Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - April 2018

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MHA HOLDS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

ELECTIONS HELD FOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AND TREASURER

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Two MHA Board of Directors spots were up for election at the third annual Membership Meeting on February 24, 2018. Stephen Frank was re-elected Treasurer, and Amy Blue was elected Communications Officer. 
 
This marks the beginning of Stephen’s third year as Treasurer. Stephen continues to be a valuable asset to the MHA.
 
This is Amy’s first year with the MHA. She has a background in marketing and is taking over for Patrick Jerome, who did not run for re-election. The MHA Board of Directors appreciates the work Patrick did during his three years on the board, and looks forward to working with Stephen and Amy. 


GODS AND HEROES IN MARVEL COMICS

PATRICK JEROME HOSTS A LIVELY PRESENTATION

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It can feel as if God manages to pop up everywhere when you live in the South. Patrick Jerome proved just how true that is with his presentation on the theology and cosmology of Marvel Comics. Patrick presented his wildly entertaining talk at the annual Membership Meeting. 
 
Using slides and humor, Patrick introduced the audience to the world of Marvel and let everyone in on a little secret. The comics are full of deities, some of which are named after gods in Norse mythology. If you missed this talk, be sure to grab Patrick at an MHA event. It’s incredibly interesting, and you’ll come across as the smartest person in the room at your next dinner party if you pass the information on. 


MHA IN THE NEWS

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It’s been a busy few months for MHA President Kim Gibson and MHA Member Derenda Hancock. Both volunteer as clinic escorts at the Pink House, and they have seen the impact of HB 1510 firsthand. They were featured on the front page of the Clarion Ledger newspaper, and Kim’s picture recently popped up in an article published by NPR
 
Derenda also wrote an article for the MHA about the financial impact of HB 1510. Derenda’s article reminds us that we need to stand up and have our voices heard. This unconstitutional law will cost our state money that it can’t afford to spend.
 
Thanks to Kim, Derenda, and all the others who are standing up to fight for what’s right!


MONTHLY EVENTS

SECOND SUNDAY BRUNCH - APRIL 8

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MHA members enjoyed the MHA Second Sunday Brunch at Table 100 in Flowood. Table 100 is very accommodating, even giving us a private room. The food and conversation were wonderful, and musicians stopped by to entertain us. We look forward to going back to Table 100 soon. This is a top brunch spot in the area, and well worth checking out. 

HUMANIST HAPPY HOUR - APRIL 18

Join us at Humanist Happy Hour at Sal & Mookie’s, 565 Taylor Street, Jackson, MS, at 6:00 PM! Look for the silver colander and we’ll see you there!

HATTIESBURG BRUNCH - APRIL 22

Hattiesburg Sunday Brunch is returning to Patio 44,  3822 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS, on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for some patio-style dining and award-winning Creole cuisine. Look for the colander!

CENTRAL MS ATHEIST MEETUP - APRIL 29

Come join your fellow heathens for “Atheists Anonymous” on April 29, 2018 at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. We will talk all things atheist and Mississippi. See you there, starting at 11:00 AM.


MHA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Please join us at the monthly Board of Directors Meeting where we plan future events and activities. This month’s meeting will be on April 19 at 6:00 PM, in the upstairs Community Room of Whole Foods Market, in Jackson, MS.

Members are encouraged to attend, as your ideas and contributions are what drives the activities of the MHA, and the more active, engaged members we have, the more effective the MHA is here in Mississippi. Look forward to seeing YOU there!


MHA NEEDS YOUR HELP

LET US SHOWCASE YOUR GOOD DEEDS

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MHA is working hard to put a human face on the organization, and we need your help. We want people to see us volunteering and working for others. We are an important part of the community, and people will understand that when they see us doing good.


Some members have already generously donated pictures and stories. We recently highlighted members John and Romy and the great work they’re doing at the Mississippi Food Network. We also shared MHA Vice President Amy Craig’s work as a staff member for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

What is your story? What do you do to help your community? There are millions of ways humanists help others, both big and small. Snap a picture of you doing good in your community and email it to mha@mshumanists.org so we can share it on social media. Keep in mind that our social media accounts are public.

We can’t wait to hear from you. Let’s show the world how much good we do!


JOIN THE MHA!

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An annual membership in the MHA is only $25, and a family membership is only $40! Membership matters! As a member, you can meet new people, do some good in your community, AND work to raise awareness of humanism in Mississippi. There is strength in numbers - join us!

Already a member? You can help out by making a donation to the MHA. All donations, no matter how small, are always greatly appreciated and work to further the mission of the MHA here in Mississippi.


For information on all MHA events, you can find more info on the website,  on Twitter (@MSHumanists), Meetup.com, and Facebook (@MississippiHumanist).