HAT MONTHLY MEETING, Sat March 9, 1:30pm - 3pm, Shawn Newton, 'Religious Humanism'

HAT Monthly Meeting
DATE:  Sat March 9, 2013,  1:30pm-3pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,  Room TBA
TOPIC:  Religious Humanism
SPEAKER: Shawn Newton, First Unitarian Church, Toronto
Shawn says:
 "My talk will focus on what it means, for me, to be a religious humanist. I also plan to speak a bit about Alain de Botton's notion of "religion for atheists.


The Reverend Shawn Newton became the 23rd minister of First Unitarian in September 2007, arriving in Toronto with his spouse, Bob, after living for many years in Boston.  He began his undergraduate studies in the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, eventually completed a bachelor degree in religious studies at Harvard's Extension School, and later received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
In the course of his preparation for ministry, Shawn served five different congregations, including the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas; Arlington Street Church in Boston, where he was administrator; the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Massachusetts, as a student minister; the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio, as the Killam Fellow; and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley, as Assistant Minister. Shawn's clinical pastoral education was undertaken at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Shawn loves to travel, to take in theatre and classical music, and to explore the fascinating array of neighbourhoods in Toronto.