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What is it Like to Lobby Your Elected Officials? Reflections from Ohio Secular Summit 2.0

Buxi and HeidiWith temperatures below 0 degrees causing local schools and some universities to cancel classes, a group of nontheists from around the state gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for the Ohio Secular Summit on January 28, 2014. It was the second annual event of its kind in Ohio, once again organized by Center for Inquiry - Northeast Ohio. The number of participants doubled to about 20 compared to last year, and nearly half of those who attended were members or friends of HCCO.

Values and Meanings: Hope and Optimism

Hope and Optimism"Hope and Optimism" was the topic of the latest 'Values and Meanings' Discussion and Potluck. The goal of this event is to provide nonbelievers with a forum to talk about our individual values and the kinds of meanings we find in our lives. It aims to create a safe space to share, listen, and explore together without debating, arguing, or trying to convince others.

Bringing a Secular Perspective to General Assembly

Monette Richards speaking at our January monthly meetingMonette Richards was our speaker at our January 11th general meeting. She led the effort to organize the first Ohio Secular Summit in 2013, and she is currently working on this year's event, which will take place on Tuesday, January 28 (Registration closes on January 23rd). Monette talked about the laws and bills from the current General Assembly that secular people should be concerned with, why individual participation in politics is so important, and how you can get involved by participating in the Ohio Secular Summit.

Making a Difference

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Dr. King’s life shows important ways that people make meaning in life through work, love, and acts of courage. Like Dr. King, we can all use our unique strengths and virtues to build a better culture.

January's Columbus Rationality Will Look At Setting And Achieving Goals

Rational MindBy Rita M.

Columbus Rationality is dedicated to figuring out how to improve our thinking as a means of most effectively achieving our goals and enacting our values

Voltaire’s Smile of Reason

Two hundred years before Jon Stewart, Colbert, The Simpsons, or South Park, Voltaire’s comedy challenged common problems, hypocrisies, and inconsistencies. Living in France at the time of the Enlightenment, Voltaire (1694-1778) championed human rights, reason, and scientific investigation. Among Voltaire’s most popular works is the story Candide which brings attention to many issues still facing us today.

Values and Meanings: Celebrations

By Gleb Tsipursky

"Celebrations" was the topic of the "Values and Meanings" Discussion and Potluck that was held on December 21st. The goal of the "Values and Meanings" discussions is to provide nonbelievers with a forum to talk about our individual values and the kinds of meanings we find in our lives. It aims to create a safe space to share, listen, and explore together without debating, arguing, or trying to convince others.

Heathen Chicks Cancelled 1/1/14.

Due to the holiday, Heathen Chicks is cancelled this month.

Even A Snow Storm Couldn't Stop The Winter Solstice Banquet

2013 Winter Solstice Banquet program coverSixty four members and friends of HCCO braved the frozen tundra of a snap snow storm to enjoy the 2013 Winter Solstice Banquet at the Quest Business Center in the Polaris area on December 15th. There was a general consensus that the event was a success despite the early concern about the weather and I-71 being closed nearby due to a bad accident.

Holiday Blood Drive Donates 20 Units of Blood- Thank you!

HCCO's Second Annual Holiday Blood Drive resulted in 20 units of blood being donated for our local Red Cross! Thank you to everyone who came out to donate! Special thanks to Lyz for organizing and to first time donors Robert III, Charlene, and DJ! 

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