Newsletter - January 2018

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At Year's End

 

2017 was quite the year for the The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA)! 

The MHA has grown a lot this year, in many ways. On behalf of the MHA Board of Directors, many thanks to everyone for all of the support the MHA received this year, and welcome to all of the new members that joined the MHA this year! I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you for making this year a fantastic year for the MHA. I will try and keep it brief, but I just wanted to touch on some of the accomplishments and "high spots" for the MHA in 2017.

With your generous support, the MHA hosted its first special events this year. In May, the MHA welcomed the host of The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, and we ended the year hostingauthor/filmmaker Chris Johnson and the Mississippi premier screening of A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy and Meaning in a World Without God in November. We hope to make Mississippi a destination for secular speakers, and with your continued support, we can host more fantastic events here in Mississippi.

In October, the MHA co-sponsored a rally with Organizing for America (OFA) that was held at the MS Capitol. The rally was well attended and covered, and we hope to build on this success. The MHA can partner and participate with other progressive and inclusive organizations here in Mississippi on the issues that matter to ALL Mississippians.

With the great support from humanists and new members in the Hattiesburg area, the MHA now is having a monthly Sunday Brunch gathering in Hattiesburg, our first regular event outside the Jackson metro area. If all goes well, this event will continue monthly, and we can then build other activities and events for the Hattiesburg/south Mississippi region!

Because we had such a great year, I could go on, but I did say I’d try and keep it brief. In the coming year, the MHA will continue to work on building a strong and supportive community for humanists here in Mississippi. Together, with your support, we can help one another, help our fellow Mississippians, and let Mississippi know that we believe in good!

On behalf of the MHA Board of Directors and myself, thank you for making 2017 a great year for the MHA! Without your support, none of these great events would have been possible. The MHA board and I are looking forward to the MHA continuing the momentum in the upcoming year.

We are also looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Membership Meeting in February; stay tuned for more details.  If you would like to serve the growing humanist community in Mississippi, we have the perfect opportunity - there will be two board positions up for election at the meeting. Please consider becoming a member of the board, as the MHA is possible only with the active participation of its members. Come help make the MHA the best it can be, and let's build on the success of 2017!

May your 2018 be filled with love, laughter, joy and health!

Best regards, and best wishes for the best year yet!

Kim Gibson

(this originally appeared on mshumanists.org) 


Mississippi Lawmakers at it Again

With the state legislature in session, we all knew they’d be working on something to enshrine a particular religious belief in 2018. This year is no different than the last three, with Tom Miles (D) of District 75 (Sand Hill, Morton, Pelahatchie) coming up with his annual bill,  “TO DESIGNATE THE HOLY BIBLE AS THE OFFICIAL STATE BOOK OF MISSISSIPPI” we are assuming that Rep. Miles has a very particular Holy Bible in mind. This has been shot down three times in a row.

On a (not exactly) new note, Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R) of District 3 (Booneville, Jumpertown) has introduced a bill to fine anyone removing religious or confederate monuments from public spaces. This tramples on the rights of citizens and municipalities, and it’s not Rep. Arnold’s first attempt.
Use this handy map to find YOUR representatives, and this list to contact them - and let them know the MHA sent you, and we’re watching out for first amendment rights.


Big House Books - Big Book Drive

One of our favorite local groups, Big House Books, is doing a book drive in the Fondren Corner building until Jan. 18th.

Need a home for your books? Donate them to Big House Books!

Drop them off anytime during the day outside of the glass house in Fondren Corner. Books that cannot be sent can be resold to raise funds for postage fees. Can you help us fill it all the way to the top in 10 days?

Win a Southern Carnival Glass Bird from Spirit House Glass! Take a pic when you drop off books and post it to BHB FB page. BHB will draw a name from the nest and announce the winner on Thursday, Jan. 18th.


Camp Quest Natchez Trace

One of our most common requests is to help with humanist kids. Fortunately for all the parents out there, Camp Quest Natchez Trace is bringing the Camp Quest experience to the Southeast!

Camp Quest is a secular summer camp for children 8-17yo of atheist, agnostic and freethinking families.

Registration opens 1/7 and is $600 per camper. There is a $50 early registration discount until 2/28, making registration $550. It will be full price 3/1 and later. Camp Quest also offers a sibling discount of $50 for the 2nd and beyond camper from same family and has financial aid available as well. Check out the camp quest website for more information. Questions? Email amy.monsky@campquest.org.

Camp Quest Natchez Trace is operated by Camp Quest Southeast, an affiliate of Camp Quest.

The Mississippi Humanist Association is passing this information along - for efficiency, please direct your questions to Camp Quest.


2018 Board Elections

We’re still accepting nominations for two positions on the MHA Board of Directors.

Communications Officer - This board member is in charge of the overall media strategy and implementation for the MHA. See details HERE. You also write THIS NEWSLETTER and could feasibly say whatever you want, right here!

Treasurer - This board member is charged with keeping the financial books and ensuring compliance with all relevant laws and regulations regarding nonprofits. See details HERE.

All board members have duties that keep the MHA moving and active. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Regularly attend board meetings and important related meetings.

  • Make serious commitment to active participation in all facets of Board of

  • Directors/Officer work.

  • Be a public and “out” humanist - free to be in the public eye as a humanist.


Keep up to date on our events and activities via facebook, twitter, and meetup! Just search for "Mississippi Humanist Association." 
Questions? Email us! 

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!

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(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

www.mshumanists.org