On Sun. Jan. 26th, a Christian, Hindu, and atheist will discuss why they do good works. The event is planned so the audience can highly interact with these three panel members. Event details can be found here:
http://tinyurl.com/khmf4zk . Everyone from the Portland area is welcome to attend this free event.
The event is held at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Beaverton. Pastor Nathan Lewis does these kinds of events to foster community dialogue. After all, do you know of any other place where a Christian, Hindu, and atheist would discuss their different opinions?
Something to think about: The Christian and Hindu have concerns about how their works affect their next life (Heaven and Hell for a Christian, or Karma affecting the reincarnation for the Hindu). An atheist has no concerns about the next life, as this life is all they have. So clearly, if an atheist is to do good works, it seems the motivation must be quite different.
Here's an abstract about the program:
Probably everybody believes that they should do something good for the world. But what do they consider to be a "good" work? Is propagating our own belief system a "good work" (examples such as Billy Graham and Richard Dawkins); or is "good works" only those things that help people physically (such as feeding the hungry)? And what is our motivation to do good works? By comparing and contrasting the viewpoints from others of different belief systems, it may help us to understand our own belief system better. For this discussion, we hear the views of a Christian, Hindu, and an atheist. The structure of the program is designed to facilitate discussion among the panel members and also include an intensive audience Q&A time.
Many Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com . For example, these are some of the groups that Portland has to offer:
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l5j52kc
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
-- Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
-- Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
-- Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
-- Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc