Mississippi Humanist Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Hoing to the MHA Board of Directors. Alex’s nomination was approved by unanimous consent at the July meeting of the Board of Directors, which was held on July 30, 2019.
The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) Board of Directors regrets to announce the resignations of Romy Aguilar as Secretary, and Amy Blue as Communications Officer. Amy & Romy submitted their resignations on June 22, 2019, effective immediately. The Board thanks them for their service, and wishes them good fortune and success in future endeavors.
In order to fill these vacancies in a manner consistent with our bylaws, the MHA Board of Directors is seeking volunteers interested in serving as Secretary and Communications Officer. In order to be considered for these positions, you must be a member in good standing with the Mississippi Humanist Association.
Please note we will be taking up discussion of this matter at our next regular board meeting, which is scheduled for July 30, 2019. The new board members will be formally selected no later than the September meeting of the Board of Directors, which is to slated take place on September, 24, 2019. Both board members will serve for the remainder of the existing terms, which expire in Feb. 2020 for the position of ‘Communications Officer’, and Feb. 2021 for the position of ‘Secretary’.
Serving on the MHA Board of Directors is a great way to assist with advancing humanist causes in Mississippi, as well as do good service on behalf our community. Please consider serving on the board and helping to advance the awareness of humanism in Mississippi.
If you would like to volunteer for these fantastic opportunities to help serve the humanist community in Mississippi, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the title of the position of interest in the subject line. In your e-mail, please tell us a little bit about yourself, your interests, and your goals and aspirations for MHA. Please be sure to include your contact information. Further information on these positions can be found at the links provided below.
I’ve met god.
Well, not personally. He’s never come over for dinner or stopped by to watch the baseball game, but I’ve met him.
To me, god is not a spiritual being. He’s not some omnipotent force that rules over the land with an iron fist and an (allegedly) warm heart.
I’ve met god through his followers, and often, what I’ve seen has been ugly.
Right on the heels of a federal judge blocking Mississippi’s so-called “heartbeat” anti-choice bill, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed its own “heartbeat” legislation, and the Democratic governor says he will sign it into law. Alabama has passed the harshest anti-choice bill in the country, Missouri is threatening to shut down the only abortion clinic in the state, and the list goes on and on. The abortion debate is hotter than ever right now, and a common ground seems impossible to reach.
Why does this issue continue to divide the nation? Thomas B. Edsall explores the sexual revolution, women’s rights, religion, and how these issues relate to the abortion debate.
Volunteering has always been important for members of the MHA. Countless members have attended our quarterly volunteer days over the years, and it’s always exciting to see so many people willing to give back to their communities.
The MHA has recently expanded its volunteer efforts. Now, instead of volunteering quarterly, we do our part at least once a week.
About five or six months ago, I made it my mission to determine what humanism means to me. I read literature (well, a little bit anyway), studied, and talked to others, but nothing quite felt right. I was trying to define something that seemed unidentifiable.
I know, that’s just what you want to hear from the MHA’s Communication Officer, right?
My belief that humanism is undefinable changed one Friday night as I stood in the middle of Smith Park with a roll in one hand and a homeless man’s hand in the other. Suddenly, the entire concept of humanism came down to a single word for me.
The MHA held its annual membership meeting at Surin of Thailand in Jackson on February 16. At the meeting, we said goodbye to two valued board members and welcomed two new board members into the fold.
The MHA would like to thank outgoing President Kim Gibson and Secretary Tom Dennis for their hard work and dedication to the MHA. Kim and Tom played an integral role in the MHA’s growth over the last several years, and we are forever grateful. If you see Kim and Tom out and about in Jackson, please thank them for everything they have done on behalf of the MHA.
Humanists all over the state have contacted the MHA about Mississippi’s standard license plates that display “In God We Trust.” To get a plate that doesn’t display this religious message, state residents have to pay extra for a specialty plate. We understand why our members are so upset about this, and we have been fighting hard behind the scenes to provide an additional option at no extra cost for Mississippi residents.
Get the details on how the fight started and where we are now.
The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) is pleased to announce the American Humanist Association (AHA) has sent a demand letter to Mississippi state officials requesting a free alternative to the standard license plates that display “In God We Trust.” Currently, MS residents who do not wish to display the phrase “In God We Trust” on their license plates must purchase specialty plates at an additional cost.
Nobody has tougher questions about religion than little kids. Adults don’t have time to ponder the universe. We are too busy worrying about the mortgage. But little kids—they got time.
Really though, my parents got off easy, considering they provided no formal spiritual guidance of any kind.
I think I was 10 when I asked my Dad what religion we actually were. I know you think 10 must be awfully old to not know the answer to this question, but we lived in South Florida, land of synagogues, Santeria, and Yankees. And there were plenty of kids playing four square in the middle of the street on Sunday mornings instead of going to church. My Dad is the type of dad you can ask serious questions as long as you are prepared for a lengthy professorial answer, but I think I completely caught him off guard.
As humanists, we believe in living life to the fullest! We want to leave this planet better than we found it because we each have only one turn on the big blue ball called Earth.
But what does that look like? How do we spend our days as humanists? How do we contribute to our communities in ways that made a difference?
Last night, close to 1,500 Mississippians didn’t have a place to call home. Some stayed in shelters while others struggled to find a spot to rest in a park or on the streets. Still others likely stayed up all night, afraid to close their eyes underneath the dark sky.
Many are adults on their own, attempting to figure out how to survive. Others are families working to stay together during terrible circumstances. Then, there are unaccompanied children, trying to navigate a harsh reality as they move closer to adulthood.
Since I am not running for re-election to the MHA Board of Directors this year, my service on the MHA board comes to a close on February 16.
I am privileged to have been able to serve the MHA membership for the last four years, and I believe we have put together a strong foundation for continued success as we grow our membership and do good without any god here in Mississippi. We continue to show Mississippi that we believe in good!
When John Lennon told us to imagine a world with no religion, those of us in the United States tried really hard, but it seemed pretty impossible. After all, religion is everywhere here. It’s even on our money.
Fortunately, the people in the UK are no longer imagining this mystical world. They’re living in it, according to a HuffPost/Survation poll of 2,004 Brits. It turns out that Britons are a lot less religious than Americans, and they don’t think you have to be Christian to be moral.
The MHA Annual Membership Meeting will be on Feb. 16 in Jackson, MS, and it’s going to be an exciting one. We have five people running for three positions, so your vote matters.
As we get closer to the election, we will send you more information about the candidates and give you the chance to vote via email. You can also vote in person at our membership meeting.