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01/17/2014

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RELIGION BRIEFS The public is invited to the Freethinkers' Briefing on Jan. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Fruitville Road. File photo RABBI CHALOM TO PRESENT PROGRAM AT FREETHINKERS' BRIEFING dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism and rabbi of the Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, the release adds. He also serves on the Advisory Council of The Humanist Institute, and he The church is located at 3975 Fruitville Road participated in the 2012 Symposium of the Institute for Humanist Studies. in Sarasota. Admission is free. Secular Spirituality: Oxymoron or Emotional Meaning? will be the topic of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota's next Freethinkers' Briefing from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, the organization has announced. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Adam Chalom, a news release says. Among the questions that will be discussed are the following: What is the balance between a secular lifestyle and spiritual or emotional fulfillment? Where do Humanists find what Humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow called "Peak Experiences"? Is spirituality an inappropriate concept for Humanists or is it a basic human need that we must find a way to meet? Chalom recently edited "Sherwin Wine's posthumous magnum opus," A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews, the release notes. For more information, call David Ryan at 3654027 or send an email to d2mryan@verizon.net. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota is a welcoming congregation serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, the release "Chalom, a lifelong Humanist and Humanistic adds. More information may be found at Jew, is one of the leading voices in Humanistic www.uusarasota.org or by emailing Judaism," the release points out. He is the engage@uusarasota.org.

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