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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.

Hope After Faith

We all have stories about how we became Humanists, but stories of ministers who lose their faith are most startling because people look to ministers as a support for faith and because ministers are assumed to have a lifetime commitment.  Jerry DeWitt’s story in Hope After Faith tells the struggles of a minister going from a passionate faith in a supernatural Christianity to an acceptance of the realities of life and a hope in his own limited ability to handle those realities.  

Welcome Freethinkers Book Club!

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) would like to welcome the Freethinkers Book Club to our list of events. Rita will continue to host and run the meetup, but HCCO will be promoting the event. The Freethinkers Book Club will be hosted via HCCO's meetup and continue to meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at the Chocolate Cafe. The transition will be official for the meeting on August 22, 2013 at 6:30pm.

Attending a Christian Apologetics Conference

On Thursday July 11th merely one day before the SSA conference kicked off here in Columbus I was given the opportunity to do something that just a few years ago would have never dreamed a possibility for me. I was invited to join another atheist friend to speak on stage at a Christian apologetics conference with an author who has written two books on evangelism with a special emphasis on the best methods of speaking to the non-believer. We were to be the token atheists for his presentation and were given the opportunity to answer questions from the audience.

Bleed and Feed Blood Drive 2.0!

HCCO is excited to host our second-ever blood drive in just a few weeks.  We'll be in the first-floor meeting room of our office building at 1550 Old Henderson Rd in Columbus from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday, August 8th between 2pm and 8pm.  We're looking for both blood donors as well as volunteers - will you help us out?

Quality Testing Life

This past week, I’ve been enjoying myself in a country with policies that for some Americans would be a nightmare come true.  Our neighbors to the north in Canada live with universal health care paid through taxes, same-sex marriage, use of multiple languages, and even the metric system.  Attempts to adopt similar policies in the United States have generated wild speculations about the consequences.  Rick Santorum claimed that marriage equality would lead to people getting involved with dogs.  Sarah Palin claimed that providing health care for all Americans would lead to death panels while

Help out a Humanist Today!

Last week, Foundation Beyond Belief launched Helping Hands, an initiative of our Beyond Belief Network to use Foundation Beyond Belief’s network of secular humanist teams, fantastic charities, and social media presence to help atheists in need of a helping hand.

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by Dr. Radut