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.

Our next meeting

Feburary, 2017

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017

    2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Rockville Library

    21 Maryland Ave, Rockville

WASH MDC will celebrate Darwin’s Birth with a talk on the Anthropocene Epoch and human impact on the environment. Our speaker will be Fred Edwords who is currently director of planned giving for the Humanist Foundation, the endowment fund of the American Humanist Association, the latter an organization he earlier served as editor of its national magazine, the Humanist, from 1995 to 2006, as executive director from 1984 to 1999, and as national administrator from 1980 to 1984. He was also editor of the association’s membership newsletter Free Mind from 2002 to 2006 and editor of the Creation/Evolution journal from 1980 to 1991.

Abstract:
The Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. is making the Anthropocene Epoch a centerpiece of its scientific narrative. This is because evidence supports the idea that we now live in the Anthropocene, a newly-designated stage in geological history characterized by human impact on the environment–an impact so striking that it will be reflected in the fossil record.

 How did this happen and what does it tell us about human evolution, human nature, and the future of our species?

 And what is the humanist response? 

 


Don Evans picture of George

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

 

 

 

Past Meetings

Sept 2016   Confronting our Whiteness

Oct. 2016  Democracy for Realists

Nov. 2016 Meeting to hear thoughts on the 2016 election

A Special Event organized by the Montgomery County Public Libraries called “An Evening with Steve Roberts.”

Dec. 2016 Annual DC Area HumanLight Celebration

Oct. 17th, 2015 We highlighted  the recent  WASHcon15 Regional meeting and some of its speakers topics:

Linda LaScola, Co-Author of “Caught in the Pulpit – Leaving Belief Behind” and Co-Founder of The Clergy Project
Dr. Andy Thomson, Psychiatrist and Author,
Ron Lindsay, President and CEO, Center for Inquiry
Julien Musolino, Author and Scholar, Rutgers University
Tom Flynn, Executive Director, Council for Secular Humanism
Dr. Jason Heap, Executive Director, United Coalition of Reason

For slides used at the session try here or contact the moderator, Gary Berg-Cross 

2015 Sept. 12th The Sept. WASH MDC meeting was held Saturday Sept. 12th at the Wheaton Regional Library. The meeting starts at 10:45 and the topic is a community discussion comparing the Atheist and Secular Humanist stance (featuring key humanist virtues) with participation of the DC Region Atheist chapter of WASH as well as other persuasions (Nones, Skeptics, Freethinkers etc.).Are these labels important and what do they mean to you?Do they share a naturalistic & ethical worldview with a  positive emotional/affective thrust?

A-theism starts off by saying what it it does not believe. The humanist movement, has what Roy Speckhardt calls a forward-thinking outlook with an emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection.

For past meetings see: http://wash.org/past-mdc-meetings/

Stay tuned for announcements on the Fall 2016 series of talks & Meetings.

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P.O. Box 15319 Washington, DC 20003

General info on WASH MDC mdc@wash.org

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!

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