The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley ( ) became a chartered chapter of the American Humanist Association in 1962. At that time they were the Humanist Community of San Jose and incorporated with that name in 1967. In 1992 they moved to Palo Alto, held meetings at Stanford and changed their name to Humanist Community. Over its 54 year history it has been served by numerous dedicated leaders, and has met in a variety of locations in Silicon Valley. It now calls the “Humanist House” in San Jose its home.

The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley has always endeavored to promote humanist values, and to support the social and intellectual needs of its members. Arthur Jackson, President and long-time leader, and Debbie Allen, recently hired as the Executive Director, will be addressing the history, goals and future plans of the community.

Arthur Jackson has been active in the humanist movement since 1962. For him, humanism comes closest to what is needed to change the world for the better, so he has spent the bulk of his life working to advance this philosophy. He currently serves as president of the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley, board member of the Humanist Society, and is endorsed as a humanist celebrant. He is the author of two books, The Humanist Chapter of the Future and the Future of Humanism, and How to Live the Good Life: A User’s Guide for Modern Humans ( ).

Debbie Allen is the immediate past president of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, coordinator of the San Diego Coalition of Reason, board member of the American Humanist Association, board president of the Humanist Society, board secretary of the Reason Rally Coalition, Inc., and a volunteer humanist chaplain with the Humanist Society and the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. Her hobbies are photography and dancing, and she never shrinks away from a passionate debate.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about the local and greater Humanist Community, so we hope to see you on November 2nd! We meet as always in the banquet room, which is located past the bar area and kitchen down the hallway in the back of the restaurant. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and we have plenty of space for you to dine before, during or after our meeting in the banquet room. We start set up around 6pm, and are always happy to have extra help in setting up. This, along with joining us for dinner, is a great way for you to meet friendly like-minded people!

This event is totally free, though we do accept donations ( ).

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