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Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists

#1 Postby coffee » October 8th, 2017, 7:21 pm

I have just tidied these lists up

Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists

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Humanist/Atheist values/Doctrine lists continue ... Values.pdf ... esList.pdf


SECULAR GRACES pinched from the internet

From Reginald Le Sueur
To the Farmers and Growers,
To the Butchers and Bakers,
To the Cooks and the Caterers ;
--we give thanks for this meal.
(Myron Morris)
“For this food we about to receive,
We thank those who produced it,
And those who transported it.
We thank those who prepared it,
And those who serve it,
And those who clean it after us.
Let us now sit down and enjoy it”.
We are thankful for the food on this table
We are thankful for this time together
Our thoughts go out to family and friends
We hope that they are safe and well
Let's eat/dive in.
Earth we thank you for our food,
For work and play and all that's good,
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love.
posted by McIntaggart at 3:39 AM on August 24, 2005 [2 favorites]
And a short meal gatha:
"We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion."
My son learned this one in his Montessori school (natch), and we use it quite a bit in our agnostic home:
I am thankful for green grass under me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for blue sky over me (I am thankful/grateful )
I am thankful for good friends beside me
I am thankful for good food in front of me
and peace all over the world.
posted by Scoo at 7:09 AM on August 24, 2005
good food, good meat, good vegetable, thank all those whose made it possible, let's eat/dive in.
Also addressed to Nobody In Particular, I've said:
For the meal we are about to eat,
for those that made it possible,
and for those with whom we are about to share it,
we are thankful.
posted by ThePants at 9:42 AM on August 25, 2005 [3 favorites]
For bacon, eggs, and buttered toast
Who eats the fastest gets the most!
Earth who gives to us this food
Sun who makes it ripe and good
Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live
Our loving thanks to you we give.
For our friends,
for our families,
for our meal,
we are thankful.
We are so grateful for this food,
it restores our strength,
it heals our bodies,
it fuels our brains.
Thanks to the earth for the soil.
Thanks to the sky for the rains.
Thanks to the farmers for the harvest.
Thanks to our friends for the love.
May this meal we're about to share help our spirits shine brighter.
May this brightness send darkness away and
warm the hearts of strangers.
audrey 10:40 am on Nov 18th
Love this post and I think your graces are awesome. My little family (the 3 of us) do follow a spiritual practice but the blessing we use before meals is so simple and non-denominational-ish my non-religious family has adopted it. It is in the call and response style, and translated is this:
We sit and eat together (we sit and eat together)
We sit and eat together (we sit and eat together)
We sit and eat in peace (we sit and eat in peace)
Emily 11:38 am on Nov 18th
I love these! I'm the chaplain of our local Grange, and I'm always looking for ways to express thanks before a meal that don't feel exclusionary to any of our diverse members. Currently, we use this one:

For the bounty here before us,
The hands that brought it to our table,
And the company in which we share it,
We give thanks.
(All: We give thanks.)
mbirn 6:27 pm on Nov 18th
For the Food Before Us
For the Friends Around Us
For the Love Between Us
We give thanks.

It embarrasses the snot out of my teenage daughter when she friends eating with us. But I like the ritual, better than just diving into the grub.
tashamonster 9:22 pm on Nov 19th
i work for a preschool and we say a very long winded prayer but i like the end the best and could work (i'm replacing the word God with earth)
Thank you for the world so sweet
Thank you for the food we eat
Thank you for the birds that sing
Thank you, Earth, for everything
Another favorite was also this classic:
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Whoever eats the fastest, gets the most.

That's not necessarily Atheist, however.
posted by stovenator at 12:23 AM on August 24, 2005
vasiliki Jan 16, 2014 11:35 AM
Our family is atheist, but my husband, I, and 8-year-old son always say "grace." We either have a minute of silence where we listen to the sounds around us and think about what we are thankful for (my son loves this because he begins and ends the minute with a pretty "clink" of his knife to his water glass), or we say my son's Montessori blessing:
We are thankful for the food before us
We are thankful for the friends beside us
We are thankful for the love among us
We are thankful
Let us enjoy good food and good drink,
And let us thank all whose efforts have set them before us;
Let us enjoy good companionship,
And let us each one be good company to the others;
Let us enjoy ourselves, without guilt,
But let us not forget that many are less fortunate.
We give thanks for the plants and animals who have given themselves so that we can enjoy this meal together.
We also give thanks for our friends and family who have traveled here today.
May this meal bring us strength and health.
I hope this food taste nice
Because it had been to the floor twice!
Nov 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm
That wasn’t meant to be an “offering”… just an observation.
Here’s a Thanksgiving secular grace I cooked up for tonight’s dinner:

We are grateful for the presence of those we love, for all the events and circumstances
which have made it possible for us to be here.

We are thankful for this food, for those who planted, grew, provided and prepared it.
We stand in awe-struck gratitude for the countless millions of stars which, by exploding,
provided the elements which make up everything we are and all we know.
We hope that, in the fullness of time, all peoples everywhere will have the bounty we are
grateful for today.

We thanks all animals and plants whose have died to give us food.
Let us eat consciously, resolving by our work to pay the debt of our existence.


Twelve Principles Of Humanism

1 Humanism aims at the full development of every human being.

2 Humanists uphold the broadest application of democratic principles in all human relationships.

3 Humanists advocate the use of the scientific method, both as a guide to distinguish fact from fiction and to help develop beneficial and creative uses of science and technology.

4 Humanists affirm the dignity of every person and the right of the individual to maximum possible freedom compatible with the rights of others.

5 Humanists acknowledge human interdependence, the need for mutual respect and the kinship of all humanity.

6 Humanists call for the continued improvement of society so that no one may be deprived of the basic necessities of life, and for institutions and conditions to provide every person with opportunities for developing their full potential.

7 Humanists support the development and extension of fundamental human freedoms, as expressed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supplemented by UN International Covenants comprising the United Nations Bill of Human Rights.

8 Humanists advocate peaceful resolution of conflicts between individuals, groups, and nations.

9 The humanist ethic encourages development of the positive potentialities in human nature, and approves conduct based on a sense of responsibility to oneself and to all other persons.

10 Humanists reject beliefs held in absence of verifiable evidence, such as beliefs based solely on dogma, revelation, mysticism or appeals to the supernatural.

11 Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings.

12 Humanists affirm that human beings are completely a part of nature, and that our survival is dependent upon a healthy planet that provides us and all other forms of life with a life-supporting environment.


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Re: Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists

#2 Postby coffee » October 10th, 2017, 10:24 am

This is just lists of extra information for atheists/humanists might find useful

It is not 100% perfect so use it with atheist/humanist context or commonsense ok. ... t-threads/

Twelve Principles Of Humanism ... _Strengths ... SYeKQTE%3D ... 8-15.2.pdf ... 8-15.2.pdf ... 8-15.1.pdf ... MvLF52LKAv ... /Needs.pdf ... Values.pdf ... esList.pdf

RSA ANIMATE: The Empathic Civilisation

So if you don't believe in God, what happens when you die?

Can you remember all that time before you were born? Neither can we! Well, it's probably the same after you die.

Like everything else in the natural world, we’re made from chemicals and minerals. Nothing ever disappears completely. When we die, our bodies break down into these chemicals and minerals again, whether we’re cremated or buried, and they eventually become part of the earth, or of plants, or even of other living things. However, we don’t believe in a “soul”, a supernatural part of a human being. ... nksgiving/ ... 8-15.2.pdf ... 8-15.1.pdf

Humanists Aims ... mmandments ... nist_Heart ... nist_Heart ... 32&lang=en

Tea and Consent ... t-threads/ ... of-values/ ... lues.shtml



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Re: Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists

#3 Postby coffee » October 15th, 2017, 6:19 pm

I just stick this link here so that I can find it next time. ... sal-values

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Re: Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists

#5 Postby coffee » January 26th, 2018, 8:33 pm

I have just updated this Atheist/Humanist Values lists

It is not 100% perfect so use it with atheist/humanist context or commonsense ok. ... mpathy.pdf ... mpathy.pdf

--------------- ... _Strengths

-------------- ... Values.pdf ... esList.pdf


Humanist Meaning of life (Scroll down to see the list)

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Table discussion

What is a Humanist Group for?

• An alternative church? • A secularist pressure group? • A talking shop?
• A pillar of the community? • A community hub? • Humanist/atheist evangelism?

What are its functions and what can we learn from our competitors?
• A community for the non-religious? • Forum for public debate? • Library?
• Chaplaincy and counselling/pastoral services? • Ceremonies?
• Courses on human flourishing (a ‘school of life’?) • Youth group?
• Charity fundraising? • Food bank? • To counter evangelism?
• “Celebration of life”? • Choirs, singing and readings? • Socialising?
• Facilitating the teaching of Humanism in schools (eg via RE)?
• Inclusion in Remembrance services?

What ‘infrastructure’ does a Humanist group need?
• Mission statement • Aims • Constitution and membership structure
• Affiliation/partnership with BHA • Somewhere to meet • A committee
• A programme of events • Promotional leaflets • Regular newsletter or bulletin
• Website, facebook etc • A Humanist course • Trained leaders? • A building?
• A gazebo/tent? • GRAM • International links/twinning
• Links with ‘kindred spirits’ (Unitarians, liberal Jews, Quakers, atheist groups, skeptics, Fabians, science groups, green groups, student humanist groups)

• Dialogue (aka ‘interfaith’)

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Re: Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists

#6 Postby coffee » April 23rd, 2018, 11:15 am

The above Atheist/Humanist Values/Doctrine lists, had been updated with 99% accuracy, so use it with commonsense ok.

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