Maryland – District of Columbia (MDC)

MDC is  the original WASH chapter with members or other interested people in the greater Washington area including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.
Our members cover the spectrum labeled  freethinkers, skeptics, secular humanists, non-theists, atheists, agnostics and the recent Nones or “not sure”.
Like other WASH chapters we  participate in a range of activities with other groups of like interests.
Meeting are  also announced on our Meetup page.


We will celebrate the week of Earth Day with a talk and discussion on “The Evolution of Life in the Universe” lead by Mike Reid.

In February Mike Reid lead a tour  at the Hall of Human Origins in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC as part of our joint MDC/NVC  Darwin Day Commemoration

In March our topic was

ScienceTheEarth: Science as a Force for Collaborative Global Action

 Our first meeting in 2019 was:

8005 Connecticut Ave. · Chevy Chase, MD

Downstairs Conference room

See  Washington Area Secular Humanist Meetup Groupannouncements

Is there something wrong with the mega philanthropy we see from the big winners and ultra wealthy of today’s society?
Some look at philanthropy’s role as an “apparatus of justification” – a phrase developed in Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, which stands for elite power structures like those started in the Gilded Age.
We need to take a steady look at the hegemonic power of present-day elite networks such as seen in Silicon Valley and Wall street.

We held  our annual HumanLight party on Saturday, Dec. 22 ( 4-9)

See details here or sign up on our Meetup page.


The Nov, Meeting was on Saturday, Nov. 17 from  from 1:45 -3 in the DC Chevy Chase library

5625 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC 20015

We will be in the meeting room on the 2nd floor.

The topic is ” Fake news, misinformation & trust: problems and possible solutions”
Gary Berg-Cross and Lou Pecora lead the discussion
As part of our monthly discussions we will address the topic of fake news, mis- and dis-information, alt-facts and its impact on trust. While this is not a new problem it seems to be more systematically widespread and impactful. This may be in part to moderns of digital communication, networking and social media.

“We all think we can tell the difference between opinion, advertising and accurate news. But how do we really know?”

Lou Pecora will lead a discussion on the nature of these problems and issues. This will be followed by a discussion lead by Gary Berg-Cross of proposed solutions and initiatives to handle or mitigate the problem.
Dis-information, for example, is challenging to identify and counter. There is a measurement issue because there’s a lack of consensus on how to actually define it or “false news.” There’s a spectrum of content — from intentional or disguised satire to honest or faux opinion to hoaxes intentionally crafted to deceive. Both fake news and misinformation are ever-evolving problem. Its purveyors are continually trying new tactics to seed it, so we’re constantly updating our approach to catching it.
Because it’s evolving, we’ll never be able to catch every instance of false news — though we can learn from the things we do miss.
And there are media initiatives to develop Best Practices that news organizations like WaPo are following. But we need tools to help with this along
with a media savvy citizenry.

As usual some light refreshments will be served.

Note: Remember to come to the DC Chevy Chase Neighborhood library.
The address is 5625 Connecticut Ave NW, DC · Washington, DC

For general information and if there are any questions you may contact the chapter coordinator:

Gary Berg-Cross via email at
Don Evans picture of George

 For a Tribute to WASH Founder George Porter see:

For general information about the MDC chapter, contact Gary Berg-Cross via email ( or via phone (240-426-0770).

P.O. Box 15319 Washington, DC 20003

General info on WASH MDC

Phone: 240-426-0770

Please remember that WASH is a volunteer organization. Contributions of your time and money are the core of WASH’s ability to serve you, our membership. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining for $35, or at least becoming a friend of WASH for $10. If you have the means to provide financial support for WASH beyond the membership dues, your contributions help WASH engage in projects such as the following:

  • Printing of the Ingersoll Walk booklet (estimated cost: $300)
  • Upgrades for the next Ingersoll Oratory Contest to include rental of a tent, an improved PA system, and upgraded prizes for contestants (estimated cost: $2,000).
  • A project to make WASH generated videos available on YouTube (estimated cost: $500)
  • Support for student groups (estimated cost: $500)
  • Support for a fee-based speaker, such as professional interpreters of Jefferson (Steve Edenbo) or Madison, book authors, or others at a WASH event (estimated cost: $3,000)
  • Advertising campaigns such as billboards (estimated cost: $5,000)

Thank you!

Past Meetings

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