The 2014 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge event 12/7/2014

The 2014 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge

Book This Event for a Secular Holiday Season

ToK2014Please plan to celebrate the 2014 winter season in a festive freethought fashion by attending a Tree of Knowledge decorating special event! The Tree of Knowledge will be placed in the lobby of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) at 11:00 AM on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The Freethought Society (FS) is proud to join with EHSP for this celebration of openness, education, and freedom of conscience. EHSP is located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

The Tree of Knowledge will be decorated around noon following an EHSP program featuring an address by Hugh Taft-Morales entitled, “Great Awakenings.”

Taft-Morales will explore the First Great Awakening that brought an angry god to America at the beginning of the 18th century, the Second Great Awakening fueling public social reform early in the 19th century, and the 20th century wave of progressivism that woke government up to its responsibility for ordinary citizens. Taft-Morales will conclude by advocating for a contemporary “great awakening” of secular government and a culture of humanism and freethought.

The Tree of Knowledge became a winter symbol for the nontheist community in 2007, originally placed on the lawn of the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Despite appeals for openness and acceptance, Chester County Commissioners have prevented the nontheist community’s symbol from being included in any the traditional winter holiday display since 2010. EHSP welcomed The Tree of Knowledge display with excitement and full support for the diversity it represents.

Margaret Downey, President of FS said, “This is the fourth year that we’ve celebrated the winter season with a Tree of Knowledge at the Ethical Humanist Society. It started as a symbol of inclusion and sharing in this region but The Tree of Knowledge has since become a tradition, not just in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but throughout the world.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring two color copies of the front of a favorite book to the December 7th event. A laminator and other craft materials will be available for those color copies to be made into an ornament. The ornament can be placed on the Ethical Society’s Tree of Knowledge or used for a home display.

Downey and FS board members Jennifer Taylor and Patti Butcheck will be making the ornaments at 1:00 PM in the upstairs meeting room.

Enjoy the Taft-Morales EHSP presentation on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM, and stay for The Tree of Knowledge decorating party and noon! Both events are free and open to the public.

 

To view photos of previous Tree of Knowledge displays, see:       https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xaadwcswcszxvij/AAA2JyLkjtUEpQJq6lV72DZta?dl=0

For more information, contact:

Margaret Downey, FS President

Phone: 610.793.2737

Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org                                              

Hugh Taft-Morales, EHSP Leader

Phone: 215.735.3456

Email: LeaderHugh@phillyethics.org

January-February 2013 Freethought Society Newsletter

January February 2013 FS Newsletter PDF Final

  • The 2012 Tree of Knowledge Report by Margaret Downey
  • The Freethought Society’s 2013 Four-Month Calendar
  • The Pastafarian 2012 Holiday Display Request by Margaret Downey
  • FS Tree of Knowledge and the Ethical Humanist Society by Margaret Downey
  • The Integration of Religion and Government by Douglas Heisler
  • The 2012 Human Tree of Knowledge Report by Margaret Downey
  •  Photos from the 2012 Human Tree of Knowledge Event
  •  Promotional Flier for the September 13, 2013 Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center Event
  •  Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Fund Update
  •  Freethought Society’s St. Croix Flier

January February 2013 FS Newsletter PDF Final

Human Tree of Knowledge, December 1, 2012

2010 Human Tree of Knowledge, West Chester Courthouse
2010 Human Tree of Knowledge, West Chester Courthouse

The Freethought Society (FS) continues to demand the right to display a Tree of Knowledge on the grounds of the Chester County Courthouse.

A 2012 display request will likely be denied, there­fore supporters must be prepared to conduct a “Human Tree of Knowledge” event/protest rally. The event/protest rally schedule will include the distribution of ornaments and participants will be invited to say a few words about how much certain books mean to them. Please plan to participate on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Chester County Courthouse located at the corner of High and Market Streets (2 North High Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania). The event will start at 3:00 PM and will include speeches, singing, photo opportunities and a press conference.

Please email FS to volunteer (volunteers@FtSociety.org) for one of many jobs that need to be done ahead of time (new ornaments, press releases, media training, etc.).

Should the FS petition to include The Tree of Knowledge in the 2012 display be approved, an actual tree will be decorated. FS supporters will be notified by email, and/or a notice will be posted on the Freethought Society listserv and website.

At 5:30 PM, a post-event dinner (Dutch Treat) will take place at Kildare’s Irish Pub, located at 18 West Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19380. The restaurant is located just one block from the Chester County Courthouse. For directions to the restaurant call, (610) 431-0770.

To reserve dinner seats, please call the FS office at (610) 793-2737 by November 28, 2012.

PLEASE RSVP via our Meetup or Facebook pages!

NOTE that this event is the first of a Tree of Knowledge Weekend, with the second event, decorating the tree, taking place at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. More details here: http://www.ftsociety.org/?p=2409

November-December 2012 Freethought Society Newsletter

HURRICANE SANDY

EMERGENCY

RELIEF FUND

In the November December 2012 FS Newsletter-PDF-version you will find the following articles:

  •  BSA Recruitment vs. Equal Access, by Margaret Downey
  •  Challenging BSA and Public School Endorsement, by Margaret Downey
  •  September 2012: A Busy Month for FS President, by Margaret Downey
  •  The 2013 “Essence of Carl Sagan” Essay Presentation Flier
  • We want The Tree of Knowledge on display!, by Margaret Downey, Sam Ilangovan and Glen Loev
  •  Freethinkers Prepared to Help Others, by Margaret Downey
  •  Sharing My Free Thoughts With Others, by Roger Daniel Rizzo
  •   A Musical Road to Maturity and Humanism, by Roy V. Jackson

A Four-Month Activities Calendar (2012/2013)

Donations, Jean Pool Project, Sole Searching Project and 2012 Winter Helping Hands Project page

Winter Concert Information from the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

A St. Croix cottage information flier

FS Donor, Supporter, Subscriber and Bids for St. Croix Information Page

Sunday, help erect a Tree of Knowledge in Philadelphia

Phila Ethical Humanists and Freethought Societies erect holiday display

 

Please RSVP via our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/134829439959200/?context=create  or the Freethought Society Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/events/42621742/

For more information on these groups, please visit:  The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia at www.PhillyEthics.org and The Freethought Society at www.FtSociety.org.