MHA Newsletter - September 2017




Mississippi Humanist Association - September 2017 Newsletter


Greetings, humans!


The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) is active group right now, we’ve got a LOT of news to catch you up on - if you want to make sure you don’t miss anything, click on over to our website anytime!


First up, on Saturday, September 16th, the MHA presents Dr. Patrick D. Hopkins of Millsaps College. Dr. Hopkins will present his talk called “Gods and Spaceships: Religion and Technology in Science Fiction.” This FREE presentation, with ample time for a Q&A after, will take place on September 16th, at 2:00 PM at the Willie Morris Library on Old Canton Road, in Jackson, MS.

Dr. Hopkins will discuss how the human equivalence of godhood with power has led to sci-fi examples of people assuming that technologically advanced aliens are gods - and how expanding technological prowess might lead to godlike powers that do not require supernatural agency.

It promises to be an intellectually stimulating discussion, pulling examples from Star Trek, Stargate, and the trope of Ancient Aliens, and it’s all free of charge. If you’d like to help us get the word out, or check out a suggested reading list, go to the event page on our website and download a flyer to put somewhere visible! If you would, please let us know you’re coming via Facebook, Meetup, or by replying to this email.

After that, this month’s MHA Humanist Happy Hour is going to be at Picante’s Grill, at 960 N. State Street, near the intersection of State and Fortification Street in Jackson. As usual, we’re going to start the party at 6:00 P.M. There is parking in the rear of the building, and you may also park at Walgreen’s across the street, or just down from the restaurant in a lot for Wing Stop.

Just a reminder, our vice president resigned late last month, so the Board of Directors is one member short. Therefore, the MHA Board of Directors is seeking volunteers interested in becoming a member the Board of Directors and serving as the Vice President for the rest of the term, which ends in February of 2019.

If you’re interested in serving on the board and as vice president, you must be a current member of the Mississippi Humanist Association in good standing. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity to help serve our growing membership and the humanist community in Mississippi, just go to our website for more details and send us an e-mail expressing your interest before 6:00 P.M. on September 29.

We have heard from a couple of outstanding members who are interested in helping humanism in Mississippi, and we will select a new board member at the September 29th board meeting, which we will hold at 6:00 PM at the upstairs meeting room at the Whole Foods Market on Northside Drive.

And last, but definitely not least, the MHA is bringing the documentary film A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning In A World Without God to Jackson, Mississippi - with the filmmaker, Chris Johnson!

Make plans to join us for this FREE “Mississippi Premier” screening on November 19th, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Eudora Welty Library in downtown Jackson. Mr. Johnson will join us to screen and discuss his film and his book, A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God, which inspired the film. A Better Life has been shown in more than 60 cities on four continents, but this will mark the first time this film has come to Mississippi.

If you’d like to find out more, please visit our website, where you can find more details, download flyers, and donate to support this event and help defray the costs involved with bringing Chris and his film to Mississippi for this event.

We hope you will make plans to attend, and we ask that you RSVP either via Facebook, Meetup, or by replying to this email, so we may assure seating for everyone at this event.

Please consider joining the MHA if you haven’t already, or renewing your membership if it has lapsed. The MHA depends on membership fees and donations to keep going. With more members, and more donations, we can go further, and get more done! We give our speakers honorariums, pay for food, lodging and transportation. We have an active website that communicates to the world about the MHA. Everything the MHA does, it does with your donations and memberships. So if you haven’t already, join the MHA - and if you want to show your support and help us to continue to book outstanding speakers and events in the future, make a tax-deductible donation. Another way to support the MHA is to select us as your charity on AmazonSmile! Just click the link to get started at AmazonSmile! It is your interest and support that allows the MHA to keep going and growing – YOU make the MHA all that it is!

Thanks so much for your support of the Mississippi Humanist Association!

Patrick Jerome

Mississippi Humanist Association

Communications Officer