Evolution isn't just a story about where we came from. It's an epic at the center of life itself. Far from robbing our lives of meaning, it instills an appreciation for the beautiful, enduring, and ultimately triumphant fabric of life that covers our planet. Understanding that doesn't demean human life - it enhances it." ~Kenneth R. Miller
The Sunday Assembly Portland group is a "church without the god bits" and will be exploring the art of story-telling in their next event. Their guest speaker is Will Hornyak, a master story-teller who is an instructor at Marylhurst University. The free event is on Sunday September 14, 2014, at 11 am at McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom (in Lola's a Room). All event details can be found at this link: http://tinyurl.com/p3ypyd6 .
Will has offered workshops and performances for non-profit and corporate organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Oregon Department of Corrections, Intel, Doc Marten Shoes and the Bank of the Cascades. One of his videos can be found at YouTube here: http://tinyurl.com/kasawbr .
Other Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com, such as these:
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl
-- 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