July Cycling Trip

A group of humanist homies from the very young to the very old, and all ages in between, will be setting off once again from the Wheland Foundry Trailhead at 1503 Middle St at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 31st. Our jaunt should take us along the river to the Bluff View Arts District, where we stop at Rembrandt’s Coffee House for a little refreshment before returning to where most of us parked our cars.

Rental bikes are available at the trailhead, and battery-assisted e-bikes can usually be found along the route somewhere, for those of us less athletically inclined.

Our previous ride at the beginning of July (Technically our “June” trip) was the best-attended one so far this year. These things are a lot more fun with more people, so if you’ve not come along on one of these before, now’s the time to give it a try!


Our July Potluck Get-together is Almost Here!

Our regularly occurring monthly in-person get-together is about to happen again! Meet up with us in the clubhouse at the River Rock apartment complex on Sunday the 10th of July, to talk about whatever’s on your mind.

Where?: The “River Rock” Apartment building on the corner of 4th and Cherry street. The door is on Cherry, to the left of the sign that says “HOT WORX”. We’ll be in the nice, comfy common room, around the corner from the fitness center, with a nice view of the swimming pool. The address, for GPS purposes, is 382 Cherry St.

When?: 5pm, July 10.

What? A potluck dinner, and a chance to meet new friends, or catch up with friends you already know.

Who? You, hopefully! This sort of thing doesn’t work unless people show up.

Why?: Because we like you!

How? Well, that’s up to you. Cook up a culinary masterpiece, if that’s your jam, or just pick up a bag of chips or a beverage to share. If you can’t bring anything but your happy self, that’s all right too. We’re pretty good at sharing.

Bike Ride this Sunday, July 3rd

It’s that time again, when we take to two wheels with our humanist companions and ride alongside the Tennessee River from one end of Broad Street to the other.

Our Journey will begin at 9:30am, at the Wheland Foundry Trailhead located at 1503 Middle Street, and we usually go from there to Rembrandt’s Coffee House in the arts district before reversing course and returning to our starting point. We should be done by 11:30 or so, although sometimes some of us grab a bite together afterward.

This is Dan. Dan will be biking this Sunday with some friends. Come along, and be Dan’s friend!

You can bring a bike if you have one, or rent one from the City of Chattanooga if you don’t. There are possibly e-bikes available for those of us more into social activity than athletic activity. Just make sure to have hydration and a helmet, so you don’t die. Our outings have resulted in zero deaths, so far, and we’re planning to hold on to that record for a very long time.

Potluck Gathering Sunday, June 12!

Chattanooga Humanists will be once again meeting to eat and drink and be merry at the River Rock apartment complex on 4th and Cherry Street downtown from 5-7 PM on June 12th.

The get-together will be in the building’s “Clubhouse”, between the fitness center and the swimming pool. The entrance isn’t particularly well-marked, but it’s next door to a fitness center with a big sign that says “HOTWORX”. if you see that sign, you’re in the right place.

Bring a potluck-style dish, or at least an appetite, and come hangout with us as we share our thoughts, our stories, and of course, our food.

If you can find a metered parking space, those are free on Sunday. If you can’t find a meter, there is plenty of paid parking available nearby. If anyone wants to save transit costs or parking costs by carpooling, reach out to info@chattanoogahumanists.com and we will see what we can arrange.

Humanist Bike Ride on May 29th!

Some of us will be venturing forth on two wheels this weekend, from the Wheland Foundry Trailhead just off of South Broad Street behind Crust Pizza, to the Arts District downtown. (And then back, because that’s where most of us probably parked…)

If this sounds like a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning, then meet at 1503 Middle Street in Chattanooga, at about 10am May 29th, and join us!

If you have a bike you can bring, then bring it! If you don’t have one, or just don’t want to bring one, you can rent one. There are usually several rental bikes available at the trailhead, sometimes even electrically motor-assisted “e-bikes”, which are a lot of fun if you are more interested in scenery and conversation than strenuous exercise.

Allow a little extra time if you need a rental bike, especially if you are new to the process, and of course, remember that hydration and helmets are both important for riding safely.

Cycling is Back!

If you ever wanted to hang out with cool nonreligious friends AND get some exercise AND enjoy the Scenic City out in the fresh air, then boy howdy do I have some news for you.

Some of us Humanists are going to be gathering at the Tennessee Riverpark Wheland Foundry Trailhead, at 1503 Middle Street in Chattanooga, at about 10am on the 1st of May, and riding bikes to Rembrandt’s Coffee House and back.

If you want to bring your own bike, bring it. If you don’t want to bring one, you can rent one there at the trailhead, courtesy of the City of Chattanooga. They even have electrically motor-assisted “e-bikes” for the minimally athletic amongst us. 

Allow a little extra time if you need to rent one, because the process can be a little time consuming, and if you’re like me and insist on an e-bike, you may want to allow even more time to scout out a freshly charged-up speed machine.

Just remember to bring a helmet to protect your brain. We humanists understand the importance of those little grey cells between your ears. 

Music with the Humanists

Sunday Jan 12th at 5PM at the Unitarian Church

Speaker: Darrin Hassevoort, Associate Professor of Music at Chattanooga State Community College
Subject: Darrin conducted Kim André Arnesen’s “Wound in the Water” this past November and will share some of the music as well as insights from this thought provoking and beautiful choral work. The work explores the theme of Mammon, the traditional symbol of the love of greed and money, by singing of our exile and the wounding of our world, of the beauty of the earth, and of the struggle of profoundly divided humanity towards a shared song. Mammon is a force that divides us, both internally – we become divided from ourselves, from our capacity for love – and communally- human beings become creatures of competition and conflict. Our relationship with ourselves, others, and the vividly living planet that is our home, slowly erodes and then collapses – and we come to live as homeless exiles in this threefold sense. This work recognizes the long journey towards the healing that we have to undergo and ends with an attempt of a shared song.

Navigating counseling as an atheist in the Bible Belt.

Travis McKie-Voerste is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. He has been a professional counselor since 2009 and served as the head of the Dalton State College Counseling center prior to accepting a teaching position at Dalton State.

His research interests include college mental health, counselor-client relationship factors, counselor education and gatekeeping. His dissertation focused on investigating the experiences of atheists receiving counseling in the Bible Belt of the United States and he continues research on the role of religion in the counseling field.

Sunday, August 11, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM