LVH has a very active calendar of events, including...
- Speaker Series - first Sunday of each month
- Lunching Secularly - first Wednesday of each month
- Discussion Group and Lunch - second Sunday of each month
- Drinking/Dining Skeptically - third Friday of each month
- Book Club - fourth Tuesday of each month
- Seasonal Picnics and Parties (Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends, Summer & Winter Solstices)
- Movie Outings - scheduled throughout the year
- "Bleed & Feed" Service Project - every 8 weeks on a Saturday morning
- Adopt-a-Highway Road Cleanup - 4+ times per year
- Other Service Projects - scheduled as opportunities arise
LVH also hosts special events just for families with children, and sometimes provides limited childcare at our monthly Speaker Series events. Please see our families page for more information.
Below, you'll find information on events that are already scheduled on our calendar. Please click the links for more information. You may not see many RSVPs on these event pages, as many people RSVP to events on other platforms such as Meetup and Facebook. If you want to get notifications of events as they are posted, please join our LVH Meetup page. We hope to see you at an event soon!
Let's return for another dinner at the Hamilton Kitchen in downtown Allentown. It has a nice atmosphere, good food, large portions, great staff, and it's easy to find. There is a full bar, and it's fully accessible. As always, drinking is not mandatory, and newcomers are welcome!
Barb, our host, is looking forward to seeing you all and meeting some new folks! Please RSVP here on our Meetup site to ensure your spot and help us manage the reservation!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale
WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE
In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of Gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, eccentric family’s history. Intertwined with Iris’s account are chapters from the scandalous novel that made Laura famous, in which two illicit lovers amuse each other by spinning a tale of a blind killer on a distant planet. These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist.
Rick will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
It's time to do another clean up of our roadway before the winter weather arrives.
Adopt-a-Highway is one of the ways our group gives back to the community. The road we maintain is one which is heavily used by local people and visitors alike because of the park, hiking and biking trails, fishing locations, the Indian Culture Museum, and proximity to the hospital. Keeping it looking nice allows travelers a better experience, and our signs let them know it is our group that cares enough to do the work. Please come lend a hand!
We'll meet at the trout hatchery parking lot on Fish Hatchery Road opposite Keystone Road. Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Penn-DOT supplies bags, gloves and vests. Expect a short safety meeting before we head out.
At this event, Fernando will share the story of his journey from globetrotting evangelist to gay atheist activist and author.
Timeline for this event:
10:30 a.m. - coffee and conversation
11 a.m. - announcements and guest presentation
12:30 p.m. - lunch will be provided for those who wish to stay (suggested lunch donation: $10)
The Community Parking Deck is a few feet from this event and accessible from both Walnut and 6th Streets. Street parking is available, but limited; meters are not enforced on Sundays. Plan to arrive early due to construction in the area. Click here for more information.
We feel it's important to provide most of our events, including this speaker series, free to the public. However, we encourage guests, if able, to help offset the cost of these programs by making a cash contribution at the event or visiting this page to give a donation by credit card.
About Our Guest:
Fernando Alcántar was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico. He was born into Roman Catholicism and converted to Christianity through the visit of American missionaries. He started his involvement in Christian leadership as a youth leader for his local church and ascended to become a state-wide denominational leader for the Foursquare Church in the state of Baja California.
He immigrated to the United States as a teenager and eventually transferred to Azusa Pacific University, the second largest evangelical college in the nation. He worked at APU's Mexico Outreach program for eight years as Senior Coordinator of North American Partnerships. There, he oversaw hundreds of churches in Mexico and helped mobilize over 9,000 missionaries a year from all over the United States and Canada.
He left APU to take the role of Director of Leadership Development for Young People for the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church. "Cal-Pac" oversees almost 400 churches for about 83,000 members across Southern California, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. He oversaw youth and young adult ministries across the region and served as an ambassador to ethnic caucuses. He was considered by many as the spokesperson for emerging Methodism.
It was towards the end of his term with the UMC that Fernando reached the twilight of his theological process out of Christianity. He left the religious community and returned to Higher Education in the state of Utah—the place where he finally realized his identity as a gay man. He resigned in September of 2013 after constantly being personally and professionally attacked for issues administrators admitted were related to him being non-Mormon and his sexuality.
Fernando has written a book of his memoirs titled, To the Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason. Once a high profile religious leader, Fernando is coming out as both Gay and Atheist—“gaytheist”—to help strengthen a national narrative of understanding, tolerance and acceptance. He also wants to help give a voice to those hiding in the shadows, afraid to publicly question their religious, cultural, and sexual identity for fear of isolation and retaliation.
November's lunch discussion will be a continuation of the round-robin style event where everyone gets to moderate a topic of their choosing. Anything can be on the agenda - it just depends what's important to YOU: current events... daily struggles... what makes us happy... things we find interesting.... If you find it important and want to hear others' opinions on the subject, it's worth our dialogue!
As always, you'll be able to order anything from the menu and pay cash or credit, but if you'd like to participate in a shared pizza & salad option (including vegan options for both), just bring $6 cash plus tip. Plenty of street parking is available in the area on a Sunday morning, so that's never an issue. Paul Ryan will moderate this month.