A few weeks ago Ben Iten and I were invited to be guests on The Other Side podcast, a production of The Columbus Dispatch. The Other Side podcast is a show “on a mission to discuss important cultural and social issues relating to race, culture, gender and equality.” And it was in the pursuit of this mission that they wanted to learn more about Humanism and HCCO. We were of course happy to join them in studio for that conversation. You can listen to the resulting episode below.

Related Resources

During the course of our conversation with The Other Side several topics come up that we’d like to compliment with additional resources for anyone interested.

What is Humanism?

“Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free enquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.”

–Minimum Statement of Humanism, International Humanist and Ethical Union

You can read the full text of the Humanist Manifesto III here.

Humanist Chaplaincy

Whether you identify as a humanist or not, Humanist Chaplains are here to help. Humanist Chaplains are endorsed by the Humanist Society to provide moral and emotional care from a humanist perspective. If you need a hospital visit or moral support, you can contact us here and our chaplain will contact you to set up a time to talk.

Humanist Celebrants

Humanist Celebrants are endorsed by the Humanist Society and are legally recognized in the state of Ohio to perform weddings throughout the state. Besides weddings, Celebrants may perform funerals, baby naming ceremonies, trans-naming ceremonies, or any other meaningful ceremony for all of life’s milestones. If you are approaching one of those milestones and would like a Celebrant to officiate the ceremony, please contact us and one of our Celebrants will reach out to you to determine your needs and how the Celebrant might best suit you.

Recovering from Religion – Life After Belief Group

Life After Belief Groups meet for support, encouragement and growth on the process of living life without supernatural belief. Our core concerns are Community, Charting a New Course, Compassion and Coming Out.

If you’re interested in attending our Life After Belief Group you can find the next meeting on our Meetup Page.

HCCO Monthly Events

Our community has around fifteen monthly recurring events each and every month, with one-off or seasonal events too. If you’re interested in meeting other folks who share your values and enjoy a wide variety of fun, leisurely, volunteer, or intellectual activities then we’d love to host you at whichever of our events best fits where you’re at in your life.

You can see all of our events at both our events calendar and Meetup Page.

Thanks for Listening!

We hope you enjoyed listening to our conversation with The Other Side podcast and we’d love it if we got a chance to see you in person at a future event. If you have any questions or comments based on this podcast please share them with us in the comments section below and we’d be happy to respond.

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