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      Broken Bridges: Building Community in a World Divided by Beliefs in Asheville

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      August 16, 2020

      Sunday   2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

      Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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      Broken Bridges: Building Community in a World Divided by Beliefs

      “Broken Bridges: Building Community in a World Divided by Beliefs” will be presented by Chris Highland at the Sunday, August 16, 2020 meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, 2:30-4:00 PM by Zoom videoconference. Zoom connection info at All are welcome to attend.

      Chris will select several true stories from his new book, Broken Bridges, drawn from years as a chaplain in jails and shelters. He will reflect on the wisdom of the "unheard" as well as insights from well-known voices like Frederick Douglass and the Dalai Lama. His book is an invitation to wider thinking for secular people and for those who still believe. The presentation and discussion should provide ample insights toward repairing, rebuilding, or even replacing old structures of belief that stand in the way of true progressive reform.

      Chris is a Humanist Celebrant and Freethinker who served as a Presbyterian Minister and Interfaith Chaplain for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Broken Bridges, A Freethinker's Gospel, My Address is a River and other books. He teaches at UNC-Asheville (Reuter Center), Blue Ridge Community College and writes the weekly "Highland Views" column for the Asheville Citizen-Times. He has a Master's Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Seattle Pacific University. He has directed and managed several non-profit organizations providing emergency shelter and cooperative housing for independent seniors.

      Chris lives in Asheville with his wife Carol Hovis, a Presbyterian minister and Enneagram teacher. See for more information.

      The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville endeavors to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. We are inspired by the ideal of working to create a more humane society, recognizing each person’s worth and dignity, and helping to bring out the best in him or her. We are a member of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in our community.

      For more information: call 828 687-7759, email, visit our website at:, or see us on MeetUp:

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      Weddings and Ceremonies Officiated:
      The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville offers individualized, custom wedding services. Joy McConnell, Ethical Culture Leader (clergy/celebrant), and Jackie Simms, Ethical Culture Officiant and Humanist Celebrant, are available to perform wedding (and other significant life event) ceremonies. Joy contributes a portion of the officiating charge to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Honoraria for Jackie's officiating are direct contributions to the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville, a 501(c)(3) organization. Both Joy and Jackie love officiating weddings, so please spread the word. For more information: contact Joy at 828-808-4710 or via her profile on, or contact Jackie at 828-687-7759 or email

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