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Staying Sane in a Crazy World: How to Live Your Life as a FreethinkerDate:
May 12, 2004
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Rabbi Wine certainly put the “human” in “humanism” in his presentation to us, that was done without reference to notes, slides, or any other assisting item, except for his book with the topic title that he read briefly from twice. He traversed the stage from one end to another, looking people in the eye individually and sprinkled his jargon’ free talk with “You understand?” and momentary pauses between the thoughts he expressed.
About Sherwin Wine, PhD
International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, University of Michigan
Dr. Wine was named the 2003 Humanist of the Year by the AHA (the American Humanist Association), sharing this award with such other Humanist luminaries as Margaret Sanger, Steven Jay Gould, Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins, among other notables. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the founder of Humanistic Judaism, a fifth branch of Judaism. In 1963, he established the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, MI, which was the first congregation of Humanistic Judaism. Six years later, he founded the Society for Humanistic Judaism, and, in ‘85, he established the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Dr. Wine is the author of Judaism Beyond God, Celebration, Pursuit of Happiness and a book with the same title of this evening’s presentation. Additionally, he has written more than 75 articles on humanism, ethics and religion and is the principle contributor to Judaism in a Secular Age: An anthology of Secular Humanistic Jewish Thought.