Freethinkers kick off the 2015-2016 season with brunch, music and upcoming events

Fran Berman

On Sunday, October 25 the SaddleBrooke Freethinkers held our first monthly meeting of the season with a potluck brunch. Singer-songwriter PauJo Mar of the Tucson duo Burning Mesquite provided musical entertainment, performing some well-known songs as well as some of his own. Reminiscent of some 60s songs rallying for social justice and equal rights, his original material can be both humorous and serious with thought-provoking and perhaps edgy lyrics.

The SaddleBrooke Freethinkers usually meet on the fourth Sunday morning each month, October to April. Be sure to go to our website to verify times and venues. Our programs for the next three months will be at the MountainView Ballroom as follows:

November 22 – Bhutan Refugees and Immigrants in Tucson by Dr. Boyd and Madeline Bosma

December 6 – ISIS and the Middle East by Dr. Sandy McNabb

January 24 – Income Inequality by John E. Schwarz, author and professor emeritus of economics at University of Arizona

In January 2016, we plan to resume Food for Thought dinners in members’ homes. Previously called Dinners for Eight, this new format encourages attendance by up to 10 singles, couples and those who want to attend when their sweetie doesn’t.

Also in January, the Freethinkers’ Book Club will reconvene. Lockhart Carlson heads this group and is sure have some interesting titles lined up.

While attendance at the Sunday morning meetings is free and open to members and non-members, we ask for a $2 per person donation to defray costs. Contributions for the Tri-County Community Food Bank are also welcome in the form of non-perishable food or cash.

According to our organizational charter, we “believe in the responsible search for truth and meaning and in the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and the solving of human problems. We believe that tolerance, compassion, equity and civility should characterize the interaction among peace-loving persons and organizations.”

For more information about SaddleBrooke Freethinkers, summaries of past programs and announcements of upcoming programs with times and venues, go to