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Julia McCain Nominated to HCCO Board of Trustees

The HCCO Board of Trustees has nominated former Director of Programming Julia McCain to become a new member of the board.  This nomination is contingent upon the approval of two thirds of the members in attendance at September's monthly program.

 

Please plan to attend September's monthly program on September 14th, 2013.  The conversation topic will be "How Innocent People are Convicted in the Criminal Justice System."

Monthly program MeetUp site: http://www.meetup.com/HumanistOhio/events/114819482/

Generation Atheist

The book Generation Atheist by Dan Riley contains interviews of 25 young atheists from many different backgrounds sharing their stories of how each became a nonbeliever. Included are people of different religious backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations. For some, becoming a nonbeliever went smoothly. For others, the transition to non-belief had high costs. Through the differences in the stories, the complexities of becoming a nonbeliever become more clear.

HCCO Member Featured Blog Post - Doug Berger

HCCO Board member Doug Berger comments on male privilege within nontheist communities and asks some difficult questions.

HCCO Article Nominated for The Heart of Humanism Award - Please Vote Today!

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio has been nominated as a Finalist for Best Article in the Heart of Humanism Awards by The Foundation Beyond Belief. We need your votes to win, so please share this article and keep the votes coming!

Link to voting for The Heart of Humanism Award:

http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/node/1906

Saturday's Summer Potluck was a Huge Success!

Thoughts from a Humanist - Is Religion Really Worth Escaping?

HCCO Member Brittany Shoots-Reinhard responds to a question often asked of nontheists - Is religion really something worth escaping?  The link below leads to her thoughts on the matter:

 

http://snoringscholar.com/2013/08/freedom-from-religion-an-atheist-and-a-catholic/

Liz James, a long time member and friend, has passed

Our friend Liz JamesWe learned this week that local poet and long time Humanist Community member died on Sunday (August 4th).

Liz was an enthusiastic member as the mission of HCCO fit with her support in human rights.  She was also a poet of note in Columbus having been a co-founder of the Poetry Forum at Larry's Bar and organizing the first poetry readings at the Columbus Arts Festival.

Ups and Downs of Symbols

While driving down Summit Street, I got a fun surprise. The surprise came from seeing a Humanist’s Happy Human sign on the back of a car parked on the side of the road. The Happy Human looks something like a wide stick figure with arms raised in excitement, but seeing this stick figure gave me a jolt. In this message, I’ll examine some ups and downs of symbols.

Central Ohio Secular Parents Support Group

Being a parent is not always easy and a one can feel very overwhelmed and alone. With this in mind, the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) decided to create this support group. The goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where parents can interact with other parents from the secular community and learn from one another.

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