Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - January 2019

MOST SOUTHERNERS THINK US FOUNDED AS EXPLICITLY CHRISTIAN NATION

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Winthrop University recently conducted the “Southern Focus Survey,” and the results likely won’t be a surprise to humanists in Mississippi. More than half of residents in 11 Southern states believe the United States was founded as an explicitly Christian nation.

Many Christians use this belief to argue against humanism. They claim that humanism goes against the system put in place by the founding fathers.

A quick look at history proves this simply isn’t true. Many of the founding fathers fought to keep religion out of politics, and Thomas Jefferson even created his own version of the New Testament that eliminated all of Jesus’ miracles. In addition, countless presidents have argued about the merits of separating church and state.

Check out the MHA’s blog post on the topic, titled “A Christian Nation? Not So, According to These Founding Fathers” and leave a comment on the post.


5 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR HUMANISTS

Have you been making the same New Year’s resolutions each and every year? Mix things up this year by sticking to a resolution for humanists.

1. DONATE BLOOD

Mississippi Blood Services often faces critical blood shortages. Do some good for the people of your community by giving blood. When you donate, give the staff the code DJ01 to let them know you’re donating on behalf of the MHA.

2. VOLUNTEER MORE

Put your good heart to work by volunteering at Big House Books, the Mississippi Food Network, or one of the other opportunities available in the state.

3. COME OUT

If you’re able to do so, come out to people this year. Let them know you’re a humanist and what that means. This is key to destigmatizing humanism. If you’re unsure of how to go about the process, check out our blog post on the topic.

4. ATTEND MORE MHA EVENTS

The MHA is working to build a community of humanists around the state, and we need your help. Make a point to attend as many events as you can this year. Simply showing up helps us grow stronger. We can’t wait to see you at the next event.

5. JOIN THE MHA

If you aren’t already a member of the MHA, now is a great time to join. It’s only $25 a year for individuals and $40 a year for families. Membership funds help us run the organization. Also, if you join, you can vote on the new board at the meeting in February.


MHA BOARD ELECTIONS & MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH

The 2019 MHA Annual Membership Meeting will take place next month on February 16 at Surin, and part of the evening is the election of new board members. There are three available board seats – President, Vice-President, & Secretary. THE MHA NEEDS YOU! Please consider investing your time and effort in the MHA, and help the MHA move forward. The MHA is in a good place for continued success, but needs board members who will work to continue growing and strengthening our organization in the future.

For more information about the positions, check out the job descriptions on our website. If you would like to be a candidate, please send an e-mail to mha@mshumanists.org. See you next month!


MONTHLY EVENTS

HATTIESBURG BRUNCH - JANUARY 20

Hattiesburg Brunch will be at Chesterfield’s, 4646 Hardy Street, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. RSVP and we will save you a seat. Look for the silver colander once you arrive.

BOD MEETING - JANUARY 31

MHA’s monthly Board of Directors Meeting will be held on January 31 at 6:00 PM in the Community Room at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. Members are encouraged to attend so they can contribute their ideas for policies and activities. 

SECOND SATURDAY VOLUNTEER DAY - FEBRUARY 9

Join us for Second Saturday Volunteer Day at the MS Food Network, 440 Beatty Street, Jackson, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

MHA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - FEBRUARY 16

Please make plans to attend the 2019 MHA Annual Membership Meeting at Surin Thai & Sushi in the Event Room, located at 3000 Old Canton Road in Jackson. We will have Thai food by Surin, and a cash bar is available.


DECEMBER EVENT ROUND UP

December was another fun month full of events for MHA members and supporters alike. From brunch at the Corner Bakery Café to happy hour specials at The Manship, we had a blast at every stop.

We started the month off at the Corner Bakery Café for MHA Second Sunday Brunch. We enjoyed delicious coffee, tasty food, and stimulating conversation with old friends.

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Hattiesburg was our next stop. We hosted brunch at Del Sol, where we enjoyed chips and salsa, margaritas, and lots of laughs.

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We ended the month with a bang at The Manship. We always enjoy MHA Humanist Happy Hour, and everyone was pleased with the specials provided. This may become a happy hour favorite for members and supporters.

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Keep track of our events on our website. Visit the event page to find out where we will be next.


JOIN THE MHA!

It is more important than ever to join the MHA. There is strength in numbers, and with your help, we can create a stronger community and a stronger voice in the state of Mississippi. Yearly membership is only $25 for individuals and $40 for families. As a member, you will help in shaping the MHA mission and meet some new friends at the same time. Also, your membership dues will help us make an impact in the state. Every dollar of donations and fees work to support humanism in Mississippi.


For more information about joining the MHA, renewing your membership, or donating to support humanism here in Mississippi, please check out our website at www.mshumanists.org.

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

 

Mississippi Humanist Association – We Believe in Good!