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Text of Richard Carrier's Speech at HCCO's Winter Solstice Potluck

photo of Dr. Richard CarrierOur Winter Solstice Potluck, held on December 6th, was an excellent time had by all. In case you weren't able to join us, here is the text of the talk given by our keynote speaker, Richard Carrier. He has kindly allowed us to post it.

"Be wise and practical"

image of Sense and Goodness without God coverFor people who no longer find faith, authority, and tradition convincing, there are many questions of what goes into thoughtful living. Atheist Richard Carrier's Sense and Goodness without God offers a framework for evidence-based living and encouragement to develop wisdom for quality living beyond faith.

Eugene V. Debs on the "Edge"

photo of activist Eugene V. DebsThe agnostic Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs went to prison for over ten years primarily for a 1918 speech in Canton, Ohio. Debs's speech points out difficulties related to the power elite of 1918. Nearly, 100 years later, the issues Debs raises sound familiar.

Carl Sagan Day

image of a poster of Carl SaganNovember 9th is the birthday of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. He is best known as creator and host of the seminal science TV show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). Sagan was known as a skeptic and freethinker.

Breaking News: We Have HCCO T-Shirts

mockup of HCCO T-shirtMany of you have asked for a T-shirt to show your support for Humanist principles and help us build community among Humanists. We have had some T-shirts made that you can purchase.

Sale of the T-shirts will start with the November 8 members' meeting. The shirts are preshrunk cotton in sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL. They will be available for $15 per shirt.

Waking Up Sam Harris

cover for Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without ReligionSam Harris recently published Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion. I appreciate seeing books on the subject of what goes into quality experiences of living but found Waking Up to be a disappointment in a number of ways.

Save The Date For Our 2014 Winter Solstice Event with Dr. Richard Carrier

photo of Dr. Richard CarrierHCCO is proud to announce the date, the speaker, and format for our 2014 Winter Solstice event:

Saturday, December 6, 2014
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Big Walnut Park Shelter
5000 East Livingston Ave., Columbus , OH

Making Waves Over Lake Placid

image of flora and faunaWhile doing what the locals in Lake Placid call “camping,” I had a chance to see more than trees, lakes, and sand of the Adirondack Mountain region.  

HCCO Seeks Part-Time Paid Coordinator

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio is seeking a part-time Coordinator. The Coordinator will report directly to HCCO's elected President, and will be responsible for coordinating membership activities and furthering the mission of the organization. She or he will also be responsible for participating in fundraising with the cooperation of the board. Many duties will be delegated to volunteers, and the Coordinator will be responsible in part for recruiting and assisting these volunteers.

Free Thinker Activist Greta Christina at OSU

image of Greta Christina at the Reason RallyGreta Christina is an LGBT, atheist, sex-positivist, freethought activist, speaker and blogger. She has been writing professionally for over fifteen years, with an output that is both considerable and influential. She has written several books and is one of the most popular and respected bloggers on atheism and sexuality.


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