MHA Board of Directors Announcement of Board Member/VP Resignation

MHA Board of Directors Announcement of Board Member/VP Resignation

The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) Board of Directors regrets to announce the resignation of MHA Vice-President, Neil Carter, from the MHA Board of Directors. Neil submitted his resignation to the board on August 19, 2017, effective immediately. Neil remains a member of the MHA in good standing, and the board would like to thank Neil for his service to the board and to the membership. At this time, the MHA Board of Directors is seeking volunteers that would like to serve out the remaining vacant term as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors.

MHA NEWSLETTER – JULY 2017

Greetings fellow humanists!

Summer is finally upon us! It has been a busy summer so far for the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA)!

One thing that is going on right now, is the MHA interest survey. If you haven't already, please take the time to complete our survey here. The survey is aimed at better understanding the needs and interests of our fantastic supporters, such as yourself, so the MHA can be a more effective organization, and positively promote humanism in Mississippi. We will be closing the survey on July 31, so please go ahead and let us know how you want your MHA to move forward into the future!

And MHA members, please check out the secret Facebook group “Mississippi Humanists” and post about the things that matter to you. If you are a MHA member and are not a member of the secret group, let us know at mha@mshumanists.org and we will add you. Post a pic and an intro, let your fellow members know you, and about the things you are interested in and that you support. You can post topics that may be of interest for discussion. Ask a question and draw on the group for answers. We hope this Facebook group can bring us all a little closer and help strengthen our community of members.

One matter that should be of concern to secular and religious communities alike is the current’s administration’s hostility to the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits non-profits and churches from participating in political activities, specifically the funding and endorsement of candidates. The MHA is opposed to this recent assault on the Johnson Amendment by Congress, that seeks to defund the investigation by the IRS of churches that violate the Johnson Amendment. Please, support the work of the American Humanist Association  and all the members of the Secular Coalition for America to protect the Johnson Amendment.

A good number of the secular community was at the MHA Second Sunday brunch at Iron Horse Grill in downtown Jackson in June, and it was very well attended with approximately 20 in attendance.

We are pleased to see the consistent increase in attendance of families, as well as new faces, at Second Sunday Brunch. One of the MHA’s primary goals is to build a strong community for secular individuals and families, connecting humanists in Mississippi for socializing and support, and our monthly social events work to do just that!

The MHA’s Humanist Happy Hour in June at the Bulldog was a great time, with approximately 20 attending and having a great time taking a break from the work week worries! If you have any suggestions for a happy hour or a brunch venue, please let us know!

With our consistent growth in attendance at Second Sunday Brunch and Humanist Happy Hour, it would be helpful to have a good idea of the number of attendees, so we can make sure the venue can properly accommodate us, so please RSVP if you plan to attend these events!

The next MHA Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Rainbow Co-op in Fondren. Members are always encouraged to attend. Member participation in our regular meetings enables the board to better serve the needs and desires of the membership, and aids in the productivity and creativity of the board, as evidenced by the most recent meeting, where attendees had great ideas for new potential vendors and software to further increase the effectiveness of the MHA.

And with summer activities, there is a severe blood shortage and The Mississippi Blood Service is desperate need of donations. Check out their Facebook page here for locations and more information. Please, donate if you are willing and able, and credit the MHA when you donate. Our code is DJ01; just let them know when you sign in that you want your donation to be credited to the MS Humanist Association.

Thanks so much for your interest and your support of the MHA! Stay cool and enjoy your summer!

Kim Gibson - President

 

Mississippi Humanist Association - We Believe in Good!

Mississippi Humanist Association - Interest Survey

The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) Board of Directors is always working to serve its members, its prospective members, and the general public more effectively. To that end, we have created a short survey that we hope will give us a better idea of what matters to you!

If you would, please take a moment, well, approximately 4 minutes or so, and complete the survey. The survey is located at - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LKZQZRH.

Thank you so much for your time and interest, and we are looking forward to your response to the survey, so we can find out what you want from YOUR MHA!

Seth Andrews Comes to Mississippi!

The Mississippi Humanist Association was pleased to host Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist, on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Seth was fantastic and we really enjoyed his visit here! We hope that this event with Seth is the first of many here in Mississippi, and with your continued support we will work to make that happen. The Mississippi Humanist Association is dedicated to building a strong secular community in Mississippi, and we thank Seth for spending time with us and bringing us together. We believe this may have been the largest gathering of humanists and atheists to come together in Mississippi to date, with over 70 people in attendance!

Again, many thanks to Seth, and to all that came out and shared in the fun! And thank you for your support of the Mississippi Humanist Association, which makes events like this possible!

Mississippi Humanist Association - We Believe in Good!

Group Photo with Seth

Group Photo with Seth

MHA's Second Annual Membership Meeting - Sweet SUCCESS!

Sweet success! The Mississippi Humanist Association's second Annual Membership Meeting was held last night, February 11, at the Reservoir Community Center in Brandon, MS, and we would like to thank everyone for making the evening a success! The food from Newk's was great, and so was the Darwin Day presentation by Neil Carter! Elections were held and the MHA Board of Directors has two new Directors, with one Director returning for a second term. Vice President Kim Gibson was elected President of the MHA, Neil Carter was elected as the new Vice President, and Tom Dennis was selected as Secretary, joining Treasurer Stephen Frank and Communications Director Patrick Jerome on the MHA Board of Directors. Welcome Neil and Tom, and congratulations to all, we thank you for your commitment to the MHA! And we would like to thank the outgoing Directors, our first President, Matt Canfield, and Secretary, Eric Reisman, for their contributions and commitment to the MHA. Without their dedication, the MHA wouldn't be where it is today, sailing into its third year! Bylaws were updated, remarks were made, and a wonderful time was had by all! As the Mississippi Humanist Association moves into its third year, we invite you to join us in building the secular humanist community here in Mississippi. Fellowship, fun, and doing good for goodness' sake!

MISSISSIPPI HUMANIST ASSOCIATION - WE BELIEVE IN GOOD!

 

Please click on picture (above) for slide show of the evening!

MHA Newsletter - February 2017

Greetings, humans! As 2017 rolls in, we need your support! We’ve got our second annual membership meeting coming up TOMORROW - February 11th, and along with the chance to meet and eat with your favorite fellow humans, you’ll have a chance to change up our leadership, approve of our new bylaws, and hear a presentation by Godless in Dixie blogger and vice presidential candidate Neil Carter titled “Why Darwin and Jesus Can’t Get Along.” It’s Darwin Day themed, as we’re meeting the day before Darwin Day.

 

These activities aren’t free - though they are free to attend - and that’s why we need your support now, more than usual. Feel free to drop by our website and join or donate - most of our operations are funded by your membership fees, and the rest are funded by your donations. We don’t receive any grants or sponsorships, which means that we don’t have to spend time on the grant-writing and sponsorship pursuit treadmill. We can spend that time better by coming up with new things for humanists to do in Mississippi.

 

Despite your efforts and interest, the governor’s office declined to issue an official proclamation for Darwin Day in 2017. Maybe next year!

 

Maybe Phil Bryant would never have approved such a proclamation - but that is indicative of our need to visibly organize in 2017. The AHA was on capitol hill last week, explaining to legislators the importance of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment, which was enacted in 1954, and named after then-senator Lyndon B. Johnson, prohibits 501(c)3 non-profit organizations - like most churches and, incidentally, the MHA - from endorsing or campaigning on the behalf of candidates for public office.

 

The current presidential administration has the Johnson Amendment in its crosshairs. The AHA, and by extension, local organizations like the MHA, rely on the parity provided by the amendment to prevent our message from being swamped by the campaign donations funneled through churches.

 

Additionally, a nation-wide attempt for Mississippi-style “religious freedom” bills are seeking to legislate dubious freedoms - pretending that discrimination and spite are protected, core tenants to religious beliefs. This ignores the importance of actual religious freedom, the separation of church and state, the freedom that allows us to live in a nation free of religious influence from the state.

 

We have fought these laws in Mississippi, and with your help - and the help of allied organizations and individuals - we will continue this fight in Mississippi and beyond. We need your help and we need your support to keep this going. Email us with any news of protests, actions, rallies, and the like! We are limited by the Johnson Amendment, and cannot support any candidate or political party, but we can help educate and enlighten.

 

As a final note, our regular activities for the month are cancelled in order to let us concentrate on the annual meeting. We know you love our regularly scheduled brunches and happy hours, but this month we’re not only planning our annual meeting, we’re working hard on the Seth Andrews appearance in May, and an additional speaking engagement in March or April.

 

Thanks, we’ll see you soon!

Mississippi Humanist Association