Newsletter - December 2017

The Mississippi Humanist

 

 

A Better Life Came to Jackson

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On November 19, the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) hosted filmmaker Chris Johnson and the Mississippi premier of the documentary, A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy and Meaning in a World Without God.

After a brief introduction by Chris, the film was screened and discussed. A very positive and affirming film, A Better Life focuses on what humanists and atheists believe in, and the values they live by everyday.

The MHA would like to thank Dr. Patrick Hopkins and Millsaps College for hosting this event, and we could not have brought Chris to Jackson without  MHA members Dr. Peter and Arelys Hercules, and all of the MHA members who helped make this event a success.


MHA at Mississippi Food Network

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The MHA Volunteer Day at the Mississippi Food Network was a great day all around! On Nov. 11, the MHA members and guests worked alongside a wonderful Callaway High School Alumni group, and packed well over 100 boxes of food, met visitors from the MS Explorers Meetup group, and saw MHA members we don't get to see often. The MHA also welcomed two new MHA members! It was great to see everyone that joined us at MFN, we had a fantastic day doing some good for our fellow Mississippians in need of food this holiday season!


MHA Board Openings

Terms expiring in 2018

 

After his term expires in February 2018, MHA Communications Officer Patrick Jerome is retiring to live on a nice farm in the country, and the Treasurer’s board position will also be up for election at the MHA’s 2018 Annual Membership Meeting coming up in February. If you’re interested one of these board/officer positions, keep in mind that all board members have a variety of duties, including -

Regularly attending board meetings and important related meetings;

Making a serious commitment to participate in all facets of Board of Directors/Officer work;

Being a humanist in the public eye.

Detailed descriptions of each position are available on our website. If you are interested in serving on the MHA Board of Directors, please e-mail Kim Gibson at mha@mshumanists.org.


MHA Hattiesburg Sunday Brunch

Vice President Amy Craig traveled to Patio 44 and met up with our Hattiesburg contingent.

We welcomed some new faces and look forward to seeing everyone in December! We're just all over the place! 

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MHA Humanist Happy Hour

Some of the MHA’s first public meetings were held at The Bulldog - and years later, we still enjoy going back to the Bulldog. It was a good mix of new and familiar faces - there’s always someone to meet that you didn’t know - yet. Join the MHA!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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December 10th, 12:00PM
Sal & Phil’s, 6600 Old Canton Rd, Ste B Ridgeland MS
Join us for a late brunch at Sal and Phil's. This is the place to go for Po' Boys. (And shrimp. And crab legs. And crawfish)

Bring your family! Bring your friends! Meet some heathens! Look for the silver colander. That's us!

 

Hattiesburg MHA Sunday Brunch

December 10th

11 AM - Petra Cafe.

2902 Hardy Street Hattiesburg Mississippi

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With the success of our Hattiesburg outings, we really appreciate the South MS crew in Hattiesburg! The MHA is working to expand our events outside of the Jackson area, and you can help - if you want to know how, join us for the MHA Sunday Brunch in Hattiesburg, MS.

As we get MHA events started on the coast and in Hattiesburg, social events like this are great a way to get connected to like minded people.

And we’re looking at you, coasties! Stand up and be counted. Or in this case, sit down and have a gyro, and be counted!

 

MHA humanist happy hour

December 20th

Ole Tavern at George Street

6:00 PM

The MHA is once again returning to an old favorite for the December Humanist Happy Hour! In order to mingle and be more casual, we’re going to hang around a single section and not tie up a large table. Just look for familiar faces from past meetups, MHA T-shirts, or the silver colander. See you there!

 

Board of directors meeting

December 28th

6:00 PM

Please join us at the monthly Board of Directors Meeting where we plan future events and activities, to be held at 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. Looking forward to seeing YOU there!

Your participation will be ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT as we wrap up 2017, plan the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, and prepare for the election of board members!

Central ms atheist meetup

(Canceled for December)

Ironically, the Atheist Meetup will be cancelled rather than be held in the gap between Christmas and New Years.  Please don’t tell your religious friends.


 

JOIN THE MHA!

 

To join the Mississippi Humanist Association in building a place for humanism in Mississippi, to renew your membership, or to donate to support humanism where you live, please visit the Mississippi Humanist Association’s  website at www.mshumanists.org .

ALL of the MHA’s events and activities, including our websites, and phone number (833-MSHUMAN), are supported solely by our generous members and donations. All donations are GREATLY appreciated, and ALL DONATIONS AND FUNDS go towards furthering humanism in Mississippi. Thank you for your support of the MHA – YOU make the MHA possible!

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

 

Mississippi Humanist Association

We Believe in Good!

 

 

Mississippi Humanist Association

PO Box 1343

Jackson, MS 39215

Tel.: (833) MSHUMAN

(833) 674-8626

E-mail: mha@mshumanists.org

 

 

 

 

 


 

Newsletter: November 2017

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 A Better Life Comes to Jackson

November 19th at 2:00 PM

Millsaps College - Gertrude Ford Academic Complex (Room 215)

Soon you will be able to meet author/filmmaker Chris Johnson and view his documentary film, A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning In A World Without God, at a FREE showing in Jackson!

Thanks to your donations, the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) has made arrangements to bring this worldwide phenomenon of a documentary to Mississippi.

Even better, thanks to the generous intervention of Millsaps College, we’ve been given the perfect space to screen this film - a screening auditorium at the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex (Room 215).

A Better Life is the perfect film to show your friends and family members who ask “So what does that mean?,” when you tell them you’re an atheist. Author and filmmaker Chris Johnson spent years interviewing famous (and not-so-famous) atheists and nonbelievers, and travelling to beautiful locales to show the beauty and wonder of a world that does not require anything supernatural. Not only will we view the film, we’ll discuss the film and Chris’ 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.

The Mississippi Humanist Association is pleased to present this event free of charge, and we hope you will attend for a great afternoon of learning more about humanists, atheists and the values that they live by every day!

Please consider making a donation to the MHA to help sponsor this great event, and others like it in the future. Your donations are ALWAYS appreciated, as your donations and memberships are our only sources of income.

Please join the MHA for this great free event, and bring a friend! See you there!

We have attached a map of the Millsaps College campus with the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex highlighted, for your convenience.

We have attached a map of the Millsaps College campus with the Gertrude Ford Academic Complex highlighted, for your convenience.


Volunteer opportunity!

Humans helping humans

November is for giving, so let’s help our fellow humans! In lieu of Second Sunday Brunch in November, please join us on the second Saturday, November 11th, at the Mississippi Food Network (MFN) on Beatty Street in Jackson, to pack boxes of food for distribution.  

This is a family friendly event, but children must be at least 8 years old to participate. MFN recommends we dress in layers and wear closed toe shoes. We’ll need a headcount, so please RSVP on Facebook, Meetup, or e-mail.

We will be at MFN from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and we hope you will join us in helping to pack boxes to be given to those in need. See you there!  


 

October events

MHA Hattiesburg Field trip

Due to popular demand, a few MHA members and officers made their way to Hattiesburg to visit and work on starting regular humanist activities there and on the coast, and we were quite pleased with the amazing turnout at the Half Shell Oyster House! We’re excited to return in November, and to continue this humanist momentum in the southern part of the state!

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MHA Humanist Happy hour

Thanks to everyone who came out through the Lakeland traffic to the Mellow Mushroom in Flowood to enjoy some pizza and some good company. Many good discussions were begun, and we handed out plenty of free MHA stickers! Don’t forget to send us an email if there’s a venue you think we’re overlooking!

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Take Down This Flag Rally

The “Take Down This Flag Mississippi” Rally was held on October 21, 2017 at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. The rally to support changing the official Mississippi state flag was organized by Organizing for Action-MS Jackson (OFA), and the Mississippi Humanist Association was pleased to partner with OFA, Indivisible MS and others in this grassroots effort to demand a new flag for all Mississippians. 

Many thanks to everyone that joined us at the Capitol, and remember, the rally is the beginning, not the end of our efforts. The MS Legislature convenes in January, and they are currently preparing bills for session. Reach out to your state representatives and senators and let them know you believe Mississippi deserves a better flag, one that represents all Mississippians! 

Let’s all come together, do the work, and make it happen! #TakeDownThisFlagMississippi


Monthly Events: November:
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(No SSB - join us at the Nov. 11 Volunteer Event!)

 

Hattiesburg MHA Sunday Brunch

November 12th

11 AM - Patio 44.

3822 W 4th St, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

 

Our first Hattiesburg outing was so much fun last month, we decided to do it again! The MHA is working to expand our events outside of the Jackson area, and you can help - if you want to know how, join us for the MHA Sunday Brunch.

As we get MHA events started on the coast and in Hattiesburg, social events like this are great a way to get connected to like minded people.

And we’re looking at you, coasties! We're hoping the weather is great for patio seating. Just look for the silver colander! Please RSVP via Facebook or Meetup or replying to this email, so we can let the restaurant know how many people are coming.
 

MHA humanist happy hour

November 15th

6:00 PM

The Bulldog: Ridgewood Road, Jackson

 

The MHA Humanist Happy Hour returns to where it all began - Jackson’s Bulldog Pub. In order to mingle and be more casual, we’re going to hang around a single section and not tie up a large table. Just look for familiar faces from past meetups, or the silver colander.

Central ms atheist meetup

November 26th

11:00 AM

Come join your fellow heathens for “Atheists Anonymous” on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. We will talk all things atheist and Mississippi. See you there, starting at 11:00 AM.

Board of directors meeting

November 30th

6:00 PM

Please join us at the monthly Board of Directors Meeting where we plan future events and activities, to be held at 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. Looking forward to seeing YOU there!


Join the MHA!

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 . Our website, as well as our new phone number – (833) MSHUMAN, and ALL of the MHA’s events and activities are supported solely by our generous members and donations. All donations are appreciated, and go towards furthering humanism in Mississippi. Thank you for your support of the MHA – YOU make it all possible!

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

 

Mississippi Humanist Association

We Believe in Good!

 

Mississippi Humanist Association

PO Box 1343

Jackson, MS 39215

Tel.: (833) MSHUMAN

(833) 674-8626

E-mail: mha@mshumanists.org

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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

 

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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!

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Group Photo with Seth

Group Photo with Seth