Editor to Speak on Humanism Mission

By Pohl, Laura Zahn | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

Editor to Speak on Humanism Mission


Pohl, Laura Zahn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent

The Humanists Discussion Group of West Suburban Chicagoland wants to share its message during a fourth anniversary celebration at 2 p.m. today at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 4S535 Old Naperville Road, Naperville.

The Humanists organization, originally formed as a discussion group at DuPage Unitarian, is now affiliated with the American Humanists Association, said Jack Sechrest of Montgomery. He is a founding member along with Mike Werner of Lisle. Members who attend live as far west as Oswego and as far east as Oak Park.

"Our membership has reached 47, and we have another 40 people who attend occasionally," Sechrest said. "We also have a sister chapter, the Lucent Humanist League, that is composed of Lucent employees."

The Humanist movement began in 1933 as a rational philosophy, free of supernaturalism, said Sechrest.

"We emphasize being as good as we can be, having a positive attitude toward people, and we see the quality of our society depends on what we do," he said. "We're interested in the betterment of human beings everywhere."

Sechrest said their philosophy can be summarized in this way: "Humanism derives its goals ... from human needs and interests rather than from theology or ideological abstractions . …

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