Central Colorado Humanists Celebrate "Human Lights"
Humanists Celebrate “Human Lights”
Held at the Salida Community Center on December 20, the Central Colorado Humanists (CCH) showcased the philosophy of Humanism in their annual Human Lights Celebration. They not only gathered together for a festive evening of dinner and entertainment, they also held a silent auction to raise money for their scholarship fund, collected food for the homeless, and shared the premier performance of “Hungry Man”, written and produced by Salida’s own performance poet, Alex Drummond. Over 70 people attended this gala event expertly planned and organized by member Marsha Sherry and the CCH social committee.
“Hungry Man,” performed by Drummond, a chorus, and actors, is the compassionate story of a man reduced to begging after losing his white-collar job, his home, and all else, except his pride, empathy for others, and understanding of many of the economic and social issues facing this country. CCH selected Drummond’s work for their Human Lights Celebration because of the originality and brilliance of the art form and for the ideas it represents. Raising awareness of the issue of homelessness gave deeper meaning and purpose to the evening and illustrated the Humanist mission of being inspired by art and motivated by compassion.
The Human Lights Celebration is celebrated annually on or near the winter Solstice. It observes the lengthening of days by “honoring the light of knowledge and actions.” CCH is “informed by science, guided by reason, inspired by art and nature, and motivated by compassion” as their mission states. For more information about the Human Lights Celebration go to the American Humanist Association’s website: http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2011-12-humanlight-a-holiday-for-humanists
The Central Colorado Humanists sponsor many local programs including Sunday Science, which is free and open to the public, held on the first Sunday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Salida Community Center, discussion groups, community forums and speakers, and scholarships for local area high school seniors. Additional information can be found on their website: http://centralcoloradohumanists.org
Mary Beth France, CCH board