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Humanists of Utah

Humanists of Utah, founded in 1991, is a chapter of the American Humanist Association. We are a non profit corporation organized to advocate humanism among our membership and the larger community.

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Utah Humanist - September 2014

Chapter News and Announcements

Up Coming Events

Monthly Meeting

On September 11, the Humanists of Utah will host a presentation by Julie Boyden of her new translation of the ancient Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf. The saga had been recited orally for many centuries before it was written down as a poem by a Christian poet.

He, and many Christian monks afterwards, inserted many Christian ideas. Boyden's new translation removed those insertions. She spent four years learning Anglo-Saxon and has "basically let the language of the poem itself" tell her the story.

As she says, "The society that produced the story of Beowulf might, wrongly, be considered by many as nasty, or brutish, even primitive; but that long-lost society exemplified a firm trust in Fate a strict code of honor, loyalty, and oath-keeping, the importance of doing one's duty. The promise of God-given rewards for living a life built on Christian principles plays no part in the lives of the warriors of Beowulf."

When I heard of Boyden's work, I knew it was with an approach that a secular humanist would take. I am sure the Boyden translation will strike chords of emotional understanding in all of us when we hear her.

Julie Boyden was born in Salt Lake City. She grew up with a deep love of reading and learning. Boyden was in college when she first heard the language of Anglo Saxon--

a favorite professor boomed out the first eleven lines of Beowulf in class. Her desire to fully know and experience the poem and its language was born then. It took years to find a tutor, and when she finally did, they used Beowulf itself as their primer.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday September 11, in Eliot Hall at the First Unitarian Church located at 569 South 1300 East, in Salt Lake City. The lecture will be followed by questions and answers and light refreshments. Please come and bring a friend.

All interested people are welcome, there is no charge to attend but donations are always welcomed.

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Humanist Counselor

Elaine Stehel

As a Certified Humanist Minister, Elaine Stehel serves secular, humanist, non-theist, and inter-religious Utahans. First consultation meetings are free of charge. Fees (found here) include three pre-event meetings, unlimited phone calls and e-mails, and day-of event officiating. A non-refundable deposit of $30 (toward the total cost) is required to hold the date for your event.

If you wish to have an officiant at any non-conventional life event not listed on the site, please contact Elaine at elaine at humanistsofutah. for a free consultation meeting to see what can be arranged! All of life is worth celebrating.

Homeless Youth Resource Center

Needs Continue

We did a good job at our summer picnic; we collected a lot of needed items and money for the HYRC. The sincerely appreciated our help but we did not include a golden goose; our donations did not last forever.

The HYRC is a perennial need; The HoU Board is committed to continue supporting this worthy cause.

We are planning another major collection event at our December banquet. Please plan on donating things season specific items like coats, blankets, and even sleeping bags.

You can also money any time, just present it to any board member and we will see that it gets delivered.

Thank you!

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