Iconic HCCO Sampler is now available as a PDF

scan of the Introducing HCCO sampler coverBack in 1997, the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) was at one of our high points in our history. We had been named American Humanist Association (AHA) chapter of the year and we were enjoying an energy and enthusiasm from the leadership and group members. But we wanted more. We wanted to get bigger and one project we tried was colloquially, inside of HCCO, called the 'Sampler'.

Rallying for Reason

image of a street sign with faith and reason wordsOn June 4, 2016, at the Reason Rally, we have a chance to create one of the largest gatherings of secular people ever. The Rally will include dozens of famous speakers and entertainers, ways to meet new people, and ways to organize for a voice in our political system. The Reason Rally celebrates “reason and rational thought.”

Does Humanism Mean Something More?

image of three colorsIf you’re involved with the Humanist Community, someone is bound to ask what’s humanism and what does the Humanist Community do. To summarize an approach to life that affects things you think, feel, and do takes some effort. And unfortunately, many common slogans leave out important parts.

We’re All in This Together

image of peopleNews media attempt to focus attention on certain elections by treating the elections as a game and by spreading the latest chat worthy gossip about candidates. And yet elections are more than a game between warring brands, images, or teams. The decisions of power elites affect the lives of millions of people.

Strategies for Effective Criticism

image of a human rights parade
Whether the story involves Kim Davis or ISIS, Humanists often find situations where bigotry leads to unnecessary harm and violations of human rights. Many of us feel the urge to criticize. But how could we criticize effectively? For decades, Amnesty International has been among the leading human rights organizations.

Particpate In A Charity Experiment At Columbus Rationality On Monday

clipart of a heartGleb Tsipursky, a long-time member and volunteer at HCCO, a Co-Founder and President of Intentional Insights, will be the speaker at the Columbus Rationality meeting on Monday Januray 4th.

Gleb will be holding the "Giving Game":

Inspiration in "Allegiance"

cast of the Broadway show AllegianceThe line was out the door and down the street to see George Takei in the Broadway musical “Allegiance.” George Takei is a Humanist Pride Award winner, and the show “Allegiance” provides moving support for many Humanist principles.

Stories of Careful Thinking and Community

group shot of Positive PeopleStories have power to illustrate the importance of our values. The following are some stories about careful thinking and community:

Mapplethorpe Returns to Cincinnati

created image with words No CensorshipIn 1990, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center hosted an exhibit of photos by Robert Mapplethorpe that sparked outrage. The CAC’s director Dennis Barrie was charged with violating obscenity laws but was eventually acquitted.

Islam and the Future

screencap of Sam Harris & Maajid Nawaz discussing IslamIslam and the Future of Tolerance by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz contains a discussion between Harris and Nawaz about the role of Islam and Islamism in human rights issues. I will try to summarize some key points of these complex issues.

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