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"Why I Am A Recovering Fundamentalist"

From pastor's son to atheist and from indoctrination to investigation, member Drew Stedman shares the story of his path toward freedom. You can see Drew's story by following this link:

http://recoveringfundamentalists.com/2012/04/20/my-story-drew-stedman/

Evolution of the Dial-A-Humanist Service

Hello, my name is Jay, and I am the founder of Dial-A-Humanist (DAH) which evolved out of the ideas for Dial-An-Atheist (DAA). Dial-A-Humanist uses voicemail technology rather than the difficult and problematic taped message machines that Frank Zindler dealt with for the earlier Dial-An-Atheist service.

Critics and Reformers

Leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspire people with their dreams even years after they have died. Dr. King was more than a social critic. Dr. King was a reformer. Since Humanists have hopes for things we’d like to see in society, this message will explore the strategies of the critic and the reformer to see how good leaders help people learn and change.

Julia McCain Nominated to HCCO Board of Trustees

The HCCO Board of Trustees has nominated former Director of Programming Julia McCain to become a new member of the board.  This nomination is contingent upon the approval of two thirds of the members in attendance at September's monthly program.

 

Please plan to attend September's monthly program on September 14th, 2013.  The conversation topic will be "How Innocent People are Convicted in the Criminal Justice System."

Monthly program MeetUp site: http://www.meetup.com/HumanistOhio/events/114819482/

Generation Atheist

The book Generation Atheist by Dan Riley contains interviews of 25 young atheists from many different backgrounds sharing their stories of how each became a nonbeliever. Included are people of different religious backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and sexual orientations. For some, becoming a nonbeliever went smoothly. For others, the transition to non-belief had high costs. Through the differences in the stories, the complexities of becoming a nonbeliever become more clear.

HCCO Member Featured Blog Post - Doug Berger

HCCO Board member Doug Berger comments on male privilege within nontheist communities and asks some difficult questions.

HCCO Article Nominated for The Heart of Humanism Award - Please Vote Today!

The Humanist Community of Central Ohio has been nominated as a Finalist for Best Article in the Heart of Humanism Awards by The Foundation Beyond Belief. We need your votes to win, so please share this article and keep the votes coming!

Link to voting for The Heart of Humanism Award:

http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/node/1906

Saturday's Summer Potluck was a Huge Success!

Thoughts from a Humanist - Is Religion Really Worth Escaping?

HCCO Member Brittany Shoots-Reinhard responds to a question often asked of nontheists - Is religion really something worth escaping?  The link below leads to her thoughts on the matter:

 

http://snoringscholar.com/2013/08/freedom-from-religion-an-atheist-and-a-catholic/

Liz James, a long time member and friend, has passed

Our friend Liz JamesWe learned this week that local poet and long time Humanist Community member died on Sunday (August 4th).

Liz was an enthusiastic member as the mission of HCCO fit with her support in human rights.  She was also a poet of note in Columbus having been a co-founder of the Poetry Forum at Larry's Bar and organizing the first poetry readings at the Columbus Arts Festival.

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