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Good Tidings and Great Joy

Season’s Greetings! Sarah Palin started another round in her supposed war over Christmas by coming to Columbus for a signing of her latest book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas. Sandwiched between the pagan wreath on the front of Palin’s book and the recipes like peanut butter balls and Rice Krispies Treats in the back, Palin added unfortunate sections of her book attacking atheists and other people who value secular society. Rather than returning Palin’s unfair, hateful remarks, this message brings the good tidings and great joy of Humanism and secularism.

Family Game Night Cancelled Tonight

Tonight's (Friday, 12/6) Family Game Night is cancelled this evening due to the snow. We are working on rescheduling for later in the month. 

If you have to be out and about today, be safe! 

HCCO Welcomes Three New Board Members In 2014

During the general meeting on November 9th, HCCO held our annual members meeting. One of the main tasks included electing members of the HCCO Board of Trustees. This was the end of the transition year of our new staggered terms for the Board that was approved in a bylaws update last year. Each year five seats are up for election and once again we had a competitive slate.

Values & Meanings: Truth

The following is by HCCO member Gleb Tsipursky, one of the hosts of our Values & Meanings discussion and potluck. 

What do secular people think about “truth”? What kind of values do they associate with this term and what kind of meaning do they find within it? How would you answer this question? 

HCCO Holiday Blood Drive, 12/17/13

It's that time of year again...when snow dusts the trees and music is in the air...and HCCO hosts its Holiday Blood Drive!  We'll be operating our own drive in the HCCO conference room, 1550 Old Henderson Rd, Room 131, 43220, from 2pm - 8pm.  Come donate blood and enjoy tasty snacks, hot tea and cocoa! If you cannot donate, come and cheer on those who can while helping fill one of the on-site blood drive volunteer roles.

Celebrating Women in Humanism

People who have not studied history may be surprised to learn that religions like Christianity have been used as an excuse for denying women power. As a result, many feminists had to challenge common religious beliefs in order to encourage more equality, and nonbelievers in Columbus, Ohio have a history of supporting women’s rights.

Flying Spaghetti Monster Benefit Dinner Recap

The 2nd Annual Flying Spaghetti Monster Benefit Dinner was a roaring success. Thanks to ColumbusCoR for putting on this fantastic event. The event raised over $2000 and 76lbs of food for the MidOhio Food Bank. Please check out this great write up by Dave from ColumbusCoR for more details. 

HCCO Board Member, Derrick S. had the opportunity to speak for a few mintutes. Below is what he said. 

Secular Coalition For Ohio Wants To Fight For Humanists In Columbus

Secular Coalition For Ohio logoHCCO's parent organization, The American Humanist Association, is a member of the Secular Coalition For America (SCA) and HCCO is also an endorsing group. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that lobbies our elected officials in Washington and now they want to expand into Ohio to cover state and local political issues of interest to secular Ohioans.

Board of Trustees Election on 11/9/13

We will be electing our 2014-2016 Board of Trustees at our November Humanist Program. Board members serve in staggered two year terms. We have several incumbents running for reelection, as well as vacant seats available. You must be a member in good standing to vote in the election or run for the board. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Sharon

Jesse & Julia Galef to Speak at 2013 Winter Solstice Banquet!

Update 12/11/13: Registration is now closed. 

Update 12/9/13: Registration deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, 12/10/13! 

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