Our purpose is to serve the needs of the nonreligious population of Northeast Florida, promoting secular humanism, and a non-theistic outlook and approach to everyday life.
We provide a place where agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, and secular humanists can gather to hear speakers, discuss philosophy, science, and other topics of interest. We offer support to those who have rejected or are questioning their religious beliefs.
At our meetings, you will find a forum for individuals interested in learning more about humanism and freethought. Through lectures and informal discussions, we explore topics of interest and enjoy fellowship with like-minded people. Meetings are free and open to the public. In addition to monthly meetings, we offer a variety of other activities. See below. We hope to see you at a meeting or another activity that appeals to you!
The First Coast Freethought Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization under IRS Chapter 501(c)(3).
- When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., the THIRD MONDAY of every month EXCEPT December
- Where: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 8447 Manresa Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32244. From the I-295 Roosevelt exit, go north to the first traffic light, Collins Rd. Turn right. Go 400 ft. The church driveway will be on your right.
- What: A formal program, usually a guest speaker, followed by questions and answers.
Please see above for information on the May meeting.
- When: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., the SECOND THURSDAY of every month.
- Where: Clubhouse at a private condominium in St. Augustine (Anastasia Island).
- What: Click "St. Augustine" above for current book selection, complete reading list, and contact information.
Monthly Olive Garden Social
- When: Drinks at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00, the FOURTH TUESDAY of every month
- Where: Olive Garden Restaurant, 10144 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256, across from The Avenues Mall Order from the menu.
- What: An opportunity to learn about the FCFS, meet like-minded people, make new friends. You need not be a member to attend.
Secular Sunday in the Park
- When: 10:00 a.m., the FOURTH SUNDAY of every month
- Where: Losco Regional Park, under the pavilion, 10851 Hood Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32257
What: Conversation and coffee in the fresh air
Dignity U Wear
- This activity has been discontinued for the time being.
- Everyone can receive The First Coast FreeThinker via e-mail, view it in your browser, or download it from our website. Members are entitled to receive the U.S. Mail hard-copy version.
- A trial subscription of the hard-copy version is available for three months at no charge, following which, you need to join to continue to receive it.
- Join the FCFS Yahoo! Group, Jaxfreethought, to exchange e-mail with other freethinkers. You need not be a member of the FCFS to participate.
- To subscribe, send a blank email to jaxfreethought.
Dinners for Doubters
- Dinners for Doubters is a convenient, easy way to create an instant dinner party, get to know other freethinkers, and make new friends in intimate surroundings. It works like this: Someone decides to host a Dinner for Doubters. The host or hostess picks a date and decides how many people he or she would like to invite. A party totaling eight seems to work well, but this is entirely up to you. You may want only four! We then put a sign-up sheet at the back table at our monthly meetings, and guests sign up to attend. When the guest list is filled, the host or hostess contacts each guest to arrange the menu and who will bring what. Often, the host or hostess provides the entrée, and the guests provide a salad, beverage, vegetable, dessert, etc. But again, who brings what is entirely up to the participants. In fact, if a person whose house is very small wanted to host a dinner, they could pick a restaurant and all go Dutch. The goal of Dinners for Doubters is to allow mixing and mingling, getting to know new and different people, and to allow freethinker friendships to flourish. Consider hosting a dinner. Be watching for a Dinners for Doubters sign-in sheet at the back table!