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UUC Welcomes our New Settled Minister, Rev. Patrice Curtis!
A system of values and beliefs based on the idea that people are basically good and that problems can be solved with the use of reason – the essence of UUism.
The UUC Humanists Group welcomes the larger freethought community to join in our events and activities. Affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association and the American Humanist Association, our group is also very active locally as part of the seven-member Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason (TBCoR).
The UUC Humanists Group generally meets monthly, on the third Sunday of each month. The one-hour meetings usually begin at 12:30 p.m., following the regular UUC service. After the meeting attendees go to lunch for a bit of fellowship. Each meeting has a speaker who addresses topical issues of interest to our members. We have hosted many noted individuals including:
TBCoR sponsored a very special event at the UUC Octagon. Dr. Richard Dawkins, Emeritus Fellow at Oxford University and author of numerous books on evolutionary biology, discussed his autobiography, "Brief Candle in the Dark, My Life in Science".
Sir Harold Kroto – Nobel Laureate and FSU professor of chemistry
Hemant Mehta – Chicago-based host of the blog “The Friendly Atheist”
Roy Speckhardt– Executive Director of the American Humanist Association
We are very pleased to have scheduled for 2016, Prof. Frans deWaal. Dr. deWaal is head of the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University.
A couple of times each year we get together for fun and social time. Notices are sent in advance to all who have signed up for our Humanists Group Email List. Along with TBCoR, we also host an annual community-wide event, Darwin Day, which is held each February. This is an all-afternoon event with several speakers, most focused on science, that have included:
• Prof. Daniel Dennett of Tufts University, a thought leader of the “New Atheists.”
• Prof. Herb Silverman, mathematician, former candidate for governor of South Carolina and founder of the Secular Coalition for America.
For additional information on upcoming meetings and special events, see the UUC Blog.