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Humanists Jump On Prayer Bandwagon After Town Of Greece Decision

City council members praying before a meetingThe recent US Supreme Court decision in Town Of Greece v. Galloway, opened the door to 'legislative' prayer that can be said at the beginning of a government meeting or event. Although the decision disappointed many secular people, some secular groups, like the American Humanist Association, have decided to join in and encourage seculars to participate in these 'prayers' so that our point of view is represented. It isn't the best solution to the divisiveness of government prayer but it may help show the court was wrong to allow prayer in the first place when the religious conservative's true colors come out.

Warren Wolf Memorial Service Set For May 25th

There will be a Memorial Service for Warren Wolf on Sunday, May 25 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus. The church is at 93 Weisheimer Rd., 43214, just West of N. High St. between Morse and Henderson (Clintonville). There is a parking lot and, if full, parking is available across the street at a funeral home. The service will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with several people participating. Following the service there will be a reception at the church until 6 p.m.

“Better Together” Includes Humanists

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Better Together program hosted an event called “Speed Faithing.” Speed Faithing was designed to be similar to speed dating but to give participants a chance to quickly talk with representatives of different world views. The Better Together organizers thoughtfully included freethinkers, atheists, and Humanists along with the polytheist, Buddhist, evangelical Christian, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Bahai, Jewish, and Muslim presenters. I visited tables for other groups and helped host the table by the OWU Freethinkers.

BREAD Nehemiah Action – Interfaith Social Justice

logo for the interfaith group BREADWhen secular humanists participate in interfaith social justice efforts, they do much more than work together with people of faith to put values of justice and compassion into action. They also challenge the assumption that religious belief is necessary for those who want to fight for social justice and break down the myth that only religious people can help a community.

Long time member Warren Wolf has passed away

It is with great sadness to report that long time member and friend of HCCO Warren Wolf has passed away today.

Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the AHA reported on Facebook: "Warren fell in NYC between humanist meetings. When he returned home he fell again resulting in blood clots to the brain. After surgery there was some hope he might recover, but he did not, dying earlier this afternoon."

Our thoughts go out to the Wolf family at this difficult time

Rational Violence

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HCCO Board member Jamie Nichols gives a presentation about violence

How much have you thought about violence? This presentation will discuss varied applications of rational and scientific thought to physical force. This includes categorizing the motivations behind violence, the approaches taken by different martial arts, applying objective risk analysis to physical force, and gaining situational awareness.

Interfaith, Social Justice, And Humanist Values

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Samuel Jackson, Group Starting Specialist for the Secular Student Alliance, talked about his experience working with interfaith groups

Many secular people value justice and compassion. Participating in interfaith social justice work is one way for us to put these values into action, and is one way to improve the image of the secular community.

Charlie Chaplain's Humanism

screencap of Charlie Chaplin in The Dictator (1940)Born April 16, 1889, Charlie Chaplin produced many films that generated laughter and provoked thought. Chaplain called himself “agnostic” and promoted principles that many Humanists would appreciate.

Bylaw Change Set For Member's Vote At May Monthly Meeting

Pursuant to Article 6 of the HCCO Bylaws the following amendment to Article 4 section 3 concerning
vacancies on the HCCO Board of Trustees is proposed for a member's vote at the monthly meeting on May 10th 2014. Upon passage, by a 2/3 vote of the members present, these changes will take effect immediately.

Foundation Beyond Belief's First Annual National Conference To Be Held In July

logo for Foundation Beyond BeliefFoundation Beyond Belief, the nation's largest humanist charitable organization, is holding its first national conference, "Humanism at Work," July 18-20, 2014 at the Hilton Rosemont in Chicago, Illinois.

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